Innings of: Bugbrooke II
Innings of: St Michael's
Match report to follow
An inspirational bowling performance by Martin Baker set up a comprehensive 10 wicket victory for St Michael's on a sweltering June day. Bowling unchanged in near tropical conditions, Baker ripped the heart out of the Bugbrooke batting line up, leaving the St Michael's opening pair of Alan Bartley and Bill Kingston the straightforward task of knocking off the 73 runs for victory without losing a wicket in reply.
On the hottest day of the year so far, St Michael's skipper Will Kingston duly lost the toss, and with the distraction of England v Paraguay and the roasting conditions, Bugbrooke chose to bat first. And they were soon in trouble as Baker struck in the third over to remove Nigel Heath for a duck, before Malcolm Swann got in on the act to have Phillip McFadian caught, also for a duck, by Will Kingston at short extra cover. At 11 for 2, the scene had been set.
A recovery of sorts saw the score progress to 24 before Baker struck twice in 2 overs to remove Andrew Watson for 27 and Roger Stone for 4. Tom Marlow joined the party, bowling Gary Palmer for 10 to reduce the home side to 44 for 5. Baker then removed Vernon Young LBW in his thirteenth and last over to grab his fifth. And it could have been more, as Peter White was then dropped behind on naught, to add to the four other dropped catches from various culpable fielders. Tom Marlow wrapped up the tail with two more wickets, sandwiched around the comical run out of White, to make the final total 72. Only Sam Heath's 27 showed any resolve.
The St Michael's reply began cautiously as openers Kingston and Bartley became accustomed to the bounce from the artificial wicket. Twelve runs after 10 overs seemed like slow going, but a spurt of boundaries saw Young and then Chris Lamb removed from the menu and the damage had been done. The two veteran batters remained undefeated and the win was secured when a leg side delivery from the impressive Heath was fumbled by the wicket keeper and went for 4 byes to secure a haul of 27 points and an early finish.