FCC v Whitchurch CC

By | June 11, 2016

Fulmer CC 124 for 6
Whitchurch CC 127 for 3
Fulmer lost by 7 wickets

A combination of eleventh hour withdrawals and non-adherence to the well advertised 1pm start time meant that, at the appointed time, Fulmer resources stood at just 4.

Your embarrassed and frustrated correspondent and skipper’s mood having spent most of the last 2 hours making sure Teas and the Pavilion were ready and a lot of late Friday in email traffic trying to find players was darkened further by watching a fully changed opposition warming up on the outfield.

Honourable mention and grateful thanks to Keith and Mark for spreading the load.

Paul was as usual heroic in spending all morning in pitch preparation including getting a complete drenching. We are extremely lucky to have someone of his calibre and commitment to make our ground conditions the envy of our opposition.

I know that a lot of clubs are struggling with membership and availabilities but even so our early season report is surely “must do better”.

OK, moan over… The cavalry progressively arrived, aided by Keith levering his mate Graham from an afternoon in front of the TV and Dan asking his rugby playing mate Chris to play.

Great credit here goes to Whitchurch skipper Nick who recognising our numbers were initially stretched, kindly offered that we bat first, terrific sporting gesture.

Keith and Mark got things underway, and against a tight opening bowling attack got the score to 27 before Keith was out for 15 caught at deep mid on trying to repeat his earlier drive down the ground.

Mark (2) fell LBW in the next over with the score still on 27. This meant that young George Field joined Tony at the crease with some rebuilding needed.

George batted with impressive technique and looked assured. A partnership of 58 after a steady start was gathering momentum nicely when it was broken by Grogan at short fine leg catching a full blooded pull from Tony, out for 38. Jules joined George who shortly after was out for a promising 24.

Danny came next and he and Jules did their best to push on, Jules falling to the penultimate ball for 13, leaving Graham with the thankless task of facing the last ball which accounted for him! Danny left with 8 Not Out.

After a much enjoyed skippers wife’s Tea, Whitchurch set about their task of surpassing Fulmer’s modest total.

Mark opened the bowling and without looking too threatening, bowled with his customary accuracy and completed his 7 over spell going for just 21 runs.

George opened from the other end, and in his first over surprised Leach with a quicker delivery which was well held by debutant Chris at fine leg, so at 8-1 Fulmer had a glimmer of hope.

Some boundary hitting from Stuard and steady accumulation from Grogan took the score to 45 before young Harry stumped Stuard 21 off the bowling of Jules who took 1-15 in his 4 overs.

Deadfield joined Brogan and was soon hitting the ball hard, being particularly harsh on Colly whose earlier exertions may well have taken their toll, his 2 overs costing 27.

The third wicket to fall at 105 was Deadfield 47 superbly caught by George at deep mid wicket off the bowling of Graham who along with Danny did their best to halt Whitchurch’s progress toward victory.

Stacker 18 not out joined Brogan 17 not out and they comfortably reached the target off the last ball of the 25th over. Graham, 4 overs 1-12, was probably pick of the bowlers and Dan, 4 overs for 21, showed promise of what he could be capable of if he practiced and bowled a bit more.

So a pretty easy win for our very sociable Whitchurch opponents who stayed for a drink before departing to see how Woy’s boys fared against Russia  Euro 2016.

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