PCC wallop RST Vipers by 46 runs in Round 2 of the PICL

John Gore of RST Vipers drives for 4 runs.
John Gore of RST Vipers drives for 4 runs.

PCC Match Report – Indoor cricket league – Season 2, Round 2 PCC v Rugby School Thailand (RST) Vipers.

The match was played at RST, Banglamung on 22 Jan 2020.

PCC won the toss and chose to bat as one team member was yet to arrive. Luke Stokes was still only partially fit and would bat with a runner and be the wobbly-kneed wicket-keeper.

Matt Harkness and Jainish took the first 3 overs and had a bit of a field day making 44 runs plus 6 extras for no loss, although Matt was lucky to have been dropped early on. Matt scored 25 and Jainish 19.

Andy Emery and Luke Stokes took the creases next. They were kept under raps by RST’s captain, star batsman and bowler, Ryan Driver, who took Luke Stokes’ wicket, but PCC still scored steadily against Stuart Douglas and Dave Kennedy (a debutant). Dave K took his first ever wicket in cricket when Andy Emery was caught by John Gore and PCC were 74 for 2 after 6 overs.

An impressive start, but it was not to continue. Bernie Lamprecht and Edwin Van Rensburg took the final 3 overs and were effectively curtailed by Ryan driver whose last 2 overs went for 6 runs and 1 wicket. Edwin was adjudged LBW by the umpire, but he annulled his decision immediately and Ryan was a little miffed. Notwithstanding Edwin was LBW the next ball. Bernie and Edwin managed to add 21 for one wicket and thus a final score of 103 reduced to 90 for 3.

RST Vipers’ innings began with Stuart Douglas and the debutant, Dave Kennedy. It was not Dave’s day. He ran well and supported Stuart but the pace and accuracy of the PCC bowlers was too much for him. He was out 3 times without scoring.

Stuart, a more experienced batsman played some good strokes down to 3rd Man, but was run out when he inextricably fell over and couldn’t make his ground. Later, he was bowled by a corker of a ball from Matt Harkness, who then caught and bowled Dave. Matt was on a hat-trick, but it wasn’t to be as Stuart scored a run. A horrible start with minus 13 for 5.

Chris Sizer of RST Vipers in the final over.
Chris Sizer of RST Vipers in the final over.

John Gore and Anna Ward, another debutant, faced the next 3 overs. Anna hit her first ball really well past square leg, but out of nowhere Edwin Van Rensburg ran with an outstretched arm and caught the ball one-handed. Brilliant. Cracking catch. John and Anna went on to add 26 with the help of a few extras, but it was still a sorry tale – 8 for 6 from 6 overs.

Enter the “RST Viper Champions”, Chris Sizer and Ryan Driver. They hit and ran hard but despite adding 46 (3 each), they lost 2 wickets and it was too little too late. Chris S was run out on a really close call because of a good throw from Jainish and he was caught by Matt Harkness off Bernie Lamprecht.

Best batsman was Matt Harkness. Best bowler was Ryan Driver and MotM was shared between Ryan Driver and Matt Harkness.