22 May 2015 - Charlie Compton
“St Michael’s always put out a strong side. It’s normally a struggle.” As far as motivational talks go, this was up there from our skipper. He wished me luck, apologised for not being able to make it and put down the phone. They did indeed field a strong side, and several players under 25.
Given the fading light the week before, and the overcast skies at the toss, I persuaded their skipper to keep it at 15 overs.
Old Oaks batted first, and St Michael’s kept things very tight, with good bowling, and good, enthusiastic fielding. Tiley and Taylor, opening for Old Oaks, just about managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and both made it to 25, but we needed an injection of quick runs. With the score at 40 after 8 overs, Macca saw a break in the clouds and ran on to tell their skipper that we’d play 18 overs after all. Just as well, because despite that we struggled to just 122 at the close.
In short, they got the runs comfortably with Ashdown, Cobb and Vann all retiring in quick succession. They had plenty of overs to spare and they weren’t even trying. We just wanted to get off the pitch and have a drink.
St Michael’s won by loads.