Innings of: Trinity Orchard
Run rate: 1-4 2-6 3-8 4-16 5-18 6-25 7-32 8-35 9-38 10-49 11-59 12-71 13-78 14-89 15-98
Run rate: 1-6 2-11 3-17 4-21 5-26 6-33 7-38 8-47 9-52 10-62 11-64 12-71 13-82 14-91 15-99
Malc Swann continued the good work, which included removing the dangerous Paul Larkin for 19. Andy Wilson took some punishment, but should have had Larkin caught in the deep, but the immobile Baker was unable to make up sufficient ground at deep mid wicket, and the chance went begging.
Ray White played the anchor role for Trinity, scoring 31, mostly in singles. The final total of 98 was a mid range score, one that would lead to an exciting second half.
St Michael's started their response confidently, with Matt Collier and Dale Harrison both looking for the quick singles, and hitting the bad ball. Harrison hit a cracking 4 through the covers and was looking good. Collier also clipped an early 4 through third man, but was eventually out for 13, caught behind of Luke Passmore.
Andy Marnewick joined Harrison, and whilst he hit a cracking 4 to long off, never looked comfortable and was eventually bowled by Cubitt for 7.
At the half way point, St Michael's were on target, but couldn't take anything for granted. With the openers March and Passmore removed, Cubitt came on and bowled a tight line. However Ray White's spin was not it's usual threat, allowing 25 runs to come from his 3 overs, including a 6 to Harrison, palmed over the boundary.
Twenty eight runs were required off the last 3 overs, 17 off the last 2, and 8 off the last. Off the first ball of the last over, Dale Harrison eventually holed out, and was caught by White off Cubitt at mid off. Malc Swann joined Kingston, but the trophy looked to be slipping away as only 3 runs were scored off the next 5 balls. The wickets lost column now came into play. If the scores were to be tied, the St Michael's would win on the fact that they had lost only 3 wickets to Trinity's 6. So with 2 balls remaining, St Michael's needed 4 to tie (and win on losing fewer wickets), or 5 to win.
Step forward veteran Malc Swann, who hit a glorious 4 through mid wicket, the longest boundary on the ground, to tie the scores. There was confusion in the middle as the players were not sure if the game had been won, but after the scores were relayed, the party on the balcony began. A leg bye was scrambled off the last ball to secure a 7 wickets victory.
A superb win played in a good spirit between 2 like minded teams. The trophies were presented by league chairman John Malfait, who also presented the man of the match award to Dale Harrison for his 47 runs for St Michael's