by Max Barry

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Plough Islands cricket team

Plough Islands


Plough Islands cricket crest


Board:

Plough Islands Cricket Association

Captain:

Kevin Laing

Coach:.

Lourens Hendricks

Known as:

Foxes, Islanders


Test (left) and ODI (centre and right) kits

Tests

First Test:
(GCF)

vs. Lisander
at Sutton, 17 July 2018

Last Test:
(GCF)

vs. Lisander
at Highrock, 2 May 2020

Most runs:

Shauna Weaver (2224)

Most wickets:

Naomi Salisbury (136)

Matches played:
- Wins:
- Defeats:
- Other results:

31
14
10
7 drawn

One Day Internationals

First ODI:
(GCF)

vs. Ko-oren
at Sutton, 12 March 2019

Last ODI:
(GCF)

vs. Krytenia
at City Centre, 5 June 2020

Most runs:

Shauna Weaver (1002)

Most wickets:

Naomi Salisbury (33)

Matches played:
- Wins:
- Defeats:
- Other results:

18
12
4
2 tied

The Plough Islands cricket team, administered by the Plough Islands Cricket Association (PICA), represents the Plough Islands in international cricket competition. Popularly known as the Foxes, the team play predominantly Test and One Day International cricket, and compete in major international events as well as undertaking tours to other nations in the cricketing multiverse; the Plough Islands are a full member of the NS Global Cricket Federation, attaining this status in 2018.

Cricket was introduced to the Plough Islands by the first British settlers in 1750; aided by the islands' mild climate and a largely rural population, the sport became widespread during the 19th and 20th centuries, with records of club games surviving from the early 1800s. The sport became increasingly competitive following World War I, and the first national representative teams were selected in the 1930s, although owing to their geographical isolation fixtures were sporadic. Following independence in 1960 under a Marxist-Leninist government, the governing body was nationalised and cricket clubs were promoted as a centrepiece of the new social order, but the islands' traditional sporting links with the Commonwealth were severed and the national team became dormant for some time. After several decades, the Plough Islands affiliated with the Global Cricket Federation in 2018, which saw a revived national team play a more regular schedule of matches, including for the first time full Tests and One Day Internationals.

The sport is extremely popular on the islands, and the national team is followed closely by both state media and the general Plough Islander population; both home and tour matches are broadcast in full by Plough Radio. The team receives considerable state support, although the players themselves are entirely amateur in keeping with the egalitarian principles of the socialist state, and since 1973 has been entirely selected on merit with no segregation by sex or gender identity. Since their return to international competition, the team have been increasingly competitive; as of June 2020, the Plough Islands are ranked sixth in Tests and third in One Day Internationals.

Crest & colours

The emblem of the Plough Islands team is the coat of arms of the Plough Islands Cricket Association, which was adopted in 1992 and replaced an earlier non-heraldic emblem, and is blazoned thus; Vert, two foxes rampant addorsed, the tails nowed, the dexter Gules and the sinister Argent, and above all a representation of the Plough Or. The colours of the two foxes represent the involvement of the Association in both first-class cricket, played with a red ball, and limited-overs cricket, played with a white ball. This is worn inter alia on the shirts, helmets, and hats of players, together with the national flag on the left sleeve of the shirt; the popular nickname of the Foxes for the national team derives from both the crest and the large feral red fox population on the islands.

The Plough Islands generally play in the national colours of green and amber, as seen on the crest and national flag. In common with other national teams, players wear all white clothing in Tests; the current Test playing kits feature contrasting dark teal green trim on the sleeves and sides of the body and trousers, as well as a green collar. The playing kits for One Day Internationals are of a similar pattern, but predominantly dark green, with contrasting amber trim and collars; an alternate kit, of the same design but in red, is worn when playing other teams in green. All three kits feature a stylised map of the Plough Islands woven into the fabric, and are made locally at the Red Flag clothing and textile co-operative in Redcliff.

History

(under some reconstruction)

The Plough Islands
324 (131.4 overs)
Matthew Davy 89
Zoran Kendall 3-70
220 (71.3 overs)
Kevin Laing 69
Idário Florian 4-48
Lisander
195 (64.1 overs)
Martin Hery 55
Andrew Baxter 5-35
258/5 (136.0 overs)
Martin Hery 114*
Matthew Davy 2-46
First Test, Lisander in the Plough Islands
17th June 2018
December Park, Sutton

Match drawn

Current players

The following players have played a senior international match for the Plough Islands during the 2020 season;

Name

Date of birth

Batting style

Bowling style

Domestic team

Kevin Laing (captain)

26 September 1986

Right-hand bat

Right-arm medium

Bradford

Rory Aliyev

16 August 1999

Right-hand bat

Right-arm leg break

New Dalmatia

Sarah Ashe

30 August 1994

Right-hand bat

Right-arm off break

New Hibernia (first class), Constabulary (one day)

Andrew Barrett

4 June 1990

Right-hand bat

Right-arm off break

Redcliff

Andrew Baxter

9 January 1990

Right-hand bat

Right-arm fast

Sutton & Avalon

Tim Bleasdale

1 June 1989

Right-hand bat

wicket-keeper

Swift

Matthew Davy

13 November 1992

Right-hand bat

Right-arm leg break

Sutton & Avalon

Arthur Donovan

30 April 1989

Right-hand bat

Right-arm off break

Redcliff

Andrew Fairfield

7 April 1985

Left-hand bat

Slow left-arm unorthodox

New Dalmatia

Alec Fedorov

22 February 1993

Left-hand bat

Slow left-arm unorthodox

New Dalmatia

Terry Gibbs

17 November 2001

Right-hand bat

Right-arm leg break

Sutton & Avalon (first class), University (one day)

David Heath

24 January 1987

Left-hand bat

Left-arm medium

Sutton & Avalon

Jannie Hendricks

19 August 1999

Right-hand bat

Right-arm leg break

Swift (first class), University (one day)

Graeme Holt

5 July 1988

Left-hand bat

Left-arm medium

Redcliff

Jonathan Iddon

12 January 1994

Right-hand bat

Right-arm leg break

Bradford

Ilya Lebed

28 September 1993

Left-hand bat

wicket-keeper

New Dalmatia

Audrey Leggett

12 March 1988

Right-hand bat

Right-arm leg break

Bradford

Leanne Martin

27 March 1989

Left-hand bat

wicket-keeper

Bradford

Colin McCarthy

19 June 1991

Right-hand bat

Right-arm fast-medium

New Dalmatia

Naomi Salisbury

21 December 1992

Left-hand bat

Slow left-arm orthodox

Bradford

Shauna Weaver

30 January 1994

Right-hand bat

Right-arm leg break

Swift

Colin Williams

1 October 1989

Right-hand bat

Right-arm leg break

New Hibernia

See also

Acknowledgments

The author wishes to thank the people of the NS Sports community for their feedback while this was written - many, many people contributed, but special thanks must go to Starblaydia for his assistance with coding and general advice, particularly to the author as a very confused newbie, and to all the teams the Plough Islands have played against and collaborated with through the years; long may it continue.
Thanks must also go to the Zimbabwe cricket team, for keeping the author interested in and passionate about cricket for over 20 years, through thick and, sadly more often than not, thin - maita zvenyu, and go Chevrons!

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Overview of the Plough Islands

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