Innings of: Monks Park II
Innings of: St Michael's
Match reportSt Michael's overcame the odds of a shambolic Monks Park side to post a convincing 5 wicket victory to keep their promotion hopes alive.
The game was switched at the last moment to Kingsthorpe Rec following Monks Park's late notice that their Harpole pitch was unavailable. But come start time at 1:30, only 5 Monks Park players had turned up. The toss was still made and Park decided to bat first. Two overs were deducted for the late start, and they were joined 10 minutes after the start for 2 more players. The final 4 turned up at 2:15, some 45 minutes after the scheduled start of the match.
St Michael's made light work of the Monk's Park batting. Only Saj managed to get any sort of an innings under his belt as the St Michael's bowlers performed well on a slow wicket, with Martin Baker grabbing 5 for 28. For once the catching department was up to scratch, with Will Kingston's effort to dismiss Qurasi for the last wicket the pick of the crop.
In reply, St Michael's stumbled along in attaining their victory target. Irfan grabbed 5 for 37, and at 54 for 5 victory seemed a long way away. But the old heads of Matt Collier and the Lilliputian Dave Tebbutt steadied the ship, scoring 25 and 28 not out respectively to secure a 5 wicket victory with plenty of time to spare.
So a good victory in trying circumstances. It can only be hoped that Monks Park sort themselves out for next season, as the way this game was organised and played in was a shambles.