FCC v Wealdstone Corinthians CC

By | September 16, 2014

Wealdstone Corinthians 162  for 8 off 40 overs
Fulmer 98 all out off 36.1 overs
Fulmer lost by 64 runs

On the hottest day of the season to be playing cricket, skipper Del only had one instruction when going out for the toss – win and BAT. This, of course, was the kiss of death and Wealdstone won and opted to bat first.

Venkat was suitably miserly in his 4-1-8-0, while Will opening at the other end was slightly more expensive but did manage to get the wicket of Clark. Paul C and Sudhir then bowled their eight overs on the bounce with good figures of 1 for 31 each.

The remaining overs were shared between Paul W (with a creditable 2 for 25 off six), Del, who got a wicket with the first ball he bowled, Manan (1 for 10) and George Field. The remaining Wealdstone wicket to fall was a run out.

The third highest scorer for them was extras with a highly creditable 33 – but not if you were one of the Fulmer bowlers. A total of 162 for eight seemed a bit low, but the ball was coming on slowly and keeping a bit low occasionally.

After a tasty Tansy tea, FCC went to make what they could of the wicket. The slow scoring continued with FCC only scoring 21 runs off the first 10 overs. During this time Fulmer had, unfortunately, managed to lose three wickets as Will, Venkat and Sudhir went cheaply.

Things took another downturn when Fish was out for 25 runs with the score on 29 for four. The cricket correspondent would like to say that things got better, but with Manan, Nigel, Del and Paul W all going for single figures Fulmer were in dire trouble at 46 for eight.

George and Paul C, however, had other ideas and in 17 overs put on a stand of exactly 50 runs with Paul scoring 28 (including a punched 6 – he gloved a ball for two and then got four overthrows, so it says a six in the book) and George an excellent 13* showing some good shot selection and a classic forward defensive along the way.

Once this partnership was broken it wasn’t long before Armando became the last of eight Fulmer players who didn’t trouble the scorers too much. Still 98 all out of 36.1 overs was a lot better that it looked at one point.

Let’s just say that the heat got to Fulmer and they couldn’t compete to their fullest potential. But all round a great day enjoyed by all.

Rebellion Moment: Jointly awarded to Colly and George

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