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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 11 / 9 / 2016 Barford Home (YW) Lost by 3 wickets. Old Mo 145-9. Oppo 146-7.

SCORECARD

Close Encounter sees Barford edge out Fitmen

Old Moseley Arms Fitmen 145 all out, Barford 148-7

Barford win by 1 wicket

Bright sunshine greeted the Fitmen and our old friends Barford to The Graveyard for the final home match of the season. After the torrential rain of the previous day, which led to Moseley Ashfield 1sts securing promotion, it was a relief to see that apart from one small patch , the covers had done their job. A further bonus was the promise of chilli at tea, that was surplus to requirements on the Saturday.
A late withdrawal and a declaration of being unfit for active service from the Chairman, meant that the Fitmen began the match with 10 players, and with bowling resources thinner than a fashion model’s thighs.

It was no surprise therefore, that upon winning the toss, Monsieur Le Capitan opted to bat. Barford were unable to field a full XI themselves, so a decent total was up for the taking. Sadly, a mix of rash shots and lapses in concentration against the Barford bowlers resulted in a well below par score of 145 being posted. The only highlights were 3 successive sixes by Tuckerrr, some neatly crafted boundaries from Raj Singh and an observation by Bal that he wasn’t expecting to have to pad-up before drinks!

With the chilli and chips not yet ready, it was agreed that Barford would bat for 10 overs and then tea would be taken. It almost proved to be Barford’s undoing.

A great opening spell by the pair of Singh’s reduced Barford to 23-4 at tea. Raj lived up to his “Sultan of Swing” soubriquet, bowling some great lines and taking 3 wickets, and Bal, the “Trittiford Twirler”, exercised great control from the other. Another wicket and a win was on the cards.

Tea lived up to expectations, with of course the bonus chilli, chips and Kirsten’s scones that the 1st’s missed out on the previous day and it was with (possibly) a little reluctance that both sides resumed.

Tuckerr then produced one of his best bowling displays for the Fitmen, and possibly the unluckiest. 8 overs, 5 maidens and 4 runs was a phenomenal performance and deserved a hatful of wickets, but none came. At the other end a succession of part-time bowlers came and went (it is never an easy task to be asked to bowl when virtually all of your bowling takes place in the pre-season nets). No wickets fell, and the Barford 5th wicket partnership was to subsequently yield 75 runs, until Raj was brought back for his second spell, as a last throw of the dice.

More tension was to follow, when Horatio Frost’s double bouncer remove the Barford No.7, and Raj caught the No.8 off Rob Green. With only 1 wicket left to take there was again a sniff of victory, but the Barford skipper, who had accumulated a composed 60 was still there. Despite the best efforts of all in the field, and a couple of near misses, Barford secured victory with 8 balls left.

And so to the bar, to reflect on a most enjoyable game, congratulate Barford and pay tribute to the valiant efforts of the Fitmen second and third-string bowlers, and most especially to Tom Houlgate for dealing with it all outstandingly well behind the timbers.