The Plough travelled to Bromley CC to face Earlswood CC a team we’ve never beaten.
The track looked fantastic, offering something to batsmen and bowlers. The scenery looked great with views of Canary Wharf and horses in the background.
Earlswood won the toss and decided to bat. Personally, I wanted The Plough to bat first as it was an incredibly hot Sunday afternoon in South London but hey you can’t get it your way all the time.
Harvey Stevens and Sean Bonser opened the bowling. Both bowling standard line and length and getting rewarded for their efforts and taking a wicket each. Sean’s wicket was his first for the club and what a catch at deep mid-off from Max Gumpert, it looked like it was going over Max’s head and he some how had magnets in his hand took a screamer of a one-handed catch. Sean ended the day with bowling figures of 5-1-26-1, figures any bowler would love to have.
The Plough still had more fantastic bowlers with Justin Cash with the spin in at first change and Matt Spencer with heat in at second change.
Justin bowled fantastically taking three wickets with catches from Max and Ben Fletcher. Justin even took his own catch to round off the 3fer. He ended the day with figures of 8-0-61-3, great effort lad!
Benny came into bowl taking a wicket, Giordy Diangienda also bowling line and length keeping the oppo honest with their batting and limiting the score to 252. Can’t forget Britto making a cameo appearance with the ball taking a wicket to round off a brilliant bowling performance from the team.
The Plough set with a task to get 252 in 40 overs to win the game. Leo Nieboer and Britto opened the batting. The pair looked good together, taking their time playing sensible shots and frustrating the oppo a bit. Leo got bowled making 21 runs and Britto was caught making 22 (normally Britto scores 50s with his eyes closed but hey it can’t be everyone’s day every day).
The Plough losing their openers are now on 68-2. Great start! Benny was the next wicket we lost making 8, fair play to Benny made 50 the day before and as he started to accelerate the oppo set the right field getting him caught.
Ben Fletch at 3 and Max Gumpert in at 5, the two batted superbly, it was great to watch while umpiring.
Max doing Max stuff hitting 11 fours and 3 sixes. Ben Fletch also hitting 13 fours showing us he can bat, to add Ben also let Max get his 100 which allowed Max to get more than 2000 runs for the club. Good on you Ben your Plough century is on its way (again) very soon keep plugging away.
Ben made 86 off 77 and Max made 101 off 54 to take us to our first victory against Earlswood.
I’d like to thank Earlswood for being a great oppo and having a drink with us as well after the game great lads and we’d love to play against them again soon.
Written by Giordy Diangienda