Innings of: Obelisk 'A'
Innings of: St Michael's
Match reportTitle chasers Obelisk 'A' were held to a draw by St Michael's on Saturday in a low scoring match that went down to the wire.
Obelisk batted first, and made steady if unspectacular progress. The first wicket fell to Martin Baker who had Driver caught by Dale Harrison at mid on. Russell played some good shots and was just staring to dominate when he became the first of an amazing 4 run outs. He wasn't happy with the decision, but I can confirm that by looking at the scorebook, he was indeed run out. HA!
Malc Swann was the pick of the bowlers, taking an impressive 2 for 13 in 11 tight overs. Andy Wilson also took a coupe of wickets, his first for the club in the league. Obelisk were eventually out for 125 in the final over. On a slow pitch, the target would prove a challenging one.
In reply, St Michael's were soon in trouble as opener Matt Collier was caught out to a poor shot. Andy Marnewick and Dale Harrison took the score onto 26 before Harrison was adjudged LBW despite being half way down the pitch. A strange decision to say the least. And soon afterwards Dave Tebbutt was also adjudged LBW, despite the delivery going down the leg side. Another strange decision.
Will Kingston added to flair to the proceedings, hitting a quickfire 27. But the game seemed to be heading for a draw with 39 runs required with 5 overs to go. But some crisp hitting by Tom Marlow and skipper Ian Geddes almost turned the game on its head. Marlow clubbed a rapid 15, but was bowled in the penultimate over. Six runs were required in the last over, but some generous umpiring with regards the interpretation of wides allowed Obelisk to hold on for the draw.