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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Wed 1 / 7 / 2015 Selly Park Tavern Home Won by 66 runs. Old Mo 198-8. Oppo 132-6.


Records tumble as mid-week Fit Streak continues

On the hottest July day for 160 years, the Fitmen record books (if they existed) were torn up and thrown out of open windows. The Home dressing room was like a scene out of Tenko, with heaving masses struggling to squeeze sweating limbs into cricket attire. With the thermometer touching 34 degrees in the Bice(im)mobile (stuck in traffic), it was the simplest of decisions for skipper to ask the opponents for the night, Selly park tavern, to broil in the field.

With no Bice, the ever flexible Pickering was forcibly shoved up the order, but who to partner the Uncle Fester look alike? Great vice-Captaincy by Tucker in suggesting Ralphie to accompany Habib with instructions to get a good start and run aggressively to put pressure on the field from the off.
A good start? Well try, 5 wide’s, wide and no-ball, so the Fitmen were 7 runs off zero balls. 2 Fours and more wide’s later – 19 runs were garnered off the first over (surely a record?)…magical. Another 12 runs were smashed from the 2nd, with Ralphie crunching two 4’s and quite superb T20 running between the wickets from this odd couple. A quite over but then more carnage led to the 50 partnership being brought up after only 26 balls (another opening partnership record tumbles?).

Pickering out for 17 off 13 balls, allowed Tahir in to feast, but at the start he struggled to get going. It didn’t really matter as Ralphie was in belligerent mood, cracking 7 4’s and a mighty 6 before getting out caught for a superb 34 ball 50. Howarth it transpired whilst he perspired, was in no mood to hang around as he shrugged off his normally torpid demeanour to late cut (edge), pull and smite a huge club house clearing 6, on his way to an excellent 28 off 21 balls. Tahir got into gear and raced to a classy 39 off 29 before holing out with the score on an already impressive 140 off 15 overs.

Tucker, in the spirit of the game got cracking from the off but whacked one straight down a fielders throat and Bice smashed his first onto the golf course and his 8th onto the roof and his 9th off his head (for a head bye) to deliver 16 off only 11 balls to keep the momentum going. Sharif again hit a maximum off his first delivery and talk turned to the mythical 200 – never yet achieved by the Fitmen. It was down to the skipper to hit a 6 off the last ball of the innings, but fell 5 yards short of the sight screen for a 4 to finish the innings on a record 198 for 8.

Water drunk, Aspalls downed, it was still sweltering when the Fitmen ambled out to field. A classy looking Selly Park opener drove a couple of boundary’s and smashed Ash for 6 – this was not going to be plain sailing. Greg looked lively bowling from the golf course end and was rewarded when a ball leapt, the batsman skied and Sharif dived athletically to take a good catch. Several muscles were pulled by the big grunter making this catch, but after some tugging and pulling, he was back on his feet. Ash then took the key wicket in the next over when a mis-timed pull was smartly caught by Tahir. A big blow for Selly Park. Greg 1-15 was probably the pick of the nights bowling, but again the fielding supported the bowlers efforts.

Sharif for once, was not at his best. With such a short leg side boundary, there was little room for error. The Selly park number 3 batted really well for his deserved 58 although he was dropped a couple of times. Bal grabbed another wicket with a fine steepling catch from Bice to remove the number 3 and he bowled well for his 1-30 off 4, but as the runs per over needed headed ever upwards, it was mission impossible for the batsmen.

Sniffing fantasy points the skipper brought himself on and grabbed a 3 fer and Ralphie brought the game home by a winning margin of 66 runs with some comedy leg spin bowling (for a ball to spin – it needs to land Mike!).
Thanks to the ever gregarious Edge and his friendly Selly Park team mates. Just time for a few ales and mosquito attacks, with a red full moon as a back drop in still stifling heat.