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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 21 / 5 / 2017 Coftonians Home (YW) Lost by 2 wickets. Old Mo 152 Oppo 153-8.


Fitmen fight bravely but fall just short of a memorable win

The general perception at half time may have been that the match was pretty much over (having scored a meagre 155), but the Fitmen resilience and fighting spirit was able to come to the fore and provided a tantalising conclusion to the game. But first to the beginning.
Weather-wise it was a glorious afternoon bathed in sunshine; unfortunately, the days leading up to Sunday were not so glorious and a particularly heavy deluge Saturday meant that the new Groundsman-in-Chief had no option but to give us a call to let us know there would be no chance of play on the regular pitch. Just to ensure his request would be followed up the now retired Thommo popped in to keep a watchful eye (on the beer). Therefore, there was no alternative but to try our hand for the first time on the artificial pitch. As the unknown conditions were the same for both teams, it was not too much of a disappointment. At the toss there was some prevarication over what to do but it was decided we would bat first.
Chris and Simon opened the batting. We can say it was a steady start but to be fair the Coftonians did bowl accurately throughout the innings. After Chris departed early, Mo and Si carried on until Si was also then out for a low score (no mention of strike-rate here). After Mo and Tucker threatened to push the score forward, Tucker succumbed to a leading edge the very next ball after having scored a six and fronted up to the bowler. Tucker had to walk back to the pavilion handbag in tow. Thereafter there was a steady fall of wickets from one end whilst the venerable Mo continued on his merry way and reached his 50. The only other thing of note was when a leg spinner came on and actually spun the ball – both ways and this hastened the end of our Innings.
After the usual high quality Tea it was agreed that we would give it a go with the ball and at least make the Coftonians work for the runs. Indeed the response was fantastic and the highlight of the bowling effort was the 4 wickets from Chris “big bird” Jones thanks, it has to be said, to some fantastic catches off his bowling, especially Sharif’s from fine leg holding on to a screamer. Generally the fielding effort was excellent and at the end it was a shame that we did not score a further 20 odd runs as I am sure we would have got those last 2 wickets. Alas it was not to be but at least there was 1 more moment of satisfaction. The last rites were underway and Tucker saw his opportunity to bowl against the chap with whom he had the previous conflict with. As you would have it, he only ended up bowling him first ball!.