Innings of: Northants Stars
Innings of: St Michael's
St Michael's were cruising to a comfortable victory in this Garnett Cup semi-final clash with Northants Stars at the Racecourse when the Stars decided not to continue to play in the wet conditions. This was despite instructions from the umpire to resume play after a rain shower.
Stars batted first, and following last week's batting collapse, made a solid start. It was debutante South African Clayton Kelly who made the breakthrough, claiming 2 wickets in 2 balls with the score on 33. Then Simon Cannell, fresh off the operating table, came on to wreak havoc in the Stars batting line up. Perhaps it was the drugs, but Cannell weaved a spell of magic that the Stars were unable to counter. He ended up with a very jugable 6 for 12 to give St Michael's a winning target of 91 in 40 overs.
The St Michael's reply began in the rain, and Rushon Palangi must have wanted to get back into the tent judging by the swing and miss to get himself bowled for 1. As the rain continued, Dale Harrison and Matt Collier built a solid partnership before Collier was caught behind for 29.
A short break for the rain followed, but when the shower ended, the Stars refused to resume, despite the directions of the umpire who deemed the pitch fit for play. Even though the pitch was safe and playable, the Stars would not change their mind, and so the game ended in acrimony. The League Secretary has been informed, and so we await the Committee's decision as to whether the game is to be replayed or the tie is awarded to St Michael's. Let's hope it's the right one.
Update 2/7 - The League Committee have since ruled that the match be awarded to St Michael's as the Northants Stars broke competition rules by refusing to comply with the umpire's decision to play. See you in the final!!