It was great being back at the DSG in early June. We were treated to bright blue skies, a lush green backdrop of oak trees and wild flowers surrounding the Hollies oval. We even had the tunes of a big band drifting over from the Dulwich Picture Gallery. After what was a dry week, it rained all day Friday, and alas, circa £10k of mobile cricket pitch covers sat unused beyond the boundary rope. Thanks for coming.
Saturday Captain Tisato had a nervous sweat on at the toss. He really didn’t fancy playing let alone batting on that deck. Win the toss, bowl first. Maybe the pitch will dry out hard and flat?
Tis wins the toss and London Gymkhana go into bat. 11 finely dressed men head out onto the field gunning for quick wickets. Puff and Lonnen open up. Gymkhana started well initially but slumped to 46-4 and 60-5 with wickets shared amongst Puff, Lonnen and first change bowling pair / indie-pop band Daisy Dukes and the Sack. Gymkhana fought back against the third change bowling heat of Viper and Miguel and reached a competitive total of 141 for 9, batting out the full 45 overs. Fair play to them, they battled hard on a rough pitch. Room to improve for the Plough as extras top scored with 44 including 27 wides, (equalling the top score of 27 from their number 7 bat). In homage to his junior cricket days, Archie fielded the last five overs without shoes.
The Ploughmans’ response started with Britto and Hickson. Britto was looking in good form, cutting and defending well. Their opening left arm finger spinner then gets two consecutive LBWs and Gymkhana’s tails go up. Some poor shot selection leave Ploughmans in trouble at 37-4 and 57-5. Fred ‘the mouse’ Gumpert is joined by Lonnon [sic] and they put on 48 taking Ploughmans to 105. Fred loves a fight and even a direct hit in the chest from a rogue throw from first slip wasn’t going to deter him. Lonnen fought hard and some lusty blows gave the team and our loyal supporters some hope of pulling this one off.
The left arm finger spinner comes back on and gets Lonnen. No one else was able to give Fred the support he would need to get the remaining 40 or so.
On we go. We look forward to proving to ourselves what we can do with bat and ball to make this 2021 summer a #hotploughsummer.
Quote of the day is a gem intra-team sledge from Lonnon “I’m not sure about your hat, mate. Can’t work out if you’re meant to be pruning roses, fishing for marlin or bee keeping”.
Plough on fellas,