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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 31 / 7 / 2016 Christchurch Cricket Club Home (YW) Won by 4 wickets. Oppo 189-5. Old Mo 193-6.


Fitmen end July on a winning High

Fitmen 193 for 6, beat Christchurch CC, 189 for 5, by 4 wickets

Dribbling into the Graveyard under parting grey clouds, the Fitmen turned towards the antiquated scorebox to witness another Saturday aggregate of 450+...Thommo Jnr has been rollin' these wickets to within an inch of their life, such that bowlers' sighs were audible across the region. The toss would be key as a bat first decision was surely nailed on. The oppo' skipper duly obliged on winning the toss, inviting the Fitmen to bowl first.

DDH (minus the first D after a somewhat "request for calm" speech pre-game from the skipperrr), and Sharif were requested to open up on a batters paradise. Dave bowled through for another great spell of 8-3-30-0 - again unfortunate not to bag a wicket despite beating the bat on a number of occasions. Sharif was similarly as miserly, and snaffled the hard hitting oppo' skipper caught (juggled??) behind. Replacing DDH was the ever consistent Raj, who again proved accurate and methodical, bowling through for 8-0-28-0. Nutterrrr came on for Sharif, and with the batsmen looking to accelerate before the drinks break, was replaced after 3 overs by Sam L for a solitary maiden to take the oppo' to 84 for 1.
Reconvening after drinks, the Leftie opener passed 50 before lobbing a simple chance to point from the golden arm of Lockyer in only his second over. Ticking along at just over 4 an over the oppo' would soon look to up the rate, so the return of Nutterrr to snaffle a smart 3-fer assisted by a quick fire Houlgate stumping and catch, and a skier that Sharif held onto with ease, put paid to any of those plans. Sam and Nutterrr saw out the innings, and with some smart tipping and running the oppo' posted 189 for 5.

Tea was another beauty - the Egg Mayo challenge was accepted by Sam L; Gav H had a second attempt at some drier tuna sarnies; DDH (assisted by Mrs DDH??) complimented the cheese with some red onion, and with Tom H's savouries and Mr Weeds increasingly exceedingly good cakes topping it off, the Fitmen were ready for the reply.

Gav and Mo chipped away putting on 20 in 5 overs before Mo missed a straight one, bringing Tahir to the crease for only his 3rd knock of the season. A 47 partnership in 8 overs was looking likely to put the Fitmen in control, and with Gav on a nice 39 (6 x fours; 1 x six), it was the Chariman that was to bring about his downfall with the customary commentators curse of "Gav has found some form recently".........bowled next ball. Not to be deterred, the Chairman followed this with comments of "Rob Weed will surely see it out for a 95 ball dozen"........caught second ball at slip!! In an attempt to buck this trend, FutureFitChairman Turge Jnr reckoned some reverse psychology would do the trick - "Tuckerrrrrr will do terrible".........unfortunately many a true word is spoken in jest - 2 boundaries followed by dragging one on to the stumps saw the Fitmen suddenly at 85 for 4!
Sage heads were needed, and were provided in the form of Sharif and the now settled Tahir. The pair saw the Fitmen to drinks, and at 95-4 at halfway things were shaping up for a tight game.
Sharif fell with the score on 126, for a typically gurning 18, bringing Raj to the crease who would do his damndest to run out all his teammates before the night was done.
Tahir was having none of it, and aided by some waist high no balls (had to guess where the waist was as the jumper was from nose to knee...) that were smashed to all parts, helped himself to a chanceless 60 (8 x fours; 1 x six), before Dr Weed HAD to give him out plumb in front - Mr T was seemingly walking off anyhow as the ball smacked his shin bang in front of middle.
147 for 6 in the 27th over - still 43 needed and the tail had to wag...and wag it did.
Dave Healey added the previously removed D back onto the front of his name, blasting a quickfire 28 n.o. (2 x fours; 2 x sixes), and accompanied by Raj who gathered a cultured 21 n.o. (2 x fours), smashed the last ball of the 33rd over onto the golf course for a maximum, bringing home the game with 7 overs to spare.
Good game with decent oppo', and a very proud FitSkip who had to be reminded of the sportmanship that he himself had requested prior to the game when debating a rather obvious run-out....thanks T!!