St Michael's Cricket Club

 

Opponent : Spencer
Date : 12 July 2008
Venue : Stoke Bruerne
Result : Lost by 7 wickets

Innings of: St Michael's

1 S Tinant b Rawsthorne 0 Bowling O M R W
2 Dale Harrison b Clare 1 M Clare 7 4 9 1
3 A Bartley b Law 21 T Rawsthorne 9 4 21 1
4 G Mayes ct Rawsthorne b Coles 36 T Crabtree 6 0 24 0
5 M Swann ct Tootell b Coles 2 M Law 12 4 26 1
6 M Collier run out 1 M Coles 8.1 2 12 5
7 I Geddes LBW b Coles 3
8 B Ahearn run out 0
9 Dave Harrison not out 15
10 T Marlow b Coles 0
11

M Baker

b Coles 0
Overs 42.1

Extras

19
Wickets 10

Total

101

Innings of: Spencer

1 S McCarthy b Geddes 4 Bowling O M R W
2 R Muscutt b Marlow 2 T Marlow 9 2 29 1
3 A York not out 29 M Swann 7 4 5 0
4 T Rawsthorne b Geddes 10 M Baker 8 2 25 0
5

M Clare

not out 39 I Geddes 8 1 19 2
G Mayes 2.2 0 11 0
Overs 35.2

Extras

6 S Tinant 1 0 9 0
Wickets 3

Total

102

Catches win matches, so Michael's lose out

St Michael's suffered their first defeat in 5 games against Spencer at picturesque Stoke Bruerne on Saturday. Spencer won the crucial toss and asked St Michael's to bat first in damp and green conditions, which they used well to their advantage. Simeon 'Smokey Bacon' Tinant was first to go, and was soon followed by Dale 'Abbott Ale' Harrison as the Mick's were reduced to 12-2 of 12 overs. Big Al Bartley (21) and Graham 'Chubby Chucker' Mayes (36) batted well to negotiate the conditions and tight Spencer bowling and took the score to 70 before Big Al, limping after pulling a fetlock earlier in the innings, perished to a swinging delivery.

Malc Swann came and went as did Matt 'Poltergeist' Collier in bizarre fashion. Kitty had a demonic out of body experience as he first flicked a leading edge up to the silly mid-off position. With the ball hovering and Spencer players converging, he set off out of the traps like a herd of stampeding wildebeest. As the ball dropped between the Spencer players, he did a sliding about turn and set off back to the crease, falling short despite the full length 'Superman through the air' dive. As the wickets continued to tumble, Dave Harrison stood firm and finished undefeated on 15 in St Michael's final total of 101.

With conditions improving and the pitch drying out in the sunshine, St Michael's had it all to do. Things looked good when Tom Marlow bowled the ever dangerous Richard Muscutt in the third over and then skipper Ian Geddes bowled the perfect slower ball to remove Rawsthorne. Then came the game's defining moments as first Tom Marlow became little Mr Butterfingers at mid-off, and then Kitty Collier continued his impressive contribution to the match with a Paul Daniels 'That's Magic' clanger at square leg. As the skier came down to nestle in his hands, someone pulled the string to the secret trap door in his palms, and as if by magic, the ball disappeared straight through. 

Gilly was the bowler on both counts, and being the wise old dog that he is, realised the game was lost and thus decided it wasn't to to be our day. So he duly served up some Harry Half Trackers for the Spencer batters to hit into the road. Or was that Roade??

The Bear made some diving stops in the outfield with only his left arm in working order, and on one occasion ripped a left arm throw towards the stumps that resembled an effeminate darts player. Dave Harrison, deputising for Brian, put in an impressive first performance behind the stumps to continue a good day's work for the new recruit. 

Tom Marlow - Butter fingers

All in all, Michael's were well beaten, but not disheartened, and shared a few beers at Bruerne before some of the lads went into town for a few more ales and a curry. One of those was 'After 8 counts as late' Malc Swann, who with legal representation and plenty of groveling, stayed the course of the evening until bed time. Wow, will wonders never cease??

No game next week, and with injuries mounting to the team a welcome week off for all. Battle recommences on 26 July at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes, where St Michael's take on Obelisk. 

The Stoke Bruerne Stalker  (Field representative of the Brixworth Bystander)

 

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