Heinz Schenk
2 minute read
26 Dec 2016
6:05 pm

#TweetReport: How the Grinch stole the PE brass band

Heinz Schenk

An alternative summary of what happened between the Proteas and Sri Lanka on day one of the St George's Test.

Down (at times) but never out: Sri Lanka were gritty throughout the first day in PE. Photo: Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images.

The cricket was competitive and compelling but day one of the Test between the Proteas and Sri Lanka was soured by a, erm, sour Aussie.

David Boon, the burly former Baggy Green top-order batter and now ICC match referee, decided to unceremoniously silence St George’s Park’s famous brass band.

No-one quite knows why.

No-one also quite knows who’s in charge after the first day’s play…

Faf du Plessis won the toss – well, his counterpart Angelo Mathews called incorrectly – but there was doubt as to whether he made the correct decision.

Views on the amount of fans that made it early to the ground differed markedly…

 

Initially, Suranga Lakmal looked like he might be typically erratic with the ball. How wrong that would turn out to be…

The Proteas opening pair negotiated the new ball well.

Stephen Cook ignored all the criticism over his “dodgy” technique by notching up a fine half-century.

Alviro Petersen, who has a bit more spare time on his hands following his 2-year ban from cricket, was philosophical after lunch…

Cooky was out shortly afterwards after doing all the hard work.

But at least there was an upside to his dismissal…

https://twitter.com/AltCricket/status/813341090296250368

Suddenly, Lakmal found his mojo.

The world’s most reputable cricket website were quick to pounce on a statistical quirk regarding Dean Elgar. His poorest outing yet in PE!

JP Duminy was quick to counter Sri Lanka’s progress.

And then David “Grinch” Boon stole the spirit of the Test match … or at least part of it.

At least not all holidaymakers in the Bay were on the beach.

Hashim Amla’s poor form continued with a painstaking 20.

In contrast, Duminy was simply serene.

Until he decided to play a sweep shot out of the blue.

Suranga Lakmal kept on roaring.

And we’re still scratching our heads as to who’s in the ascendancy… (sort of)

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