An unbeaten knock of 142 from St Matthews Lions captain Patrick Crowie, and 5 wickets from spinner Geoff Dawson helped Lions inflict a crushing 194 run defeat upon St Pauls B.
Following all of the pre season hype surrounding cricket and the use of team colours and the white ball, this was the first competitive fixture where both sides played in colour and the use of the white ball was implemented.
St Pauls B captain Derek Richards won the customary toss and chose to field, hoping to bowl Lions for a total his batting line up could easily chase down. After posing for team photographs the match got underway at 9:15 with AJ Bennett bowling the first delivery of the match, with a white ball.
Lions dressed in gold and blue, were led by Patrick Crowie who carried his bat throughout the entire innings. Despite finishing unbeaten on 142 P Crowie presented the boys in blue and red (St Pauls) with at least 4 decent chances to secure his wicket. He was ably supported at the other end by his son Scott Crowie who produced a classy yet typically aggressive innings until he was caught on the mid on boundary by AJ Bennett for 52. Young Alex Langham, also chipped in with an unbeaten knock of 39 as Lions amassed a formidable total of 308.
In reply St Pauls openers John Gilchrist and last week's centurion AJ Bennett started their run chase brightly, with Bennett cracking the first ball of the innings through extra cover for 4. Bennett looked in good nick and raced to 20 runs in next to no time. Lions were well aware of Bennett's ability to bat opposition out of the game, opening bowler S Crowie even resorted to spin bowling in an attempt to pick up his wicket.
With the run chase progressing steadily, it seemed as though as long as Bennett was at the crease St Pauls were still in with a chance of winning the game. It was not to be however. In the 4th over a brilliant piece of fielding from Scott Crowie, saw Bennett out, run out at the non strikers end, with the score at 28/1.
Despite cameos from Cheddy Lawrence (29) and D Richards (22) St Pauls never looked like winning the match after losing the wicket of Bennett. Jordon Yon completed a stunning caught and bowled chance to dismiss Lawrence and the wily Geoff Dawson cleaned up the tail.
A full match report will feature in Sports Arena in this week's Sentinel.