West Wycombe v FCC

By | August 15, 2015

Fulmer 162 all out off 39.4 overs
West Wycombe 206 for 4 off 40 overs
Fulmer lost by 44 runs

James kept up the recent form and won the toss and decided to give Wycombe first use of the wicket.

In spite of some tight bowling from Ali, James, Saurabh and Gourav, no wickets fell until two balls before drinks when Nawaz was well taken off the bowling of Saurabh with the score on 72 off (almost) 20 overs.

Unfortunately this brought Parrett to the wicket and the second half brought some free-scoring play as 134 came from the time after drinks. Thankfully, when Sage got to his 50 he fell and Parrett and Jones hard hitting was curtailed when they were out, so the final score was lower than it could have been.

All the bowlers suffered from the run-fest with only James (with 2-22 from his eight overs) getting away with things. Ali, Gaurav and Suarabh got one wicket each and Del and Paul went wicketless. There were two run outs, one from a throw from the deep by Ali and a direct hit by Nick (having come very close on several occasions). The West Wycombe total of 206 for eight on a slow outfield looked challenging but definitely feasible.

Keith and Nick opened the batting with Nick being unfortunate to make a clean strike of the ball only to pick out the fielder at mid off.

Ali came in at three and hit a typically belligerent 18 before being caught off a top edge. James and Keith put on 44 before both falling with the score on 78. Saurabh fell shortly after, but Katie and Gaurav put on the highest Fulmer stand on the day with 46 runs.

Katie eventually went having scored an excellent 33 (out of the 56 runs scored while she was at the wicket), being just two runs short of her dad’s score. Keith will no doubt rue the day that she batted so long as she broke her bat and will be looking for a replacement!

The match could still have gone either way, but wickets continued to tumble though a last wicket stand of 25 between Del and Paul delayed the inevitable until the fourth ball of the last over. Del was left not out on 18 as Fulmer were all out for 162.

West Wycombe’s winning margin of 44 runs was probably a fair reflection on the balance of power between the two sides on the day and, as ever, the game was played in the excellent spirit expected between these two old combatants. This spirit was definitely on show when the teams retired to the Swan for some post match libation and chit-chat.

Fielding award: Ali and Nick for two run outs

Rebellion moment: Katiie’s highest score for Fulmer

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