Another season draws to a close......
The final Saturday fixture away at Plumtree on a glorious September day. A day to enjoy and reflect on the season as we cannot move from our league position of 6th, a position I would have happily taken in April.
With the seconds needing a win to have a chance at claiming the championship in DivG Josh Perry and Nathan Jones are replaced by Ed Akers and Tom ladies man Reilly, Jim Kirkham also returns from feeding the country.
Winning the toss we bowl first on a flat but slightly green pitch, Copey as ever is off to a flyer with some swing and a few nasty short balls, which yield the first wicket, keeper Max Dandy taking an easy catch off the batsman glove.
Laughts keeps it tight from the other end with a nice 7 overs for just 23, very unlucky not to get a wicket.
The luxury of having two classy spinners is a dream for a skipper, Aaman and Ahmed didn't disappoint, once again.
A sharp close catch from Newbs and excellent work from Max, who ended with 3 catchers and 2 stumpings, saw the host all out for 186, only reaching this many with a late flurry from their number 9 hitting a quick fire 43.
Aaman - 16 overs, 5 wickets for 56, Ahmed - 15 overs, 4 wickets for 52
With the league position sorted it was time to give some opportunities. Firstly, a promise kept to Aaman and Copey, usually our 10 and 11, to open the batting if we're safe. And to the lads called up from the 2s, Ed Akers at 4 and Reilly at 3. Aaman played steady, but we lose Copey to a good ball early. Reilly and Ed take us to 66 before falling, Dan Collo and Mani don't trouble the scorers much, only to allow Ahmed and Aaman to continue their allrounder performance takings us past 120,
Soon after, Ahmed is unlucky to be caught, and brings Jimmy Kirkham, Aaman scores what feels like to slowest 50 ever, but still well played and more importantly still not out!
Jimmy is bowled going for a swing after some lovely cut shots, but with Max, Laughts and Newbs in the tail the total should be easily in our sights.
Max starts well with some lovely fours and Aaman gets a little bit of a move on too,
Aaman is bowled for a well played 68, Laughts tries, fails. Newbs and Max to see it home.
Going well and needing just 7 to win from the final two overs, after Max hits a monster six, an odd set of events finish the game,
The opening bowler throws down a beamer at Newbs, who hooks from chest height to be caught deep backward square leg, all players and spectators stop and look to the square leg umpire for the no-ball signal, with no signal the questions is asked 'was it a no-ball sir?' to the amazement of both batsman and the Plumtree lads the umpire says 'No', so FTCC all out 7 runs short, as proper and correct cricketers the umpires decision is final no matter how terrible, we all shake hands and accept the decision. Some you go your way, some don't!
A little shine taken from the day to lose in such a way, however, I am still very happy with finishing in 6th position after promotion.
A huge thank you to everyone who has played this year, you've all played a part in keeping us up no matter how small. It cannot happen without you.
Well done Mani for leading the runs with 372 and Aaman for leading wickets with 35.
Champagne moments -
Aaman and Will Crowder knocking off Baldertons score for our first win.
Jim Kirkham getting Rhys Hayes and Ben Shaw vs Westbrigeford
Laughts and Mani knock off 236 for 2 vs Hucknull
Colin three stumpings vs Cavs
Colin 99*vs Hoveringham
Omar 95* & 5 for vs Cavs
Newbs 75 not out vs Hoveringham
Copeys catch to remove Tim Taylor vs Long Eaton
Dan Collo sledging of Jack Harrison.
A|l to do again next year fellas, get fit and practice in the winter!!!