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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 17 / 4 / 2022 Column Cricket Club Away Lost by 6 wickets. Old Mo 133 Oppo 134-4.

SCORECARD

Fitmen get Salloped
Old Mo 133 a.o lose to Column CC 134-4 by 6 wickets

It was a marvellous Easter Sunday when the valiant Fit X venture North to Shrewsbury to begin these seasons campaign of tense friendly matches. Early arrivals were privileged to see a pitch being rolled and the ground set up, fortunately the bar was open too.

Some bants with the oppo the night before had advised them to ‘bring their helmets’, and skipper Gavlarrrr was undoubtedly keen for a positive result. This included a pre-match team talk in the middle about the intricacies of the wicket, and specific advice to play forward regardless of where the ball pitches. (Gavlarrr's record on this particular wicket reads something like 1, 0, 1, 39, 1 - ie I would rather play at the Sportsmen or Village pitch).

Despite initial pre-match agreement for a 30 over game (50 and retire/come back in), Fitmen optimism was keen to go to 35 overs. In the event no team required an over beyond the 20s. With the drying sun on a less than solid wicket the toss was crucial, unfortunately no-one had reminded the skipper what you call north of Birmingham. He flinched, and went for heads. Tails it was - Fitmen batting.

The oppo were known to have a decent opening attack - Rory, Jon boy (oh go on then add Minta in) - and the plan that was cunningly devised in Fletchers the night before swung into action, though the batting depth was not as strong as it could be.

Gavlarr broke with tradition in his favourite wicket, not, and managed a silky four of the first over before bowled - having ignored his own advice and played back to a good delivery that nipped back. Mouldy steadied the ship with 11 off 11, after gallantly accepting the challenge for ‘who wants to test themselves against decent opening’.

This bought Sam Moore to the crease, who displayed some of his true class, and moving onto 40 and looking destined for a well deserved pint before coming in at the end for the late innings buffet. Sadly, he went to run one down to third man, off the dangerous/devious Paulie, and forgot to hit the ball. Thapar and Nichols had meanwhile departed without troubling the scorers, which left Airman Ralph at the other end of a meaningful partnership with Sam. He went onto to score in the 30s, before he was probably bowled.

Lockyer made 0 in his first innings, Bal 1, with debutant Jack Scott adding 2, and a great cameo from Bilal adding another 30 odd with Lockyer2 (3* before he complains), to set a total of 133 for the oppo to chase down on a drying wicket.

The oppo generously supplied us /volunteered a fielder for us so we could begin the defence (surely a greater ask than to defend Kyiv - too soon?). Again cunning Fletchers plan was employed, given the knowledge of the opposition bowling with Lockyer taking 2 wickets - sharp stumping by Moore off the second ball full toss, and leading to a fine direct hit run out by Bilal - who held down the other end. Leaving the oppo 15-3 off 5 overs.

This left the (best) oppo batsmen at the crease, and despite the introduction of Ralphie (tidy 4 overs 0-11) both managed to reach a 50 and retire. A further wicket followed for Bal, with a good catch by Stevie Nicks on the boundary. Jack Scott had a little cameo bowling (bowl more on Sunday in inter-club match) but the game had essentially already been lost by the inability to remove messrs Daz and Tippers (oppo skipper).

A sumptuous BBQ was provided by the two on-hand chefs and Fitmen tucked into some excellent food, beer, and a fine Chelsea victory.

Much talk was made of the excellent hosts, and genuine desire from both teams to have a regular home/away fixture - one in which I will score some bloody runs!