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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 16 / 4 / 2017 Highcroft and Great Barr Away Lost by 9 wickets. Old Mo 138-9. Oppo 140-1.


Pre season friendly……………..eek

Fitmen 138-9 (40 overs)
Highcroft 140-1 (a lot less overs)

Highcroft win by 9 wickets

Well, it started off ok and no-one really noticed that The FitXI consisted of 1 batsman, 1 keeper and 9 specialist bowlers …………for about 10 overs.

A soggy toss (Raj called tails) won in the shadow of Spaghetti Junction saw the visitors have first dibs. Batting first was mainly aimed at keeping as many Fitmen dry until the game was abandoned due to flooding……………unfortunately the downpours turned out to be lively drizzle and the entire game was seen through.

After a 2am tactics session in The Hare and Hounds and 4 cheeseburgers en route to Erdington Gavlaaaah strode out with Ralphie for the opener……………a weird sort of Duchess of Norfolk’s XI match sponsored by Bernard Matthews.

All looked fine until Ralphie spooned his first ball to square leg who kindly dropped him and he went on to top score with 43. Gavlaaah looked good until a straight full toss did him for line and was replaced by a large bat joined on to Chaz. Chaz’s bat got a decent 26 and Gavlah just about made double figures. 46-1 after 10……………..looking OK.

The tail made its first appearance after Chaz fell to an lbw (how could you hide a plank that size behind your pads??) and apart from a cameo from Jonesy ably supported for some time by Tom H (the other half of the Hare & Hounds brains trust) everyone else looked like the bowlers they were. Special mention for new boy James, who clearly could hold a bat and should make No 9 his own.

A struggle to get to 138 with some assistance from a wayward last few overs was never going to be enough …………unless of course the 9 specialist bowlers were on their metal. PortaTea was well received with the top 3 consuming their weight in carbs (no mean feat) and out we went.

Raj and Sharrif opened and looked OK – even gurrrrned a wicket – before the Highcroft opener and his partner at 3 began their feast. 5 or 6 of the specialist bowlers had a turn with no-one outstanding. A wringing wet ball was regularly shoved into the hospital grounds.... and before you knew it, we were back in the clubhouse for an 80s disco and the second half of Man U v Chelsea.

Pick of the bowlers was Bal (accurate and almost turned a few) and new boy James (2nd mention on debut) who mastered a wet ball, mudlogged popping crease, trainers and a 10 year break from cricket to serve up a decent over that concerned the ‘well in’ opener.
All to play for with The Dark Lord returning from Honkers having rested his top order for an extra week. See you at The Graveyard for the opening game of the season.

PS Match stats to follow after Ralphie doctors the dots.
PPS Anyone know where the scorebook and the rest of the club kit is?

Early Season Awards
Cava moment:
Sam exposing himself during his run up due to wardrobe malfunction
Judgment call of the day:
Ralphie insisting he had more chance of covering 100 metres to take a skier hovering above Chaz (ended up 20 metres short)
Spectator of the day:
One man barmy army behind the fence at square leg
WMD of the day:
Chaz's Mother Of All Bats
Bravery award:
Chairman wearing Tom H's box for 4 overs (vendor's notes: spacious - would suit growing family)