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August 14, 2017 League vs Technosys Lost by 7 wickets
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Played at Victoria Park.
Report by Hassan Khan (captain)

This was our last midweek league game of 2017 and it immediately took an unexpected twist. Andy Huckle, Tim's designated choice of captain, decided to abdicate. In a scene reminiscent of Aussie Kim Hughes' tearful resignation against an all-powerful West Indies (how times change), I tried in vain to change Andy's mind. Eventually, I agreed to 'do an Allan Border' and take over.

Now to the cricket: my strategy was simple but realistic. Technosys, League and Cup champions of 2016, were heavy favourites. So my priority was to win the toss, bat and score over 100. This would, I understood, eliminate Technosys' chance of winning the League. Also, I didn't want us being hammered for 190-odd in 16 overs.

O.F. master batsman Rav Matharu was in his element, hitting a silky 43, but the surprise package was Andy. He deftly negotiated the bowling to ensure Rav had most of the strike. However, when the latter departed, Andy took the responsibility of getting us to a respectable total. Against arguably the strongest bowling attack in the Victoria Park League, Andy struck a brave and classy 29.

Technosys were brutal in their run chase: 107 from just 7 overs. O.F. can hold their heads up with pride against some tough teams in our first season of Division One cricket. Well done everyone.

Old Fallopians 106-6 (16 overs)

Rav Matharu st Sanga b Miah  43
Andy Huckle          run out 29
Matt Wake            b Habib  6
Hassan Khan c Sanga  b Habib  3
Kafh Hasan           b Jan    4
Ben Howard  c Jan    b Habib  1
Ilyas Mansha         not out  7
Jack Wright          not out  5
Extras                        6
Total                       106

Afzal  2-0-15-0
Jan    3-0-17-1
Naveed 3-0-20-0
Miah   4-0-31-1
Habib  4-0-20-3


Technosys 109-0 (7.2 overs)

Mo Gupta    retired 19
Ajmal Afzal retired 52
M Naveed    not out 26
M Sanga     not out  1
Altaf       dnb
Sohaib Jan  dnb
Rofu Habib  dnb
Iqbal Miah  dnb
Extras              11
Total              109

Matharu 1-0-17-0
Khan    2-0-30-0
Wake    2-0-20-0
????    2.2-0-??-0










 

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