Innings of: Abington II
Innings of: St Michael's
St Michael's cruised to a comfortable 10 wicket victory over a helpless 9 man Abington 2s at Weston Favell to consolidate their good start to the season.
With the weather temperamental to put it mildly, St Michael’s skipper Ian Geddes was mindful that the rain clouds could come at any moment, and seeing Abington were 2 short, has no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat when he won the toss.
Opening bowlers Martin Baker and Andy Marnewick were soon ripping through the Abington top order. Marnewick struck first, bowling Beedon round his legs. The following over saw Baker take 2 wickets in 2 balls, both caught behind to Matt Collier and Brian Ahearn respectively. And it could have been 3 wickets in 4 balls had not the ageing Trevor Kirby fail to cling to a shot that flew through his legs at cover point.
Kev Mason, playing in his third final game for the club, said farewell with 3 more wickets to add to his bulging sack of wickets to end up with 3 for 15 off 10 tight overs. That other veteran Malc Swann came on to collect the eighth and last wicket to leave the final total of 60 all out.
The tea time interval was made the more exciting by a display of golfing expertise from Malcolm. Showing all the shots in the book, he displayed an uncanny ability to hit a car bonnet from over 100 yards away. Pauline, Brian Ahearn’s better half, did not share in the crowd’s amazement at Swanny’s accuracy from distance.
In reply, St Michael’s openers Dale Harrison and Matt Collier didn’t waste any time in chasing down the meager total, taking quick singles and hitting the bad ball to the boundary. The winning runs were duly thraped in the thirteenth over with Collier hitting successive 4s to end up 34 not out, with Harrison just behind on 25 not out.
Three wins out of 3 sees St Michael’s up with the early pace setters in Section 2. Next week’s opposition come in the guise of Ecton Hall, still smarting from their 20 run defeat earlier in the season.