FCC v Woodlands

By | July 12, 2015



Fulmer 177 for 9 off 40 overs
Woodlands 103 for 6 off 19 overs
Match abandoned (boo) due to rain

After a beautiful Saturday sans cricket, it was almost inevitable that Sunday would be cloudy and overcast, that plus it was men’s finals day at Wimbledon guaranteed naff weather.

So it turned out and even while the Fulmerites got on with the pre-match chores there were a few spots of rain in the air. Nevertheless the wicket was in tip-top condition and very firm so Peter, as skipper, went out for the toss, lost and Fulmer were put in to bat with play starting on time (roughly!)

For once the opening pair of Keith and Fish did not have their usual start and only put on 10 before Keith was out for four. Fish went next for 17 which gave Sukhi (31) and Venkat (28) a chance to score a few runs.

Jules top-scored with 33, with valuable contributions from Ben (19) and Peter (17). Phil and Mark did bat (or so it says in the book) and Paul C boosted his average by remaining 8* at the end of the 40 overs, even extras contributed with 20*.

Rain unfortunately did play its part with play suspended after 32 overs for a while and then more significantly after 34.1 overs when it was decided that tea would be taken. Fulmer eventually ending their innings at 4.45.

After a quick turn round an excellent start of 61 for the first wicket gave Woodlands the edge, but the brakes were put on with some good bowling from Mark (5-0-27-1), and Jules (5-0-28-2).

The pick of the bowlers was Paul C with 2 for 17 from his five overs including one off what eventually transpired to be the last ball of the game as the rain well and truly took over. The other overs were shared by Peter and Venkat (who also got the other wicket).

Rain may have thought it was the winner by causing the game to be abandoned at 7.14pm, but cricket really won in a tight game with Woodlands ahead on run rate, but behind on wickets. More importantly a new opposition has been found and Fulmer look forward to making Woodlands a more regular fixture in the future.

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