Innings of: Doddridge
Innings of: St Michael's
St Michael's sneaked home to claim a narrow victory from the jaws of defeat to maintain their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday. But they almost threw it away due to some poor timekeeping and some inept batting towards the end.
Doddridge batted first and made slow progress, preferring to keep their wickets intact rather than going for their shots. It was skipper Ian Geddes who made the breakthrough, having Alan Bartley caught at mid off with a good over the shoulder catch from Dale Harrison. In the next over he had the other opener Henderson caught behind, and then remove Richard Beeby first ball with a beauty that seemed and clipped the top of middle stump. Soon after he had Beeby jr caught with a superb catch by Bill Kingston at short square leg.
Some tight and teasing bowling by Simon Cannell claimed 3 wicket before skipper Geddes came on at the end to claim 2 more for a very jugable 5 for 6.
In reply St Michael's made a poor start as Dale Harrison guided his first ball to Lewis at slip. Matt Collier soon followed, stepping back to a ball that kept low and was adjudged LBW. At the other end Bill Kingston was, relatively speaking, making hay. He was chugging along nicely until skipper Ian Geddes, watching the clock rather than the fielders, ran out the veteran Kingston for 36. Geddes eventually threw his wicket away for a quickfire 26.
Victory was almost in sight, but a flurry of wickets saw 7 still required when the ninth wicket fell. In to bat came the crocked Martin Baker, with Will Kingston acting as runner. He stroked his first ball for 3, saw off a maiden from Matt Lewis, allowing Mall Swann hit 2 fours off the next over to claim the narrowest of victories.