FCC v Checkendon CC

By | June 5, 2016

Fulmer CC 134 all out
Checkendon CC 140 for 5
Fulmer lost by 5 wickets

The day started well when Peter won the toss and decided to bat. It looked like a good decision as Mani (17) and Will (33) set about building a total from the off, hitting 38 off 6 overs.

However after Mani was unlucky to be given lbw, Peter produced a golden duck (a good yorker clipping off stump) and Simon lasted a few balls before also being caught for a duck.

Suman (38) batted very comfortably and improved his run calling, after some tutoring from one of the umpires.

Will departed after a very useful innings and Sandeep (5) joined Suman. He looked on top of the bowling until he stepped well down the wicket, missed and was crisply stumped by their wicketkeeper/captain. The keeper looked a class above what we normally see at this level of cricket.

Tony (15), having arrived to make up our 11, strode confidently to the wicket. After getting the feel and pace of the wicket he settled in with Suman and they looked as if they might build a defendable total. After 54 useful runs Tony was out caught and this spelt the start of a quick end with Ravi (1), David T (8), Danny (0) out cheaply leaving Armando stranded again on 0 not out.

After a tasty tea it was our turn to try and get early wickets to put Checkendon under pressure.

Will (1/27) took the second opportunity of a caught and bowled of one of the openers so we were on the way. Warren, however, (59) had other ideas and with his partner somehow keeping the ball from hitting the stumps or his pads dead in front, runs piled up.

David T (2/27) bowled tightly and without a lot of luck and was well supported by Mani (2/28). Ravi (1/22) was not his dangerous self. Simon (0/11 off 5 overs) bowled some useful balls and was unlucky not to have the skipper bowled when the ball nipped back off the pitch and just missed leg stump. Peter (1/19) brought himself on towards the end to see if he could remove the dangerous skipper. Two keeper/slip catches went down but it was all a bit late.

The match was played in a great spirit and a closer contest would have occurred “IF” we had 40 more runs on the board.

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