PCC Match Report – Indoor cricket league – Season 2, Round 3 PCC v Rugby School Thailand (RST) Cobras.
The match was played at RST, Banglamung on 03 Feb 2020.
Dhruv didn’t turn up for PCC, so Dave Samways, the Square Leg umpire and PCC member, stood in as the 6th man.
This match showed the importance of preserving wickets, an error made by PCC on previous occasions, and keeping extras to a minimum.
Cobras gave away 31, mainly wides, and PCC leached 22, mainly by Bernie Lamprecht.
RST cobras won the toss and put PCC into bat. Luke Stokes’ knee is improving but he still needs a runner (Bernie Lamprecht). He opened with Matt Harkness who made an immediate impact by being bowled first ball from Chris Lindop – a jaffa of a fully pitched-up in-swinger.
Things settled down a bit with both openers scoring well until Matt, on 15, was bowled again. This time by Steve Dunn. A reasonable start of 24 for 2, but the loss of wickets would be a consistent theme. Jainish and Venkat took the next 3 overs. Runs were hard to come by and Venkat, getting bored at being bowled wides from Marcus Large, took a swipe at a wide ball that should have been left alone.
Chris Lindop took an easy catch at cover. John Holland kept things tight with 3 dot balls and only 6 from his over. Chris L gave away 8 leg byes off the 10 runs from his over and 22 more runs had been added to PCC’s score – a satisfactory 46 for 3 after 6 overs. Things went all Pete Tong, horribly wrong for PCC in Bernie and Dave’s final 3 overs. Bernie was run out and then Dave was run out as he casually sauntered up the wicket. He failed to appreciate that Steve Dunn has a wicked arm.
The ball sped back to Marcus at the bowler’s end, bounced off his leg and brought down the bails. Things got worse. 2 balls later, Bernie was caught by Steve Dunn off the side wall and Marcus had his 2nd wicket of the over.
The comedy show continued as Dave was bowled on the penultimate ball by Chris Lindop’s trademark full in-swinger. 26 runs had been added but 20 lost in penalties. PCC finished on 87 for 7 reduced to 52.
The Cobras opened their batting with Steve Dunn and Will Stoker. Jainish opened the bowling and had Will caught behind by Luke Stokes (the wibbly wobbly wicket keeper) second ball. Steve Dunn then took Venkat to task with 20 off his over until Matt Harkness steadied the onslaught with 3 dots. Steve Dunn had 25 and RST Cobras were 29 for 1 wicket.
Nothing in it. Chris L and Andreas Rodriguez took the middle 3 overs. Bernie bowled Chris, who has been out of sorts with the bat recently, first ball with one that sneaked between bat and pad. Venkat had Chris caught behind by Luke Stokes, but the pair had added 22 despite the loss of 2 wickets. 51 for 3 and still nothing in it. Marcus Large and John Holland were the final pair.
Marcus was sporting a fetching little top-knot (just like my grand-niece, aged 3) and some fluffy stuff on his chin (just like by grand-nephew, aged 14). The new look didn’t help his batting because he was LBW first ball to Matt Harkness. There were 6 dot balls in the last 3 overs but it wasn’t enough to prevent Marcus and John adding 23 runs and securing a win. Cobras 94 for 4 reduced to 74 and a win by 22 runs.
Best batsman was Steve Dunn with 25 and best bowler was Marcus Large with 2 overs 15 for 2. MotM was Steve Dunn