Detail: 09-05-2010 - Fitch

Result: L by 7 wkts

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Tom Rooke
Michael Corcoran
Richard Mullet
Tom Jordan
Zubair Ahmed
Tim Corcoran
Jeremy Way
Gary Cullinan
Sam Selleck
Rob Baldwin

Blues - 124 (Rooke 39). Fitch - 125/1. Lost by 9 wkts

The Blues headed to Imber Court for their annual fixture with Fitch CC keen to secure the club's first win of the season. After losing the toss The Blues were put in to bat in a 35 over game on what looked an excellent wicket (the match back on the first team pitch after a two year absence).

Despite an excellent spell by the Fitch opening bowlers, the Blues got off to a strong start, with Jordan and Baldwin making hay on what was a bitterly cold day. Despite losing Baldwin to a good swinging delivery, The Blues continued aggressively and were 60-1 after 10 overs, with both Jordan and Rooke playing responsibly yet aggressively and the Fitch fielders beginning to look a little concerned.

A mistimed pull-shot from Jordan however saw the collapse start, and whilst Mullet offer brave support to Rooke, soon Fitch were into The Blues tail. Successive batsmen joined Rooke at the crease with the same instructions - "Tell Rooke no big shots as he needs to score 70 otherwise we're in trouble" - but when Rooke holed out for 40 (his first aerial shot of the day falling to a great catch in the deep) Corcoran M's face turned to thunder.

Cheap wickets continued to fall with Way's promising innings ended by a great catch, Corcoran Snr. missing a straight one, Selleck coming and going quickly, but not as quickly as Zubair at no.9! When Corcoran M, no.10 and skip for the day joined Cullinan at the crease as the last pair with the score 110-8 (it was a 10-aside game) it was clear that the wicket was a good one, and a score of at least 200 was needed to prevent what was looking like a potential rout.

Despite some pretty friendly bowling Corcoran M Contrived to hit a floated full-toss straight to mid-wicket, where Fitch held another excellent catch and The Blues were all out for 124 - well short of a competitive score.

Corcoran M rallied the troops over tea, save that Mullet had been locked in the changing rooms - some 800m away - by the opposition. It's fair to say he wasn't happy.

Despite Rooke charging in (very unlucky not to get more reward for an excellent 8-over spell in which several edges fell short or flew through or just wide of the slips and gulley) and Mullet bowling a tight spell at the other end, the Blues simply did not have enough runs on the board. Mullet took one wicket (clean bowled) but the remaining opener and the excellent Kiwi no.3 easily scored the runs to secure Fitch a resounding victory. "At least they scored them quickly" was all the Skipper could offer - putting the team out of its misery early in the afternoon and in time for a couple of drinks in the bar."


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