Cricket: St Martin’s v St Mary’s

st martins cricket pitch sign 2Report by Colin Daly

As the players gathered on St. Martin’s and were joined by a St. Mary’s eleven on the fine summers evening of Thursday 6th August for a T20 match, the talk was all about the collapse of the Australian team to 60 all out on the first day of the Ashes match.

St. Mary’s lost the toss and were invited to bat first. The early batsmen were out for just a few runs, including captain K. Goddard for a golden duck. What was happening?

But then the scenario changed and M. Jenkins and J. Francis piled up a respectable score with 82 and 43 respectively. The final total for St. Mary’s was 158 for 7.

This looked to be a hard task for St. Martin’s and indeed they were behind the run rate until the last three overs, although the scores of 38 and 28 for the openers J. Benson and D. Goddard laid a firm foundation.

Three overs to go and the batsmen R. Woolton and J. Morton decided they had to hit out. This brought them to 12 needed off the last over and with a four off the penultimate ball, they posted a fine win for St. Martin’s.