Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Doddridge
Following two successive washouts, St Michael's finally played some cricket and eased to a comfortable win in the first round of the Garnett Cup.
Doddridge won the toss and put the home side in to bat. Let's be polite and say it was a slow start, with openers Bill Kingston and Dale Harison setting their stalls out. On the other hand, you could say it was like pulling teeth, when after 15 overs the score was 12 for 0. When Kingston was finally out, debutante Rushon Palangi raised the tempo with a quick fire 21 before being adjudged LBW.
Harrison took this as the cue to now swing his blade, including a huge 6 over mid wicket. Following a poor 2003, it was good to see him reach his 50. Over the winter Dale bought a new bat, but perhaps it was because he wore glasses for the first time in a match meant he could see the ball at last. He was eventually out stumped for a superb 52.
Tom (or is it Tim?) Marlow hit some lusty blows in a rapid 25, but it was unclear if the total of 134 would be enough.
In reply, Doddridge were just a slow in the run scoring department. A tight opening spell by Martin Baker saw him take a return catch to dismiss Alan Bartley in only the second ball of the innings. Malc Swann had to stop with a bad back after 3 overs, and with last year's bowling hero Tom Marlow failing to make an impression, the game was evenly balanced.
Step forward the enigmatic figure of Simon Cannell. He tossed down 8 overs that bamboozled the Doddridge batters, finishing up with 6 for 17 to rip the heart out of the visitor's run chase. In the end the 134 target was never threatened, and the match was finally wrapped up in the last over with Palangi taking his first wicket for the club.
A good run out for St Michael's who now face Ratpack (??) in round 2 on June 5.