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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 19 / 8 / 2018 Pebble Mill Cricket Club Home (YW) Lost by 104 runs. Oppo 250-5. Old Mo 146


Fit Men Fall short against the “Beeb”.

With the weather slightly overcast and the chance of late afternoon sunshine skipper Howarth arrived at the “Grave Yard” to be greeted by a lightly soiled jock strap (old school) left on a good length on the previous days wicket! Nice!

The lead up to the game had its usual selection challenges……..Mould remembering that the match coincided with his kiddies 1st birthday was replaced by Sharif who conversely remembered that he could attend the match and not a wedding reception by sending the rest of his family to offer words of congrats’ to the newly weds (and apologies for Omar’s absence)……..Next……Tom Caesar (not like you Tom)….who had to attend (in the company of his future Irish sister in law and bro’) a pub in Digbeth to watch the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final (Limerick winning it for a record 8th time)……who was replaced by the “evergreen” Mr. Weed at the top of the order. Then just when you think the line up is settled the “Swinger of Smethwick” (Aka Sunny Singh) goes and writes his car off Saturday nite and ends up sporting a surgical collar…..unfit to bowl (and provide chicken wings). Not to worry a quick call to Flight Lieutenant Ralph, Sunday morning completed the replacements!

With the toss won by the oppo who decided to bat the opening salvo was bowled by Ralph and Healey. Both bowled well, giving little away and finding seam movement and swing. The 1st “Beeb” to perish was at the hands of Ralph LBW! An excellent partnership then ensued between talented number 3 and doughty Kiwi opening bat. Number 3 being particularly ferocious on the drive, both on and off, having been let off early on with a couple of dropped catches. This partnership was eventually broken by Lockyer, smartly pouched by an athletic Ralph running in from long off! Lockyer not happy with one wicket then added soon after assisted by a catch by Tasker. Skipper Howarth was now rotating the bowling trying not to let the oppo batsmen settle, trying out Tasker to no avail whilst Sharif bowled a tidy spell. A timely 3rd wicket by Lockyer snaring the number 3 LBW for a fine 87 was celebrated in the only way we have become accustomed to our Sam celebrating! Now then all we have to do is get rid of the free scoring number 5! Feraz and Mo then had a dart and went unrewarded. Ralph was brought back and made an immediate impression forcing the freescoring number 5 to back away…..before Healey got him (caught by Ralph). Ralph was now firing on all 4 engines and put the brakes on the Beebs innings finishing with an excellent 4for! Former Fit Man, Ed Mccabe (who holds the Fit men individual highest score record of 207 not out) was left not out 5 batting at eight! (only there because he turned up really late!....phew). The Beeb closed on a challenging 250.

A good tea was consumed, the oppo offered an umpire (who had previously been employed as an umpire in the Birmingham League) and the innings kicked off with a new partnership “HallGreen”. Hall dealing in boundaries, 4 X 4 and a six before perishing bowled, whilst his watchful partner Green got to 7 before being given LBW by the Birmingham League umpire! (According to the recipient of the decision it was “missing all 3”). Skipper came and went for a blob whilst Mo got to 20 before being bowled by Ed “Menace McCabe” and his fast off spin! Sharif in at 5 got going straight away (a little too quickly for his batting partner Healey who he ran out going for a single that really was not there)…..Sharif keen to amend for his misjudgement went on to score a fine 42, scoring all round the wicket, of particular note was his crushing straight drives, before he was caught. Ralph went for 5 bowled by McCabe and Tasker followed soon after for 1 (being caught allegedly by a fella who never catches anything!). Lockyer and Kestin then took up the formidable challenge of 120 needed off 12 overs……sadly the task proved too much and Lockyer went for 8 bowled by McCabe leaving Kestin high and dry on nought not out.

Both teams downed a few pints before repairing to the safe harbours of their loved ones slightly ahead of schedule……..not however before Mr Weed had completed an exhaustive inventory of the First Aid box (prior to our club hosts monthly committee meeting), concluding:
78 triangular plasters.
8 corn plasters.
1 eye bath.
1 bottle of iodine.
1 tube of hemorrhoid cream, 1 nozzle applicator, no screw top.
1 Defibrillator- unused.

Next up the Lapworth Lothario XI away!