The Blades hoped to avenge the previous week’s defeat at the just-as-dark but not-as-wet Knightwood Arena. A Blades toss victory saw the Badger put the opposition, and it was a bright and keen team that took to the field. Blades bowled well and fielded doggedly, but the quality of batting on show took its toll. Three retirements and a sole wicket – Richardson taking a looped catch behind from Hurst’s bowling – tell the story. Galpin was desperately unlucky to only get half a hand on an athletic lunging catch, and even the return of Patel, whose economy rate of 5.67 was the pick of the bunch, could not restrain St Giles. Their sixteen overs saw them amass a formidable146 for 1.
There were some expert strokes from Farmer on the way to an unbeaten 27, and Hurst again chipped in with 23 before an unlucky bottom edge played on to his wicket, smashing the bail in the process. A succession of wickets followed as The Blades struggled to make much impression the darkening chill. St Giles gave a run out to what we should call their more “part time” bowlers, helping E X Tras onto a mammoth near-retirement, but it was not enough to save the Blades from defeat. The season closed with a score of 93 for 6.
RESULT: ST GILES WIN by 53 runs