After meeting at the moon at 12.30 and leading the team the 'long way' round to Farnborough Road, Rob Turner stepped out to the middle determined to win the toss and avoid the searing heat on a day where the only nearby shelter from the sun was a few trees. Well with another toss lost and the inevitable happening, Fisko took to the field reluctantly but confident. With Fiskos equivalent to Old Faithful (Phil Z) opening the bowling and Turner on the other end, Fisko made a good start, restricting Wollaton to few runs off the first overs, with Z removing the opener for just 5. But with the heat proving too much for Turner (too much pop on Sat night), Wollaton began to play shots and so turned to Jim Scott, hoping for another breakthrough, but alas this did not happen. Phil bowled his overs straight through and returned very respectable figures of 10 - 1 - 23 - 1, and having few proven bowlers available, Wilkinson was called upon. This proved a stroke of genius, with Ian picking up 4 wickets for the day, one being a c & b one handed when the ball was hit straight back at him at Mach 4 speed. On the other end Jim Scott had bowled his overs out with figures of 10 - 3 - 27 - 0, and so with Turner still feeling the effects of Sat night, new lad Liam Theakston was given the ball and instantly brought success with Wollatons number 5 trying to guide the ball down the leg side straight to the sleeping Turner who catches it first with fingers, then with palms and finally with wrists (should have known this was a sign of things to come), Theakston took another wicket during a mixed fortune spell which he finished with figures of 4 - 1 - 26 - 2. Meanwhile Wilkinson was trying desperately to secure his maiden 5 for, but with Fisko looking like they had their hands covered in grease (led by Rob Turner who dropped THREE), Fisko managed to drop in the space of 5 overs, EIGHT catches, four chances being off the unfortunate Wilkinsons bowling who finished his overs with figures of 10 - 1 - 39 - 4, a fantastic MOTM effort in only his second match. Turner made slight amends returning to take a wicket and finish with figures of 6 - 1 - 29 - 1. Wollaton finally finishing on 141 - 7 after 40 overs.
Kev Osbon and Jim Scott strode out to open the batting for a still confident Fisko and got off to a good start, rotating the strike and mounting up the runs at a steady rate.Kev then fell for a respectable 9, having supported Jim nicely. Formoy now joined Scott in the middle and again a partnership started to form and regular boundaries began to be scored. Scott finally fell for 36, and Turner joined Formoy at the crease and afer watching Glenn block out a couple at the other end and after being given instructions to 'Get your foot forward' to the spinner, Turner (0) capped off a fantastic day, going back to the very first ball and being beaten by the spin ( no mistaking that Captain Calamity was well and truly mine now). Foulky now goes out to make amends and after giving a perfect example of 'Getting your foot forward' off his first ball, began to get the run rate flowing again. Eventually Formoy (27) falls, giving point the easiest catch he will ever have and soon after Phil Z (1), Dave Foulkes with a well played innings for 17. Second new lad Trev Theakston and Steve Milner try to continue the innings and at one point looked like they could go all the way and finish the job. But Milner fell for 12 and Theakston for 11, leaving Kyle Barker (6 n.o) and Wilkinson needing 6 runs off the last 5 balls, but Wilkinson fell first ball and it was down to the 2 youngest members of the team (both 15 yrs old) to hit 6 runs off 4 balls, with a valiant effort they struck 3 runs off some very accurate death bowling from a young lad not much older than themselves, but with the final ball of the innings Liam Theakston (1) fell and Fisko were bowled out for 139, 3 runs short of victory!!
A great effort lads!!