A workmanlike performance saw Ploughmans CC comfortably beat Morden by 37 runs to seal home and away wins against that club this season and maintain our 100% Sunday win record.
This was the first game on The Hollies this season and it would be fair to say that the strip and outfield need more time to develop.
Once again, I lost the toss (I haven?t won one yet this year), and we were put in to bat.
Steve Britto and Adam Barraclough opened our innings and whilst Steve flourished, Barras was bowled by a delivery that didn?t get off the deck for just 6. This however, brought Freddie Mills to the crease and the impact was immediate and enormous.
There are few things more entertaining in club cricket than watching Freddie Mills and Steve Britto bat when they are on form. And they were. The two of them demolished Morden?s bowlers for an hour and a half before Freddie?s bat broke whilst driving Morden bowler, Gumpert. The break caused the ball to lob high for a straightforward caught and bowled. Freddie scored 61 runs which included 7 fours and 2 sixes, and put on a 134 run partnership with Steve.
Nick Ridgway joined Britto in the middle whilst the latter continued to set about Morden, eventually falling victim to the track rather than the bowling, getting bowled for 79 runs which included 12 fours.
Contributions from Lonnen, new boy Raife Bidder, Roo Roo, and Durex, saw the Plough to a creditable 180 for 6 in the allotted 35 overs.
Morden?s reply began ominously for them with Tom Lonnen bowling their number 1 batsmen with the first ball of the innings! Apart from that the innings was unremarkable, save for Tom going on to take 3 wickets for 27 off his 7 overs and Barras almost pulling off the catch of the season at long on. But not quite.
Roo Roo bowled nicely for his 1 for 33 off 7, I chipped in with 1 for 18 off 6, Uncle Nige took 1 for 11 off 3, and just for a change, Duray didn?t draw blood, managing 0 for 33 off 7. Barras and Boydie chucked a few down with no luck.
In the end Morden only managed 143 for 6.