Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Horton House III
In the end, St Michael's enjoyed a comfortable 89 run win over a youthful Horton House third XI, but the result belies the struggle the took place following some woeful batting by the the table topping visitors.
St Michael's skipper Ian Geddes won the toss and chose to bat first. Danny York was first to go, caught behind in the first over for a golden duck. A half century stand between Dale Harrison and Matt Collier steadied the ship until Harrison was caught for 31 off his glove to the keeper. Collier continued the score freely until he was caught and bowled by Day following a leading edge.
Wickets then came a regular intervals as the St Michael's middle order seemed unable to keep their heads. From 86 for 2, the scorecard diminished to 127 for 9 as perennial number 11 Martin Baker came to the wicket. However unlike those who fell before him, Baker was able to keep his end up, allowing skipper Geddes to score rapidly, accumulating boundaries almost at will. An hour later, the pair were still together and reached their century partnership in the penultimate over. The final total of 229 would prove a stiff one to for Horton to reach with such a young batting line up.
The Horton innings started with gusto as openers Finch and Patel took a liking to Tom Marlow's bowling, the hapless long hopper going for 30 off his first 4 overs before skipper Geddes asked to to take a blow. Geddes also took some treatment from Finch before settling down.
The breakthrough came when Finch struck one of Simon Cannell's pies to deep mid wicket. Under the ball was Tom Marlow. After his golden duck and generous bowling, he thankfully made no mistake to redeem himself and start the fight back.
Cannell soon after had the other opener Patel caught by skipper Geddes at long on for 22. After that it was a case of whether maximum bowling points could be gained. Whilst the Horton middle order proved as willing as the St Michael's middle order the give their wickets away, it was another last wicket partnership that frustrated the visitors as Ruff and Day dug their heels in to bat out the final 10 overs.