St Michael's Cricket Club


Opponent : Bold Dragoon I
Date : 5 July 2008
Venue : St David's, Brixworth
Result : Won by 8 wickets

Innings of: Bold Dragoon

1 R Sparling ct Ahearn b Marlow 2 Bowling O M R W
2 M Wall ct Collier b Marlow 10 T Marlow 13 3 35 6
3 W Grundy ct Harrison b Marlow 8 M Lowe 7 2 15 2
4 M Billingham ct Swann b Lowe 5 M Swann 8 3 15 1
5 M Pettit ct Ahearn b Marlow 8 I Geddes 4 3 5 0
6 H van der Westhuizen LBW b Lowe 0 G Mayes 1.5 0 5 1
7 C Johnson ct Bartley b Swann 5
8 D O'Dell ct Ahearn b Marlow 0
9 B Manjanja ct Geddes b Marlow 8
10 S Lord ct Bartley b Mayes 25

G Welsh

not out 2
Overs 20.3


Wickets 9



Innings of: St Michael's

1 S Tinnant b D O'Dell 7 Bowling O M R W
2 D Harrison b Wall 33 D O'Dell 12 3 30 1
3 A Bartley not out 9 R Sparling 6 1 10 0
4 G Mayes not out 11 M Wall 5 0 23 1
Overs 23


Wickets 2



Marlow's magic too Bold for Dragoon

St Michael's continued their impressive recent form with a thumping 8 wicket victory over the Bold Dragoon. Star of the show was Tom 'Ken Barlow' Marlow, who ripped out the top order with his clever use of the short, shorter and even shorter ball to snare 6-35. He was supported in the bowling department by Mick 'Picka' Lowe and Malc 'The Veteran' Swann, but equally in the field with a series of fine catches. Dale Harrison resembled Chuck Norris in Tin Can Alley as the ball followed him in the gulley. Two spilled half chances should not detract from a good un' until 'Big' Al Bartley replaced him there and took 2 from 2 to show how it should be done. Brian 'The Bear' Ahearn took 3, including a full length dive, but the catch of the day goes to Matthew 'Kitty, Tickles, Pom' Collier who chased a hook away from short leg to have it spiral over his shoulder and take the catch on the run. Skipper Ian Geddes bowled another tight spell and 'Lets do the twist' Chubby Chucker Graham Mayes snaffled the customary rabbit for his wicket stew.

With rain clouds a loomin' in them hills, tea was put on hold to allow the reply to start straight away post haste. Openers Simeon Tinant and Dale Harrison put on a solid 40 against some sharp bowling from Danny O'Dell before Tinant had his stumps resemble a set of bagpipes to an O'Dell yorker. Delicious, dangerous, dopey Dale continued in earnest, and his fine innings of 33 came to end when bowled by Wall with 20 needed. Big Al and Cakey Mayes saw the troops home not withstanding a short ball or two along the way.

A truly Tinnantatious tea was then gobbled down by the teams, consisting of filled baguettes, cakes, savories and ten pence a packet 2 years out of date crisps. The lads then celebrated with a beer or two, with skipper Ian 'Steve Sidwell' Geddes the lucky winner of  the football card.

As the beer flowed, a few made their cheery way home, but stalwarts-come-beer monsters Lowe, Baker, Harrison and Mayes found themselves drinking Abbott Ale in the Whyte Mellville at Boughton and singing along to the band before firstly Baker got the red card and was duly fetched and escorted home by the mem saab. Then unable to talk or stand properly, and long into the night, the three amigos walked and walked all the way into the dark...

Matt Collier - Catch of the day

Matt Collier - Catch of the day

Next week the chaps take the trip to the picturesque ground of Stoke Bruerne to play Spencer, with a Gilly organised evening to follow. However the following questions need to be answered before the day is done.

  • Will Big Al and Malc stay beyond 6.30?
  • Has Malc ever stayed out to see the sun set, and does he have any stamps left in his pass book?
  • Will Kitty Collier have a few beers, or go pretentiously tarty with a 1999 Merlot?
  • Will Big Al and Bunga wear their snug fit St Michael's t-shirts, or prefer the more loose fitting leisure wear?
  • Will Simeon look to sell some more smokey bacon crisps circa 2005 to the locals at a bargain 20p a packet? Or 30p for two?
  • Will Gilly get the hook and be frog marched out of the pub again, crying and repeatedly saying 'Sorry dear, Maysie and Dale made me stay"?
  • Will Tom Marlow bowl at the sticky up wooden things in the ground, or this week get it through to Brian having pitched on his left big toe?
  • Will dangerous Dave Harrison grab the mike and pretend to be REM's Michael Stipe?

We'll have to wait and see....

The Bystander


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