Having won the toss, it was no surprise that Mayur Deuskar and the Cows elected to bowl first with the morning dew likely to play a major factor in the match.
Penguins openers Justin Swart and Saju Abraham made a terrific start with the hard new ball aided by some wayward bowling and sloppy glovework from the Cows gifting the batsman runs.
With the score on 71 in the 7th over the match was to flip on its head as Abraham (34) skied one and was caught and bowled by Zan. Despite warnings from Interim Chairman Michael Flowers about the importance of paying attention to the LMS “double play” rule Swart found himself stranded at the keepers end after crossing through on the catch. The fielding side eventually realized that they could run Swart (34) out at the non-strikers end as Swart was required to ground his bat there to complete the delivery. The two batsman trundled off the ground together, cursing themselves and LMS rule as well.
The big hitting Paddy Ledeboer was the next to go, bowled first ball by 12-year-old leg spinning sensation Zan Coplestone leaving the Penguins still with more than 10 overs to face against a ball becoming increasingly heavy from the overnight dew.
Curt Livermore (21) and captain Shivam Bhattacharya (21) battled through the late stages of the match to post a mediocre score of 134/6.
In reply and with dry conditions in the second innings Jeremy Bootsy 51 (retired), Stuart Hamilton 35 and Ashan Fonseka 48* guided the Cows to a comfortable 7-wicket victory with more than 5-overs to spare.
The stand out bowling performances of the day went to Cows players Coplestone with 4 Overs 3-13 and Hamilton, 4 Overs 1-14 respectively. The game was all finished in two hours and the Tipsy Cow put on a breakfast special for the players to round off a pleasant morning.
Another similar type of match aimed at getting everyone involved in play is scheduled for next Wednesday evening at 4pm. Sign up on the PCG Facebook messenger group to play.
Man of the Match: Zan Coplestone
Umpire/Scorer: Michael Flowers
Photos Courtesy of Neil Quail and Karnthida Vongsakul
Article photo - A double play removing Penguins openers was the turning point in the match.