Innings of: Mears Ashby
Innings of: St Michael's
St Michaelís were defeated for the second week in a row on Saturday as Mears Ashby strengthened their push for the title, whilst at the same time throwing their opponents promotion ambitions on ice.
On another warm day, St Michaelís fielded first. Ian Geddes made an immediate breakthrough when he had opener Chamberlain brilliantly caught at point by Luke Bartley. He then had Watts bowled for 18, before change bowlers Martin Baker and Simon Cannel took three quick wickets between them to have the home side reeling at 55 for 5.
However a 53 run partnership between G Kinnear and White saw the beginning of a Mears Ashby revival. Kinnear eventually score 117 as the St Michaelís bowlers suffered in the heat for the second week in a row. However with a small boundary and a lightening quick outfield, the final total of 212 was not out of reach.
The St Michaelís reply got off to a rapid response, with Dale Harrison in particular taking a liking to the home attack. He struck 4 fours off one over from Edwards before he was caught for 28.
Wickets came at regular intervals thereafter, and with the score at 74 for 4 and 3 players making up the numbers, it seemed an early finish was on the cards.
However a 67 run partnership between Simon Cannell and Malc Swann turned things around. Cannell, following an inauspicious duck last week against Spencer, took the attack to the Mears Ashby bowlers. As well at hitting his first six for the club (a lofted straight drive into the side of the pavilion), he then passed another milestone as he scored his first half-century for St Michaelís.
However the hopes of the visitors were soon dashed as Cannell, Swann and then Brian Ahearn all went within quick succession. The tailed failed to wag and Mears Ashby eventually came out comfortable winners by 57 runs.