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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Wed 10 / 6 / 2015 The Sportsmen Home Won by 8 wickets. Oppo 127-5. Old Mo 128-2.



A strong Fit XI assembled (on time – thanks Tahir!) at Ashfield hoping to maintain the excellent start to the season. We normally face our local foes, the Sportsmen at their Richmond Hill Road ground where good length balls can shoot off dandelions, but excellent work from the honourable Fixture Secretary has meant that for the first time in years, a home fixture was arranged.

With little recent rain, the pitch was in top condition giving help to the bowlers, but with a short boundary into the car park, batsmen would get full value for their shots. The early season ability to win the toss seems to have evaded all Captains’, so the Fitmen were asked to bowl first. Ash and Greg opened up with the strange sight of soft-hands Ralphie in ‘keeping attire due to an intercostal muscular injury – look that one up!

Both bowled really well, with accurate and hostile stuff. Ash managed to grab a wicket in his final over to finish 1-21, with Greg beating the bat 8+ times without reward to finish 0-21. The old grunters and gurners of Sharif and Martin then tried to keep the run rate down to a respectable level with the assistance of, as ever, excellent bodies on the line fielding. Two’s were turned into one’s, catches taken (excellent double effort catch by Bice in the deep) and when the Sportsmen did try to garner that extra run they were run-out by a direct hit from Ralphie and another great throw for a Run-out by Greg. I think at least 20+ runs were saved by superior fielding and no catches dropped meant that the Sportsmen really had to work for their runs.

Bal took a bit of bosh from one over from the talented Sportsman left handed opener, but everyone else kept it to below 6 an over, which in the modern day T20 cricket is great work. 126-5 off 20 overs was probably that 20 runs short and so it proved to be.

Mo (now averaging 275) opened up with Rich Bice, knowing they only needed to punish one bad ball per over to keep the scoring ticking along. Bicey missed a straight one and was out bowled for 1, Tahir sauntered in, flicked his first ball back to the bowler and sauntered back. Collapse? Wobble? No chance, not with Mr Granite Bedrock himself, Si Howarth in at 4. Mo hit 14 fours on his way to 71 not out, and Howarth put the Hawk to work glancing and pulling his way to an unbeaten 31. 27 extra’s (21 of which were wides) really did help as well, but 130 runs were hit with 20 balls to spare.

5 wins from 5 for the mid-week team and the Mermaids up next week. Many thanks to Lord rear admiral Frost for his assistance with umpiring. No one signals a wide quite as well !