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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Wed 25 / 5 / 2022 Birmingham University Home (YW) Won by 8 wickets. Oppo 96-9. Old Mo 98-2.


First class Fitmen pass University examination with flying colours

The Universally Challenged Fitmen arrived at the Graveyard to be greeted by the sight of xi Students all clad in matching tracksuits. Oh god not again. However it transpired that the Birmingham Uni 2nd XI had just finished their afternoon game (surely they had some important studying to be cracking on with) and we were playing the dirty 3rds! Hurrah, as it turned out.

Billal who is transforming from pupae into a soon to be Emperor Moth in front of our very eyes, was skipper for the evening, lost the toss using a Lidl supermarket trolley token and the Fitmen were asked to field first.

Ex-Uni star, Joe Little now a fully fledged Fitman, opened up and beat the edge of the good quality openers on numerous occasions. Unlucky not to grab a wicket, most runs were edgy and running away to the short boundary. Martin at the other end would have been economical but for some abject fielding from Scotland bound Gavlar on the boundary letting one through his legs and another possible catch turned into an improbable mis-field. Captain Carling at his best.

First change Jonesy and Billal then turned the match in the Fitmens favour with a quite superb bowling spell, garnering 5 wickets and ripping the Uni’s top order apart. Poor shot selection maybe but on a bowler friendly pitch, a more studious approach was needed. Jonesy 3 fer 18 and skipper 2 fer 14 really excellent work.

Lockyer and Dave Moore then were brought into the action mopping up the tail with aplomb. Nokia with his dander up is some sight and the Uni batsmen had not encountered anything like this style of bowling in their short lives…and probably won’t again until they’ve paid off their loans. Howarth avoided a re-arrangement of his un-cannily attractive (to some) features, by holding on to a very good catch smashed to him at extra cover. Dave Moore followed Sam’s “worldie” catch of the previous week, bagging “neuf points” for a grab and roll and after another swoosh and miss, Sammy ends up with 4-1-9-3 figures. Dave’s radar off for a couple of balls, realigned to take the last wicket and the Students were all out for 96. A great comeback and fielding performance all round (especially the Running Man, Rob Nutt who pretty much did all the fielding in the deep).

The Fit batting response was ballistic. The short boundary started to look even shorter. Timmsy 9 off 9 tried to keep up with Gavlar’s SR before getting triggered LBW. Rob Nutt looked like he scored far more than his 15 off 21 balls before being out bowled. It didn’t really matter what the 8 Student bowlers chucked down. With Gavlar in this mood coming down off his 6 Carling rush, they didn’t stand a chance.

Five boundaries and four Maximums in a colossal 47 off 32 balls, this Sassenach will surely be missed. Sam Moore in normal imperious form smacked 10 off 4 balls and the finishing line was crossed in the 13th over.

Really good performance against talented opposition. Lets hope they don’t bring some tracksuit wearing ringers in for the next fixture in a couple of weeks time