Remnants vs. Fitzwilliam College

Tuesday, May 2, 2000
Fitzwilliam College

Remnants (103/7 in 20 six-ball overs)
Fitzwilliam College (97/8 in 20 six-ball overs)
by 6 runs.

Report by Daniel Mortlock:

Pedants be damned: today Remnants officially entered its second millennium. And, appropriately given Geoff's records apparently survived the Y2K problem unscathed, the club also found itself with a web-site after two decades doing just fine without one.

Convening at our Fitzwilliam College home with not a cloud in the sky, we picked up right where we left off last year, with Andy Reid smacking a quick-fire 51 (40 of which came in boundaries). The only problem was that nobody gave him much support, with only Dave Williams (10) and Daniel Mortlock (12 on Remnants debut) getting into double figures as we limped to 103/7 from our 20 (six-ball) overs.

In previous early-season games this sort of total has proved defensible, but Fitzwilliam College raced to 50/0 off just 6 overs, leaving themselves with the trivial task of scoring 54 runs from 84 balls with all 10 wickets in hand. It was, in the words of Hicks from Aliens "game over, man" . . . except that it wasn't, and we staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in the club's history. The architects were Paul Jordan (3/3), Mark Burrows (1/12) and Tony Malik (2/10) who combined to take 6/20 over the next 9 overs. By now Fitz needed 34 from 30 balls and, with only the tail-enders left, we completed a pretty comfortable victory as Daniel (1/10, having surprisingly been trusted to bowl out the last over in his first game) held his nerve in the encroaching darkness.