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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 10 / 5 / 2015 Lapworth Home Won by 4 wickets. Oppo 207 Old Mo 213-6.

SCORECARD

Fitmen prevail on a sticky wicket

Well, it had to happen. After 5 straight spin wins, up went the coin and down came a tail (obvs). Our opponents for the day, Lapworth had a good think about it and then decided to bat. With the words of the tactical master Prof.Green still ringing in skipper for the day’s ears – “the pitch inspector says field first”, it looked like a good toss to lose. Recent rain had changed the character of the Fitmen xi strip (the one nearest the club house AGAIN) giving it a brownish hue, similar to Tucker’s undergarment “Tiger stripes”.

With a Fit team of All-Round (ers) i.e. mostly batsmen who can bowl a bit, it was going to be an interesting afternoon of irregular Fit-bowling, at times comical but always committed. Opening up, Sunny (8-1-35-2) bowled, as always, with venom and swing nipping out both openers. Supported by the parsimonious Martin (8-2-19-0), Lapworth were kept in check with some accurate stuff, slowly crawling to 20-2 off 10.

First change saw Chas (1-12) and Sharif (1-21) continue the excellent start with more good bowling. It was tough going on a pitch which kept low at one end and the batsmen were kept in check by some seem movement. Key also was the fact that any chances given were snaffled by excellent support fielding. Sunny pulling off a fine catch at cow corner (one handed) to remove a dangerous bat off the bowling of Sharif. 53 – 3 at drinks was an excellent start.

Bal was brought into the attack following his heroics of the previous week-end, on a hatrick ball. An excellent ball it was too, but no luck for the Trittiford twirler. He continued to bowl well, and despite an expensive over finished with 0-27 – a good effort. It was now time for the skipper to rotate the bowling again, bringing on the indoor master of swing S.Howarth at one end and the Caucasian Curtly Ambrose (C.Jones) at the other.

Anyone who has faced Turgio (nee Torpidio) in the winter nets will know that he can swing it a mile and both ways, which is quite a feat. However, without his angle grinder and bees wax polish, bowling with a damp ball with mud ingrained in the seam is a different matter. The balls that didn’t bounce thrice or even twice were very good. Apologising to one of the batsmen he got out for the quality of the vegetable matter thrown down was a very sporting touch.

Noticing the multiple bounce technique at the other end was working a treat, Jonesy decided to try the full toss technique, which didn’t work quite as well. The number 6 batsmen for Lapworth was having a field day! Having never scored a 50 before, he went on to record a life-time best 88. I am sure he will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing us on the tour match in August.

With the scoreboard rattling along nicely (for Lapworth), a single over was required from someone before the opening bowlers finished off. Tahir stepped up…4,6,5 wides (chukka),dot, 2,1,4 later – you do the maths! Mr T did make up for it with a cracking run-out of the fortunate chap on 88 and 2 further run outs in the final over meant Lapworth finished on a respectable 207 ALL OUT.

A break-down in communication meant that 6 pizzas, Pakora, Spicy Wings, Quiche, Saus Rolls, Sandwich Platters x 3 and lashings of Lidl cakes were offered to the assembled “masses” made more massive by platefuls of delicious grub. An extra table was needed to accommodate the feast.

After needing to rotate 8 bowlers, picking the batting line-up in a team of batters was tricky. Tom and Mo’ went out first, getting (yet another) fifty opening partnership. Tom batted well for his run a ball 36 before being dismissed Run-out in an unfortunate series of events…Tim Fell bowls, Mo smashes straight, Fell sticks a foot out, deflection, Tom stranded, sportingly walks. Mo continued to smash 9 fours in his brilliant (again) 62 off 57 balls. His 50 was chanceless, but then 2 catches were put down before he was finally out caught.

Tahir at 3 was making up for his special over (22) by treating the crowd to a well-crafted 33, nearly being run out by Mo every over.
Howarth in at an un-accustomed 4 had a look, smacked a four and then chopped on. Tucker blasted 11 in quick time and then played across the line to a straight one.

Could a collapse by on?

Sunny (promoted to 7 in payment for his secret chicken recipe) smote a 4 and then missed the next one….

5 down and Lapworth could sniff the impossible. “We’re into the tail” (they thought) but with Chas at 6 and Sharif at 8, there was never really a problem. Chas 19 not out and Sharif mullering the winning runs over the ropes for six and the victory was brought home in the 32nd over.

A good day at the office. Just enough time for a few crafty ales and more gorging on an endless mountain of sarnies!!