Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Wellingborough Old Grammarians III
St Michael's opened up the 2006 season with a hard fought win at Wellingborough OG IIIs.
New skipper Will Kingston lost the toss and was asked to bat first. A promising start from openers Faisal Omarji and the ever youthful Alan Bartley was broken when Omarji mis-judged a delivery from Tom Pursglove and was caught at mid wicket for a 16. Bartley progressed to 18 when he nicked one from Gary Dennis and was caught behind. Only Kingston and previous skipper Ian Geddes managed to display any fluency with the willow, scoring 22 and 18 respectively. However the final total of 128 was disappointing.
In reply, the St Michael's bowlers did an excellent job. Openers Martin Baker and Malc Swann restricted the top order, immediately causing the modest run rate to increase. Simon Cannell came on and bamboozled top scorer Charlie Kelland for 31, having him caught at deep backward square where a nervous looking Ian Geddes clung on to the catch. Paul Martin prove stubborn in the middle order, and remained undefeated on 17. However the tail was unable to wag as long hopper Tom Marlow removed the last 4 OGs batters, all bowled, to seal victory for the visitors.