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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Wed 29 / 4 / 2015 WMD Home Won by 22 runs. Old Mo 156-2. Oppo 134-4.

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Bowlers take a battering in Moseley’s very own Big Bash

The old adage “Win the toss, win the game” came to the fore on a “2 Jumper” April evening at our HQ and bowlers graveyard – Moseley Ashfield. Playing T20 cricket on the edge of the square with a mere 22 Metre boundary will always favour the batsmen, whose angled drives (edges) fly for 4 and anything bowled slightly short smashed for sixes and so it proved in a very competitive fixture against the West Midlands Doctors.
South Birmingham on a Wednesday, in April, (as we all know) merits the shout of tails, but the WMD skipper was not party to this knowledge. He even examined the coin post toss to ensure it wasn’t a double tailed coin (do they exist?) – but with WMD numbering 5 players at 5.55PM and the Fitmen numbering 8, “we’ll bat” was a very easy decision to make when it would be dark in just over 2 hours’ time. A 16 over format was agreed upon, wicket keeping gloves found and most available Fitmen offered for fielding duties whilst the remaining opposition players gradually made their way to the ground.
With the Bicemeister stuck in traffic, a new opening partnership of Mo and Ralphie strode the 24 yards to the “middle”. At such heady heights the air was too thin for Ralphie and after 5 balls and one crunched drive for 4 (great effort in the field by Bal trying to stop this one), he was back in the clubhouse. Fielding hero of the week-end - Tahir, was then asked to stop umpiring and start batting. The WMD tall opening bowler was finding life and bounce in the track, causing T some discomfort, finally bowling him for a quick fire 10. The fall of wickets was alarming, as with not enough personnel to score, umpire, field and bat – we needed some stability whilst the stragglers arrived.
We shouldn’t have worried as there were to be no further wickets taken. Mo was steadily going about his business, defending the good ball and working everything else into gaps. The score was ticking along nicely at 7 an over when Sharif arrived at the crease. This pair of amblers was never going to run many 3’s, but what they did do was smash anything short and punish any width with 16 fours and 4 sixes between them. A quite superb partnership used up every ball of the 16 overs, with Mo simply brilliant on 84 not out and a great support act by Sharif of 35 not out. The final score of 156-2 was down to great batting rather than poor bowling, as WMD fielded and bowled very well.
A quick turn-around was needed with the sun setting fast. Ash opened up the bowling with the opposition needing just shy of 10 an over. The WMD opener was in aggressive mood, smashing 12 off the first and with Greg Moore bowling accurately but still taken for runs, it looked set to be a tight run chase. Ash was able to claim 2 wickets in his allocated 3 overs but was clubbed for 25 runs. Greg clean bowled the number 3 in his excellent spell for 1-26.
Skipper for the evening then entered the carnage hoping to limit the damage to his economy rate of 3 going into the match. No such luck. Smashed for 14 in his first and 12 in his second, WMD suddenly looked to be back in the game. Sharif faired much the same with 32 runs mullered from his 3 overs, but he did manage to snag the wicket of the big hitting opener who on 50+ smashed yet another shot to deep mid-off only to be brilliantly caught by “soft hands” Ash Hussein. Form in temporary, class is permanent!
With darkness descending and 12 an over needed, what any captain needs is an express fast bowler pitching on a good length. Although taking no wickets, Ralphie was for most balls, un-playable. 0-19 was the best economy rate of the night and with Ash’s catch pretty much wrapped up the game. Skipper had the “honour” of bowling the last over with WMD needing 28 to win but conceded only 6 to bring victory by 22 runs. Full apologies must be given to the WMD batsman who I nearly decapitated with a beamer (total accident) in the dark…what can I say but – Sorry! Big thank you also to Nutter for dropping the batsman who had been subjected to the beamer. What a mark of respect to give him a juicy not out for his pains!
After a dodgy start to the season, the Fitmen have scored 375-6 in 53 overs in their two home fixtures. Long may this rich vein of form continue. Poor old bowlers!!!