In these strange sporting days where the only winner seems to be the corporate buck it’s nice to know that there are still those, like the grass-stained gladiators of the Nick Shand Memorial cricket series or the mighty Matildas, who will have a go just for the sake of it.
A brittle icy wind lashed Lomath Oval for game two, which favoured the salty Suffolk Swingers, many of whom had already been for a surf, more than the Main Armers who had merely emerged from their geothermic dome houses.
Levi of the Swingers won the toss and chose to bat, and it didn’t take long for Harley (42) to kick it into gear. Chi (30 n/o) soon had the energy flowing and the Main Armers spent the morning session working harder than Rolf Harris’s publicist.
Brian’s evergreen out-floppers gained the first scalp just before drinks, then Khan (2–12), fired up by his direct hit runout, went raiding.
Dan (2–20) flicked in some nippy mediums and it looked as though Main Arm were reeling in the Swingers, until Aza (30), Jacob and Levi busted the rig, the lower order stuffing themselves to a corpulent 187.
Main Arm’s reply was soon in tatters as batsmen were turned away like boatloads of economic refugees, reduced to 7–25 as Harley, Jacob and the witchdoctor’s apprentice Chi all bagged two apiece.
Dan and Bucko showed some fight for the hapless Armers but it was not enough to stop the swinging surf dudes from recording a crushing 114-run win.
Next week the Geckos get their first outing against the in-form Left Bankers.