As the world dances along the knife edge of thermonuclear catastrophe the footsoldiers of the Shand series show us that we can play hard and well, but nobody has to get baked in their own skin for someone to win.
Lomath Oval Mullumbimby glowed like ground zero for the clash between the eclectic Geckos and the mung bean munching Main Armers. Pete Wynn-Moylan called the toss correctly for the Geckos and chose to bat.
Heavy hitting James spends much of his week resolving conflict at high school but was tempted into a wild swipe at a nicely disguised knuckleball from Bucko (4/2).
Livewire Paddy Mac was likewise lured into indiscretion by ‘Curlin Merlin’s’ innocuous looking offerings and at 2/8 the Geckos looked shakier than an alcoholic with Alzheimer’s.
Easygoing Stuart (35no) lambasted the attack in typical casual style, finding support from Drew who drew blood from the bowling.
Venerable teenager Adeha ‘The Player’ (33) then settled in but three wickets in four balls from Bucko, so close to a hat trick, and scalps to BJ and Jim closed the innings for a slightly anorexic 139.
All to play for
With their season on the line The Armers had it all to play for, but Drew’s early wicket (1/4) fracked the faultline.
Diehard skipper Bucko (32) then teamed up with the central scrutiniser Brian (26) to chip away at the total and, like duellers facing-off the pressure, was palpable.
Drew’s sublime one-handed catch and two scalps apiece to Paddy and ‘Master Splinter’ Peter Wynn-Moylan (2/10) turned the game and closed out the Main Arm innings 16 runs short.
The Geckos now join Left Bank on two wins to top the table and the Bankers have the chance this week to move clear as they foray forth from their bush bunkers to tussle with cricketing libertines the salacious Suffolk Swingers.