Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: West Haddon II
After more than a century playing their trade in the Northampton Town League, St Michael's first ever game in the Northamptonshire Cricket League saw them ease to a comprehensive 114 run win over West Haddon II.
Most away games will be played on private grounds with changing rooms, showers and teas provided, a new experience for the lads of St Michael's more used to park pitches, tents to change in a home made sandwiches.
Despite the later start time of 2pm, visiting skipper Ian Geddes was unsurprisingly late arriving and left the toss to vice captain Will Kingston. He called correctly and elected to bat on what looked like a good pitch.
The honour of facing the first ball went to new recruit Alan Bartley, a product of the club's new youth policy. He made a confident 32, stroking the ball around the lush outfield with ease before being caught behind.
However it was Will Kingston stole the show with a rapid 89. Once he secured his half century, he saw the ball like a football, hitting 12 fourss and a six as he narrowly missed out on a ton.
The final total of 225 would prove tough for West Haddon to achieve, and despite Tom Marlow spilling 2 catches early on, the St Michael's bowlers were always on top. Martin Baker took the first wicket, having Robinson caught behind for 2. The evergreen Malc Swann turned back the clock, taking 3 wickets for not very many before he had to make his excuses and leave for a birthday party. Skipper also had to leave before the scheduled close of play, but did manage to snaffle 3 for 12 before shooting off.
The West Haddon tail wagged towards the end, with French scoring 24 before Tom Marlow had him bowled to make the breakthrough. Baker took the final wicket in the 41st over to secure maximise bowling points.