|President’s XI||261 all out|
|Fulmer||263 for 5|
|FCC won by 6 wickets|
An early start at Fulmer for the President’s Day match with an overcast sky but already warm temperature. Could FCC make it three victories in a row?
By 9.30am, Peter Box, Jim, Paul C, Tansy and Ian were already on duty giving the pavilion and square all the attention that was needed to make the day special.
Will Voaden arrived shortly after and demonstrated admirable skills in the kitchen that had hitherto remained hidden (don’t tell his parents!). By just gone 11am the whole team appeared and the ground started to take shape with the outfield set out to perfection and the square – thanks to Paul – looking immaculate.
A Pimms lunch was taken at 12, with the weather starting to look more like the heatwave of previous days. Superb meat and fish provided by the President, Peter Greig, and family with the trimmings by our Senior Vice President, Edward, and prepared by the Club (OK, Tansy). The chitter-chatter of people socialising was a pleasure to hear and set the scene for the main event – the cricket. As usual, Edward managed to provide good weather for the event, with sunglasses and hats a must have item of attire.
The toss was duly taken by Peter Box (FCC Captain for the day) and Will Greig ending up with the President’s XI being put in to bat (as is traditionally the case).
The President’s XI for 2013 also looking confidenThe President’s XI got off to a cracking start, helped by a bit of wayward bowling, and firmly created a solid base to build upon. Peter Greig (60) and fellow opener Tim Barker (19) put on 51 for the first wicket and R Martin (16) another 40 for the second before the major stand of 108 between Peter and L May (71).[/caption]
The lightning-fast outfield meant that anything past the fielder was immediately a four and plenty of sixes were scored along the way. None of the bowling figures were very pretty with the pick being Will with 4-49 off his eight overs. Ali got two wickets as did Nomi with Jules picking up one and one run out. The remaining bowlers were Manu, Zeeshan and Paul.
Of note was the extensive use of wicketkeepers. Fish took a knock on his knee in the second over and had to retire after 16 overs in search of an ice-pack to reduce the swelling. Keeping duties were taken over by Prash with twelfth man Manan coming on to the field. Prash only lasted about another 16 overs before having his thumb bent backwards and also had to leave the field in search of ice! Zeeshan took over for the remaining overs, whilst Fish came back on in the outfield to complete the FCC XI on the pitch.
The rest of Fulmer fielding was pretty good with great catches taken by Paul C, Nomi, Shankar and Zeeshan. A total of 261 all out off exactly 40 overs was the excellent score set by the President’s XI.
Tea, prepared by Sheena and Tansy (ably assisted by Jim), was taken and Peter Box was left with the twin problems of finding out how his beloved Australia were doing at Lord’s in the Second test and deciding on a batting order to try and chase down 261 runs.
Prash (5) and Zeeshan opened and put on a steady 25 in 7 and a half overs. Prash’s departure allowed Ali to arrive at the crease and have a stand with Zeeshan of 139 from just 12 overs.
Zeeshan eventually fell for an excellent 55, while Ali went on to make a fabulous 114 including 9 sixes and 9 fours. Despite only having to run 24, the crowd was still treated to the sight of Ali suffering with cramp bringing on football-like rolling on the pitch!
Shankar, coming in at number 4 contributed 11, before the game was finished off by Nomi (38*), including several very large 6’s, with one landing on Jules car boot, and Will (13*) as Fulmer won by 6 wickets scoring 263 runs and with 6.2 overs to spare.
The day was finished off with a wonderful BBQ including very tasty meat from Pipers Farm. Great support was provided by the Guinness family and by the many FCC players, family and friends who came up to watch the game. Fish’s mother flew in especially from Australia!
The evening was brought to a close by Peter Box, Paul C, Jim, Tansy and Ian closing up at about 11pm following a well-deserved alcoholic beverage! A great deal of thanks goes to Jim who was a pillar of strength throughout the whole day, helping out whenever and wherever was needed.
A fabulous day was enjoyed by all who attended and everyone involved looks forward to the fixture again next year.