A star-studded Ploughmans lineup made the (approx.) 9 hour trek to Avery Hill to battle London Super Kings.
It was great to finally have Stuart onboard for his much anticipated Ploughmans debut!
A soft and uneven surface made it an easy decision to bowl first.
London Super Kings did not make a particularly good first impression, arriving 30 minutes late and taking to the field in black tracksuit pants and trainers. Their insistence on calling leg side wides (in a friendly) was also not for me.
It was a decent contest between bat and ball for their innings. Pick of our bowlers was Anusha Rajasooria, who made best use of the pitch to take a well–deserved 3fer.
West Australian sensation Niraj Tailor and Lewis Wilby also bowled well to take their share of wickets.
London Super Kings were bowled out for 172.
Unfortunately, we found it tough going in our reply. The Super Kings attacked our stumps and the dodgy pitch did the rest, with 5 batsmen bowled to mullygrubbers.
I thought Paddy Gledhill summed up the pitch best – booting his helmet 20 metres upon dismissal.
Their ambitious appealing for any mode of dismissal didn’t make the batting environment any more pleasant.
Suri belted 37 off 30 to give us a chance, however, we just didn’t make enough runs in the end. We were dismissed for 120.
Ultimately, they made better use of the pitch and this was the difference. I thought we fought hard though.
We did an excellent job in the field supporting our bowlers and we were very unlucky with our dismissals.
Onwards and upwards from here lads!