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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Thu 21 / 7 / 2016 Moseley Ashfield Home (YW) Won by 6 runs. Old Mo 160-5. Oppo 154-7.

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Sober Fitmen defeat Ashfield in mid-summer cracker
Our thanks must go to our gracious hosts, Moseley Ashfield for putting a talented XI out in a hastily re-arranged Thursday night fixture. The fact that we stole the home changing room, forgot to bring the team Kit bag (with heaving ball bag to boot), had no keys to open the bar all pointed to a bit of a debacle from the off, but the Fitmen and Ashfield lads are a flexible lot – well the Ashfield lads are.

Second thanks of the evening goes out to Si (he of the poorly pinkie) for rushing to a local off licence to acquire a range of beers and ciders to keep tempers in check. Third thanks for the tossing gods for giving us tails to allow the Fitmen to have a blast on a track which delivered 420 runs 2 days previously in another T20. Ashfield were ready to start at 6.20PM, a factor which definitely affected the outcome of the match as batting in the dark is always a problem. With the bar closed, skipper for the evening decided to open the batting with Sharif so that the banter levels could be raised to high from the off with cries of “Adrian!!!” echoing around the graveyard.

Martin was in the mood for teeing off from ball 1, but reality delivered a more edgy innings of miscues and funnily enough edges which kept making it to the boundary. There were a couple of cultured cover drives of note in a 25 ball 31. 28 off the first 3 overs set the tone. Sharif was more watchful in his 41 ball 39, but still delivered some brutal blows with 5 well struck 4’s. A 59 opening stand came to an end with Martin well caught behind off an inside edge off the 3rd ball of the 7th over.

Harris in at his customary 3 was not quite at his brilliant best but still delivered a quick-fire 20 off 17 balls with 3 boundaries to his name. 98 for 2 after 12 overs – going well. Sharif finally fell in the 15th over allowing the mouth-watering partnership of Habib and Moore to come together. What a partnership it was garnering 22 runs with Sam smashing multiple boundaries, two’s and quick singles and Habib running between the wickets like an overweight greyhound on his last run before being administered the special injection to take him to a better place. Habib out for a brilliant nought attempting a KP Flamingo shot bowled off his legs, Sam out for 27 off 22.

137 after 18, a real push was needed to reach a par score. Tucker in at 6 delivered what was needed with 19 off just 11 supported by Jonesy. The final ball an absolutely monster 6 out of the ground a down the road perilously close to the smashed window off the week before. 160 for 5 was thought to be about par.

Following a wonderfully rousing dressing room speech from Tucker about there only being one Captain, skipper for the day Martin suggested he would believe it when he saw it. Opening up with the finest Little and Large duo since Eddie and Eddie in the 80’s (The duo kept in touch after their show ended but have not spoken to each other in recent years, according to funnyman Large, now 68.) Let’s hope that Bal and Jonesy stay on each others Christmas card list following their opening spells.

Bowling at Phil Tomkins and their own Habib, the Ashfield pair scored at an identical rate to the Fitmen with 18 conceded off 3, however they key difference was that Jones snagged Habib LBW with a fine ball. Martin replaced Bal only to be smashed by Tompkins for a maximum onto the golf course. However the very next over the same attempted shot went to Sharif at long off who held an excellent catch.

With catches being held and tremendous ground fielding all round (fantastic stops from Harris and Ian Nutt) it was obvious this was going to be a close run thing. Rob Nutt unlucky in his spell not to get a wicket and with Ashfield’s Mo looking in top form smashing 4’s and 6’s at will, something special had to happen to change the game. Cometh the hour Sam Lockyer thrown the distinctly soggy cherry was the man for the job. His first over went for 8 but then his 2nd changed the game.

Three wickets in 5 balls was a brilliant effort. First a well taken catch by Harris, then the very next ball a beauty which took the top of off stump to send the Ashfield skipper and dangerous bat back to hutch with a golden duck to his name. Chest thumping, high 5’s all round and adrenaline levels were up. Hatrick wasn’t to be, but the final ball again completely bamboozling the number 6 out bowled again. 103-2 off 12 and then 107-5 off 13, we were back in the game.

Needing only 7.5 per over, it was going to be difficult, but again the fielding was stepped up and boundaries were kept down. A brilliant pick up and through in the deep from Rob Nutt gathered by MOTM Lockyer meant that another player was out and we were getting into the tail. Mo was still scoring runs though and Ian Nutt was asked to loop down 2 overs to try and dislodge him. Nutter had the chance to with a very difficult C+B but he couldn’t quite hang on. A second C+B chance 2 balls later agonisingly went down also.

It was all getting very nervy.

Bringing on Harris to bowl at the death was greeted with murmurs of discontent from the other 10 captains on the field….3 off it, thank you very much. Lockyer finished off with 4-0-3-21 which in T20 format is a superb effort. 26 needed off the last 2 overs in fading light was always going to be a big ask and so it proved to be with Ashfield falling 6 runs short. This despite Harris being wided off the last ball of the innings, but smart work by Tucker stumping Mo for a fine 55 slightly cheered the curmudgeonly Hairdresser momentarily. Another final ball with now 7 needed and the game was won.

As we all set off into the sunset with holiday’s on the horizon, the Fitmen can all be pleased with their performances with a good win under their belts.