Played at Victoria Park. Report by Tim Castle
- Overcast evening that turned to drizzle/rain towards end of Sky
innings and continued through most of the OF innings.
adversely affected the OF innings as the outfield became very slow,
on the already huge boundaries of pitch 3.
- Despite a change of
ball early in the OF innings - which immediately brought a boundary
from Rich Hay - the ball was damp, heavy and slow for the OF
- Sky started with a lot of swishing strokes that
sent the ball high in the air - twice landing between fielders and
once slipping through bowler Charlie Miller's hands. But he got a
second chance later and caught Hafeez of Jonathan Stebbins' bowling.
Sky powered to 95 off eight overs at the half way stage of their
innings, but then slowed down after Stebbins took two wickets in the
- Stebbins picked up two more wickets with his
pinpoint fast deliveries off a two-pace walking run-up. Azaz Khalil
added a second scalp after his third over wicket.
Wright finished off the Sky innings in the 15th over, bowling the
returning half-centurion Safraz for 54 after tricking him with three
wides down the off side.
- With a team capable of
batting all the way down to the tail, OF skipper Sam Shahid was
spoilt for choice in his batting line-up. Debutant Rich Hay set the
pace, ably supported by Miller to an opening partnership of 58
before Hay was bowled in the seventh over by Shabeer for 33.
Things were ticking over, though mainly in singles or twos, until
the 11th over when Shabeer struck three times, removing Miller (30),
Farhad Waqar (10) and Khalil, trapped LBW facing his first ball.
The loss of Khalil was a serious blow, as he had scored 171 against
Woodford Green the week before. He may have been distracted from his
normal dead-eye accuracy by wearing a helmet at the crease for the
- Despite the efforts of Sam Shahid (retired,
23), Hassan Khan (not out 8) and Wright (not out 2), the dark and
damp conditions made the boundary impossible to reach and we closed
our 16 overs some 24 runs short of the target.
retrospect, as well as the weather, the other key difference between
the sides was extras - we bowled 23 wides compared to Sky's 10.
But honour was very much maintained - we bowled out Sky within their
allocated innings and came close to the required score with three
wickets in hand.
Sky won toss and chose to bat
Sky 144 all out (15.3 overs)
b Khalil 7
b Stebbins 27
b Wright 54
Hay (keeper) b Stebbins 0
Miller b Stebbins 9
Shabeer not out
b Stebbins 5
b Khalil 6
Extras W 23, nb 1, lb 1
FOW 1-28 (Noz), 2-95 (Aleem), 3-99 (Haris),
4-112 (Hafeez), 5-122 (Asif), 6-135 (Asif B), 7-144 (Safraz)
Old Fallopians 119-4 (16 overs)
b Shabeer 33
b Shabeer 30
Farhad Waqar st keeper b Shabeer
Azaz Khalil lbw
b Shanbeer 0
Jack Wright not out
Jonathan Stebbins dnb
Extras W 10, NB 1, B 4, LB
FOW 1-58 (Hay), 2-81 (Miller), 3-84 (Waqar), 4-84
Asif B 4-0-26-0