It was as fine and clear a late winter morning as you could order, and the famous Lomath Oval turf glowed like a plasma screen set on ‘retina burn’ for the Shand series eastern derby between high flying go-getters the Byron Full-Tossers and sand-encrusted surf dudes the Suffolk Swingers.
Levi called correctly for the Swingers and chose to bat, Carl and Barney seeing off Adam’s probing seamers and then browsing industriously at the bowling like Joe Hockey at a free parliamentary lunch.
Barney clubbed a couple of sixes between fussing around with his beer and the protracted inner debates he has with himself between balls, and Carl scored with the ease of Berlusconi at a bunga–bunga party, both reaching 30 as the Swingers surged early.
Hughsey (32 n/o) made the most of the good start and Suffolk looked set to top 200 before Jamie (2–8) and Troy (3–14) clipped the wings of the middle order.
Levi and Chi biffed a few around at the pointy end of the innings and when the dust had settled the scorebook read 171, the kind of total that wins many a game. After lunch Mark rode his luck, dropped by ‘Rocket’ Rod who could have fried an egg and eaten it waiting under a stratospheric high ball, but called on to bowl the next over he claimed his man, the classy Byron opener gone for 13.
Neil fell to Jayden’s steady bowling and when the fearless Chi took two more scalps with his parabolic leggies Byron were wobbling like Karen Middleton’s triple chins. Adam (34) and Troy (30) turned it all around for the Tossers with a 60 run stand, then onfield leader Jade and the irrepressible Wayno brought the game home for Byron with 12 balls to spare to leave the luckless Swingers dangling.
Top votes in the Saffron Shand sportsman’s award went to Carl of the Swingers and Adam of the Full–Tossers.
Next week the rejuvenated Geckos take on a Main Arm team desperate as Iraqi refugees for a taste of victory.