Innings of: Express
Innings of: St Michael's
Match reportSt Michael's comprehensively defeated a weakened Express on Saturday, inflicting the first defeat of the season on the league leaders.
St Michael's skipper Ian Geddes won the toss and had no hesitation of putting Express into bat. And it wasn't long before Shaqi Mahmood was causing the Express openers to hop around. In his second over he had Brooke caught at slip by Malcolm Swann for naught, and 2 overs later he comprehensively bowled Clews for 1. Swann then got into the act when he bowled Field for 3 leaving Express on 20 for 3.
There then was a revival as Pooley and Marsh put on a partnership of 42. Pooley looked in good form, but has 2 escapes when he should have been run out, and Malc Swann dropped a simple chance at mid off. He eventually holed out off Richard Davis bowling, Ian Geddes taking a good catch.
Campling was out soon after, controversially stumped of Martin Baker's medium pace. Befitting the country location, he had an agricultural swipe towards leg but missed, and as he ambled outside his crease, keeper Brian Ahearn threw the stumps down, much to Campling's consternation.
The rest of the innings fell apart, with Mahmood taking 2 more wickets, and Baker taking 2 in 3 balls to rap up the innings.
After a splendid tea at the Althorp Coaching Inn across the road, it was back to business. Express made an early breakthrough when Bill Kingston was caught behind with the score on 9. Dale Harrison scratched around for 5, but is was Mahmood who helped himself with some crisp shots to end up with 53 not out. At the end he was ably assisted by Matt Collier, who ended up wit 13 not out.
Following the debacle at Obelisk last week, this was a good win, albeit against a weakened Express side. But that won't bother St Michael's skipper Ian Geddes following this 16 point haul.