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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 28 / 5 / 2017 Christchurch Cricket Club Away Won by 3 wickets. Oppo 136-9. Old Mo 139-7.

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Scorcher In Hopwood Sees Old Mo Triumph In Tense Encounter

Christchurch CC 136-9, Old Moseley Arms 139-7

Old Moseley Arms Win by 3 Wickets


Just 15 minutes from Moseley is the wonderfully bucolic setting of the one-time home of Hopwood CC (founded in 1905 and now merged with Alvechurch CC). It was there, after a minor directional malfunction that the Old Mo, were to meet with Christchurch CC for the first of a 3 match mini-series under blue skies and soaring temperatures.

Dreams of summer days of yore with Petersfield CC, when it was “Heads in Hampshire”, together with the confusion of not being fully conversant with the Fitmen rules of calling, led Rob to call “Heads”, with much shaking of said objects from the team when being compelled to field.

As the physics and science teachers in the club know, Momentum = Mass x Velocity. Add in the additional component of weight acting down the slope and the result was three no-balls from Sunny (check betting practices in India methinks) in the first over. However, Sunny was soon back into his stride once a change of ends had been actioned and with Chas bowling tidy off-spin from the top end, scoring was kept well under control, even though no wickets were taken in the first 10 overs.

A change of bowling brought the second off-spinner into the fray; Bal, the “Trittiford Twirler”, with digit suitably healed and the first wicket shortly followed. A cunning change in fielding positions led to the opener spooning a catch straight to Raj Singh at extra-cover. In partnership with Dave Healey, who was very unlucky to finish wicketless, they kept the scoring very much under check, but the Christchurch opener, Lavender (Dave, not Ian, stupid boy!) was going along nicely, and would have scored more than his 53 but for the lush and slow outfield.

Drinks were taken with the score on 75-2 off 20 overs. What would be a good score, given the low bounce on the wicket and a lush and verdant outfield?

In the end 136-9 was the total set by Christchurch, with great second spells of bowling from Chas, Bal, Sam and Sunny and a display of off-spin from Mo Asaf that was a privilege to witness. Their great work would have come to naught if it weren’t for the outstanding wicketkeeping of Mo Abdullah, who secured 3 stumping victims to boot.

A leisurely and sumptuous tea then followed with spring rolls and chinese chicken vol-au-vents the highlight, before Bice and Howarth strode to the middle to begin the chase. A dodgy knee ligament/cartilage/whatever saw Rob put himself at No.7, with the dread possibility of a runner being needed – cue quick removal of pads and donning of shorts once dismissed- but this was considered to be purely a hypothetical situation given the apparent strength of the batting line-up.

Fluent scoring again proved difficult, but the early Old Mo batsmen stuck to their task, such that by drinks the score stood at 88-2, with Mo Asaf hitting some glorious cover drives and Chas warming up the fielders hands with powerful blows from his mighty piece of willow and hitting the first 6 of the match. Surely the match was over and the fat lady was warming up the old vocal cords?

However, the young pacy Christchurch bowler, Smith, was to almost turn things round for the opposition. First, Mo Asaf was bowled by one that seamed back off the pitch, then Dave Healey after enduring 3 tricky deliveries was clean bowled. Chas got one that kept low off Merry and this brought in the one-legged captain (sans runner).

With the instruction to the other batsmen of “I can run OK in straight lines, just don’t ask me to turn”, the match was brought home after a tense few overs. After some spectacular strokes from Mo Abdullah, Smith struck twice in his final over, with first Mo caught at point and then Sunny bowled off a daisy-cutter/Yorker. Then Raj did his best to run-out the captain, before finally calm and order was restored with a square drive to the cover boundary by Rob to seal the victory.

Much harder work than it should have been and it was a pity that some tempers got a little bit frayed towards the end.

And so it was to the Hopwood House Hotel to name Chas as Man of the Match for his 27 and 4 for 11 from 8 overs and compliment Mo Asaf for some great off-spin bowling.