What?s the chemical formula for the perfect cricket team? If anyone had the answer, surely it would be the lads from GSK, who entertained us on Sunday.
They must have heard the Plough were in town as the field looked like less cricket pitch and more furrowed meadow. After promptly winning the toss, skipper Enzo ?me no speaka da lingo? Barraclough opened with Britto.
Britto?s 16 comprised four boundaries, while at the other end the Italian stallion tried to launch one onto the M4 and lost his middle stump. Ringer, Julian Harris, Si Carson?s mate, came in at three and was soon joined by James as Britto chipped on to mid off.
Julian decided to take on the GSK bowling, playing a variety of shots around the ground before playing one shot too many and departing for 28. Duray was next in and together with James the scoreboard ticked along before James was out for 19, trying to heave one to the leg side? and missing.
With 20 gone, a score of 100 for 4 was solid foundation to build on and build we did, with first Bolshaw (26) and then Lonnen (31) putting together excellent partnerships with the precocious Pretorius who provided the backbone of the innings with a flowing 81 that saw the GSK attack flogged to all corners.
Some lusty Lonnen blows and a brief cameo from AJ saw us get up to 245, which was later revised to 241 due to some creative calculations from our skipper who could often be seen with his head in hands while looking at the scorebook?
So while GSK looked to their set squares to work out how to bowl at a rampaging South African, they certainly know how to put on a good tea: four big trays of curry and some yoghurt. Marks down for lack of poppadoms and no onion bhajis, plus 1/2 a mark docked for no pots of tea. Still a very respectable 7.5.
With the run rate required seven an over GSK needed a fast start? and they did get it? but they also lost loads of wickets?
In one of the more bizarre openings to an innings, wickets fell at a rate of knots but the runs were also flowing. Grazer (2-44) removed both openers in the space of two balls before the hat trick was safely negotiated.
Lonnen (3-39) then got the next two and GSK were 46 for 4 thanks to some more than questionable shot selection and decent bowling. And all by the sixth over!
Bolshaw (3-34) and Prasad (2-40?) replaced the openers and the pattern of loads of runs followed by a flurry of wickets continued. Bolshaw utilised his new found wicket taking delivery the ?full toss? and Prasad both picking up two each to leave GSK ahead of the rate at drinks on 124 and ahead of the rate, but with batsmen running out quicker than nitrous oxide at the GSK Christmas party.
The highlight of the innings was when former Ploughman Rohit(nol) made his way to the crease with the match all but lost. After getting carted for 47 off his 4 overs earlier it wasn?t what he had dreamed of the night before. He did hit a straight six off the otherwise excellent Stephenson to restore some pride but was then bowled by a Bolshaw special and had to walk off despite asking if a ball that hit the bottom of leg stump was a no ball on height.
The last wicket wagged its tail for a while but the damage had been done, GSK ending 60 runs short and the Plough retiring to the local Harvester, highlights of which included Liam looking like an MCC member crossed with Eminem, and Adam and Duray disappearing for 20 minutes and then giggling constantly upon their return…
A very good ?Sunday performance? where we outperformed the oppo in every aspect of the game and confirmation that a Plough will always beat a scientist.