Innings of: Overstone Park III
Innings of: St Michael's
Match reportSt Michael's returned to winning ways after 3 league games without a victory with a crushing 8 wicket thumping of Overstone Park III.
St Michael's skipper Ian Geddes was sidelined by a mysterious thumb injury. Doctors have been baffled over the symptoms of the injury which seem to flare up on Saturday afternoons, and so vice captain Dale Harrison stepped up for his first game in charge. And he began well by winning the toss and asking Overstone Park to bat first.
The Overstone innings fell into 3 parts. After 20 overs, the score was 24 for 2, as St Michael's openers Malc Swann and Andy Marnewick bowled a tight line against the unadventurous opening batsmen. But then Bastin and S Patel took over, tucking in to some tasty deliveries from Martin Baker and Andy Wilson. Baker eventually trapped Patel LBW for a quickfire 33. This calmed things down again, with the last 18 overs going for only 24 runs. Malc Swann returned the impressive figures of 4-8, while Marnewick was virtually unplayable towards the end, finishing up with 2-9. However the final total of 107 could have been much lower had it not been for 6 (yes SIX!) dropped catches.
In reply St Michael's never looked likely to fail to reach the modest total set by Overstone. Skipper Harrison was in sumptuous form, hitting a classy 51 not out. He was ably assisted by Brian 'The Bear' Ahearn, who clubbed 24 not out.
Confidence is now high following the Garnett Plate victory and this league win. Unfortunately this can't be carried forward for next Saturday, as Buckle & Hyde's demise has left a free week in the calendar. Action resumes the following Wednesday in the semi final of the Plate; Monks Park II are the opponents, with the game to be held on the Racecourse.