Innings of: Spencer
Match report (by a bloke at the bar)
The weather was the winner as Team St Michael's entertained Spencer in week 4 of their Division 9 season.
The omens didn't look good when a duck was seen resting on the outfield. Perhaps he knew of the rain showers to follow, or had heard of the other gathering of ducks at St David's on Saturday afternoons. We'll never know.
St Michael's veteran skipper Will Kingston won the toss and offered an invitation to Spencer to bat first. Martin 'Gilly' Baker took a wicket with the first ball of the match, his waist high full bunger being tentatively clipped by Faulkner to the waiting hands of Ian 'Shaun Pollock' Geddes at mid off. Geoff Lambert took the other wicket, Rambo having Cox caught behind by the confident glovework of Brian 'Bertie' Ahearn.
Spencer had struggled to score a rake of runs so far this season, and so Baker, being the ever considerate cricketer that he is, decided with the rain falling and an abandonment imminent he would attempt to play the batters back into form with a series of short balls outside off stump for them to pump repeatedly through the covers off the back foot. The offside resembled Tin Can Alley as , Bartley, Cannell and Mayes were all fired at by the Spencer batters, who were quickly regaining lost confidence.
Then, when the room was calm and order restored, the skipper treated the team to a pearl of wisdom that captains around the league will no doubt want to buy into in future weeks; “The more runs we keep them down to, the easier it is going to be for us when we bat!!!”...What a tart!!!
As the after match tasks were completed, 'Big' Al Bartley, who had earlier entertained the dressing room with jokes and banter, won the football card with an inspired punt on Hearts. Not satisfied with that, he then went and won the second card in the bar later, and duly bought absolutely nothing for his thirsty team mates, instead leaving the 40 large sitting tight in his '1985 chinos for big men' side pocket.
Next week sees St Mick's get their passports and overnight bags out as we embark on an away day to Thrapston. The journey to the promise land continues...