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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 6 / 8 / 2017 Blackwood Away Won by 22 runs. Old Mo 165-8. Oppo 143


Fitmen 165-8; Blackwood 143 all out.
Old Mo win by 22 runs.

The usual warm welcome from the Wiltshire extended family saw the Fitmen take to the field at Sheldon Marlborough’s (handily located on the 11c route from Cotteridge/Kings Heath) Yardley ground.

Early crisis was averted when Gav discovered that the seemingly abandoned clubhouse turned out to be open …..and serving cut price Carling (at £2:50 ably supported by T*atchers at £2:60).

DDSkipper was put through his paces with a practice toss and took the luck/skill with him – calling heads and opting to bat.

10 overs in and 12-0 on the board made you wonder if the apocalyptic storm the night before might have suggested a bowl first. A snail’s pace outfield and tight bowling was making it difficult. Si (8 off 40) and Mo (77 off 92– helpfully assisted by 5 drops) struggled to stay afloat but with hindsight played the right game by sticking around.

As the bowling tired and the outfield quickened Tahir with 44 and Jim with 21 got the momentum going to ably support Mo. Gav made the briefest of appearances and ensured the froth hadn’t cleared on the cold one after a 100 metre stroll out and back.

A half way score of 72-4 hinted that perhaps a target score was closer to 150 than 200….. and the ‘bat first’ decision might just be proved right. Nobody else really did much with the bat and with the help of a modest not out cameo by Nokia saw a target of 166 set.
A good tea (Blackwood can always be relied on for this) was followed by a ripple of concern from the visitors. Was 166 really enough……………..would have been happier with 185.

But before you knew it, Casper (aka Tasker J 5-0-33-2) was starting to pull up trees sending the openers back for next to nothing (11 for 2). Some unlucky LBWs saw the home side survive a little longer and allow their number 4 to muscle his way to 60. It was looking a bit ominous at 70 for 2.

But commeth the hour etc., and a combination of Nokia’s (8-0-33-3) nagging line and DDH’s outstanding accuracy (7-2-16-4 - with a hint of menace) saw the game dragged away from the hosts. It went from 75-2 to 96-7 leaving just a tail to wrap up an impressive win.

But then the tail wagged…………giving the skip a headache (metaphorically and actual as he nutted one at mid-off). If you want a good job – do it yourself and then get Uncle Mo to have half an over!

A good win against a side always competitive brings the season’s team stats to a manageable W12 L13. Wavis on Tuesday (5pm happy hour based on recent visits) could tie it at 13-13 and set us up nicely for a late season push.

MotM – DDH
PS DDH wanted me to mention that he would have got a 'five for' if the bails hadn't landed back in their groove after shaving the off stump