Innings of: Rat Pack
Innings of: St Michael's
St Michael's eased into the semi-finals of the Garnett Cup with a comfortable 6 wicket over Section 2 side Olivair on Saturday.
St Michael's veteran skipper Ian Geddes won the toss and asked the visitors to bat. And they made a steady start on a slow Weston Favell wicket. The first wicket to fall was Parish in the 15th over when he lobbed up a catchable shot to Will Kingston at short square leg. Kingston bottled out of the catch attempt but did scoop up the ball on the bounce and with Parish wondering down the wicket in no man's land he smartly removed the bails. Renda soon followed, caught by Malc Swann off Martin Baker's bowling a t mid wicket, and Earl could have followed him back to the pavilion 2 balls later, but Tom Marlow put down a simple chance at gully.
The Rat Pack score was being considerably aided by a vast number of wides coming from all bowlers (yes, except you Simon), adding a huge 22 by the end of the innings. However once the top order had been removed the Rat Pack scoring dried up with some tight bowling by Cannell and Marlow. The final total of 126 would prove challenging an a pitch showing signs of low bounce.
The reply started slowly. Rushon Palangi chanced his arm on several occasions and was dropped twice before being bowled for 18 having one swing too many. At the other end the bespectacled Dale Harrison was quietly going about his business, scoring 15 before his misjudged a delivery that slowed on the wicket and was caught at cover off Bundy.
James Phillips missed his first two deliveries before the third one proved too straight for the youngster to handle and he was comprehensively bowled. Malc Swann prodded around for an unconvincing 3, and with the reply at 58 for 4, an upset was on the cards.
However Messrs Will Kingston and Tom Marlow soon were tucking in to the change bowlers who were unable to keep up the good work of the opening attack. Soon the boundaries were flowing, including 3 huge sixes, the last of which from Marlow's blade won the game with 8 overs to spare.