I’m going to keep the match report succinct as a) it’s two weeks late and b) the game only lasted 29 overs.
With both skippers discussing pre-toss preferences, it quickly became apparent that both wanted to bat first. I duly lost a 5th toss in a row and we took to the field with 9 men with Ollie and Hanzi “caught in traffic”…
Nabanjan and Hopper opened up bowling a great line, offering the SW batsmen next to nothing and both got their rewards with a wicket apiece, but both can feel aggrieved not having picked up more.
This was merely a precursor to the highly anticipated introduction of everyone’s favourite quinquagenarian to the attack.
Having previously taken 5 wickets for 20 odd against the same opponent earlier in the season, they clearly learnt absolutely nothing since with Uncle Nige taking a quite ridiculous 5 – 8, decimating their middle order with a mix of sexy F&G and some appalling batsmanship.
Uncle was set to become the first Ploughman to join the illustrious “hat trick club” in a very long time but like the author of this match report, Tom Lonnen and Mitchell Starc this season, he completely bottled it…
In two games against SW Utd, he’s taken 10 for 30 odd. What a guy. He’s definitely “The Postman” these days.
From the other end Ollie Lonsdale picked up their key bat with one of his two wickets, and young Lewis Wilby picked up a wicket. Lewis might look like a mix of all members of One Direction but he can definitely bowl.
Chasing a meagre total of 74, Matt “The Machine” Hickson and newbie Hanzala Shaffique opened up.
Hanzi was unlucky to chip one to midwicket after playing a beautiful shot to the boundary off his legs, but Hickson smashed a 50 off 26 balls which included 11 fours. It was ridiculous.
At the other end, Alex Hickson finished the game with the only 6 of the day, a huge shot over the top to complete a very comprehensive win.
With the game over by 3.30, a quick chat with the oppo and a Last Man Stands game was agreed with Alex Hickson taking on skippering duties and various Plough making trips to the offie to provide afternoon refreshments.
Plough made 120-odd which gave Suri the chance to bat twice (Matt had fatherly duties to take care of) and the likes of Nabanjan and Wilby to illustrate some quality with the bat to go along with their bowling.
It also allowed Rahul to show he can turn his arm over to good effect.
SW Utd chased it down with about 11 balls to go but it didn’t take any shine away from the day.
Post match Shisha and beers were enjoyed with the oppo as the Legend of Uncle Nige added a new chapter.
Student aka Headmaster.