Widmer End St. Margaret’s CC vs FCC

By | April 24, 2016

Widmer End 85 all out off less than 40 overs
Fulmer CC 88 for 2 also off less than 40 overs
Fulmer won by 8 wickets

So the mighty Fulmer machine made their way over to Widmer End, the scene of a low scoring thriller in 2015, in conditions that would be similar to that which faced Scott of the Antarctic in his final moments.

Captain King decided that Heads was the way to go and sure enough won the early encounter and, therefore, chose to put the opposition into bat on a tricky, sloping pitch.

Widmer End started slowly with the run rate hovering around 1.4 for the first 10 overs courtesy of some tight bowling from Mani, J. King, Sandeep and new boy Simon Ward.

A series of quick yorkers from James King dispatched two Widmerians in quick succession, while a steam train of a delivery from Sandeep ground Widmer to a halt. But they battled back through their opening batsman but even he was halted eventually by Sandeep.

Widmer then gained a head of steam and significantly increased their run rate but were again derailed by quick wickets from Ravi and Paul Colloff. They were eventually skittled for 87 inside the 40 overs. King bagged four, Colloff three, Sandeep two, and Ravi one, and although Ward and Mani ended wicketless, they were tight and tidy.

Both teams downed tools for a very hearty match tea including pork pies with pickle on top!

Fulmer sent out two seasoned veterans of the cricketing world, in Prash Kumar and Keith Gibson, to face the opening salvos of Widmer’s bowling, whilst the rest of the team huddled for warmth in the pavilion.

Keith and Prash faced some very tight bowling and the pressure told with two quick wickets, leaving Fulmer 1 for 2 (I will leave you to guess who got the duck!). Widmer’s opening bowler ending with figures of five overs bowled five maidens and one wicket!

Many were thinking we could be in for a replay of last season but, after some initially cautious batting from Sukhi and Sri while the opening bowlers continued, once they exited stage left, began bludgeoning the balls to all corners.

Some swashbuckling play meant that Sukhi and Sri, who scored 43 and 36 respectively, triumphantly guided Fulmer over the finish line to deliver the first win of the season from the very first game.

Men of the Match: Sri and Sukhi – measured in their re-building of the innings then turned on the style to bring it home!

Rebellion Moment of the Match: Sandeep’s diving catch.

From a chipped shot, it appeared that the ball would land in the middle of three on-rushing players. But at the last second, Sandeep dived forwards and the ball stuck. Top notch athleticism!

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