Innings of: Prims XLCR
Innings of: St Michael's
A defeat to sign off the season, and one that summed up St Michael's strengths and weaknesses - good in the bowling department, but poor when it comes to batting.
St Michael's seasoned skipper Ian Geddes won the toss and elected to field first. After a quiet first few overs, Prims openers Steve Hanwell and Hutchings tucked into the St Michael's opening bowlers of Malc Swann and Trev Kirby. Runs came at a rapid rate, with the 50 up in the ninth over.
First change bowler Martin Baker made the first breakthrough, bowling Hutchings for 32. But from then it was the Tom Marlow show. After some early filth, he proceeded to rip through the Prims batters, claiming a personal best 7-47 in the process. When he pitched it short, it went over square leg for 6, and did so on 4 occasions. But when he put in in the right place, he proved devastating. Baker grabbed the other 3, including 2 return catches.
The St Michael's batting was poor to put it politely. With 4 ducks and only 2 scores in double figures, the Prims bowlers had a field day. At 35-8, things were looking very grim. But a spirited 22 from Brian Ahearn took the score past 50 before he was the last man out for 22.
A disappointing way to end the season, but with 7 wins out of 12 and fourth place in the final league table, St Michael's can look back on good season. Let's hope they can improve their batting for next season.