Innings of: St Michael's
Innings of: Medbourne
St Michael's brushed aside basement boys Medbourne on a hot and sticky day at Kislingbury, though at one point it seemed the game might not go ahead at all.
With the clock ticking and no opponents in site, it appeared that Medbourne weren't going to show. However at 1:25, five minutes before the scheduled start, the away side turned up in dribs and drabs, seemingly unaware of the correct starting time.
Veteran St Michael's skipper Will Kingston enforced the rule that a side not arriving on time defaults the toss, but showing good spirit did not insist on the loss of any overs. He chose to bat first.
On a typically slow and unpredictable Kislingbury pitch, batting proved difficult and runs hard to come by, despite Medbourne starting the game with only 9 players. And it wasn't long before the visitors struck, Robinson removing Alan Bartley caught behind down the leg side. Poor shot - got what it deserved in my book.
Simeon Tinant and Dale Harrison were moving serenely along, taking the score on to 74, until Harrison was bowled by Burton for 30. Tinant was out soon after for 35, leaving the St Michael's middle order in a good position to take the score onwards and upwards. However a clatter of wickets saw the home side slump to 105-6 until some late clubbing by Malc Swann (16), Brian Ahearn (15) and the ever erratic Tom Marlow (20*) took the score to 143-8 off the full 45 overs.
In reply, Medbourne were never really in the hunt. Scoring at under 2 an over, survival seemed to be their priority as St Michael's openers Martin Baker and Malc Swann kept a tight line, never allowing the visitor's batters the chance to score freely. Swann struck first, but had to wait until the twelfth over to do so. Two overs later he struck again as both openers were back in the pavilion with the score on 24.
From the other end, Martin Baker was proving as miserly as Kevin Mason's wallet, conceding at less than a run an over, though wicketless until his penultimate over whereupon he took 3 in 8 balls to end up with 3-10.
The Medbourne middle and lower order failed to make much of an impression, and it was a case of how soon the St Michael's bowlers could wrap up the victory. This they duly did in the 39th over, Simon Cannel taking his second wicket to wrap up a 90 run victory and 27 points.