Innings of: Northampton Saints IV
Innings of: St Michael's
A woeful batting display by St Michael's gifted victory to Saints IV on Saturday. Chasing an apparently modest total of 108, the run chase was going well at 62 for 3. However the middle order and tail failed to wag to any degree, losing the last 7 wickets for only 6 runs to hand victory to the visitors.
St Michael's skipper Will Kingston was unable to lead the side due to a mild headache (??), leaving vice captain Simon Cannell to take charge.
On a damp pitch, Saints batted first. Andy Tait was soon removed by the evergreen Malcolm Swann for a single. Martin Baker then removed the other opener Trevor Kirby with a log hop that the veteran opener could only top edge to deep backward square where Swann took a good over the shoulder catch. The Saints innings was anchored by Jermain Charles. Hs patient 46 was only ended in the last couple of overs when he was caught in the deep for a determined 46.
The St Michael's reply started briskly, with openers Danny York and Alan Bartley scoring freely, but both were out playing adventurous shots when perhaps more caution was required. Stuart Griffiths was the only batter to get on top of the bowling, and his 30 spoke volumes about the inability of the rest of the St Michael's bating line to knuckle down. The rest of the batting is best forgotten.