The Sunday sporting heroes of the Shand series made their way to Lomath Oval after an overnight rain scare to find the famous turf neatly shaven as a bikini model and pregnant for play.
The Suffolk Swingers took time out from tickling the tummies of white pointers in the back break at Broken Head to tussle with the Geckos, who consist of a couple of Nick Shand’s old mates, the odd Echo hack, and James’s skill and persistance at Facebook.
Pete Wynn-Moylan called correctly at the toss for the Geckos and chose to bat. Stuart (42no) and Rossco (32) had the Geckos feasting early, Stu carving the boundaries and Rossco slicing off a picket fence of singles.
Merlin the mysterious conjoured the only wicket of the first session as Ed (30no) scratched his way to form. Hughsey (3–10) and Rossco were the only Swingers to find out where the brakes were as Drew and Stu lashed the late overs and the Geckos scored as freely as Japanese tourists on the Nimbin happy bus, piling up a corpulent total of 206.
The Swingers replied in kind with openers Hughsey (34) and Owen (34) seeing off Drew’s early overs, then tearing into the total like greyhounds on a live bait.
The drinks break saw the Swingers at 1–85 with everything to play for in the crucial last session.
Rossco (2–14) and Stuart (3–24) asked the right questions in the middle of the innings and with the pressure mounting Pete Wynn-Moylan (1–7) and Zac delivered the coup de gras, blocking up the late overs like the Splendour carpark.
Late hitting from Cameron (21) had the Swingers in with a show but the Geckos were sharper than the razor ribbon ringing the Manus Island compound in the run home to bring up the win by 63 runs and join the Left Bankers and Full-Tossers in the winners circle.
Next Sunday the mayhem of Splendour interrupts the cricket but the grass-stained gladiators will be back the following week as the bucolic bashers of Left Bank meet the eleven co-equal captains of the Main Arm cricket collective.