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Fixtures and Results | Match Reports

Date Against H/A Link Result Captain/Score
Sun 1 / 5 / 2011 Highcroft and Great Barr Away Won by 174 runs. Old Mo 214-5. Oppo 40



An auspicious start for the Fitmen continued today after an excellent all round team performance led us to beat comprehensively a (normally) very good Highcroft side.

The omens were good leading up to the start of the match: the sun was shining (again); the skipper won the toss and decided, with barely concealed relief, to take advantage of what looked like a nice flat, hard deck and bat first. Sharif and Mark Butcher opened the batting. Butcher seemed to have carried on from where he had left off the previous week and duly dispatched some juicy full tosses which were interspersed between some fairly tidy bowling. Unfortunately, the duo couldn't repeat their huge partnership of last week as Sharif was bowled by a ball he claims he didn't see.. we all know really he was still regretting not having stopped at the dixie chicken down the road!

Richard Harris came in and both he and Butch were looking fluent and were keeping the run rate ticking. Mark made a solid 40 before he was given out lbw and Jack was soon bowled shortly after. To be fair, this ball was short and straight and on any other day the ball would have bounced above shin high. As it was, a cross-batted shot proved to be his downfall, as it was for Richard; yet, not before reaching a well-deserved 50.

Mark Tucker had already come in and was hitting the ball sweetly before giving a simple return caught and bowled chance. At this stage the score was 145-5, with still a further 11 overs to go, so the game was finely in the balance. An enterprising partnership between Raj and Ash, however, ensured that the Fitmen scored a very competitive 214.

As captain, there were very few decisions to be made beside when winning the toss. However, one concern was which 2 of Guy, Ash or John should open the bowling, or more correctly, who would have to forgo the tempting last remaining scone during tea. As it was Guy stood up to be counted and ate the scone whilst Messrs Howes and Hussain formed a truly devastating bowling partnership and ripped through the strong Highcroft batting line-up.

Howes ended with 4 and Ash 5. Both bowled beautifully straight and it was no coincidence that the timbers were felled on 8 out of 10 occasions. Guy duly rapped up the win with the last wicket and the Fitmen had earned a long overdue win against this opposition. Though nobody would have envisaged bowling them out for 40! Well done Fitmen!