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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 8 / 5 / 2016 Lapworth Home (YW) Won by 141 runs. Old Mo 255-7. Oppo 114


Didn’t we have a loverley time the day Turgio got to his half century? Chapter 1 (of 1); Weed on Speed

Old Mo 255-7; Lapworth 114 all out
Fitmen win by 141 runs

After the sun shone on a FitVictory on Thursday, could the warmth bring out the best again from The Old Mo? The answer (in the end) was an emphatic ‘yes’…………but it did have its moments.

A(nother) manufactured toss saw The Fitmen bat first on a glorious afternoon at The Graveyard. The Sri Lankans had arrived and were treated to unusually clement weather down in Essex……..and we had the same in B13.

A steady and watchful start turned into a bit of a mini collapse when the first 3 perished in single figures but commeth the hour etc. Capt Tuckerrrr (60@102) seems unable to fail these days (cue row of ducks about to appear) and it was, for the second week in a row, his partnership with Raj (17@65) that steadied the ship. The confidence then oozed through Foxy Martin (27@75) and Shariff (33@79) before Tuckerrrr’s ‘nailed on’ ton evaporated with possibly his only false shot holing out at mid-on (ed. having been dropped twice while Tina was working).

In came the newly streamlined Greeno and you could be forgiven for thinking he once batted with Sir Viv as opposed to bowling against him. 44@105 was an outstanding knock and together with a solid middle order saw the Fitmen ‘make the leap’ from a respectable 190 odd to an untouchable 257.

Tea was dominated by The Fix Sec’s half century celebrations including his private bar and candle strewn chocolate gateau. The staples were all there – Mrs Raj’s Award Winning Pakora, the wetest tuna sandwiches since the centre leaning minorities in Mrs T’s junta and the Premiership winning Melton Mowbray snorker pie.

A big target for any oppo to chase but Lapworth lacked the firepower and settled early on for a survival response. Perhaps preferring to keep the gunpowder dry for ‘the return leg’ a week on Wednesday.

Healey tight again (6-1-14-2) and Lockyer accurate (7-2-24-3) were the pick of the bowlers, but ably supported by the three other principal combatants all with economy rates of 4 or less including a welcome return to rhythm for Jonesy (8-0-22-1). The Birthday boy was given a twirl and came away with a respectable brace of overs at 5 after ‘Foxy’ had picked up a couple of stray bunnies towards the end.

The end came quickly and 6 overs before the scheduled close. A highly enjoyable game played with the most impeccable etiquette. Highly commended were the home batsmen walking on feint nicks, and the visiting keeper quick to ‘fess up to dislodging the bails with his feet (and the home keeper for being corralled into calling the oppo captain back after dislodging the bails whilst he went walkies). It really makes for a great atmosphere when both sides know that the game is the contest and not the ethics.

And as the sun set on the first Fitmen Sunday win of the season, the elder statesman of the Lapworth team was left to graze on tuna and chocolate cake in the outfield.