FCC v Vultures

By | May 17, 2015

Vultures 195 for 9 (innings closed)
Fulmer 196 for 4
Fulmer won by 6 wickets

On a fine but cold day, stand in skipper Paul was somewhat dismayed to find that five members of the team were complete unknowns thereby requiring serious repetition of the well-worn question, ‘do you bat or bowl?’

Juggling with an overload of information, the toss was duly lost thereby avoiding the immediate decision of a batting line-up.

Junaid and Walid were given new ball duties and both bowled tightly on a wicket with good bounce, restricting the Vultures’ batsmen to 46-3 from the first 16 overs, with Junaid taking two wickets and Vultures gifting us one with a ridiculous run out.

The change bowlers were Saurab and Danny Randall against whom the opener, Basheer, and Millard, made steady progression, scoring at over 7 an over. Ringing the changes, Guarev replaced Danny to bowl Millard for 43 in his second over with score at 119-4 from 26.

At this point both sides were reasonably optimistic of their chances, Basheer batting well and Fulmer having just broken a big partnership. In an attempt to view all the bowling talents, Rizwan replaced Saurab, but a tally of 31 runs from his first 4 overs wasn’t what the captain really wanted to see. Rizwan, however,  made amends in his last 3 overs removing 2 middle order batsmen for a further 13 runs.

Feeling that the last over was the skipper’s duty, Paul had the opener Basheer adjudged LBW for 91, bowled another and had Ben demolish the stumps to finish a spell with the unlikely figures of 3 wickets for 2 runs.

Vultures had posted a score of 195-9 which, given the unknown quantities within the Fulmer team, looked competitive.

A batting order was concocted over tea which saw Saurab open with Numan. Both struggled initially against the opening attack of Millard and Barrett and were soon trailing the required run rate.

Saurab then began to find his touch so that the first wicket went down at 71 with Numan being adjudged LBW to Vultures’ fourth change bowler. Rizwan came and went cheaply, but Saurab was becoming more confident in his shots and together with Sukhi, who made a quickfire 41*, put on 78 for the third wicket.

One lofted shot, when the game was won, saw Saurab lose his wicket for exactly 100, leaving Sukhi to see us home with 12 (a 7 and a 5!) from 2 balls and with 3.2 overs to spare.

A great victory for Fulmer against the odds and expectations, played in a good spirit throughout. Thanks to Vultures and looking forward to a tight match next year.

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