Innings of: West Haddon II
Innings of: St Michael's
Simon's pies too hot to handle for West Haddon
Normal service was resumed following last week's reversal as West Haddon II were easily defeated at a cold and wet Weston Favell Upper School.
Following Friday's rain, the pitch and outfield were very damp but play started on time. Home skipper Ian Geddes for once won the toss and asked the villagers in to bat first. And his decision looked a good one as opening bowler Martin Baker struck with the first ball of the innings as Dhesi gloved a short delivery to Matt Collier at first slip.
The pitch was proving lively, with long hopper Tom Marlow looking dangerous, exploiting the life in the pitch much to the discomfort of the West Haddon batters. He appeared to have Climie caught behind off a rip snorter but the confident appeal was turned down. However Marlow struck soon after as he comprehensively bowled Davies for 13.
Climie didn't last much longer as he pulled a ball from Baker to Jamie Brown at deep backward square where the bespectacled youngster took a good low catch, despite being out of position and not looking when the ball was hit. Marlow then struck again as one kept to to bowl Tarplee for 8.
Simon Cannell then came on the bowl and the wickets fell like bowling pins. His first ball saw Matheson dance down the wicket for keeper Ahearn to stump him. However the square leg umpire was unsighted due to him being behind Tom Marlow's bulk and so was unable to raise the dreaded digit. However Matheson did not make use of his extra life as next ball he pulled a full toss to Will Kingston at deep mid wicket for a good catch. Two more wickets fell in the over as Gaywood and Smith both wandered out of the crease for Ahearn to remove the bails. And the innings was complete 2 overs later as Cannell struck twice more to bowl Young and have Lee stumped, both for ducks. The collapse from 57-4 to 60-9 (all out) was stark and should prove easy to knock off.
And so it was as Matt Collier tucked in to help himself to a brisk 45 as the victory target was reached for the loss of only 2 wickets in the 18th over.