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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 15 / 5 / 2016 The Sportsmen Away Lost by 147 runs. Oppo 212 Old Mo 65


Shears Shines but Fitmen Falter on Treacherous Track

Sportsman 212 all out, Old Moseley Arms Fitmen 65 all out

Old Moseley Arms Fitmen lost by 147 runs

On a bright and breezy May afternoon , the Fitmen made the short journey to B17 for the first of 3 fixtures against The Sportsman. Inspection of the wicket showed a far lower population of weeds and other assorted flora than in previous years, and seemed to have seen a roller. The number of bare patches, and evidence of previous usage suggested that how it would play, was less of a job for a physicist than for a psychic.

“Heads in Harborne” failed to work, and so the Sportman captain elected to bat, but confidence was high in the Fitmen ranks owing to an embarrassment of riches in the assembled bowling department.

Opening up with Curtley Jones and the Chairman, it was an encouraging start when the opening batsman was pinned LBW in only the second over. However, the Sportsman No.3 had other ideas and soon took the attack to the bowlers, nearly waking up the pensioners on the croquet lawn next door with one particularly massive six.

Bowling uphill at Richmond Hill Road is never an easy task and on this particular day everyone found it difficult, especially with two confident and hard hitting batsmen at the crease. At the other end it was a different story. Chris Jones found a consistent rhythm, line and length and was followed up by two excellent spells in a similar vein , from Felix Shears and Rob Seymour that started to slow the scoring rate down. Both Felix and Rob thoroughly deserved their wickets, which were the result of good lines and lengths and the old adage of “if they miss, we’ll hit”. Two wickets in the last two balls of his spell leaves Felix on a hat-trick for his next appearance.

Further tribute should be made to the fielding, in which Raj Singh and Simon Howarth put in a huge amount of work in the outfield: Raj accounting for the Sportsman No.3 with a cracking catch, though this was outshone by the effort of Sam “Inspector Gadget” Lockyer, to allow Sharif to claim his second wicket.

After looking at the prospect of 250+, a score of 211 was seen in a more positive light. The wicket didn’t seem to be doing anything untoward and with short boundaries and a quick outfield, the score wasn’t insurmountable – or so we thought.

Tea was taken and it was a splendid spread put on by the home side, Sharif in particular tucking into the masses of samosas with great relish.

The reply began quietly and competently with Raj and Simon moving steadily at 5 per over, but after Simon played on and Raj went walkabout, a FitCollapse of epic proportions ensued. This also coincided with a sudden deterioration in the pitch with no less than 5 of the subsequent dismissals being due to daisy cutters and shooters. The last 7 wickets fell for only 12 runs (the final 3 in 3 balls), to leave Chris Jones, in the elevated position of No.3 high and dry.

Just 1 week after accumulating 244 against Lapworth, it was certainly a case of Hubris being followed by Nemesis.