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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 6 / 9 / 2015 Coftonians Home Lost by 9 wickets. Old Mo 103 Oppo 107-1.


Rollin', Rollin', Rollin', Keep That Roller Rollin ', Rawhide!

Old Moseley Arms Fitmen 103 all out, Coftonians 107-1

Fitmen lose by 9 wickets

The scene was set. A cloudless sky, a verdant outfield and 11 players assembled thanks to the Ashfield Facebook group, who provided Dave Tandy and Tanveer to make up for a whole series of absences and no replies.

Il Capitano, S. Verdi won the toss and opted to bat, providing great relief to Adrian "Dodgy Knees" or "Diogenes" Martin, on what looked to be a perfect batting wicket.

The youthful opening partnership of Ralphie and Tom strode out to bat and began in confident style before Tom succumbed to the nagging bowling of the venerable Tommy Walsh.

Appearances can be deceptive however and the wicket proved a little more tricky for batting on; the ball frequently grabbing in the pitch, which was to lead to Ralphie's downfall.

Moments later came the reason for the rather tricky wicket. Tommo couldn't get the roller started in the morning. Why was this news not relayed to Il Capitano before the toss?

Tight bowling from the Coftonians added to the difficulties. Timing the ball was difficult and though Tucker and Green battled/turged (delete as appropriate) hard to put on 39 for the 5th wicket, a regular procession of batsman came and went without troubling the scorers too much.

A total of 103, in which extras top scored was never going to be enough.

Tea proved, in the fullness of time, to be the only success of the afternoon, with Ian Nutt's egg and rocket sandwiches the star performer: the Vampire Chillies on the meat feast pizza sadly not living up to expectations.

Wickets were needed early and though all of the Fitmen bowlers tried their best, these were not forthcoming.

Ralphie bowled with his usual pace and fire; Sharif at times had the batsmen in knots; Tanveer swung the ball nicely and could have had the Coftonians star batsman caught out, but for a badly timed fielding position change. Ade missed the edge of the bat countless times and spin twins of Bal and Nutt twirled in vain. Nutt in particular was unlucky not to snare the Coftonians opener on at least 3 occasions.

Only 1 wicket was to be taken, with Sharif adding to his already impressive total courtesy of Tuckerrrr's catch, and despite Ralphie's valiant effort to take a running/diving catch in the deep off Bal. (Bad form to batsmen for continuing to run when the fielder was clearly injured)

Not the best of results, but every chance of ending the home matches next Sunday on a more positive note against Barford.