Sport fans, cricket buffs and the easily distracted flocked to Lomath Oval in Mullumbimby on Sunday to see sand-encrusted surf dudes the Suffolk Swingers attempt to negotiate a victory over the Upper Main Arm autonomous cricket collective, the team with 11 captains and even more opinions.
The famous turf was shaved back like the welfare budget and dry as a cynic’s sense of humour as Levi of the Swingers called correctly and invited the Armers to bat.
Evergreen Kiwi Greg-O opened with Charlie and hoisted the first six of the day but fell to Owen’s quicker ball. Hughsie (1–9) chimed in with a scalp of his own so Charlie and Bucko had more repair work to do than Rolf Harris’s publicist. Charlie’s debut 30 came up shortly after Bucko’s and suddenly the Swingers were offering up wides like casting agents for Australia’s biggest loser.
Wayno (1–5) was steady with the ball but Bourkey (33 n/o) got over a very scratchy start to team up with Kyle and Gazza for a late flurry to set a series high total of 175 for the Swingers to chase.
Opener Hughsie dismantled the new ball attack to reach his 30 in the fifth over, however, to leave the Armers as rattled as Liam Fulton’s cranium. Gazza (1–3), Joffrey and Kyle were the only bowlers to emerge from the innings with unpunctured egos as Owen, Luke and Wortho landed more hits than a Google search for ‘free porn’ to bring the Swingers in with 20 balls to spare.
Next week the Byron Full-Tossers need a win against the Geckos to stay in touch with the pack.