PCA v Bradman Foundation XI at Bradman Oval – Sunday 31 October 2010

The PCA captain won the toss and sent the opposition in to bat, hoping that there would be some early life in the wicket. The opening attack of Joe Scarcella and Jock Baird bowled tidily. Jock made an early breakthrough, trapping one of the openers in front. The second wicket partnership proceeded well for the next 10 overs or so, both batsmen accumulating runs and keeping some tight bowling out, before Joe Scarcella bowled the other opener.

With the fall of the second wicket – at a relatively modest 2-49 after 12 overs – PCA member James Braddock, came to the crease. After a cautious start and a couple of lucky breaks including a close run out and a dropped catch by Geoff Glover off his own bowling, James then proceeded to bat beautifully. He attacked the bowling, playing some very forceful drives on the off side and down the ground, as well as several savage pull shots for six to the shortish square boundary. Ably assisted by his batting partners, and aided also by some loose bowling at times, James finished up with a fantastic century (105 n.o.). His innings ultimately proved to be the difference between the 2 sides.

The BF XI finished their innings of 45 overs at 4-236. On the smallish Bradman Oval, it was an imposing total, but not beyond the reach of the PCA if we batted well.

After we lost one of the openers (Andrew Pedley) early, things were going reasonably well with Geoff Glover and Damian Cullen at the crease. Geoff was bowled for 17, and despite looking comfortable and playing some lovely shots and looking set for a big innings, Damian (34) followed soon after. Trying to hold the innings together for the PCA was Marcus Braid, who was well settled and batting beautifully. However, another couple of wickets fell very quickly, both batsmen trapped LBW on a wicket that was keeping very low at times. At the other end, Marcus continued to bat with confidence and while he was still there we still had a chance to win. Joe Scarcella joined Marcus at 6 – 100 and together they tried to steady the ship. After solid partnership of 52 came to an end when Joe (16) was caught & bowled. The run chase was beyond us in the end, but the highlight was Marcus’s excellent innings of 85.

Despite the recent wet weather and threat of more of the same, the day turned out to be a lovely day for playing cricket. It’s always a pleasure to play on the Bradman Oval.

The team was:

Joe Scarcella (c), Rick Glover (vc), Geoff Glover, Andrew Pedley, Damian Cullen, Marcus Braid, Jason Bates, Peter Mullane, Damien Bray, Bob Stephens, Jock Baird.

Batting: – Marcus Braid 85, Damian Cullen 34, Geoff Glover 17, Joe Scarcella 16

Bowling:- Jock Baird 1-23 (6 overs), Joe Scarcella 1-28 (9 overs),