Innings of: Ecton Hall
Innings of: St Michael's
At last, a league match. Following 2 wash outs and last week's debâcle when United Social refused to play ball, St Michael's finally got their league campaign underway and won a nail bighter.
Ecton Hall batted first and made steady progress, with batsmen Wills and Patel seeing off the opening bowlers of Palangi and Swann. It was skipper Ian Geddes who made the breakthrough, lulling Wills into a false shot with a slower ball. Cup bowling hero Simon Cannell picked out a couple of wickets, both caught by Dale Harrison on the long on boundary. Apart from that, the fielding was nothing to write home about, and several fines were dished out at the tea break. A late surge saw the home side gain maximum batting points, and would prove a challenging target to a St Michael's side that had the lowest number of batting points in the league last year.
In reply, a solid start was made by the St Michael's opening paid of Palangi and Harrison. Palangi was playing some delightful shots, but following a bought of cramp, undoubtedly caused by over enthusiastic fielding, he lost concentration and was bowled for 32. Dale Harrison was looking good following his half century the cup a fortnight ago, but misjudged a slow full toss by spinner Patel and could only scoop the ball to mid on where he was duly caught.
The teams left the field for a quick shower when the score was 78 for 3, and after that wickets steadily came, and the run rate fell back. Needing 80 to win in 45 minutes, Tom Marlow took the challenge head on, striking some lusty blows before he was unnecessarily bowled for 30 with just 18 to win. With the clouds coming in a rain immanent, it was left to skipper Ian Geddes to score the winning runs with only 1 over remaining.