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July 1, 2018 Friendly vs Hawks Won by 5 wickets

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Beyond the boundary: The Hawks clubbouse                                                            Photo: Steve Hamilton   


Tea Time
Hospitality Hawk-style: Old Fallopians tuck into a proper tea                                    Photo: Steve Hamilton                        



Played at Highams Park
Report by Hassan Khan

This fixture, arranged at three days' notice by Steve Hamilton, is the first of two games in three weeks at the stunning Hawks ground in Walthamstow.

On a balmy day and a dry wicket, Hawks elected to bat. A powerful batting line up was kept in check through out their 40 overs. Flamboyant West Indian strokeplay was interspersed with the constant clatter of stumps. A strong league side, Hawks were reduced to 90-8, with pace effective on a spinners paradise.

Yusuf bowled superbly and was backed up up by Junaid with John suffocating any serious attempted counterattack, while there was superb kepping from Ammar. The skipper narrowly missed out on a 5 wicket haul, ending up with 4-49 from eight exhausting consecutive overs. Hereafter, a superb rearguard from numbers 9 and 10 took Hawks to a below par 182 all out.

After a sumptuous chicken curry, our openers took on the searing pace of teenager Brandon Lord, who clocked 70-80mph. Thanks to the simplest of dropped catches , our openers, Raj and Vish, reached 48 before Brandon's pace did for Raj.

Zubair played a chanceless knock of 72 and with Vish contributing a gritty 48, and OF dominance was complete. So first blood to us in the two- match series.

Cue celebrations through the night Chez Shaw...

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Hawks 182 (39.3 overs)

A Lord            b Khan         25
M Osman       lbw b Khan          3
S Shovan      lbw b Hussain      11
J Samuels         b Khan         18
L Thomas          not out        37
B Lord            b Khan         13
P Fletcher        run out (Malji) 4
J Stanley         b Majil         4
A Jacob           b Rajender     37
F Gary            b Mohammed      2
J Squib b Rajender ct Gardiwala   0
Extras b 2, lb 2, nb 2, w22:     28
Total                           182

Khan      8-1-49-4
Hussain   3-0-19-1
Malji     5-0-16-1
Saleem    4-0-11-0
Junaid    4-0-13-1
Shaw      7-1-27-0
Hamilton  3-1-13-0
Dubey     3-0-16-0
Rejender  1.3-0-6-2
Gardiwala 1-0-1-0

Old Fallopians 183-5 (31.3 overs)

Raj Rajender     ct Samuels b Lord     25
Vishnu Dubey     ct Gary    b Saqib    48
Ammar Malji      ct Jacob   b Stanley   1
Zubair Gardiwala            b Fletcher 72
Syed Hussain                not out    11
Hassan Khan                 b Saqib     3
Yusuf Malji      dnb
Sohaib Saleem    dnb
Mohammed Junaid  dnb
Vishnu Dubey     dnb
John Shaw        dnb
Steve Hamilton   dnb
Extras b 1, nb 3, w 19: 23
Total 183

B Lord     6-0-34-1
J Samuels  5-0-18-0
J Stanley  8-0-43-1
A Lord     5-0-28-0
J Saqib    5-0-23-2
P Fletcher 1-0-29-1




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