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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 20 / 9 / 2015 Highcroft and Great Barr Away Won by 6 wickets. Oppo 311-9. Old Mo 312-4.

SCORECARD

Highcroft Mo-wn down in high scoring thriller

Fitmen 312-4, beat Highcroft 311-9 Declared, by 6 wickets

On this Day - 20th September
1833 - Charles Darwin rides horse to Buenos Aires
1972 - Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm
1982 - Jalaluddin takes a one-day hat-trick Pakistan v Australia
2013 - Apple released the iPhone 5s
2015 - read on............

A warm welcome was offered up to the Fitmen that gathered early to sample the Thatchers slush in the Highcroft bar, pre-toss. Unfortunately the toss fell in favour of the home side, who elected to have a bat, falling into the hands of the Fitmen's desire to field first on the renowned batters paradise...
Raj and Sharif opened up proceedings, sharing 12 tidy overs, with a smart catch by Nutterrrr at cover accounting for the Highcroft opener, allowing our resident postie to edge ahead in the wickets column once more. Raj again bowled with discipline with great lines and tempting lengths, beating the bat on a number of occasions with some lovely swing. Ade and Nutterrr continued the attack, but with the seasoned opener having negotiated the opening salvo now firmly set, the run rate increased rapidly with some bullying over the short boundary, accompanied by some lovely timing through the covers. At drinks a score of 104-1 looked ominous, with the Highcroft pair well settled and smashing it to all parts. Bal came on to try and stem the flow, unfortunately also feeling the pinch, but picked up a wicket, assisted by another smart catch from the reliable Nutterrr, taking one nicely in the bread basket that was hammered to mid-wicket. Ade bowled through, valiantly trying to protect the short leg side boundary, and at 30 overs with the score on 230-odd, all Fitheads were bowed in near surrender. Young Joe got a bit of tap into the hospital, yet returned to field for the oppo when an oppo fetlock was pulled and a webbing split...courtesy of a Mo thunderbolt during the Fitmen reply.
Raj and Sharif returned and brilliantly put the shackles back on, Raj picking up 2 wickets with the help of a stumping, and a strangled appeal for leg before that snared the Highcroft Centurion. Both Raj and Sharif went for circa 5 an over, pretty amazing considering a +300 total looming...
Our resident spin twins, Mo and Bal, had other ideas however, and working in tandem reduced the home side to 311-9. Let's paint the scene...watching all FitBowlers getting hammered to all parts, Bal span down a nice half tracker, batsman's eyes light up, pulls strongly to square leg, six all the way...hang on a minute...Mo sticks out the right paw, and plucks it from (possibly) just over the boundary rope, the smacking noise in the hand surely one of the nicest sounds of the day! One of three wickets for the ever reliable Bal. Not content with that, Mo twirled from the other end, mesmerising 3 Highcroft batsmen in quick succession to claim a class Hat-Trick! With 9 down, and 2 balls of the allotted 40 overs left to face, the Highcroft skipper decided that was that, and confidently declared at a very nice 311-9.
Generous amounts of T'atchers slush was promised should the Fitmen chase down the mammoth score...
Another looming target for the Fitmen to chase...
Not again...not on my watch!!
Tea was palatable - Strawberry Cheesecake being the highlight following on from various marine based sandwiches.

Duly sated, the Fitmen were called to arms in the PortaChangingRoom...honest and spirited play/umpiring was requested, with the fillip that this was a gettable target...
Enter Tom C and Mighty Mo...looking for their 700th and 1000th run respectively.
Cue first over - two fours from the willow of Tom, added to four byes, and at 12 off 6 we were up and running. Mo weighed in with two maximums in the second over, and we were now racing along at 12 an over...
Lusty blow followed lusty blow, and both amassed excellent fifties taking the FItmen to 108-0 as drinks were taken.
Acceleration was needed, and with Tom pulling across the line to one that didn't get up, the first wicket fell. Quality 69 from Tom (11 fours). Si strode purposefully to the crease, and smashed a maximum into the Hospital ground, unluckily falling LBW to a shooter after a quick-fire 12 ball 14 (1 x six; 1 x four). This gave Mo the trigger to push the pedal. His 50 came off approx 60 balls - the next 50 came off an alarming 17 balls, taking our seasoned pro to his second FitCentury of the season, and beyond the magic 1000!! Unfortunately a pull to square leg on the fence halted a superb knock at 138 (18 x fours; 5 x sixes).
Run rate was now 10 an over, and Tuckerrr managed a run a ball 22 (3 x fours), before trying to smash the cover off it, missed, and off stump was knocked back.
Ade and new Fitman Dave Tandy were then left to bring the game home.
Torpidness was not an option.
Intravenous fluids may be required to sustain a certain gout-ridden left-handed one-shot specialist...
Overs remaining 5 - runs required 45
Nerves were jangling on the sidelines...

Batting is all about partnerships - Tom and Mo; Mo and Si; Mo and Tuckerrr - now it was down to Ade and Dave - and they didn't disappoint...
Ade smashed one to long on, and only a single looked on the cards...a nasty bobble however scuppered the fielder, and a boundary four was conceded...
Cracking straight six next ball and the game was on again - 38 needed off 24 balls.
Keen to get in on the act, Dave smashed a huge six over mid wicket -
Final two overs - 32 needed...
Incredibly these two mastered the bowling, and with great running accompanying boundary after boundary, (39th over = wide; 4; 6; 2; bye; 2; single; 2), and then when the 40th over went DOT; 3; 6; 1...it was down to three needed of the final two balls. Ade pushed one to long on - only a single - two off the final ball required. Dave similarly pushed one to long off, and scampered off for a tight single - ground made - match tied...hang on - in their desperation to run out the new lad, the fielder shied at the stumps, only for all to miss the incoming Dukes, and Buzzers allowed our two to return for a second, and match winning, run!!! Unbelievable!!! 312-4 chased down on the final ball!! Ade: 14 ball 26 (2 x fours; 1 x six), Dave: 9 ball 15 (1 x six).
Rarely have I witnessed such a game - 600 runs for 13 wickets, with, finally, the Fitmen prevailing.
Every Fitman contributed - massive thanks to all!! We await a double-jug celebration from the Hat-Trick-Ton-Up hero!!!
Surely THE best run chase in Fitman history, and definitely my finest and proudest moment as FitSkipper.

PostScript
The weekend stats race goes down to the final game, next week at Four Oak All Saints...
Weekend Batting; Mo = 679 v Tom = 682
Weekend Bowling; Sharif = 18 wickets v Bal = 22 wickets...
I sense some dodgy running and dropped catches coming.........