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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 19 / 7 / 2015 Walsall Heath Away Lost by 4 wickets. Old Mo 121-7. Oppo 122-6.


Don't Count Your Chickens, Mr Captain!

Old Moseley Arms Fitmen 121-7, Walsall Health 122-6

Fitmen lose by 4 wickets

The start of the summer holidays, coupled with Eid-al-Fitr, meant that it was the traditional struggle to raise 11 players for this weekends jaunt to this, the most northerly of our away fixtures in 2015. Multiple e-mails, texts, phone calls, bribes, bungs and veiled threats later and a decent looking 11 had been assembled. Captain for the day Rob Green doesn't keep chickens, but Ian Nutt does, and perhaps Rob should have taken advice from Nutterrrr upon team selection.

7.30 on Sunday morning and we were down to 10. 12.30 and it's "sorry I have an emergency": 9 players, and at 2.30 it's "Sorry, I thought it was a home match" and we were down to 8.

However, the toss was won - Rob correctly calling heads, in counterpoint to the advice given by Tuckerrr and the decision was made to have a bat. Following their exploits in the same fixture the previous season, Mike Ralph and Tom Caesar confidently strode to the middle with thoughts of runs galore. Ralph struck the ball powerfully, but not for very long, meanwhile Tom was finding the opening bowler from the other end quite a handful, surviving an LBW appeal and a multitude of away swingers. 

And so it continued, with a battle against some decent Walsall Health bowlers and a sticky wicket. Simon Howarth battled it out for 30 and even an in-form Tuckerrr found it tough going before departing for 35. The less said about Sharif and Rob's contributions and dismissals the better and Ian Nutt and the Chairman were only able to add a few before the innings closed on 121.

The tea was one of the better ones that we've had for an away fixture, and much appreciated by all, though still way down on what we produce on an "average" day. The tea interval took a little longer than anticipated due to being locked out of the changing facilities. It was therefore suggested that the match be abandoned as an honourable draw, until it was pointed out that the car keys, money, kit etc were locked inside. 

Eventually, the key was located and the Walsall Heath innings began shortly afterwards. Sportingly, the opposition lent us two fielders, which was much welcomed and so it was up to Ralphie and The Chairman to find a breakthrough. Attacking fields were set and soon the first wicket was taken. Dispensing with the usual strategy of making the ball bounce, TC was to take a neat caught and bowled and not long after, removed the other opener after a fine spell of pressure bowling Ralphie bowled without much luck, in many cases and the Fred Trueman line of "that were wasted on thee", came to mind.
A change in the bowling brought in Sharif and the King of the Swingers, Mark Tucker, who bowled an excellent spell, performing a super act of Feng Shui on the slightly rustic No 4 batsman - "mind the windows, Tino!".

More bowling changes to try to take wickets saw Nutterrr have a go, then Ralphie and TC return, but though Ralphie finally got his just rewards, 121 was to prove 50 or so too few. Oh for 3 more batsmen!

And as if rub salt into the wound, (no pun intended) Nutterrr was forced to leave the field with a split webbing on his hand, so only 7 Fitmen remained by the time the target was reached by the opposition.

As Tony observed later, when you only have 8 players it can affect the mindset and maybe we would have batted with less inhibition with 11, but who can tell. All we can say, is that we performed as well as we possibly could, and it was a darned sight better than trailing round the Bullring, or as Fred would say "being down t'pit".