Innings of: Geddington III
Innings of: St Michael's
In a new league with new teams, there is bound to be the occasional mis-match. This was one such game as St Michael's rebounded from two successive defeats to easily overcome Geddington 3s at a picturesque Weldon.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat first. Malc Swann was first to strike when he had Longhurst caught at square leg by Will Kingston. It was a fine catch and started what would prove to be a succession of wickets. Fellow opening bowler Martin Baker opened his account in the next over when he bowled Bowen for 4. Two overs later he struck again to remove Creighton, also bowled, for 5.
On a wicket that was seaming like a bowler's dream, Baker filled his boots by taking another 4 wickets to end up with a very jugable 6 for 23. Tom Marlow also got in on the act with 3 cheap wickets.
The only question left unanswered was whether the visitors could knock off the 55 runs required for victory in few enough overs to gain maximum batting points. Al Bartley opened the reply with Danny York, fresh from his shag fest around Australia. And it looked like York had never been away as he scratched around for early runs. He was dropped twice in the first over, but once he got his eye in, he began to tuck into the bowling. Once settled, he despatched 3 successive sixes in one Longhurst over, with passing traffic and neighbouring greenhouses under increasing threat.
The winning runs were hit by the veteran Bartley in the ninth over to secure the maximum haul and an early tea.