|Metropolitan CC||95 all out|
|Fulmer CC||96 off 16 overs|
|FCC won by 8 wickets|
The Fulmer 2012 cricket season finally got underway on 6 May 2012 with our away match against Metropolitan Line played at Harrow. The weather conditions did not look brilliant but at least it was dry.
In his first stint as skipper, Prash began on the right note by winning the toss. Given that the conditions might favour the bowlers he elected to field. The decision proved to be the right one looking at how the match started.
Arslan opened the bowling and made the perfect start with not one or two but three wickets in his opening over. The opposition batsmen were not given the opportunity to get their eye in and were beaten by the sheer pace and swing achieved and ended up getting clean bowled.
Not to be outdone by his brother, Zeeshan opened at the other end with some accurate and consistent bowling and it wasn’t before long that he was amongst the wickets too.
Brother No. 3, Ali, also joined in the effort with some impressive work behind the stumps. One of their batsmen then starting going for the runs and had to be stopped and this is where Will Voaden came up trumps with an impressive diving catch (a Karbon Kamaal Catch in IPL Terms).
Prash marshalled his troops well and Will was then brought into the attack and bowled a tidy spell ending with figures of 1/22. Mark Denness operated from the other end and was economical with a spell of 1/26 off 7 overs with two maidens. Arslan set the challenge for the bowling averages with figures of 5/20 off his 5 overs. Zeeshan ended up with 2/16 off his 6 overs.
Junaid one of our new players was also brought into the attack and Armando was brought in at the end to finish off the innings but the final wicket was a run out. The Metropolitan Line innings folded at 95 all out off 24.2 overs. Overall the fielding was good, albeit dropped catches by Armando and Ali.
As the innings had finished early, the skippers came to a decision to play on until the finish and then have Tea afterwards.
Nigel and Prash opened the Fulmer innings and the runs were flowing steadily before Nigel lost his wicket and Ali joined Prash. The scoreboard moved steadily with a few boundaries from both batsmen until Ali attempted a sixer and was out for 16. This brought Arslan onto the pitch and he soon started despatching the ball to the ropes and finished the innings with a six ending up with 45 not out and Prash with 31 not out achieved in just 16 overs.
A fantastic start to the season for Fulmer and for new skipper Prash with an 8 wicket win
We were then invited for Tea at Dooleys, where we were treated to Lamb Biryani and Chana Masala for the vegetarians, which was certainly worth waiting for.