Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Obelisk II
St Michael's remained in the hunt for promotion with victory over Obelisk II on Saturday.
Losing the toss, St Michael's were asked to bat first on the Obelisk mat. And they made heavy work of it, struggling to 76 for 5 as Dean and Summerton made use of the uneven bounce. Danny York was looking comfortable, stroking his way to 26 before he was out caught. Skipper Ian Geddes slapped a quickfire 17, and was ably supported by Faizel Omarji, who scored a classy 34, his top score for the club so far.
A clatter of wickets with the score on 125 did not bode well for setting a challenging target. However a 51 run ninth wicket partnership between the evergreen Malc Swann (23 no) and Simon Cannel (17 no) saw the visitors reach 179 for 8 at the half way point.
The Obelisk reply started with gusto, with openers White and Summerton tucking in to the St Michael's attack. Simon Cannell made the breakthrough when had bowled Summerton for 43. He then removed Evans for no score next ball but was unable to claim the hat-trick.
They say catches win matches, and when Martin Baker somehow clung on to a pile driver from White at short mid wicket, the tide seemed to turn towards the visitors. Taylor was then removed to a smart stumping from Brian Ahearn to give Cannell another wicket and another chance of a hat-trick. However the net delivery was successfully defended.
Skipper Ian Geddes, sniffing some cheap wickets, brought himself on to bowl and promptly removed Robinson to a good catch from Danny York. In his next over, he removed Lewis LBW, bowled Dean first ball, and then repeated the trick to remove Whiteside to claim his hat-trick and the win.