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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 12 / 5 / 2019 Pedmore CC Away Lost by 7 wickets. Old Mo 210-8. Oppo 211-3.


The weather was nice

A return to some glorious weather was teamed with an idyllic setting in a game of two halves for the Fitmen. The first challenge was getting to the ground. Lycra clad Jonesy-boy and his carbon fibre chums brought the city to a standstill, Velo-ing their way around the city on 100 miles of closed roads. Unfortunately these were the roads leading to Pedmore. After an hour and a half of crawling around the city, most of the team turned up around 2pm for a negotiated toss and the Fitmen choosing to bat. WMD style, as soon as the match was about to begin, the entire team turned up ready to take advantage of the Thatcher's Haze in the delightful early season sun. It was probably a good thing we batted first as we will soon find out.

Mo and Jawad opened the batting cautiously against a moving ball and 2 good bowlers before both being caught out. Captain Caesar and Harry proceeded to put on a 50 partnership, dispatching the poor balls and carefully watching the good ones. The scoring rate was slow and steady after 10 overs (34 runs) but as the batsmen got used to the wicket, that rate slowly picked up. The loss of Harry bowled brought Howarth to the crease, with some mighty fine blows towards the worlds biggest boundary, requiring some scampered runs as the long outfield slowed the ball. A couple of good balls did for him and Ade as TC Jnr carried on, ticking past 50 and looking to push on. The young bowlers were the pick of the afternoon, finding the right lines and lengths to slow the batsmen scoring whilst also picking up a couple of big wickets.

Sharif blasted the ball around the park as the captain closed in on a ton before implementing Grade A jug avoidance skills, swiping across the line to the wrong ball, being bowled for 92. Some wild swings and big hitting from Fraz at the end allowed the Fitmen to finish on a competitive 210 which would require some accurate bowling to win the game.

Lunch was a grand affair with the catering outsourced to G4S, highlights including moist sandwiches, slab of pate with toast, pizza, pasta and a selection of cakes. Lovely stuff.

With Mo and Jawad requiring a 7:30 departure in order to break their fast, the batsmen were well aware and were happy to oblige. Rather than have a collapse, they decided to bludgeon the ball to all parts of the ground. Very generous. Sunny and Fraz opened the bowling and whilst finding some movement in the first couple of overs, the openers soon got into it and sent the occasional bad ball to the boundary before Ade took a sharp gully catch (protecting his face) off Fraz (3-0-14-1). That would be the last wicket for a while as the batsmen set themselves and began to speed up the scoring rate.

The captain decided the best tactic would be to keep the bowlers rotating but unfortunately this made little difference to the scoring rate despite best efforts from Raj and Ade (other than Raj’s drop catch off the set batsman…!) Sharif (5-0-21-0) bowled well to briefly slow down the batsmen, channeling his Liverpool related aggression. Next came Nokia, fresh from a tactical de-brief at Brian Lara’s 50th birthday bash at his mansion, the rum and coconut clearly still pumping through the veins as he got what he accurately described as the yips. Whilst the first over was "economical" at 11, the second was slightly less, with the openers waiting for the full tosses and aiming for the local greenhouse. Nokia brought up his 50 off his final ball, retiring to the boundary to contemplate simpler times in Trinidad. With the game as good as done before that over, at least it sped things along a little.

Time for a bowling change and on came Jawad and Harry. Jawad bowled particularly well, claiming the scalps of the two main batsmen, both finishing on 77 a-piece with a solid catch from Mo at cow corner and the finest of fine edges through to TC. A couple of maidens against the children stretched out the game a little further into the 28th over before the final runs were knocked off and the Fitmen could head off the pitch to the bar.

As the sun set on a lovely day (of weather) in Pedmore, the captain had his Thatchers hazed nicked by the local lump, to add to a loss, missing out on a ton, having sat through an hour and half of traffic and someone scratching his car. Great day out.

A good game played in good spirit however the opposition batsmen definitely took advantage of the bowlers on this occasion.

NB: According to the official website, Chris finished the 100 miles in anywhere between 5:38h and 10:07h. (7 hours, 6 minutes and 13 seconds)