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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 29 / 5 / 2016 Christchurch Cricket Club Home (YW) Won by 79 runs. Old Mo 273-5. Oppo 194-9.

SCORECARD

Fit Men feast on and off the field of dreams.

A Fit XI gathered at the Graveyard on a perfect sunny afternoon to do battle in the 1st of a three match series against Christchurch CC.

Today's fixture was arranged as a result of our original opponents realising that they were due in Edinburgh for a stag weekend! Other noticeable absentee was Tina the bar maid who was attending the annual over 50's Lycra festival somewhere in mid Wales.

Skipper Howarth won the toss and duly asked the oppo to field, opening with Tom and Mo on a pitch which according to the scores adorning the Tyrolean score box had already yielded close to 500 runs! Both openers batted solidly punishing anything short and full and at 20 overs the score was 106. Tom was first to reach 50 with a collection of silky shots not least the extra cover drive off the back foot as well as a straight maximum! Mo playing the anchor was equally dismissive in anything on the offside, peppering the boundary at regular intervals. Tom was first out for a finely crafted 59 with the score on "111".

Enter Richard Bice for his first knock of the season, and akin to the manor born wielded his willow with much gusto sending the cherry to all parts of the ground. One particular lofted off drive going all the way. Sadly on 38 Mr Bice swished at a straight one and was bowled having put on 54 in 8 overs. Next in was Skipper Howarth putting on 48 in 5 overs before departing the same way as Mr Bice for 20. With the score on 232 and with 30 balls to go Ralphie strode purposefully to the wicket and went berserk smashing an incredible 47 not out in 22 balls (2 sixes and 5 fours).

Sadly during this carnage Mo was bowled for a fine 85 off 100 balls (1 six and 12 fours). Dave Tandy scored a quick fire 7 off 6 balls including an all run 5! Leaving Raj the other not out batsman on 2 off 3 balls as the innings closed on 273 for 5.

Fit Men teas are always quality but today's really was the business. 5 different sandwich fillings adorning as many different breads, salad, Raj's Pakora, pork products, pizza, strawberries and from the House of Bice homemade carrot cake with a white fondant covering, raspberry sponge cake with white chocolate ganache and chocolate cup cakes!

Raj and Dave Healey opened the bowling and Raj was soon in the wickets bowling an opener. The second wicket then put on 80 odd in the next 18 overs. The opener led a particularly charmed life being dropped once and narrowly escaping being caught when going arial on a few occasions. Both Raj and Dave bowled well bowling their 8 overs through (Raj 1-53 and Dave 0-30), with Dave entering a gentle sledging session with the opener, both men regularly enquiring of the health and well being of the other!

Next up was Bal "straight from traction and into the action", taking a splendid 3-38 off his 8 overs including the opener taken expertly by Tom in the deep running from long off to deep mid wicket and in tandem with Ralphie who bowled 4 overs slowed down the run rate backed up by good tight fielding. More splendidness then took place uphill in the form of Sam Lockyer who for the next 8 overs out witted 5 batsmen with his gentle seam finishing with an excellent 5-27, ably assisted with an excellent catch at long on by Tom Ceaser and a stumping by Rich.

Ralphie came back and bowled at express pace finishing with 0-31 off seven overs before Dave Tandy bowled his first over for the Fit Men very creditably. The oppo finished on 194-9, with Sam Lockyer leading the team off raising his cherry in the direction of the paparazzi! A fitting end to a fine Fit Men performance one in which every player contributed to the victory!

Both teams duly repaired to the bar where much liquid and supper was consumed!

We even had a visit from two notable guests.....Paul Smith former Warwickshire all rounder throwing some balls down at his grandson and Mr Weed hot footed from the "Band Masters Classic" in Kettering . The pitch produced close to 1000 runs in 2 games!