Innings of: Spencer
Innings of: St Michael's
As the captain was running late due to a player who will remain nameless rang at 1.10 to say that he would make his own way to the cricket and would not need to be picked up, this was because he was buying some spikes!!! Vice Captain Kingston (Jnr) stepped in briefly to win the toss and invite Spencer to have a bat.
During the first over of play St. Michaels 11th player turned up having been to town, Mr Palangi was sporting a new pair of, no not spikes but Nike air pumps !!! ( Red and Black!!!) Excellent!!!
Spencer got off to a flying start on a racecourse pitch with a very fast out field. With 6 overs gone they were on 46 without loss and then Muscutt tried to play one to many and Swanny took the first wicket. The run rate then slowed as St Michaels were able to contain the Spencer attack. It was the deceptively devious slow Cannell that bamboozled the Spencer batsmen taking 4 for 41.
It was a difficult day in the field with injuries sustained by Kingston (jnr), T. Kirby, S. Cannell and Kingston (snr) with his ongoing injury in spite of wearing two knee supports and applying a number of ointments. The main problem being arthritis which a bone specialist diagnosed a year or so ago following an arthroscopy. He felt that there was little to be done other than try to build the muscles up around the knee. To this effect W. Kingston (snr) has invested in a certain amount of gym equipment and a personal trainer and now works out on a regular basis while watching the Simpsons. Last week was a particularly good episode in which Lisa damaged her saxophone. However I feel I may be getting off the subject (extract from Bill Kingston's Autobiography titled "The growing aches and pains of Bill Kingston aged 57¾."
With 5 overs lost to the rain, Spencer finished up with a very respectable 179 for 8.
There was a chance of a win for St. Michael's with the pitch now dry, fast outfield and not forgetting a strong batting line up. However a solid start was required, and at 11-3, things weren't going according to plan.
Kingston (snr) was sent in to block out and batten down the hatches he was joined by Kingston (jnr) who also was instructed to block out. And block out they did as Kingston father and son put on an excellent 10 runs in the next 10 overs. What followed was a mini onslaught as Kingston father and son took it to the Spencer bowling attack with ball flying everywhere well mainly cow corner!!. St Michael's were getting back in the game and with 10 over remaining 80 were required and this looked possible with the Spencer attack getting weaker, and Mr Muscutt getting slightly narked off and coming down the track about every other ball to have a chat with the batsmen!! I think he was asking which pub we were going to afterwards or something like that ( but was sent back on a number of occasions to field the ball as it trickled down to the Romany!)
Unfortunately in the 32nd over on 116 for 3 the rain came pouring down and play was abandoned. Kingston father and son both remained not out and put on a partnership of 105 (Kingston (jnr) 75* and Kingston (snr) 14*)
The reason for the extensive report is due to the fact that i am a student and have nothing to do all day! lovely jubbly!!!
Report written by Will Kingston jr (Vice Captain)