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Fired up now determined to get fired up!

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Fired up have been something of a damp squib this summer!

The Section II side haven't quite lived up to their name - nor their early expectations.

They defeated Farmers Arms in the opening game but since then have lost every match.

But it is not all gloom and doom for the former Examiner side. They are enjoying their first season at their new base, Golcar, and have produced some good performances despite the string of poor results.

This week's game was a classic example.

Fired Up played host to all-conquering Walkers Arms, who have won every match and are also still in the Emmerson Cup.

Walkers -relegated from the top flight last season -batted first and made 136-9 in their 14 overs. Dave Podger was the man in form, the opener hit 67.

Fired Up's new signing, Sam Wood, was the pick of the bowlers - grabbing a hat trick with two lbw decisions and bowling his third victim in his last over to finish with four for 32.

The Fired Up reply was steady, with skipper Paul Carson (31) pushing the score along nicely.

But some good bowling by Ian Maxwell and Jonathan Gill contained the home side and they finished on 115-9.

Skipper Carson said: "There is an excellent spirit in the dressing room and we are enjoying the games and the facilities at Golcar, who have made us very welcome.

"Some of our performances have been very good even though we have been beaten and I am still hopeful we can put a few results together before the end of the season".

The team have lost the services of Joe Drake through injury but all-rounder Darren Senior has returned after two seasons, with Wood making his debut this summer.

A batsman very much in form this week was Nat West's Karl Rimicans. He was unstoppable in his side's convincing 10-wicket victory over Holmfirth Posties.

Rimicans and Tim Horsfall blitzed their way to a winning tally of 108-0 in just six overs - with Rimicans hitting 91.

"It was an awesome performance," said Nat West skipper Michael Hall. "Tim hardly got a look in as Karl blasted sixes and fours all over the field. He did sky a couple of loose shots but they were hardly chances and it was a very impressive batting display".

Posties had made 105-7 in their 15 overs.

Wyne Jessop (31) and Mick Phillips(25 not out) pushed the score along, while the pick of the Nat West bowlers were Hall (3-15) and Burton (3-25).
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2005
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