Ploughmans CC vs St Luke’s CC (Home) Saturday 3rd July 2021

Match Report

Reciting a day in the field with a baggy blue on your head is always a pleasurable task, even more so when the evenings get earlier, and the morning sun rises later. Only four months after the fact and even with a scorecard at hand to jog your memory, feels a tricky task. I will alas, do my best.

Ploughmans CC were up against a keen side in St Lukes CC – a team who earlier that year had pipped us to the post in a hard fought match even with notable contributions from Barras with four with the ball in hand and a 65 with the bat from M. Gumpert. There never seems to be a Plough side that lacks intent, but this one against St Lukes CC had good reason to have the last laugh.

A tried and tested tactic from team skipper James Tisato to win the toss and take the red cherry on a cloudy day, hoping the conditions would reap early rewards. For a short while, it felt as though our winning methods had run dry, with an excellent start from St Lukes on a slow pitch giving them the momentum against our opening pair. An early change from the fielding skipper who decided to turn to himself to bowl, proved a successful one, yielding our first wicket at 55-1.

The middle overs continued well with James Tisato supported by Duray Pretorius, both keeping the game tight and earning their figures. Tisato finished well with splendid figures of 4-15 after his 8 overs, which was the standout contribution of our bowling innings. With the game finely poised at 83-5, Tisato decided to turn to pace attack, bringing on Oli Lonsdale and bringing back opener Tom Lonnen. This decision proved a successful one.

After the game, James Tisato was heard saying “I took too long bringing Oli on, and then he took 3-3”.

Lonnen and Lonsdale ripped through the final 5 batters with the final three failing to make any contribution. A truly devastating spell from the pair of seamers ended the St Lukes innings on 101 all out.

The Ploughmans CC batting innings wasn’t without hiccup.

Early breakthroughs saw an early end to both Chris’s of Ovens and Butlin, which sent some nerves around the scorer’s table. That short stumble was just that, with a fine innings from both Britto and M. Gumpert meaning that the ship was steadied. Some terrific shots and the scoreboard ticking at good tempo, relaxed all nerves and suddenly the end was in sight, proving that 101 was not enough to challenge our depth in batting.

Britto unfortunately was caught after a good start, but Max Gumpert proved to be a haunting character for St Lukes and was able to steer us home, finishing on 50 from 49 (a regular story).

An entertaining days cricket with standout performances from Max and Tis, meant that yet again the team had something to celebrate at the DSG bar. Performances like this stand us in good shape to dream big about yet another Ploughman title.

The Better (late than never) Lonsdale

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