The conditions fair with a humid undertone thus leaving the wickets slightly green at the DSG; the stage is set for The Plough double header and a day of firsts.
Southbank set out to bat first and M. Spencer took it to them from the pavilion end, the pressure was on, he was hungry. His opening 5 overs had the batsmen nervous but a few missed chances let them breathe and Spencer could only take a maiden from all that pressure.
The opposing end had a mixed bag type of day to say the least, it played home to our spin bowlers who instantly felt the pressure of being tonked for 4 or 6. The batsmen now well and truly warm, something needed to change and fast.
Carlos “The Cartel” Johnston was called upon. Bowling from the pavilion end at his first home match, eager to show The Plough what he’s made of. He had the wickets lined up and the batsmen back under pressure, slowing that run rate right down but unfortunately missing a few chances to take out off stump. Determined he finally grabbed that elusive and 1st wicket for the club caught by Dooza (Duray) at point (Jugs on me they shout). This kicked The Plough into gear as we edged our way back into the game.
With M. Spencer back on the attack and hungry to make his presence felt, he takes 2 wickets in as many overs to rattle the batting line up once again. Unfortunately for Plough Blue we left a few wickets out there & couldn’t contain the run rate, Southbank eased their way to 231 setting a challenging target for Plough blue.
With tea settling down Plough Blue went out to bat facing an opening attack with a point to prove, and with the loss of some quick wickets the uphill battle begun. The wickets kept coming and soon we had our 10th man in. At this moment word got around that Barra, Captain of Plough gold was on form, knocking his way past 50 with a ton in his sights. On this note, Plough Blue facing certain defeat finished themselves off quickly, giving themselves time to grab a beer andatch the Barra masterclass in the Sunday sun.
Let’s do it all again next weekend. Out.