Innings of: Obelisk II
Innings of: St Michael's
St Michael's finally secured promotion to Division 11 of the Northamptonshire County League following a nervous 6 wicket victory over Obelisk II.
The game had originally been postponed due to the pitch at Weston Favell School being unavailable. However the League Committee deemed that St Michael's were not at fault and so ordered the game to be re-scheduled. The re-scheduling meant that both teams were unable to field their normal starting elevens, and so both sides resorted to bolstering their line ups with guests from teams in the Northampton Town League.
On a mild but cloudy day, St Michael's commander in chief Ian Geddes won the toss and had no hesitation in asking Obelisk to bat first. The skipper duly took the new cherry himself and immediately struck when he had Russell caught by Malc Swann in the slips without troubling the scorers.
Swann, meanwhile, was turning back the years with a superb spell of swing bowling. His 8 overs went for only 5 runs (2 scoring shots), and he bagged 2 wickets to keep the scoring rate down.
After Geddes had knackered himself out bowling a pitiful 7 overs, the ball was tossed to perennial pie chucker Simon Cannell. His first ball went to 7 (yes 7, a six off a no ball!). However after that, normal service was resumed as he took 3 for 24 off 10 tight overs. New boy Luke Passmore also got in on the act, bagging a respectful 3 for 10 on his debut.
The St Michael's reply got off to a slow start. However Matt Collier's rock like innings steadied the ship. He smacked 2 huge sixes off the hapless Dean to almost see the side home. When he was eventually out for 36, Malc Swann and Ian Geddes took their time, protecting their averages, and eventually saw St Michael's to a 6 wicket victory with 19 overs to spare.