Innings of: Mears Ashby
Innings of: St Michael's
St Michael's lost their 100% home record on Saturday to a Mears Ashby side who by winning completed a double over the Northampton side.
Skipper Will Kingston won the toss and opted to field first. And he was rewarded will a good opening spell from long hopper Tom Marlow who troubled the Mears Ashby top order with some hostile bowling, mixing up the short stuff with a good supply of yorkers, as he took the first 4 wickets to fall, all bowled. When he removed Graeme Kinnear to claim his fourth victim, followed by Simon Cannel's removal of Tebbutt for a duck, the home side may have thought the hard work had been done. However, as in the first game between the sides, a stubborn sixth wicket stand took the game away from St Michael's as Watts (72) and Gardner (37) each responded with solid innings. Faizel Omarji took 3 wickets near the end to put the brakes on what at one point looked like being a score well in excess of 200.
The St Michael's reply started sedately, with only 34 runs coming off the first 15 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. The Mears Ashby change bowlers came on also proved difficult to score off, with only Danny York's half century to showing any real resistant to to slowing run rate. The rate steadily increased so that 77 were required off the final 12 overs. It proved too much as the tail failed to wag and St Michael's were all out for 124 in the 41st over.
Perversely the win was not enough for Mears Ashby who cannot now go up. St Michael's can secure the third and final promotion place should they overcome Obelisk II this Saturday.