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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 4 / 6 / 2017 Oak and Ash Home (YW) Lost by 9 wickets. Old Mo 183-4. Oppo 185-1.


Fitmen felled by Classic DF in Thirty30

Old Mo Fitmen 183-4, lost to Oak & Ash, 185-1, by 9 wickets

Zinedine Zidane had no trouble managing the egos of his Galácticos on Saturday evening, ensuring Real Madrid earned their 12th European Cup (*#1). Keeping the FitXI in check proves another matter however…The modern cricketer is a funny old beast. Armed with Smartphones App’ed up to the nines, they are now able to forecast the weather to within at least a day (*#2)…trouble is, conflicting apps have conflicting forecasts. We had AccuWeather (partly cloudy and 66° Farenheit (Farenheit FFS)…); BBC Weather – rain allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day …Bourneville courtesy of the Chairman (Met Office App??) looked dry (ish), but Bourneville always has been (and always will be??) dry; but the stand-out was Birmingham Alabama – not a cloud in sight – should have played there….Shefali was, retrospectively and rightly, re-inserted as the main go-to-girl for future forecasts….Bumble has been known to do the forecast in Lankyshire, and it goes something like – “If you can see those ‘ills, it’s about to rain – if you carrrnt see ‘em, it is rainin’”, see *#3)

So the Skippers stride to the middle following a delay to the scheduled start, and willingly agree to a 30 over per side format, 7 overs per bowler. Heads won the call for the oppo’ and the FitSkipper was dreading breaking the news of a field first in damp/soggy/moist – you know, that fine rain that “really gets you wet stuff”…conditions, so was pleasantly surprised when the Fitmen were inserted. Mumbles abound however at the decisions to:
i) Agree to a 30 over format (*#4) and,
ii) Agree to 7 overs per bowler

Si and Curtley Jones donned the pads with instructions of Play like in a T20 format…. Si nobly walked after glancing one down leg, which was juggled before being pouched by the ‘keeper (20 odd for 1). Jonesy fell trying to thrash onto the golf course (42 for 2), and Lazarus Weed was unfortunately run-out after thinking that hit-n-run tactics were what was required. 59 for 3 at halfway seemed respectable enough.
Chaz smazzed the first (barely legal??) six of proceedings, and even called it mid-air – class! Trying to smash the oppo’ skipper off his line brought his downfall however for a nice 19 (105 for 4 off 20…10 to go), which brought curmudgeonly Vice together with Grumpy Skipperrrr.
Not built for running twos and threes, these two finally made up enough to put together an 80-odd partnership to take the total to a very nice 183-4 after 30 – surely enough you would think??
Ade 29 not-out from 23 (3 x fours); Tuckerrr 70 not-out from 50 (7 x fours; 2 x (legal) sixes).

With chunterings of “think what we could have totalled in 40” still ringing in the ears, tea was taken under darkening skies – Shefali Howarth called well and suggested the cover be applied. The increasingly popular pulled-pork in creamy white bap complimented the stockpiles of sarnies and pickles, supreme cake and scone selection, and Taste The Difference Crisps selection…..

Wingless, the Fitmen took to the field to protect a suitable effort. Samuel L was requested to accompany Raj in taming the openers, and both didn’t disappoint – each bagging a maiden for 12 and 8 runs respectively, off 3 overs each. It all went downhill from there really, and once the Lefty had got his eye in, the cherry was dispatched effortlessly to all parts. Every bowling option was tried-out, with everyone suffering the wrath of the 40-year-old Taped up to Death Duncan Fearnley. Aside from the odd beauty beating the bat (DDH particularly), the only chink came on him passing 50 via a Chinese Cut. Assisted by some (sorry bowlers…) dodgy fielding, the opener smashed 139 (*#5) (passed his Ton in 18 overs), even putting the Mini-rebuild in danger, before being run-out by a throw from Ade and a smash from Jonesy at the non-striker’s end. The oppo’ skipper umpiring gave him out Run-Out, even though he had clearly passed the popping crease – maybe reprisal for not giving him leg-before off Raj early doors??
Skipperrr aside, a tidy fielding display was put in by all, with Rob Green putting life and limb on the line in a great effort behind the stumps, before the oppo’ passed their target in just under 23 overs.

Liverpool were the last team to defeat Real Madrid in a European Cup Final, back in 1981 in Paris. Alan Kennedy scored the only goal, and went on to enjoy a great footballing career, the zenith being his period at Barrow during 1993-1994…

The Skipper’s forecast for rain at 6:30 ish did indeed prove to be accurate – problem was, it was 6:30 am on the Monday following the game – 6:30 pm on Sunday saw glorious sunshine bathing the Fitmen during their rapid decline to defeat….

The rain all day did not occur, a fact that was to scupper the Lancastrians efforts to evade a similar thrashing that the Fitmen were to endure, as dished out by their rivals Yarkshire…

As it happened, with the on-off nature of proceedings, and with the “cover” being applied mid-tea, the tea interval ensued at the expected time, and the game itself finished just a shade before 7 pm, bearing in mind that only 52.4 overs had been bowled….. All moot points really, as I reckon he would have just smashed 169 plus in the pursuit of any FitTotal…oh – by the way, his opening partner managed a run-an-over 22….

Still waiting for the Jug celebrations……