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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 16 / 9 / 2018 Highcroft and Great Barr Away Lost by 12 runs. Oppo 253 Old Mo 241-8.

SCORECARD

Who’s up for an award?
As Autumn draws in, eyes are focussed on the prestigious awards evening. The mid-week awards were done and dusted some time ago, but the early weeks of September usually see a last dash to get on the podium for the weekenders.....and overall awards.

Usual format – 6 (ish) awards. Bowling & batting for overall, midweeks and weekends based on number of runs or number of wickets. No-one can have more than one award.

The overall batter is all but settled but the NoMo batting awards (i.e. anything not already sewn up by Mo) is a closely run contest. Could Sharif edge ahead of DDH in wickets? And if so, the ‘trickle down’ could see any number of batsmen make a bid for a batting gong.

Awards Table ‘as it stands’……….
Overall Batter – Mo (unless someone gets a triple hundred….in both remaining games)
Overall Bowler – Sharif (DDH 1 wicket behind but a couple of ‘big hauls’ could add other)
Weekend Batter – If Sharif wins bowler, then Ade, Si, DDH and Feraz all in with a shout
Weekend Bowler – Shariff/DDH…..the one who doesn’t win the overall probably!

Catain's Pick Awards - Nominations = Various
Longest Over in FitHistory
Widest Wide of the Wide variety
Teflon Glove Award (Most Byes in an Hour)
The Farrier Trophy for Most times Shoed in an Over...
The Posthumous "To You - To Me" Award - for lulling the batsmen into thinking you were away with the fairies before taking (two) top catches!!

Highcroft 253 all out, beat Fitmen 241-8, by 12 Runs

The news on arrival that the bar was shut (change of manager due to a case of light fingering) raised anxiety levels alarmingly. 10 minutes later these returned to resting after a trip to the offy and a hastily assembled ‘Chairman’s Honesty Bar’. Quite a nice selection as it happens…………Carlsberg Export, Stowford Press, T*atchers and Desperado. All at a bargain £1:50 a can including plastic pint pots…… everyone’s a winner.

The usual format at this time of year is that Highcroft whack up a massive total and the visitors make a bold effort to reach it. Looks likes it was the same again?

Not quite the full story as for large parts of the game, the visitors were probably on top and had an outside chance of snatching it right into the last over. Key turning points were (probably) not pushing through Highcroft’s lower middle order after Ralphie (8-3-23-4) had made the breakthrough, and then losing some early wickets and therefore momentum early on in the reply.

In fact, if it wasn’t for the 25 wides and a similar number of ‘other’ extras then a ‘revised’ target around 200 was probably under par and doable.

A negotiated toss saw the host batting and the skipper elected to keep back the pace (mainly ‘cos we didn’t have much) opening with Messrs Tasker (8-0-49-1) and Chairman (8-0-47-1). Highcroft’s high scoring opener went relatively cheaply to a smart piece of keeping from Tuckerrrrr (he wasn’t happy but had to go!).

90-1 off the first dozen overs wasn’t a bad start given the usual context of a high scoring target, but Ralphie then steamed in and looked to have turned the game decisively with a blistering couple of overs meaning Highcroft were 129 at the half way stage but with the top half of the batting gone.

A good spell from Shariff (8-0-44-2) almost prised open the lower middle order after standout bowling from Ralphie - but not quite and , as we all know too well, the home side bat deep as Stuart (4-0-37-2) and Nokia (3-0-24-0) found out. A fine half century along with able lower order support saw a decent 250+ target posted – something to think about whilst chewing the (traditional slow cook pasta) cud at the interval.

FitReply
A decent start to the reply against handy bowling gave cause for optimism. Mo was motoring.......but then a nick when on 28 caused a ripple. Herr Bice was the next victim – another good ball and a Carbon Copy nick behind.

Ickle Pear’s 38 held it together (unlike the previous evening at Edgbaston when overcome with emotion) and was joined by a frenzied Feraz (20 @ 125) and a focussed Ralphie (19) looking to have a decent swan-song before nuptials.
Ticking along nicely enough but we really needed one of the above to stay with Si and get a big score.
Disaster struck with Feraz going for another big one (bowled), Ralphie in the unluckiest way (backing up, deflection off a straight drive) and a serious wobble/early bath beckoned.
The required rate was creeping up but the grrrrrizzled one and the Skipperrrrr then re-built and gave the visitors a real chance.
Momentum swung back to the hosts when Tuckerrrr went for a fine 48, soon followed by a pair of ducks causing panic in the changing room.

But Sharrrrif wasn’t finished quite yet and in the last couple of overs saw real acceleration to (almost) swing it in the visitors favour. A non-clapped 52 not out was a fine knock but there was just a dozen too many on the target.

A good recovery by the hosts from an early set back saw them home – but not without alarms. Another good game to (nearly) see the season out.