Match report – PCA vs Barker Old Boys at Barker No.1

Sunday 20 February 2010

Muggy conditions greeted the combatants as they arrived at the picturesque Barker College. Some last minute changes to the PCA lineup saw a reduction in the team’s Lloyd ratio but a 100% increase in the Stephens representation with Bill making his second appearance. At the toss fortune favoured the Primary Club and the meteorologically inspired decision to bat first was made.

Mike Lloyd got the side off to a rollicking start with some adventurous strokeplay. At the other end both Joe Scarcella and Roger Christie (on Primary Club debut) suffered the misfortune of finding Hanlon in the gully (surely the most athletic fieldsman yet seen at a PCA fixture). In the end it was Mark Clarebrough who provided the calm ying to Mike’s raging yang and together they took the team to 3/72.

After weathering a tight spell from Rodgie, Mike fell for a very entertaining 48. Rob Lavery (who takes great joy at writing about himself in the third person) played some agricultural shots and, with good support from Mark and another debutant, Liam Cole, a strong total was building. Towards the end of the innings Liam put his foot down and formed rapid partnerships with both Lockie Davies and Bob Stephens. The eventual total of 168 looked a good one but rumours abounded of some significant strength in the batting lineup of the Old Boys. Little did they know of the venom possessed by the PCA’s attack…

Marcus Lloyd, who became the first current Barker student to take part in such a fixture, achieved schoolboy nirvana in his second over removing sportsmaster Steve Thomlinson courtesy of a spectacular catch by wicketkeeper Roger Christie. Ben Crossing, who bowled with abounding penetration but scant luck at the other end, provided a tight foil to Marcus’ attack and helped him earn a second scalp. When Lockie Davies trapped Thomlinson Jr plumb in front Barker were teetering at 3/52. However Barker’s key pairing of Beverley and Rodgie were now at the crease.

Good lines from Liam and Lockie made things difficult for the batsmen and almost brought the breakthrough. Unfortunately the ball slipped from Lockie’s grasp, leaving Liam to opine that Lockie may owe him, “a few beers, possibly a dozen.” A tight over from Bill after drinks provided the pressure that allowed Rob to eke out the dangerous Rodgie. When Joe ripped through Dunn then Beverley (courtesy of more Christie acrobatics) the game was in the balance with Barker needing almost a run a ball from the last 10 overs with only 4 wickets in hand.

Alas it was not to be. Marvell and man of the match Eastman managed to keep out the extraordinary swing of Mike and the return of Marcus and Rob to guide their team home with two balls in hand.

Still, a fantastic day was had with high quality cricket complimenting the stunning surrounds.


Barker Old Boys 6-169 (34.4. overs) def PCA 6-168 (35 overs) by 4 wkts

Michael Lloyd 48, Rob Lavery 36, Liam Cole 31 n.o., Mark Clarebrough 17

Joe Scarcella 2/19, Marcus Lloyd 2/53, Laughlan Davis 1/20, Rob Lavery 1/28

Rob Lavery
21 February 2011