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April 9, 2019 Friendly vs South Loughton Lost by 9 wickets

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Dubey and Nisar
Calm before the storm: (L-R) Old Fallopians openers v South Loughton, Vishnu Dubey and Ahmed Nisar



Played at Roding Valley Recreation Ground
Report by Hassan Khan

This inaugural 2019 Sunday fixture was played in wintry April showers on a green wicket.

I lost the toss and, predictably, O.F were put into bat. Openers Vishnu and Ahmed, an O.F debutant, couldn't handle the prodigious swing. At 6 for 2 wickets, I joined Jack to face good swing bowling on a wicket offering both movement and unpredictable bounce. Jack played superbly and our left-hand right -hand combination did upset the bowlers' line.

Once the SLCC opening bowlers were finished, our relief quickly turned to dismay - their change seamers were quicker and extracted more bounce as well as swing. With rain now beating down and wind exaggerating lateral movement, Jack continued the fight.

6 for 2 became 76 for 3 when he was caught behind off a ball too close to cut for a brave 43. Hereafter, our innings lacked impetus but we still fought hard. The tail wagged to take us to 146 all out.

Early wickets were needed for O.F and in the second ball, an in-swinger did crash into the stumps. 0 for 1 wicket and SLCC were under pressure.

Sadly, our jubilation was short lived as two key factors turned against OFCC. The SLCC skipper was dropped and they would have been 10 for 2. Secondly, the weather improved so runs became easier to score.

Three further dropped chances at vital times gifted SLCC a comfortable nine-wicket win. So congratulations to SLCC but many positives for us against a Herts & Essex League side in tough playing conditions.


Usual suspects
The usual suspects: (L-R) Hassan Khan, Steve Hamilton, Vishnu Dubey, John Shaw

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Old Fallopians 146-10 (36.3 overs)
Vishnu Dubey              b Foulser  4
Ahmed Nisar               b Foulser  0
Jack Turner    c Hussian  b Hill    43
Hassan Khan    run out              20
Sam Clough     run out               2
Suhaib Aslam   run out               5
Israr Khalil   c Chughtai b Battle   5
Yusuf Malji    c Hussian  b Maddy    9
Steve Hamilton            b Battle   4
Ashraf Ahmed              b Maddy    8
John Shaw      not out               2
Extras(w 19, b 11, lb 1, nb 1)      32
Total                              146

D Smith   6-3-11-0
Foulser   8-1-40-2
Hill      6-0-22-1
Jan       6-2-19-0
Battle    7-1-20-2
Maddy   4.3-1-12-2

South Loughton 147-1 (20.2 overs)
A Hussian   b Khan 0
Den       not out 96
C Ahmed   not out 40
Extras(w 8, lb 3) 11
Total 147

Hassan Khan     8-2-38-1
Yusuf Malji     5-0-27-0
Ashraf Ahmed    2-0-25-0
Ahmed Nisar     1-0-20-0
Suhaib Aslam    2-0-12-0
Steve Hamilton  1-0-14-0
Israr Khalil    1-0-15-0
Vishnu Dubey  0.2-0-3-0


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