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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 21 / 6 / 2015 Shirley British Legion Home Lost by 6 wickets. Old Mo 203-8. Oppo 204-4.

SCORECARD

Tom Ton in vain again...
Fitmen 203-8, lost to Shirley CC 204-4, by 6 Wickets

Recent Fitman Formula
Win Toss + Bat First ± TomTon x 3µø / SundayLeagueSide = AnotherLoss

Buoyed by the current form of the Fitmen T20 side, the one-day outfit were thoroughly looking forward to meeting a similar skillset offered up by the scheduled Oak 'n' Ash outfit.

A Thursday pull-out however left the choice of oppo in the hands of the Fixture Bureau Gods...Trumps was called by Shirley British Legion CC.

Arriving at a sun-drenched Graveyard, what we saw before us flooded us with utter fear...matching trackies and already warming up in the outfield, the Shirley contingent looked well up for a ruckus.

A calming Driving Lager was consumed before meeting with the Shirley skipper for the walk'n'talk to the middle. News of an unbeaten season so far, second in the Sunday League (with the top team already having played 2 games more) the coin went up with trepidation...a false call allowed an extremely nervous FitSkip to elect to have a bat.

Tom C and Rob Green took on the challenge of the new ball, and with some early seam movement and sharp fielding the runs were kept in check. Little to report aside from another Masterful Ton from Tom C.

His 119 was the outstanding performance alongside Sharif's 24, (extras 25...!!), with the rest of the batting line up looking like an ex-directory phone number...

4 7 7 6 4 6 1...wow...what a top-order/middle-order/tail-end effort!!

Each one was not really got out, but rather contributed to their own downfall...Rob G poked a leading edge back to the bowler for a regulation C & B; Tahir drove on the up to mid-off; Tuckerrr similarly chipped into cover; Chas strayed from the crease to be adjudged stumped; Ade was caught in the deep at long-on; and Neil was run-out selflessly coming back for a second for Sunny on the final ball.

Let's not take anything away from the man of the moment though. Tom C has offered up very few chances in recent innings, and this one was no different. Striking at better than a run a ball (SR of 103), he hit 17 fours and four sixes, mixing elegant cover drives and powerful pulls with beautifully timed leg-side half volleys and delicate late cuts.

Sharif partnered Tom for the best partnership of the day, after yet another change of willow mid-innings.

When Tom C finally nicked one to the 'keeper off their excellent spinner, the score stood at a nearly respectable 200. Sunny and Neil pushed this to 203-8, which many suggested was maybe 20 to 40 too few.

Tea was truly a Father's Day Feast. With the caterers forgetting it was Ramadan, 4 loaves of sarnies, 5 pizzas, pork based savouries, pakora, Genuinely Spicy Chicken Wings, cake and shortbread were all washed down with Tea/Ale/Juice (delete as appropriate).

With a modest total to defend it was over to Sunny and Sharif to open up. Sharing 10 overs without success, the oppo raced to 70 odd before a bowling change was summoned. Ade and the ever trusty Bal took up the reins, and were rewarded with 3 wickets between them, whilst also slowing the run-rate enough to bring the Fitmen back into the game. However, the oppo skipper was destroying anything wayward, and helped himself to 64 not-out to bring the game home for Shirley in the 37th over.

Another Ton for Tom, Another (albeit Sunday) League Side as Oppo, Another 2-fer for Bal, Another loss for the Sunday Skipper...when will the tide turn??

Double header (Midweek T20 + Sunday Pro40) against The Village coming up.

Footnotes
Please review the poster which 'magically' appeared in the Clubhouse display cabinet.
Rob Green was seen removing left over tea for the weeks pack ups, whilst Father of the Day Tony C had kindly left 2 jugs of ale for the Man of the Day's Ton...nice one Tone, and well done Tom.