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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Wed 10 / 7 / 2019 The Sportsmen Away Lost by 103 runs. Oppo 211-4. Old Mo 108-9.



The delights of playing the Sportsmen at the Richmond Hill Road “Bowl”, start as soon as you arrive. £5.20 for a pint of premium lager, but you do get to keep the glass if you stick it in the old kit bag. £4.60 for Aspulls, a veritable bargain. With 20+ Fitmen away on holiday/un-willing to play upon the postage stamp on dreams, an unusual Fit9 assembled in the cowshed, now strangely covered with a thick carpet of dust/debris. A single size 7 training shoe, some old tarpaulin, one chair and a child’s grubby off-white T-shirt. Rob Nutt stuck on the M40, meant TC would have to step in for a bit. Fraz MIA again, called at 5.58pm..”Just finishing off at work (in town), it’s a 6.15 start isn’t it?” Waiting for Godot? He’s never coming is he? Tom Caesar eyeing the grubby T-shirt wearily.

Fit-Form of the last decade (last win @ RHR in 2011, with mysteriously no match report), meant that the toss would be crucial. Recent away games had resulted in losses by 106, 78, 147 and 193 Runs. So guess what? Toss lost and the Fitmen were fielding with Vladimir and Estragon, allegedly en-route. With jaunty stumps and the expected dandelions on a length, Martin and Waseem opened up.
After only 1 game in 8 years, Waseem was accurate from the off. 3 for 19 off 4 was the stand out performance of the evening. All victims clean bowled. Variable bounce may have assisted, but it was a superb spell. Martin clubbed for 32 off his 4, after 8 overs 54-3 was a respectable start. 211 for 4 off 20, meant that the next 12 overs went at a pretty steady 13 an over. Debutant Mo Haq dropped a sitter of the big bat who went on to make 67, which could have made things different and a contentious not out Run-Out of the other batter hitting 72 again could have swayed the game. Or not.

No sour grapes. We didn’t bowl consistently enough and were severely punished for a horrible hour of cricket. The orange ball dispatched regularly over trees of all type. Special mention must go to Rob Nutt who earlier in the day made his availability known, drove through rush hour traffic for 90 minutes and then got mullered for 41 runs in 3 overs. A wicket for him off the final ball of the innings offered the tiniest crumb of comfort. For those still interested, Fraz did rock up at 6.40pm wearing blue boating shoes, brown shorts and a white T-shirt. Sweet Jesus, who’d be Captain?

The Fit response had to be aggressive from the off, with Stevie Nichols whacking a couple of boundaries before getting a low shooter, to be out bowled. New Mo got to 11 before spooning up a caught and bowled. Chas asking to be promoted up the order, in at 4 probably wished he hadn’t, out for a duck bowled off an inside edge. Now what a wicket to christen a brand new Hawk bat on? Sam Moore was ecstatic. Low shooters to knock that toe in? Perfect. Three lovely boundaries gave a glimpse of what this bat will achieve in this talented man’s hands, so watch this space, but 16 was to be the Hawk’s debut score.

50-4 off 8 overs, the scores were comparable at this stage. The end result was slightly different. The bowling was very accurate and supported by athletic fielding. Two’s in their innings were only singles in ours. A chap called Amir then came on and recorded figures of 4-1-16-6. Five out cleaned bowled. Waseem showed he can bat as well as bowl with a big 6 and 4. Fraz sailed to 11 off 6 deliveries and the skip hit 20 off 13, but when Dave Moore went out to save the game needing 103 off 8 deliveries, the game was up. Amir gets his 6 fer. Some performance.

Thought for the day. Can we please play the Sportsman on a normal cricket pitch, say at Ashfield? At least then there won’t be any room for excuses for getting hammered!