FCC v Woodlands

By | August 1, 2015

Fulmer 182 for 4 off 40 overs
Woodlands 189 for 4 off 35.2 overs
Woodlands won by six wickets

Tony did his usual excellent job and won the toss and decided to bat first, no doubt spurred on by the return of Del as the powerhouse in the batting order.

Embracing Fulmer’s mix-and-match policy the openers for today’s game were Will and Jules. They started brightly with 30 runs off eight overs of tight bowling, before a Keystone Kops moment meant that Jules was run out by half the length of the wicket.

Saurabh, at three, didn’t hang around too long, though he was well taken in the deep. Thankfully, this brought Tony and Will together who put on the substantial amount of 127 runs (believed to be Fulmer’s biggest stand so far in 2015) in 24 overs before Tony fell for a jug-avoiding 47.

David batted briefly before being caught, bringing Del to the wicket for his first innings since September 2014. In the middle of such momentous events Will and one of the Woodlands fielders collided and Will had to resort to having a runner.

Del’s valiant effort came to an end when attempting a Usain Bolt-style second run and he had to retire hurt (pride mainly). Peter strived to give Will as much of the strike as possible in the last over, but it proved to be just too difficult and Will was stranded on 99* (an even bigger jug avoiding performance).

Ben, Paul C, Paul W and Armando were not required to bat, although Armando contributed significantly to the Fulmer innings by keeping the new scorebook in immaculate condition. The Fulmer total of 182 for 4 from their 40 overs looked as if it could be competitive.

Tansy tea having been consumed, Fulmer went to see how their bowlers would fare, bearing in mind that Will was not able to bowl or field, but was replaced by substitute William Whelan. He did an excellent job, despite being hampered by a pair of cricket trousers borrowed from Jules that were far too long!

Saurabh got an early breakthrough with opener Mancz being well caught by Whelan senior with the ball coming out of the sun, but Watters and other opener A Joanides put on 97 for the second wicket before Loanides went for a well-crafted and well hit 70, being excellently taken on the boundary by Saurabh off Paul C.

It didn’t matter how Tony juggled his bowlers, the major breakthrough needed wouldn’t come. Peter got one wicket and Saurabh another but King and Wade saw Woodlands over the finish line with an unbroken stand of 67 reaching the target for the loss of four wickets. Jules, David, Del and Paul W were the other bowlers used, who all went unrewarded.

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