Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Obelisk 'A'
Cricket can be likened to a London bus - you wait months for a victory, then 2 along along together.
St Michael's followed up their nail bighting win over Bold Dragoon with a comfortable 93 run victory over Obelisk to complete the double over the Kingsthorpe side.
St Michael's batted first and made a steady start until Bill Kingston was bowled round his legs by Summerton. A good partnership then followed between Dale Harrison (24) and Trev Kirby (29). However they fell in successive overs to leave the score on 63-3. The middle order batted well, with debutante Mick Allen weighing in with a classy 29. But a collapse, with 3 wickets fallen with the score on 135, left the tail exposed with a low score on the cards. However a late rally with Martin Baker (43) and Jamie Burrows (6*) added 44 for the last wicket to post a respectable 188 all out.
In the reply, Baker was soon back in the action, taking 2 quick wickets to leave Obelisk 11-2 in the fifth over. A recovery of sorts followed, with Rice (18) and Blenkinsop (16) taking the score to 39 before Simon Cannell had Blenkinsop trapped LBW. Baker then claimed 3 more to put St Michael's firmly in the driving seat, giving him final figures of 5 for 28 in 12 overs. Cannell bowled Summerton for 12, with skipper Ian Geddes gaining 2 late wickets to leave the final score 95 all out in the 29th over.
A good game of cricket, played in the right spirit. Credit must go to the Obelisk players who showed excellent sportsmanship in defeat. Also an excellent tea!
A good win, but next week will be a bit trickier, with United Social the opposition on the ever unpredicatble Racecourse.