Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Cogenhoe II
A good all round display saw St Michael's bank 29 points and a morale boosting victory following last week's reversal to St Andrews.
On another scorching day, St Michael's skipper Will Kingston lost the toss and was asked to bat to Cogenhoe skipper Dave Patrick. The St Michel's openers, Danny York and Alan Bartley, made a steady start, laying a solid foundation for the innings, scoring at 3 an over. The breakthrough came in the 25th over. York, anxious to accelerate the scoring, was bowled by Matt Golby for a jug avoiding 47. Bartley was next to go, caught behind off Jason Roberts for a steady 25.
Faizal Omarji and Will Kingston then accelerate the scoring, taking a series of quick singles. Omarji was caught for 10 to become Golby's second victim. Kingston, new bat in hand, stroked an elegant 28 before he holed out to Dave Patrick at cover.
With the outfield like a billiard table, Ian Geddes and Tom Marlow were able to take on the Cogenhoe bowlers, striking the ball cleanly to all parts of the ground. A succession of boundaries took the score past 200, and the visitors a solid platform to which to bowl at. Marlow ended up undefeated with 31, and Geddes also cunningly avoided a jug with 47.
The Cogenhoe reply started off in the worst possible way when Gary Brough was caught by Danny York at mid off without troubling the scorers. Marlow then took over, causing mayhem with the Cogenhoe batters. Jason Roberts was his first victim, the faintest snick to keeper Brian Ahearn. Soon after, a short ball was pulled to square leg by Golby, and with everyone looking to which par of the boundary the ball would end up, it was the sprawling Danny York who took a stupendous catch to send the Cogenhoe number 4 back to the pavilion for a duck.
Knight was looking dangerous until Simon Cannell struck with a well disguised pie. Knight attempted to steer a wide delivery over backward point and it looked like the ball would race away to the boundary until Simeon Tinnant stuck out a paw and it stuck.
Howarth struck a series of boundaries before he also fell to Cannell for 26 and that was effectively that. Tinnant wrapped up the innings with his first wicket for the club, bowling Albert Irons for 4 and breaking a stump of the process.