Innings of: Cogenhoe II
Innings of: St Michael's
St Michael's promotion aspirations were dealt a blow on Saturday as Cogenhoe pulled off a dramatic 1 run win.
In damp conditions, St Michael's skipper Will Kingston won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. In view of the potential threat from rain, the game was played on the mat, and the Cogenhoe openers of Piro James and Paul Browning got off to a flyer, as St Michael's opening bowlers Martin Baker and Tom Marlow struggled to keep their feet on the slippery surface.
Baker was first to strike, having Browning caught behind by Matt Collier for 14. A clatter of wickets followed, with Ian Geddes, Tom Marlow and Simon Cannell all in on the action, as Cogenhoe were reduced to 48 for 7. Keith Parsons then retired hurt as he took a ball in the face from Tom Marlow. However the St Michael's bowlers were unable to finish the job as the Cogenhoe tail defiantly wagged. Mark Bird, Steve Cox and Matt Golby all hung around to take the score to a creditable 118 for 9.
The St Michael's reply began well, with Bill and Will Kingston putting on 44 for the first wicket until skipper Will Kingston was caught for 25. The rest of the batting failed to turn up though, as Steve Cox took 6 for 21 to leave the reply in tatters. The ninth wicket went down with the score on 99, 20 short of victory. Jamie Brown and Martin Baker looked to be steering St Michael's to an unlikely victory. However it was not to be as Baker was caught with only 2 runs needed for the win.