Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Bold Dragoon
Who says cricket is a boring game? With finishes like this one, they'll be packing then in at the Racecourse and Kingsthorpe Rec.
Bold Dragoon were unbeaten in the league. St Michael's hadn't won a league game since the opening day of the season. However the church side had beaten the Bold a the Garnett Cup back in June.
St Michael's batted first and made a steady start, with openers Bill Kingston and Dale Harrison coping well with the Bold strike pair of Jimmy O'Dell and Joe Kavanagh. It was O'Dell who made the breakthrough, removing both openers to leave St Michael's at 35 for 2. Trev Kirby hit a determined 38 to hold the middle order together, with Brian Ahearn's late 18 not out adding some late runs. But the final score of 125 all out was too low on a matted wicket.
During the brake, Mrs. Mary Harrison passed round some splendid coffee cake that raised the St Michael's spirits somewhat. However it was short lived, as the Bold openers of Rob Sparling and Martin Pettit adding 51 for the first wicket. It was the lanky Tom Marlow who made the breakthrough, removing Pettit for 10. Sparling soon followed for 34. At 83-3, the Bold seemed to be cruising to victory. However the wickets started to fall with regularity. Marlow claimed a couple more, veteran Malc Swann bagged a couple of quick wickets, as did Dave Allen. But with the score at 124-8, the bookies had stopped taking any more bets on the final result. However Tom Marlow came back and had Mike Chew caught behind for 6, giving Brian Ahearn his fourth catch, and the nerves were jangling. With 2 runs to win, skipper Geddes turned to Simon Cannell to perform a miracle. Bowling to Tim Bunting, the first 2 balls of the over were tantalizing, but were treated with caution. The third ball was a tad wide, so Bunting attempted a push through the covers. In the end, all he could do was guide it to Dale Harrison at slip to give St Michael's a victory by the narrowest or margins.