Innings of: Abington II
Innings of: St Michael's
Rain interrupted the penultimate match of the season when it was finely poised. The rain started at 5:30, and with leaden skies all around, the match was called off at 6pm.St Michael's were below strength, with only 5 regulars in the starting line up. Stand in skipper Dave Tebbutt won the toss, and it looked like a good decision as Abington were reduced to 1 for 2 in the second over. Martin Baker bowled opener Beedon with one that kept low, and Will Kingston had White caught at point, Tebbutt taking sharp catch.
Abington made a good recovery, with Middleditch and Earl putting on a century stand for the third wicket. Debutante Pete Jackson eventually bowled Middleditch for 41, and he was soon followed in the tent by Earl, who holed out to Kingston for a solid 56. Runs came steadily after that, and a score over 200 looked likely. But St Michael's kept to the task, with old timer Neil Holliday solid behind the stumps. Mark Holliday, also making his season debit patrolled the boundary with gusto, and new boy Dave Hone, swapping the hockey stick for the willow, allowed nothing to pass.
A late flurry saw Abington end up just shy of 200. Jackson bowled well after a shaky start, ending up with 2 for 44, whilst Baker snagged 4 for 29.
St Michael's started steadily. Vince Cross was out to a smart catch and second slip for 10, but with runs coming at only 2 an over, a draw looked on the cards. But then the rain came, and we'll never know.
One week to go and all to play for. Table topping Express are the opponents next week, and whilst they're probably too far out in front to be caught, a promotion place is not out of the question with a positive result.