2015 Match reports
Remnants Vs Fen Ditton
Tuesday 7th June
Remnants Vs Fen Ditton
We arrived at Fitz wondering whether lightning could strike twice and see us ‘do the double’ over a Remnants team who would no doubt be looking for revenge following our victory a few weeks ago. Indeed, lightning appeared the least of our worries with severe flooding forecast for parts of Cambridge – as captains tossed, and MVS lost, it was mooted whether we’d get a full game in at all.
Remnants put us in and MVS and Gilo opened up, wondering whether they could repeat Marc and H’s exploits from earlier in the season. Both took their time and notched 4s as their first scoring shots. With the score on 30, Giles chased a ‘wide un’ which could have been left and got a feather through to the sharp Remnants keeper. MVS was joined by H and managed a few agricultural heaves before finally moving his feet, leaving his crease and getting stumped for 30. H took up from where he left off last week, regularly reaching the ropes. He was partnered firstly by Sam (who drew applause for a well hit 4) and, having been run out going for a second, then by Mark Benn. Mark found himself unfortunately bowled for 1 which brought Rob to the crease. Together, they pushed up the run rate, both hitting powerfully and running well. By the time he retired at the end of the 18th over (tactical – ensuring he finished on 113* against Remnants this season) H had hit 7 boundaries for his 40. He was replaced by David who was unlucky to face a decent ball first up and, with Rob retiring on 44 in the 19th (9 fours), Hugh, Jason and Mani (run out – without facing according to the scorebook) finished things off to leave us on 151.
151 was, serendipitously, the score registered by Remnants when they batted first a few weeks back. Would Remnants be able to emulate our chanceless run chase? As we took to the field, the promised rain started to fall and persisted throughout most of the innings. All players did their best to keep the ball as dry as possible but it’s fair to say this had an impact on the consistency of bowling throughout. With Giles behind the sticks, Phil and Hugh opened up and found the Remnants opening pair of Bell and Serby (senior) in confident form. In the context of the match, Phil did well to finish with 0-16 off 3; at the other end, Hugh did his best with what was already a slippery ball. Sam took over from Hugh and bowled a number of very decent balls which, on another day, might have got him the reward he deserved. As so often, it was Mani who made something happen. In his second over, having lulled the batsmen into a false sense of security, he bowled their number 1 bat for 33. As the rain continued to fall, Remnants were keeping up with the rate and, as a bowling unit, we were never able to apply enough consistent pressure to up the asking rate.
It was then though that H executed a great run out from the boundary to give us hope and our optimism increased as David claimed his first wicket for the club. He celebrated appropriately and (following his disappointment with the bat) was in love with the game again. We shuffled the bowling but struggled to make any further breakthroughs as Remnants 4 and 5 moved quickly towards the total, eventually reaching this at the end of the 18th over.
So, honours even against Remnants for this season which is a fair reflection of the two matches. Conditions certainly favoured the batsmen today and all FD players are to be commended for keeping their standards, and more importantly spirits, up in trying conditions.