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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Wed 31 / 5 / 2017 Moseley Ashfield Away Lost by 6 wickets. Old Mo 114-5. Oppo 115-4.


Hosts cut Parasitic Fitmen down to size

Well thank you very much Avoncroft. A nicely rounded (as always) Fit XI were ready for the lengthy journey deep into Worcestershire for a pub cricket T20, with the ranks swollen by the talent of Sam Moore, just back from serious spinal surgery. But no. Avoncroft unable to get a team together meant Fixture secretary Leia had to spend his bank holiday week end sorting out a fixture against our ever amiable hosts Moseley Ashfield. A very different proposition altogether.

A pleasant, sultry evening greeted the assembled masses minus a recognised wicket keeper. The week-end had seen a superb ‘keeping display from Mo Abdullah (3 stumpings and 15 off 6 balls) for the Old Mo’, but now his skills were on the side of Ashfield. However, we had “soft hands” Professor Weed to done the gloves so already in the ascendancy….Thank god we won the toss.

Gasps washed across the home changing room, not for the fact that Habib had (for once) remembered his wallet, but more so that he was asked to partner the in-form Jonesy to open the batting. Stung from criticism of dictatorial style leadership skills, Captain for the night Martin decided if you can’t beat them, join them. Habib tutored earlier in the day to get 10 runs ASAP, took to the task with gusto. Facing the Ashfield 1st XI spinner held no qualms for our Habib who thought spin was a cycle based exercise class. 11 off just 10 with 2 4’s was a very good work out. Jonesy, more learned, pushed, prodded, knew he was outclassed and fell on his sword.

When two class acts of S.Moore and J. Hendry struggle to middle anything and toe end the rest, you know we are A. Looking at some very good bowling and B. Batting on a dog of a track. Low, Brown and sticky, you finish the punchline. 15 for 2 off 6 shows how hard it was out in the middle. 60 for 2 off 12 was an excellent effort by these two. Hendry bowled low through the gate for a hard won 18 brought the ever green Leia Howarth to the crease. Triggered fairly by Jones playing round the pad for the ONLY LBW of the night, reaching 100 was now the goal. Martin found it no easier with a slow 10 off 13. Sam Moore with a MOM 44, 3 4’s and 2 maximums finally out bowled in an excellent knock. Chas delivered a chanceless 17 off 16 with a big 6 into the car park, but a really good bowling and fielding display by Ashfield left the Old Mo at least 30 short on 114 after 20.

Now think Sir Richard Hadlee, Derek Pringle, Lance Cairns. Would these legends sit and watch 90 minutes of cricket and not prepare themselves for opening the bowling? Not so our very own Dangerous Dave Healy. You ready Dave? No. not really, I’ve been sat on my arse for ages. Can you give me a bit? Genius. So we find skip getting mullered by Mo for 12 runs in the first over. Not the best start eh? Chas opened up the other end and bowled superbly 1-17 off his 4. Healy finally ready got some tap from the swinging Mo also, as did Jones in the 6 th over. Mr Abdullah effectively won the game for Ashfield in a devastating 35 off about 18 balls to bring the required run rate down from 4 to 2. Not to take away further good knocks of 26 and 27 from the Ashfield middle order.

Chas was rewarded with a wicket. A good run-out by James and a debut wicket for Dave Moore gave glimmers of hope but really the game was dead and buried by the 9th over. Apart from a shocking LBW decision off Bal (0-15) and a wicket for Dangerous (1-24), it was all over in the 15th.

Fair play to Ashfield. Comprehensive victory with a better bowling and batting display. We all had to play on the same track.
One note though. Following the till count up by Steve, the Fitmen put £50 more over the bar. Parasites do drink most hosts dry….

Small victories