Cricket: St Martin’s v Collingbourne

st martins cricket pitch sign 2Report by Colin Daly

There are many sorts of games of cricket. All are competitive of course, but some are tense and some are more relaxed and played in a sporting manner.

The 25 over match between St. Martin’s and a touring team from Collingbourne CC was one of the latter.

First, there was joy that the rain relented and allowed the match to take place at all and then there was delight at the picturesque pitch on St. Martin’s. The visitors batted first and it became apparent that after one wicket was taken, the bowling was not penetrating enough to take another.

There followed three retirements to allow the lower order a chance to bat. The Collingbourne total was 204, with Chandler 71 and Nicholls 41.

St. Martin’s started well and were even up with the run rate for the first five overs but then the inevitable toll caused by chasing the high total began and wickets fell, including Barney McLachlan, run out for 44. The home team were all out for 147.

So Collingbourne left triumphant but swearing to return again to Scilly.