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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 10 / 7 / 2016 Leamington Lemmings Away Lost by 120 runs. Oppo 259-5. Old Mo 139

SCORECARD

Fitmen Labour in vain to Match Lemming FIrepower
Fitmen, 139 all out, lost to Lemmings, 259-5, by 120 runs

Prologue
Having mustered the customary 10 by Wednesday, Skipper elect Mr Weed handed the baton over to the reluctant Tuckerrr to round up the XIth by Sunday - a trip to Leamington/Warwick is on everyone's bucket list surely..Habib of Torquay took the bait by 7:30 am on the Saturday - off we go then.

The toss
Heads is always best in the leafy suburb of Warwick, surrounded by Private Finishing Schools, the oldest boys' school in the country and a Riverside Retreat, and on a green top Skipperrrr requested the hosts have a bat first...mistake number 1...

FitBowling
TC bowled 3 maidens in his 8 excellent overs (before taking himself off), taking 1 for 17, the wicket being that of Torpid Tew clean bowled - the delivery being a carbon copy of one that rattled into the (back leg) shin of the same victim, bang in front of middle, which was adjudged (obviously) to have been "Missing Leg""....
Raj looked in pain barely 3 overs in - and it was only when the Skipperrrr asked if he was OK to march on that the confession emerged of him being "on the lash last night", alarmingly pouring himself into bed by 5 am....superbly though he set up the classy looking opener Jordan with three Jimmy Anderson style away swingers, before nipping one back in to clean bowl his quarry through the gate...surely a masterclass worthy of further analysis via Sky Sports' 'The Zone'...
80 for 2 at drinks - Lemmings looked on for about 180, alleged as "About par" by the oppo' skipper Jimmy (Not the Whirlwind) White prior to the game...
Oh how things change...
Well bowled Sam, trapping the stylish Number 3 Bhatt LBW (mistake number 2) for a nice 30, bringing in unfamiliar Lemming Edwards to join his Skipper White, who was nurdling things behind square on both sides, whilst slamming anything wayward into the Avon.
Raj's 5 overs 1 for 25 turned into 7 overs 1 for 60...
Sam, in similar fashion, accelerated from 5 overs for 23 to 7 overs for 55 - Sharif - 3 overs for 2 wickets going for 29 - Ade wicketless in 5 overs for 31, with Nutter and Bal similarly fruitless in 3 overs for 22 and 7 overs for 38 respectively...you get the picture...Sunday cricket at its friendliest indeed - from 132-3 after 27 overs to 259-5 after 40 tells you the story really.

Tea
Jaffa cakes for the needy and a Mint performance from Murray eased the wounds of all concerned.

FitBatting
NotSoSuperThisWeekUncleMo nicked off to the 'keeper early doors, Cockney Rebel Gav top scored with a blistering 32 from 35 balls (six fours), sharing a 50 partnership with Ade in only 8 overs, setting the Fitmen up nicely to go on and challenge the looming target. Sadly, three quick wickets fell in quick succession, and from 50 odd for 1, we were suddenly 71 for 4...all four falling to the seasoned Lemmings seamer/swinger...
So it was over to our Torquay Tipper 'n' Runner and the FitSkipperrrrr to try and steady the Good Ship Fitmen. Habibi ran a succession of singles and doubles in his 55 ball 29, and was surely denied a 30 by his Skipper who now flatly refused to take any singles, based on the fact that full tosses (looping out of the sun) and long hops (sticking in the grassy track) were absolutely pummelled - unfortunately to alllllllllllllll the boundary riders for mere singles...happy days....anyway at drinks we had won - 94 for 4 by my reckoning is fair game in the world of Duckworth-Lewis-OtherBloke...
Trying to up the rate accounted for Tuckerrr, holing out at deep mid-wicket for a score, before Habibi fell dancing all round one to get bowled round his legs after trying valiantly, three times, to get stumped; Raj still presumably UTI missed a low one; Sam valiantly kept them out there a while longer, as did the Tenacious Tail of Bal, WallNutt and Tony 'Not Out' Caesar, making it to 139 all out in the 37th over.

The Aftermath
Mistake number 3...
After a swift one with our courteous hosts, a kangaroo court decided it was time to reconvene at a watering hole that may be airing the Euro 2016 Final on a viewable TellyBox - off to the Rose and Crown it be then.
So, orders in, ales poured, settle down to watch the Euro hosts surely take the silverware - mistake number 4...
As the teams slugged it out for possession only 20 minutes in (GMT Circa 20:20), and a RonaldoLess Portugal looking broken, a bizarre 'Last Orders' was called by the InnKeeper - mistake number 5.... the Fitmen were having none of that, and 'Steve' made sure of it...extra time for all and sundry - Portugal/France/BarStaff/Sly/Habibi...I think Portugal won in the end??