The sun was shining and the anticipation and optimism for a great day of cricket was high throughout the club. This was no different for the Ploughmans Gold team, who travelled to Cheam to take on Old Suttonians CC and the boys were confident of a quality performance.
Skipper Liam Gray won the toss and elected to bowl.
Jones and Tisato opened the bowling strongly, with Jones spectacularly having the ball hit the stumps without removal of the bails (apparently this was not the first time!) A wicket was coming and thoroughly deserved when a catch drifted to Tisato at fine leg. Tisato was bowling with venom and it did not take him long to strike, knocking over the stumps in his first over. Unfortunately injury meant he had to stop his spell 2 balls into his fifth over.
Rising to the challenge, Sam Russell kept the pressure on with some fine bowling taking two wickets whilst Liam Gray was his usual solid self with a further two wickets. The Plough could smell blood in the water for a small total and the energy and support in the field was first class with some top catches and the Skipper keeping the team firing. Carlos Johnston on debut for the Plough had a quality start putting the ball in nice areas and was unlucky not to take any wickets.
Just when the Old Suttonians thought they had been through the quality bowlers – Cooper Du Plessis made his debut showing an exhibition of pace and picked up his first of hopefully many wickets for the Plough. Old Suttonians CC finished the innings 164/8 and the Plough knew this was a total below par, a credit to the strong bowling attack supported by a great team effort fielding as a unit.
Unfortunately a top order collapse had the Plough 10/3 and in need of a solid partnership. Enter James Tisato, whose batting was luckily unaffected by his injury. The partnership of Barraclough (63 off 64) and Tisato (70 off 70) took the game away from Old Suttonians and that was that. The weather turned cold but there was nothing cold about the stroke play in the middle. The Plough were devastated to learn that the bar was not open for the afternoon as this was truly an innings to sit back, have a brew and enjoy. Barraclough fell and Gray came in to nicely assist in finishing off the win with 17 runs off 19. The Old Suttonian bowlers will still be having nightmares. Whack.
All in all a fine days play from a team who really put in and played for each other, ably lead from the front by the Skipper.
Tea was respectable with a nice selection of meats and bread, although having to cut and make your own sandwiches was questionable.
Man of the Match: James Tisato
Dick of the day: Adam Barraclough and his run calls