On a dark and gloomy day we converged on DSG not knowing if we would get a full day’s play in. With two new players Wayne and Ron joining us for their debut match there was excitement in the air with what was to come.
Paddy lost the toss and we were sent into bat, which saw Trent and Paddy start proceedings. The plan when we were walking out was to see off the opening bowlers, knowing the ball was going to do a little bit early on. With a dry pitch and moist outfield we were prepared to dig in to lay a solid foundation for the rest of the batting lineup.
Unfortunately Paddy feathered one early and was on his way for one after just the third over. This saw new recruit, Wayne Walters join Trent at the crease. We still agreed the same plan to dig in. Wayne wasted no time getting off the mark driving his first ball for four. This then set the tone early as Wayne and Trent built a strong partnership.
Wayne took control of the innings early and played a range of shots all around the ground. He outsmarted the opposition captain – each time he’d move a fielder to where the ball was just hit, Wayne would then find a way to hit it where they weren’t. Trent was bowled for 16 after a 45 run partnership. Tom Lane then joined Wayne at the crease and they continued to build a solid partnership adding another 47 runs for the 4th wicket. This then saw Ron Anderson join Wayne at the crease, unfortunately this was short lived as Ron was caught for 3 trying to increase the run rate. Joan Rivers came out next and did a great job rotating the strike and enjoyed the fine batting display of Wayne who continued to dispatch balls around the ground reminiscent of the great Sir Viv Richards, ending up on 84. Tom Parrish came in at 7 and made a run a ball 25 playing some fantastic shots and Ollie joined him who was also able to contribute with a solid 32. The run out from the week before with Yanni that was still raw nearly repeated itself before Oli took control. Our batting innings coming to an end in the 38th over with a very good total of 223.
Paddy had worked hard with all his plans for the field, which saw the new ball taken by Ollie and Mark who both bowled some tight lines and lengths and a great battle between their opening batsman who came out swinging. Dulwich needing just under 6 an over started very strong being 44-0 at about the 8 over mark. This saw Paddy bring new recruit Ron Anderson into the attack and attack is what he did. With sharp pace and attacking field settings, Dulwich didn’t know what hit them. The first wicket of Ron’s was their opener who had played a good support role with a fine catch by Paddy at first slip.
Ron then knocked over their strong opener with a peach of ball that took middle stump half way up. At 74/2 we could start to smell the nervousness that the incoming batsman brought with them, showing they didn’t know how to play Tom Parrish at the other end which included a great caught and bowled and an LBW, Tom spinning his magic as he often does. At 4-78 we were expecting more resistance from the Dulwich middle order, but Ron had other plans as he kept it tight and continued to pick up wickets. He bowled 3 straight maidens and picked up another 3 wickets – two bowled and an LBW to take his maiden five wicket haul for the Plough. Congratulations.
Wayne replaced Tom, and started with 2 maidens and also picked up two wickets which was an LBW and a great catch by Tom Lane. With the first Plough team now finished and cheering from the side line this helped provide the motivation to finish the game which was done with Ollie taking a great catch over his head at short fine leg.
Plough win by 106 runs which was the second win for the day.