Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: United Social
St Michael's won their third game in a row in a Racecourse thriller on Saturday.
United Social won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. And it seemed a good decision as both openers were back in the pavilion with the score on 10. But a 52 run partnership for the third wicket seemed to have turned the tide, with Will Kingston (34) and Trevor Kirby (20) looking in good form, but both were out in quick succession. The usual middle order collapse ensued, with the pitch doing its best to make life troublesome for the St Michael's batsmen. Only Malc Swann (19) and Mick Lowe (15) showed any resolve. The final total of 120 looked on the light side.
This looked especially so as the Social top order made good progress, with all the top 5 batsmen scoring well. It wasn't until skipper Ian Geddes turned to Tom Marlow that things started to get interesting. He took 3 quick wickets to put some doubt in the Social batting lineup, especially so when Tony Heath had to retire temporarily after being hit in the face with a delivery that lifted off a length. Nerves were now a janglin', but the target of 120 was edging closer and closer.
Skipper Geddes then threw his last card on the table with Social requiring 8 runs to win. Simon Cannell stepped forward, and in his first over had Codner LBW for 24, followed by Patel caught and bowled for no score. A maiden from Mick Lowe heightened the tension. Cannell stepped forward, with Social needing 5 to win. However Cannell was on a mission. Tony Heath scrambled a single, leaving the last man Norris to face Cannell. He couldn't face the heat and dollied up a return catch to Cannell, diving low to his left to grab a famous victory.
Next week it's back to the Racecourse when St Michael's face an ageing Doddridge side. Can they make it 4 wins in a row? Tune in to this station to find out...