Innings of: Olivair
Innings of: St Michael's
Match reportAndy Marnewick grabbed a superb 5 for14 as St Michael's overpowered a poor Olivair side at Abington Park on Saturday.
St Michael's skipper Ian Geddes won the toss and asked Olivair top bat first. And his decision immediately looked a good one as opening bowlers Marnewick and the veteran Malc Swann ripped through the Olivair upper order. Marnewick was unplayable at times, with his pace and bounce causing all sorts of trouble to the Olivair batters.
Wickets came at regular intervals, with the only resistance coming from the left hander Earl. But he eventually holed out to Martin Baker as Handy Andy Wilson took a good running catch at mid off. The final total of 81 looked a poor one, and following their recent Garnett Plate semi final victory recently under their belts, St Michael's were confident of victory.
In reply, Olivair took a quick wicket as Dale Harrison was bowled for 2. However Vince Cross was playing his by now custom anchor roll, using the face of the bat to good effect and timing the ball well. At the other end, Will Kingston bludgeoned a quickfire 23 to put the Olivair bowlers on the back foot. When he eventually holed out, there was a quick flurry of wickets, but not enough to cause widespread panic. Matt Collier steadied the ship by hitting 19 not out as others fell around him, including Andy Wilson who was unlucky to bowled having a swing and a miss. Yes, very unlucky.
The winning runs came with 30 overs to spare, allowing time for a couple of pints at the Saints to reflect on next Sunday's Garnett Plate final at the County Ground.