Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Earls Barton III
Earls Barton III gained revenge for defeat earlier in the season by comfortably beating St Michael's by 6 wickets to throw the Division 12 promotion race wide open.
Earls Barton won the toss and elected to field first. Former St Michael's player Clayton Kelly struck early to bowl Simon Cannell for 1. Al Bartley and Matt Collier steadied the ship, adding 24 for the second wicket before Collier missed a straight one and was bowled by Kelly for 16. Debutant Faizel Omarji failed to trouble the scorers, and soon after Bartley was caught behind for a gritty 18.
The middle order failed to impress, and it was only Will Kingston with 33 and Malc Swann's late onslaught of 27 that gave the visitors a semi-respectable target to defend.
The Earls Barton reply was anchored by Wills' 47 not out. On a slow pitch, he was able to wait for the bad ball to keep the home side up with the required rate. He was supported by a late flourish by Clayton Kelly to see Earls Barton home with 4 overs to spare.