Played at Orsett, Essex
Report by Steve Hamilton
History in the making with two fixtures taking place on the same
day! (See Oakfield Parkonians report
Old Fallopians 2nd XI played at a delightful location
in Thurrock and things couldn't of gone any better with glorious
sunshine and temperatures reaching 26C. With four debutants hungry
to show off their skills and some old regulars returning, I had a
good feeling in my bones about this game.
I lost the toss and
Orsett and Thurrock elected to bat. We had Azaz Kahlil back with his
usual competitive nature and no-nonsense approach to the game. He
was on fire right from the start, bowling unplayable deliveries, and
taking two early wickets with a double wicket maiden.
well supported by Syed Hussain, our fast leftie, who took a wicket
with his forth ball and only went for five runs off his four overs.
His lighting pace frequently resulted in massive puffs of dust
coming off the batting crease!
Gopendra Mishra made his debut
bowling controlled leg spin andf rom the other end we had young
Jacob Freedland. With his 80s Bob Willis shaggy perm, Freedland
bowled an exceptional spell that resulted in 3 for 24 off 5.4 overs.
Each wicket was a carbon copy of the previous wicket, feathering the
outside edge of the bat each time and with keeper Kafh Hasan
catching them nonchalantly.
Next up was debutant Faisal
Miah, another leg spinner who definitely had something about him. My
intuition was proved right as he took a wicket with his first ball
and another wicket from his third over. Next myself and Matt Wake
came on as I decided to turn my golden arm and I also took a wicket
with my first ball - surprise, surprise!
Samsuddin took out the rock solid Harries for 51 with an unplayable
delivery and finished off with a wicket maiden with the home team
all out 113.
During the interval there were some lovely teas
and a nice cold beer - only the one though - that's the truth
the whole truth and nothing but the truth!
Chasing 114 down
seemed to be quite a simple task, with the man who lets his batting
do the talking - another debutant Mahbub Ahsan. With meaty blows,
stylish drives and cuts he reached 50 in no time, including three 6s
and seven 4s, before retiring to allow his good friend Tipu
Samsuddin to almost get us home - hitting six consecutive 4s!
We than lost a couple cheap wickets until Azaz finally got us
over the winning line with a beautiful reverse sweep for four, which
a certain other top order batsman failed to master all day!
Overall a very successful day. Well played Old Fallopians.
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