|Fulmer||241 for 6|
|Hawridge & Cholesbury||125 for 2|
|Fulmer won by 116 runs (get in!)|
Chasing another win in this season of disappointments, we welcomed regular opponents, and typist’s nightmare, Hawridge & Cholesbury to King George’s Field.
Fulmer were inserted by opposing skipper Digger so Will and especially Mani set about the task of opening the innings with confidence and great stroke play.
Mani batted really well before being caught at long on for 59. Ali joined Will (40) and raced onto 30 before being bowled – another innings full of promise but not reaching the heights we all hope for.
Jamie, playing his first game for a long time, by his own admission felt a bit rusty and went for 10, so at the start of the 33rd over at 148-4 the innings was in danger of seriously underachieving.
The arrival of Faisal at the crease soon changed all that! Your correspondent’s hopes weren’t that high having been told by season ticket holder Del that Faizal had been out for a duck the last time he batted.
Some truly memorable hitting followed including 8 fours and 4 sixes which meant he reached his 50 in just 13 scoring shots! Eventually he went for 60 caught at deep mid wicket trying for yet another car park threatening hit.
This changed the whole complexion of the innings with Fulmer finishing on 241-6 off their 40 overs. Andy playing against his old side made 18.
After tea, White and Cath opened the innings for H&C with White showing good intent and reaching 35 in good time in search of matching the Fulmer total. This despite nearly being felled by a blow to the head from a run out attempt by James.
He was caught at long on by Murali off of Will’s bowling (8-1-30-1) Suman bowled tidily from the other end (7-1-21-0). After White’s departure and admittedly against some tight bowling H&C made little or no attempt to raise the run rate.
Faizal completed a great all round performance (8-3-7-1) and Mani also bowled tidily (6-0-14-0). Ali, Murali, Andy and Armando completed the bowling duties, all bowling well but wicketless.
This meant that H&C despite only losing two wickets reached just 125 off their 40 overs with Cath on 54 and Rutt on 30.
So a welcome win for Fulmer continuing a much needed slight upturn in form in recent weeks in what has been a very challenging season.