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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Wed 17 / 6 / 2015 Mermaids Home Won by 4 wickets. Oppo 110-8. Old Mo 114-6.

SCORECARD

FITMEN PREVAIL IN LOW SCORING THRILLER

Following the recent glut of sunshine and dry conditions, it was a real treat to turn up to a damp and rainy Graveyard. 408 in 50 overs? Yeh, good luck with that, let’s see if you can hit a soggy piece of leather off the square for starters. A great day to win the toss (heads – well it is nearly summer solstice) lead to our old friends the Mermaids being asked to bat.

A rather brown, sweaty strip was waiting for the Fitmen and that was before we even got out of the changing room, with new rising star, Habib of Torquay again gracing us with his talents. It had rained steadily for half an hour, but when Ash opened up from the Saint Agnes Road end, the portentous clouds had cleared. Ash nipped out the opener thanks to a fine catch at extra cover from Rich Bice, who following a 2 hour commute was only 2 balls away from relieving Sharif, of his wicket keeping duties. A great start.

Greg (1-8) and Ash (1-16) bowled beautifully, rarely offering any run scoring balls. Greg cleaned bowled the other opener, leaving the Mermaids rocked at 32-2 off 8 overs. 1st change saw Sharif and Martin brought on to bowl, with Sharif cementing his position as mid-week bowler of the year grabbing 2 key wickets, whilst Martin snagged the dangerous left handed bat thanks to a good (running!) catch by Tahir.
Extra’s were kept to a minimum in an excellent fielding display (again), and when Bal and Habib were asked to bowl, they continued the fantastic work with Bal 1-22 bowling at the death and Habib, a little more expensive, but snagging yet another 2 wickets to give the Mermaids a small target of 112 to defend.

Despite being offered all manner of advice from co-captains about who should bat where, Bice and Green strode to the middle needing just under 6 an over. Punish one bad ball an over and we would be home and hosed. Bice faced 10 without punishing anything other than his self before mis-timing a drive to be out caught for 3. Green was swishing and missing but slowly started to get his eye in. Tahir ambled out and turned the game in the Fitmen’s favour with a cavalier 33 off 31 including 5 4’s before getting himself out caught.

Green smacked a couple of lovely 4’s before missing a straight one to be out for a respectable 26, allowing the athletic looking pairing of Howarth and Birman to trundled out of the hutch. Howarth pulled characteristically a four, then next ball set off, stopped – saw that Dave wasn’t moving and lunged for the crease only to be given run-out. Greg Moore was in next and punished Dave’s running technique the very next ball, by hitting and running leaving Mr Birman high and dry for a Golden duck, even though he had faced (and survived) his first ball.

There was no need to worry. Having been dropped following his MOM performance at Barnt Green, Pickering was back in the side (taking wickets) and hitting runs. Greg and Pickering had a 32 run partnership with Habib only scoring 8. It was a good work out for the lad from Torquay, as Greg got him sprinting 22 yards many times, with some really good T20 running, putting the pressure on the fielders. Finally out (comically stumped) heaving across the line, the poor lad looked like he had just run a Marathon – for the record, Greg didn’t even break sweat in his match winning knock of 24 off just 13 balls.
There was time for Sharif to smash the winning boundary with 2 overs to spare and there was more time to sink a few ales with the ever sociable Mermaids side.

The winning run continues. The Village up next!!