A beautiful Sunday afternoon and a fresh, good looking wicket made for 21 optimistic cricketers excited at the prospect?of a great game.?
The start of my Ploughmans Captaincy didn’t start to well. And I currently have a toss win % of 0 but nevertheless the ten Ploughmen strolled onto the pitch in classic form. Looking?sharp in our new kit, fresh pack of fags and a hangover or two.?
?We opened with #teamridgeway with both bowlers stinging Paddy’s gloves and whizzing past the outside edge on multiple occasions but it was the younger brother who struck first. The Ridgeway special worked a treat. With Matt restricting the runs,?Nick went about his business?picking them off and taking the credit. Nick finishing with 3 wickets and Mat got his just deserved wicket in his last over with a classic faster Yorker that was simply too good for the poor bat. Special shout out to Paulie in the slips who took an absolute blinder down at his ankles. However this wasn’t the best catch of the afternoon.?
Once team Ridgeway had done major damage to their top 4 batsman it was time to test the spinners. Nigel the destroyer came on from the pavilion end and followed up exactly where Nick left off, with wickets falling at regular intervals it was always going to be a struggle for the oppo. Nick and Paddy were working all kinds?of magic together as two stumpings left them in all kinds of trouble.?
I brought myself on from the other end bowling in tandem with Nigel. I lured them into a false sense of security with two full tosses to start. The first went flying past mid off for four but the second was quite remarkable. The batsman tried to hit it way over the church but miscued it into the no mans land between cow corner and deep mid on. I was certain it was going for another four but before me I see a burley looking Aussie scrambling to get there, diving and dropping (his glasses),?taking a brilliant?diving catch out in the deep. Credit to Barraz for helping my stats and for the best catch I have ever seen in Ploughmans.?
At the end of the day it was one of the best all round fielding performances i have ever?seen from Plough?and even with only 10men out there it didn’t feel like there were gaps in the field with everyone giving 110%!?
The oppo were all back just after drinks and the plough had hardly built up a sweat having bowled them all out for a measly?79 if I’m not mistaken. It was such a convincing bowling performance that the ever inspiring?John hadn’t had tea prepared just yet and we went straight back out there with the destructive opening force of Barraz and Britto leading the way.?Both looked in decent nick but failing to push on further than getting their eye in. On came the ever dependable Paddy, he brought a sense of calm to the game and settled the dressing room down. He could only do that for one end however with Hynes, Chau and myself falling in pretty quick succession from a combination of poor shot play and good tight bowling.?
With wickets tumbling all around Paddy aka, the cat, aka the wall. He?played an essential anchor role. Steading?the ship picking ones and two’s but more importantly taking the force out of the opening bowlers. Mat strolled up with his cap and a sense of swagger?that he justified beautifully?with some awesome stroke play off the back foot. Pulling and driving his way to a tasty 36 not out.?
The experience was simply too much for the oppo and the harder they tried, the quicker we seemed to go about our business. We made a meal out of it but won quite comfortably in the end with a very long tail waiting to pick apart their change bowlers.??In the end we were all back in the clubhouse enjoying a few jugs. Special shoutout to Mr Parks?who filled in?with a dodgy knee.?
Ploughman of the match was awarded to Paddy for his lightening quick reflex stumpings?behind the stumps and a solid innings to settle the nerves.?
Finally, thanks for making it the easiest first day of captaincy ever! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I really appreciate all the advice I was given.?