St Michael's Cricket Club

 

Opponent : Podington II
Date : 16August 2008
Venue : Podington
Result : Won by 15 runs

Innings of: St Michael's

1 S Tinant ct J Waterfield b M Parsons 3 Bowling O M R W
2 M Collier ct J Waterfield b B Parsons 8 B Parsons 13 4 43 4
3 W Kingston jr ct Gell-Ward b Garlick 47 M Parsons 12.3 4 33 4
4 G Lambert ct White b B Parsons 0 M White 5 0 19 0
5 I Geddes b M Parsons 0 J Souster 5 1 17 0
6 A Bartley ct J Waterfield b B Parsons 12 J Humphries 4 1 10 0
7 M Swann ct & b b B Parsons 2 B Garlick 4 0 19 1
8 Dave Harrison b M Parsons 7
9 M Lowe ct b M Parsons 8
10 T Marlow not out 18
11

M Baker

run out 2
Overs 43.3

Extras

32
Wickets 10

Total

140

Innings of: Podington II

1 P Waterfield b Lambert 53 Bowling O M R W
2 N Gell-Ward ct Tinant b Baker 41 T Marlow 13 3 28 3
3 J Souster b Marlow 5 M Swann 5 2 14 0
4 L Parsons ct Harrison b Baker 4 I Geddes 7 1 19 0
5 J Waterfield b Marlow 3 G Lambert 10.1 3 21 5
6 B Garlick b Lambert 4 W Kingston jr 3 0 16 0
7 K Taylor LBW b Lambert 0 M Baker 6 0 16 2
8 M White

ct Harrison

b Lambert 0
9 B Parsons b Marlow 0
10 J Humphries b Lambert 0
11 M Parsons not out 5
Overs 25.2

Extras

10
Wickets 10

Total

125

Rambo returns to take five of the best 

Six o'clock on a Saturday evening at Podington, and St Michael's skipper Will Kingston was in a quandry. Chasing a meagre total of 140, the Podington openers were making slow but steady progress at 90-0.

St Michael's were staring down the barrel of a gun, they were drinking at the last chance saloon, their cards were marked, they between a rock and a hard place (Get on with it!!). Kingston had used his 4 main bowlers, but to no effect. He even brought himself on, but his dibbly dobblers were meat and drink to the batters. Who would he turn to in his hour of need? Who could dig him out of this hole? Who would be his knight in shining armour?

He scanned the horizon. Who was that forlorn figure in the long grass, talking to the sheep?

Step forward Martin Gilly Baker. Cometh the hour, etc.

Baker trotted in, the batters licking their lips at the prospect of an early pint at the expense of the visitor's sixth choice bowler. But the smiles were soon gone. Baker almost made the breakthrough in his second over, but skipper Kingston's mind was elsewhere as he put down a catch at mid off. D'oh!

Next over, Baker tempted Gell-Ward, found the outside edge, and Simeon Tinant did the rest with a smart catch at Gully. At least St Michael's would avoid a 9 wicket defeat.

Tom Marlow then bowled the number 3 batter, before Baker removed the next man to keeper Dave Harrison's dependable glovework. Game on!!

Geoff Rambo Lambert then came up to the plate, bowling the other opener Waterfield for a dogged half century. Two more wickets in the over, and the Podington ship was going down.

Geoff Lambert - Cleaned up the tail

Geoff Lambert - Cleaned up the tail

The rest of the tail failed to wag, and from the jaws of defeat, St Michael's had won a most remarkable victory to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Earlier, a poor batting display had seen the visitors slump to 22-4, before skipper Kingston's 47 and Mr Extras generous 32 saw the score limp to 140. The rest is history.

More stiff upper lip will be required next week when Obelisk make the shot trip for fortress Brixworth.

 

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