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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 15 / 8 / 2021 Lichfield Nomads CC Away Tied Old Mo 239-8. Oppo 238-8.

SCORECARD

Walsall Weather halts Fit Men Push For Victory!

With “Sponge” once again providing 12 players available pre-match (including resident 12thy TC Senior). Captain Howarth muted that he may introduce the now legendary “shoe bingo” a la Darren Pickering (aka…batting order drawn out of a hat)….This idea sadly created a flare up from Uncle Mo’s achilles as it objected to this idea resulting in TC senior keeping the House of Caesar awake late into Saturday night as he dusted down his box and rescued his jock strap from the bottom of the linen basket!

A new venue beckoned for the Fit Men at Walsall CC and we were greeted by a splendid ground. On one side a bowling green (which produced moist eyes from our driver George Doors proclaiming that he and the Mrs are looking for a sport to pursue in their dotage). The right hand side of the boundary bedecked with “bleechers” and a corrugated iron roof reminiscent of a bygone era when Birmingham League cricket was king. In the old days of county cricket if you moved counties in the midlands you had to serve a season in the Birmingham League before debuting for your new county! Electronic scoreboard, covers and a bar with 8 lines on (inc. cider, lager, Wye Valley and Green Duck)…..created a veritable Fit Man heaven!

Skipper Howarth walked out to the wicket with Lichfield Nomads skipper Dave….the former calling heads…..and being asked to bat! The wicket had a strange diamond scarified look to its surface…..and I fretted as to how it would play?.

A debut opening batting partnership of Harry and Stu’ Mould on field with Martin and Ceasar operating the remote control electronic scoreboard and fit scorebook off field got the game off to a positive start. Harry picking up length wonderfully with some powerful pulls forward of square and a delicious extra cover drive taking him quickly to 16 before being bowled. Batting partner Stu’ perishing earlier caught at backward point as he went for a big one! Sam Moore was joined at the wicket by Howarth and a good partnership ensued of 80 odd in 12 overs. Sam in sublime form, with exquisite timing hitting all round the wicket, with some booming straight lofted drives and racing to a chanceless 50. The partnership being broken just before drinks by Nomads fixture secretary getting Howarth out for 23 off 25 and then removing Sam for 55 off 46 both caught behind to good catches by the keeper. With the score at 115 off 20 a good foundation had been set as Herr Bice and Herr Martin joined forces. Both men took no time at all to get to work! Bice enjoying himself pulling with gusto and Martin with his trademark cover drives were a joy to watch as the Nomads fielding and bowling struggled to contain these two heavy weight batsman. Catches were dropped off these two as Bice raced to 36 off 30 before perishing caught. Martin was now joined by Tony Thaper and Tony soon replaced by Sharif. Ade was still going strong, however skipper Howarth instructed Ade to stay in and marshall the troops to the end. Sharif accompanied Ade to his 50 and then departed for 11. Raj next in ran whell between the wickets before Ade was joined by Sam Lockyer who provided the icing on the cake of the innings, facing the last over and garnering 14 runs off 6 balls including 2 mighty pulls backward of square for 4. This left Ade on an excellent 60 red inker off 57 balls and the Fit Men finishing on a very creditable 239 off 40 overs.

During the innings we were delighted to welcome Admiral Lord James Frost who came along to watch. As always James wanting to get involved in some way shape or form assisted Chairman Caesar with the scorebook and remote control electronic scoreboard…..mayhem ensued as the chairman who was absorbing cider regularly and Frost managed to confuse the home bowlers with scorebook errata…..all ending in good humoured waves from our scorers settling the issues promptly.

Tea was taken in gathering gloom…..AccuWeather until this point had proven to be unreliable as it had predicted steady rainfall all afternoon…then hit us with vengeful force as steady mizzle turned to heavier rain. The fit Men and Nomads repaired to the bar and watched Coventry City FC play someone on the big screen whilst in the Test match the Indian batsmen dead batted England. With the oppo’ declaring that 220 was only a par score….skipper Howarth mused that his armoury of experienced bowlers would contain the Nomads if only the weather would abate. No such luck as the game was called off just before 6pm.

A bright note to end the game was played by the Nomads opening bowler come Sales Manager of Green Duck brewery bringing in a case of 3.8% abv sesh’ craft for us all to take home and guzzle. With the Fit Men somewhat suspicious of the black cans with no labels on….Howarth ended up with half a dozen tinnies in his kit bag! A farewell to our oppo’, handshakes and good humour all round and we repaired to our cars for the return journey……Oh what might have been if the weather had held!