|Old Fullerians CC||176 for 8|
|FCC||137 for 8|
|Old Fullerians won by 39 runs (timed game)|
One of the favourite fixtures on the FCC calendar, this match was a timed game which is a bit of a novelty for the Fulmer lads these days.
It was finally a proper summer’s day with temperatures around 30°C and with little shade on the excellent ground Fulmer lost the toss under new captain, Peter Box, and OFCC decided to have a bat.
Ali and Zeeshan opened the bowling and bowled very well without any luck. We were without our usual keepers so Peter Box took it upon himself to take on the task.
We dropped the OFCC openers, Bulleid and Shome, a few times so they rattled up a pretty good partnership. After some bad luck with dropped catches, Ali was replaced by Manu and our luck changed. OFCC’s first wicket – Shome (24) – went down with a catch in the slips from debutant Jim the Web (who craftily pulled a hamstring in order to stop having to run around) from Manu’s bowling.
Bulleid, who was dropped at least twice, went on to make 55 but was eventually out to a superb caught and bowled from James “Big Hands” King. The third wicket, Harper, saw the combination of Manu and Jim work again to bring OFCC to 102-3.
We started with only 9 players but OFCC were kind enough to lend us a fielder until our 10th man (Sukhi) turned up.
Julian Gibbs was brought into the attack and in an inspired spell of 4 overs, took 4 wickets for 18 runs, including OFCC’s skipper, David Lewy. A great return to form with a wicket in every over.
Our other bowlers figures were an unlucky Ali 0/47, Zeeshan, 1/47, Manu 2/24 aned James King 1/21.
OFCC closed their innings at the tea interval at 176 for 8. Six catches were put down!
After a very splendid tea, we set off to reach what we thought was a doable target.
We were soon, however, in a bit of bother when Zeeshan went cheaply. After Ali had put on 17 he was passed the information that his father had suffered a heart attack and he had to leave immediately. We are very happy to report that his father has made a good recovery and is doing well.
James King was the anchor man of our innings as we steadily progressed to within sight of our target. Unfortunately, just when FCC batsmen looked like making a good innings, they were out to some good fielding by OFCC, including one excellent catch from Ian Bulleid. Ramiz went for 15, Junaid for 16 and Jules et Jim (comedy film reference inserted to alleviate the pain of their figures) with very little, leaving James unbeaten on 37, his highest ever score. Well done Big Hands!
We finally came to the end of our batting with less than 3 overs to go so we nearly made it to an honourable draw. Given Ali’s unfortunate early departure and only 10 players we did a pretty good job.
The hospitality from OFCC and the spirit in which the game was played made it a good day’s cricket despite the result. Looking forward to the return match and revenge…