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Evening League Match Report

Fisko Team
Opposition   Thurgarton
Mike Rees

Jim Kirkham

Ed Akers

Richard Robson

Rob Turner

Phil Zdanowski

Luca Tricarico

Stephen Milner

Ian Wilkinson

Ben Carr

Stephen Holt

Date   20/05/2009
Location   Away
Result   Won
The Toss   Lost
Fiskerton   88  for  7
Opposition   87  for  9
Points   4
Man of Match   Mike Rees
Cpt Calamity   Luca Tricarico
Match Report  

Well, having arrived at Thurgaton just after a heavy downpour it seemed the weather had turned and we might get a game after all. When the covers were removed it was a hard, dry pitch and....i thought....good to bat on. So of course i lost the toss and we were put in to field! Luca Tricarico took the new(ish) ball and put in a good first over with a very fast edge going over Phil Z at first slip (definatley a drop!). Stephen Holt had the second over and after some inital problems finding his line he got the first wicket with a stumping off a wide ball! (Doesnt matter how they come though Steve!!) He also got the next breakthrough in his second over with a ball that looked like it had gone down leg but actually just tickled the leg stump. Steve bowled straight through and finished with 2 for 11. Well Bowled Steve! T

Then the rain set we've played through drizzle and light showers before but never Monsoon season! Rob Turner replaced Luca and got a wicket with his first ball caught at Mid off by Akers (what a great bit of captaincy!) And after what can only be described as a couple of "Attempted bouncers" Rob was given a blow after 2 overs finishing with 1 for 11. Jim Kirkham bowled 2 overs without success finishing with 0 for 12. With the rain in mind i thought it was time to turn to our Polish Pro and i knew it was the right decision when he told me 'i cant bloody see a thing'(Nothing new there then!). The rain on his glasses probably did us a favour as he took 2 wickets in his 2 overs, both bowled, finishing with 2 for 12. There were 2 run outs, 1 from the 'mighty' arm of Phil Z (that doesnt sound quite right does it?!) and one from Luca with a good throw from Ian Wilkinson. Luca finished off the innings with 2 wickets 1 caught by Akers in the covers and 1 bowled. Luca's figures 2 for 31.

With a pitch more like a mud bath and with the sight of Robbo confidently striding out bat, Mike Rees and Jim Kirkham hurridly put their pads on knowing it wouldnt be long! And after a lovely early square cut for 4 Robbo chopped on to his stumps for 6. Ben Carr also fell early for 0 being stumped after walking outside his crease. Jim Kirkham who only last night told me 'i feel some runs coming tomorrow' was quickly back in the pavillion for 2. So i thought a Captains innings was in order........and roughly 8 balls later i was back in the hutch to put the kettle on for 1.

Enter Rob Turner and Mike Rees. At this point we were 25 for 4 and this pair put on a good partnership, with Mike playing his usual shots and Rob playing sensibly for his runs. Mike had a lucky escape on 28 after a high shot was pushed over the boundary off for 6. Rob eventially fell for for 19, enter Phil Z to bring the match home. 2 balls later Luca was striding out to the crease, and very soon after Mike Rees was run out for a MOTM 42. So with the game as tight as Jim Kirkham's wallet it came down to 3 runs needed off 3 balls. With a cool head Luca hit the winning runs with one ball to spare after Steve Milner had the odd swing and a miss!

Captain Calamity goes to Luca simply because he got in the way off a Mike Rees shot which would have gone for 4 and won the game with an over to spare! Well Done all, a great win.

Report by   Ed Akers
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