|Fulmer||184 for 1|
|Fleet Street Strollers||182 for 5|
|Fulmer won by 9 wickets (yes, won! By 9 wickets!)|
Summer finally arrived at KGF and, therefore, having won the toss the FSS skipper had little hesitation in deciding to bat.
Addis and Hodgson made steady progress against tight bowling from both debutant Ash (8-4-17-0) and James (5-1-17-0) but Fulmer found it tough to make the breakthrough.
This came when Hodgson fell to a smart catch by Nige at square leg off the bowling of another debutant Iain (5-0-37-1).
Mark toiled away without finding his rhythm (8-1-37-0) as Addis began to bat with more fluency. The introduction of Jules and young George enabled Fulmer to take a level of control.
Jules finished with (7-0-31-2) and George (7-0-28-2), Catches were taken by young Harry behind the stumps and old Tony at slip.
Fulmer’s out cricket taking a big step forward from generally disappointing displays this year. Addis went on to make 85 and FSS finished their 40 overs on 182-5
Tea provided by the skipper’s wife went down extremely well, after which Tony and Nick set about the task of overcoming the challenging total set by FSS.
Nick continued his recent run of form by timing the ball well from the outset. The FSS bowlers found it difficult to maintain any level of control and Nick, especially, took every opportunity to hit the boundary.
Tony also played with increasing fluency and the partnership got to well over a hundred (143) before Nick mistimed a shot and was caught at point when he was just nine short of his century.
A combination of exhaustion and the need to be showered and ready to leave by 7pm meant a knackered Tony retired after reaching his fifty (51*).
This left Nige (29*) to apply the coup de grace with Fulmer reaching their target in the 34th over.
So for once in what so far has been a challenging season, “reasons to be cheerful”!