SJFCC vs COU
2006-07-30. Lost by 5 runs By Chris Williams
An unusual fixture, with the might of the Fishers up against The Corridor of Uncertainty, the team whose fixtures we took over about three years ago. Even more strange was the fact that two key members of the opposition were one Dan Jacobs and one Christie Philips – players who have been known to play the occasional game for us (see previous match reports!). Nonetheless, the game was played in very good spirit and with the biggest crowd ever i.e. double figures!
Captain Boxer won the toss and inserted the oppo, hoping to make early inroads. Unfortunately Dave had no luck whatsoever and Corridor got off to a bit of a flier. Walmsley, at the other end, bowled a miserly spell and finally got one of the openers to spiral one to square leg where Cox took a good catch. In came Dan to join the other opener, Christie. Christie was playing quietly but confidently, obviously aware that he needed a good performance to allay memories of his golden duck in front of his girlfriend for us a couple of weeks ago. Dan continued his good form of late by tonking a few and edging a few until Simon bowled him for 16 when he failed to move his feet (no change there then!). Simon and Bungle followed up Walmsley’s good spell (2-10) with good spells of their own, but in the meantime, Christie started to open up. After reaching 50 in approx 20 overs, he opened up and caused carnage to Sandsy and Matt’s bowling figures, moving from 50 to 100 in 6 overs, finally ending up 110 not out.
Final score was 187 off 30 overs.
So Fishers needed to score at 6 an over to secure a victory. A solid start of 27 by Magnet and Cox was ended when Magnet tried one attacking shot too many (i.e. his first!) and spooned a catch to Christie – who else – at midwicket. Simon then joined Cox and took the score to 73 off only 11 overs before Cox was yorked by Christie. Walmsley joined Simon and they put on 25 mainly by attacking Dan’s bowling – it seemed rude not to! Dan got his revenge by inducing a spiralling catch of his bowling. All the while, Simon played solid and sound innings – technically correct which was completely at odds with everything at the other end. Malc and Dave played a some nice shots but were then bowled, then Dan took his third wicket by persuading Bungle to play around a straight one. Then a collapse ensued, with Matt, Kevin and Arun all being bowled. Simon, who by this time had reached his 50, was left to score 27 off the last three overs with only Sandsy for support.
Gradually, they got closer, but 15 were needed off the final over to win. Simon cracked some more shots, and 9 came off the first 5 balls. This meant we needed 6 to win off the final ball. Simon hit the blow, but Christie – who else – was at deep mid off to take the catch and secure victory for the Corridor.
Man of the match – if Christie had been playing for us, it would have been him, bit award goes to Simon for his excellent innings of 67 plus 1-26 off his 6 overs.