|Golden Age||158 for 6|
|Fulmer||157 for 5|
|Fulmer lost by 4 wickets|
After a magical mystery tour by Fixture Secretary Pete, we somehow managed to end up quickly renewing rivalry with opponents Golden Age. Nigel kept the mystery tour going by driving past the ground and most of Chiswick before arriving at King’s House Sports Ground.
The lengthy trip to Pitch B provided a stern test for many, including sole supporter Del whose face by this time was deep purple and your correspondent cannot repeat his comments on arrival for fear of legal action!
Tony won the toss and elected to bat. Mark and Keith opened the innings with Mark soon perishing LBW for just a single.
Nige joined Keith and controversy soon followed! They embarked on a risky single and Nige thinking he was out (he was from my view at square leg) kept on running. Specsavers Simon, however, adjudged as Not Out and a mildly embarrassed but no doubt grateful Nige returned to the fray. Great credit must go to our opponents who took this setback in good part.
Fulmer took the score to 56 before Keith (23) was stumped just as he was getting going. A returning Ali was next but soon perished to a mistimed drive off Taylor.
Young George joined his Dad and they steadily accumulated runs somewhat inhibited by a slowish outfield with George once again showing good technique. Their 60 run partnership was broken when George was out caught behind off Dinesh for (28).
Manan came to the crease and immediately tried to accelerate matters. This also prompted Nige (81*) to push on and 14 was taken off the last over. Manan (8) unselfishly perishing going for a third run off the very last ball.
So the Fulmer innings closed on 157-4 , a respectable of not spectacular score off the 40 overs.
Del booked a cab for the return trip to the Pavilion for a Tea which suffered by comparison to that on offer at our home at KGF .
After Tea, Fulmer made early inroads into the Golden Age batting with Mark finding both rhythm and accuracy dismissing the top 5 batsmen relatively cheaply taking 5-28 off his 8 overs.
George atoned for an earlier chance by taking a real steepler at long on, so at this point Fulmer looked to be in control.
This brought Dinesh to the crease and Fulmer’s later bowlers found it hard to deliver a knockout blow or contain Dinesh (69*) who proceeded to take the game away from Fulmer batting with increasing fluency.
Golden Age easily reached their target in the 33rd over. The season-long problem of dropped catches blighted our chances somewhat but having said that the better side on the day won.
A special mention for our 12 year old keeper, Harry Field, who continues to improve, keeping well and taking two smart catches.
We joined our opponents in the bar and they were kind enough to buy us a jug – they even allowed Simon and Nige to have a drink! With the score standing at one win each we look forward to renewing rivalries with them next year.