St Michael's Cricket Club

 

Opponent : Wicken II
Date : 10 May 2008
Venue : Brixworth
Result : Won by 46 runs

Innings of: St Michael's

1 S Tinant ct b Weston 17 Bowling O M R W
2 G Mayes LBW b Roberts 72 B Weston 13 2 51 2
3 A Bartley run out 3 N More 7 3 39 0
4 I Geddes ct b Roberts 40 A Humphries 13 2 48 0
5 W Kingston jr b Roberts 25 I Roberts 11 1 55 5
6 M Collier b Roberts 2 I Bridge 1 0 12 0
7 T Marlow ct b Roberts 11
8 M Lowe run out 8
9

G Lambert

not out 21
10

S Cannell

ct & b

b Weston 2
11

M Baker

not out 1
Overs 45

Extras

19
Wickets 9

Total

222

Innings of: Wicken II

1 L Wright ct Collier b Lambert 38 Bowling O M R W
2 A Rathod b Lambert 7 M Baker 7 1 27 0
3 K Worsfold b Lambert 11 G Lambert 13 1 32 5
4 P Stanford b Lambert 1 T Marlow 11 0 42 0
5 I Bridge b Lambert 2 S Cannell 7 2 33 1
6 A Humphries ct Tinant b Cannell 22 W Kingston jr 3 0 26 1
7 P Humphries ct Tinant b Geddes 52 I Geddes 3.2 0 12 3
8 J Goodger ct Bartley b Kingston jr 0
9 I Roberts b Geddes 30
10 B Weston not out 4
11 N Moore ct Baker b Geddes 0
Overs 44.2

Extras

9
Wickets 10

Total

176

A local raconteur and bon viveur writes.....  

Lambert's five of the best too hot for Wicken

St Michael's continued their positive start to life in Division 9 with a healthy 46 run victory of Wicken II. Will Kingston's limp wrist had healed sufficiently to allow him to take charge of the team for the first time this season, where he won the toss and decided to take first use of the glorious Brixworth track.

After negotiating the first few tight overs, primary batter Simeon Tinant and stand-in opener Graham Mayes played freely and confidently, putting on 76 runs for the first wicket before Tinant was well caught at point for another platform building contribution. 'Big' Al Bartley was run out when his titanic turning circle didn't allow him to get back after a crazy attempted run to gully. Graham 'Brian Potter' Mayes and Ian 'Shaun Pollock' Geddes accelerated the scoring during the middle phase of the innings before Mayes departed for a quick fire 72. Captain Chaos Kingston then joined Geddes to push the score towards 200, and the double century which was duly completed with cameos from Collier, Marlow, Lowe and Cannell. Geoff Lambert survived more than 3 balls this week and accumulated an effortless 21 not out to boost the total to 222-9 of the full 45 overs.

After a truly scrumptious tea provided by the Lambert family, including scones with jam and fresh clotted cream, St Michael's took to the field and huddled around Captain Kingston, eager to absorb each pearl of wisdom soon to pass from his lips. As lines like 'don't get down if it doesn't go our way' and 'stick together no matter what' revved up the lads to a frenzy, Martin 'Gilligan' (silly name) Baker and Geoff 'Rambo' Lambo took the new ball. Inspired by his missus culinary delights, Lambo whipped out the first five, four cleaned up and one expertly caught by 'Kitty' Collier behind the stumps with a superb spell of military medium seam bowling to put St Michael's firmly in charge. Tom Marlow continued his good work from the week before and bowled far better than his figures suggest. (Really??)

With the game looking comfortable in the home team's favour, Captain Chaos brought himself on and proceeded to throw up his full range of Bertie Basset All Sorts. A combination of rank filth and sweet pies were hammered both sides of the wicket by the Wicken late order. Simon 'Far' Cannell, who had up to this point teased the Wicken batters with his 80mph thunderbolts (!!??), caught the captain's bug and served up an over of lolly that the Wicken batsmen creamed to all parts.

Rambo Lambo - 5 wickets

With a hint of panic in the air, Tom 'The Beast' Marlow and Ian 'Steve Sidwell' Geddes returned to the attack to confirm the victory, with Geddes picking up 3 rabbits with some tail end burglary, whilst Marlow also bowled frugally, although one ball had to be returned via taxi from Chapel Brampton. Simeon Tinant took 2 clean catches late on to give Cannell and Geddes wickets, and even 'Gilly' Baker got in on the act, sprawling forward at short mid-off (how does he get himself into these fielding positions?) to snaffle the final wicket.

Big Al Bartley, who dropped one at gully that your Nan would have held, left swiftly without leaving the football card, which means we have a roll over to next week, where old town league foes Spencer arrive at fortress Brixworth. The saga continues....

 

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