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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 24 / 6 / 2018 The Village Home (YW) Won by 2 wickets. Oppo 138 Old Mo 140-8.

SCORECARD

Fitmen v Village Part 2
The Village 138 all out
Fitmen 140-8
FitVictory by 2 wickets.


After a resounding mid-week victory, this was the ‘longer form of the game’…… and by ‘eck it seemed to be long.

It was a sporting weekend par excellence………….England finally beat the Boks in Cape Town at the 3rd time of asking then Engerrrland whacked Panama in Novgorod. Next up Buttler steered England home at Old Trafford to complete a whitewash over Aussies and finally The Fitmen prevailed under trying circumstances at The Graveyard.

Probably the paciest Fitmen attack for some years saw Felix (5.3-1-12-2) and Ralphie (4-1-18-0) steam in under the burning sun soon after 2pm. A jovial ambience prevailed around the ground ….having left England safely ahead 5-0 at half time on the telly. The ambience and general ‘bon homie’ disappeared fairly quickly and hit a bit on an all time low halfway through the second innings. More on this to follow after sober reflection.

Scoring was proving difficult for the Village openers, which was put down to the excellence of the home side’s quickies. Some generous extras and strange fielding improved the visitors run accumulation …from turgid to slow but steady.

At one stage it was difficult to work out if anyone was updating the scoreboard as it seemed like time had stood still.

An outstanding catch from Ralphie, smart fielding for a run out (clap on the back for Felix & Tuckeerrrr), and some rash attempts to put the ball on the golf course led to regular wickets after the top order failed to capitalise after ‘getting in’.

Pick of the bowling (apart from the openers already mentioned) was Bal (6-1-18-3) who beguiled. Sharif (8-0-46-3) got some tap……but also wickets. Stuart (4-0-11-0) was tight, whilst Raj (5-1-23-0) and Faraz (4-0-18-0) on a different day might have snagged a couple each.
138 on ‘a road’ shouldn’t really have trouble the home side.

But in a remarkable similarity to England at Old Trafford, the home side made every attempt to make it a close game ….ably assisted by some chaotic scenes. Thanks go to some cool heads on the home side to keep the show on the road.

Si and Tuckerrrr both fell cheaply (in fact, doesn’t get any cheaper than zippo) to decent balls hitting the stumps, Mo unusually mis-timed a pull and as caught at square leg-ish having got an unusual ‘did not trouble the scorers’. Meanwhile Faraz (33 whilst living in a bubble) played a mature innings picking up a highly valuable 33 predominantly in a style of his own. In contrast wasRalphie’s (19) featuring majestic driving….it all ended too soon for the admiring ‘soon to be Mrs Ralphie’ loved-up onlooker. Shoe-bingo is the nominated contest to become Ralphie’s best man.

Another wobble after the ‘bat gate’* rumpus set the scene for Felix (28 no) to be all round super hero of the day ably supported by debutante Sol (9) with the pair almost getting The Fitmen over the line. A final bout of anxiety was put to rest and in the end a fine and well fought victory.

A special mention to ‘X Tra’ who performed admirably for the home side…top scoring with 38 which speaks volumes.

*Bat-gate rumpus and general unpleasantness details will be added when the laws of cricket have been re-read. Suffice to say, that we missed the calming influence of supremo Lord Bowles of The Village
Further information: https://www.lords.org/mcc/laws-of-cricket/laws/ does not include a 'changed bat and out' section