Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Wellingborough Town IV
St Michael's enjoyed an emphatic win over Wellingborough Town IV on Saturday to remain in the hunt for promotion from Division 11 or the Northamptonshire Cricket League.
St Michael's skipper Will Kingston once again lost the toss, and was asked to bat first. Alan Bartley failed to show the resolve of last week and was first to go, bowled by Liam O'Reilly for 6. Faizal Omarji was going well, striking four 4s in a quick fire 24 before he was stumped by Lawman. A 48 run partnership between Ian Geddes and Will Kingston looked like setting a good platform until Geddes was bowled by Tom Pace for 32 when looked set for a big score. Things could have been worse had the Town catching been as good as their ground fielding, as a series of catches were put down.
However Kingston, still reeling from losing yet another toss, took up the reigns. He hit 15 fours in a superb display of batting to eventually end up undefeated on 103. He was joined at the end by the erratic Tom Marlow, who with a straight 6 managed to secure maximum batting pints in the final over of the innings.
The Wellingborough reply began with openers Hugh James and Steve Brady tucking into to some friendly bowling from the St Michael's openers. However Brady went for one shot too many as Baker nipped one back to bowl him for 23. He then removed number 3 Paul Bateman for a duck to reduce the reply to 33-2. The brakes then slowed the reply as Tom Marlow, Malc Swann and Ian Geddes all bowled with control, taking wickets at regular intervals.
The required rate rose to the extent that the result became a formality, with only bonus points at stake. A 30 run partnership for the seventh wicket frustrated the home side until Swann bowled opener James for a determined 29. The last 2 wickets were claimed by Baker, who ended up with 4-39, to secure a morale boosting 100 run victory.