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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 24 / 7 / 2016 Shilton Cricket Club Away Lost by 3 wickets. Old Mo 174-5. Oppo 176-7.

SCORECARD

Fitmen 174-5 lost to Shilton 175-7, by 3 wickets

A fixture pool engagement in the Coventry suburb beckoned following the late (or v early) cancellation of our annual visit to Claverley. Potentially a much more straightforward trip – though it didn’t turn out that way.

Electronic tags (or similar) prevented two of the selected FitTypes arriving, whilst Skipper Dangerous decided to take the long way round meaning the Shelton Arms only hosted 3 of the more ‘experienced’ athletes for pre-match tactics.

Early concerns about the on-site bar not opening until 7pm were overtaken by the realisation that the batting tail for the day started at 5. A fantastic stand in toss by the Chairman (heads) meant we were all in agreement with Mr T’s pep talk (‘may as well bat first, we can then get home early so the day won’t completely be wasted’).

Before the skipper proper arrived, the batting order sorted itself out as Messrs’ Lockyer and Green strapped on their pads before anyone had realised what day it was. Mr T 3, Shariff 4 and then………..well, the tail………….with the Chairman baggsing 5 since the bar was shut.
A green top with variable bounce was predicted and delivered. Graft from the openers saw off the early threat and they looked pretty relaxed until a runout saw off Sam (4 @ 22) with the score on 27. A lot rested on Mr T at 3 (and he realised it when casting his eyes down the batting order). He didn’t disappoint and got really stuck in on a challenging pitch. 58 at 103 was outstanding in the circumstances being accompanied by an obdurate Mr Green (19 @ 37).

Shariff hung around for a bit to use up some of the spare balls (main aim by then was to make it through to 40 overs) before he got one in the nuts swiftly followed by a Yorker. Cometh the hour cometh the tail as Messrs Caesar Snr (19@68), Healey (20@ 118) and Bretnall (10@ 91) showed the way. Buoyed by some feisty verbals (Edgegate 1) the three turned a 100 ish total into a competitive looking 174.
Shot of the day was the 100 metre six attempt in the final over by DangerSkip that went for 4, closely followed by most of Mr T’s shots including a 6 half the distance but over the rope!

Tea was mainly focussed on diverting DangerSkip’s ‘daggers looks’ to his jousting partner from the oppo, but was successfully completed and there was a feeling that whilst another 20 odd would have been nice, we did have something to bowl at.

The first Toni (8-0-46-0) & Guy (8-0-54-1) partnership for some time swung into action and were met with a ‘see ball, hit ball’ response making a right mess of The Chairman’s carefully nurtured economy rate. At the other end Guy was oscillating between the unplayable and the unbearable (leggies!!). The former provided a sharply taken catch from the diving Holgate (feather edge straight at him!).

Time for DangerSkip (‘Edgegate – the sequel’) as he felt unlucky not to be given a catch behind off the top scorer. A magnificent double spell of accurate and hostile bowling from Healey (8-0-23-0) held the oppo in check and he felt desperately unlucky not to pick up a wicket (and let the oppo know that!)

The Shilton top order looked in control at 100-2 for two at the interval but little did they know what was round the corner in the shape of Bal. Another magnificent 5-fer (8-1-29-5) dragged the initiative back towards the Fitmen though we were never ‘on top’.

Smart stumpings (Keeps) and great catches (Mr T and friends) gave us a glimmer and Sam’s accuracy at the end gave the hosts a wobble. But a mature innings by their 7 (eventually going to Bal of course) got them close enough to home to make it over the line despite fine death bowling from Sam & Shariff.

A good game in the end, and if we’d had 11 instead of 9…….who knows!
Still...........Carling @ £2:50 and Pear Cider @ £2 set us up nicely for the 4 hour drive home via the M6 car park.