|President’s XI||158 for 10 from 40 overs|
|Fulmer CC||159 for 10 from 39.2 overs|
|Fulmer won by one run|
During this unseemly summer an unusual event occurred that coincided with the President’s match in that the sun actually shone!
The rain had abated at the end of the previous week which allowed time for preparation ready for the social highlight of the season. Lunch consisted of the usual excellent provisions with a joint effort from the Greig family providing the meat and fish and all the accoutrements being provided and prepared by the catering team from the Cricket Club.
An enjoyable hour passed catching up with old friends and making new ones before the time came for Peter (as FCC Chair) to welcome the visitors to the day and, in particular, present Paul and Jules with a certificate and voucher for Rebellion Brewery in recognition of their tremendous efforts in getting the ground in tiptop condition.There are many volunteers who work at the ground to get things ready for all games (and many thanks to them), but Paul and Jules contribution stands out.
This was followed by Edward speech during which he gave special thanks to the FCC catering ladies of Tansy, Sue and Sheena, backed up with them each receiving a bouquet of flowers.
The toss was made which was won by Fulmer (not sure) and the President’s XI got first use of the batting track in a 12-a-side game.
There were contributions from all of the President’s batters, most notably from Ed (21), G Botha (19), C Radcliffe (17) and a lower order thrash by Will of 12. All these were held together by Henry Lamb’s innings of 51 not out.
The wickets were shared round all the Fulmer bowlers with Ali, Del and Julian (from his first ball bowled) all taking one, Manu and Junaid taking two, but the honours went to Paul with three. The tight bowling meant that the President’s XII scored a total of 158 for 10 of their 40 overs.
Tea was duly taken, with plenty of food being plied on the Fulmer batters in an attempt to slow down their runs.
At first this policy seemed to be unsuccessful in that the opening pair of Ali (53) and Prash (28) put on 62 for the first wicket, then Ali and Nigel (14) 39 for the second, and this in just 16 overs.
FCC duly decided to make a game of it collapsing in true Fulmer style from 101 for 1 to 140 for 8. Fortunately Jules contribution of 17 pushed the scores closer, but with two overs left to go, ten runs required for a Fulmer win and only two wickets for the President’s team to succeed things looked very interesting indeed.
Although Manu was run out for four, the last pairing of Junaid (15*) and Paul (2*) had to negotiate a difficult position to try and win the game. This was made relatively simple with Junaid hitting a six in Will’s last over, leaving just a single to get in the last. This was duly achieved off the second ball for a Fulmer win by just one run.
The most successful President’s bowler was Botha who finished with the excellent figures of 8-1-16-7.
The sterling effort of keeping everyone under control was left with Pete Milne (Trigger) and Jim Harmsworth Cowles (Son of Trigger) who officiated throughout the whole match, our thanks to them.
The evening was rounded off with an excellent BBQ, courtesy of meat from Piper’s farm and friendly banter from everyone.
Looking forward to 2013 to see if Fulmer can continue their winning ways, although they have a fair way to go yet to catch the President’s team.
[Thanks to Zeeshan for the photos… as good with a camera as the bat and ball]