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May 19, 2019 Friendly vs North London Infernos Lost by 4 wickets

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Grey clouds before North London Infernos
Cloudy omens before the match: An Old Fallopian (Vishnu Dubey or is it Umair Shahzad?) practice at the ground in Finchley before the match starts  



Played at Old Finchleians Memorial Ground
Report by Steve Hamilton

This was another new fixture this season for the Old Fallopians, played against North London Infernos on a jagged lopsided ground with big boundaries and uncut grass - it definitely wasn't going to be a 225/250 game!

The Infernos won the toss and decided to put us in to bat. We looked solid at 71 for 1 off 15 overs. However, our run rate never really got going and always remained around 5.5 an over.

Vishnu and Gaurav both continued their early season form with style and the calm temperament needed to set the key early platform at the start of a innings, scoring 28 and 36 respectively.

We had a mini-collapse and found ourselves on 101 for 4 after 20 overs. Kafh and Azaz put on 46 and it was only Kafh who was finding the boundary with ease, with two massive sixes and three fours for a quick fire 29 to help us reach a competitive total of 182 off 35 overs.

Umair and Syed opened the bowling for us with control and a precise accuracy forcing the Inferno openers to struggle early on, scraping only 26 from the first nine overs.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we slipped to 10 men after 12 overs. With a replacement wicket keeper and more gaps in the field, runs become much easier for the opposition.

Naveen came on with his unpredictable pace and clean bowled their opening batsman (John C) for 17 and was well supported by Asad who bowled a superb spell of seven overs with figures of 2-16. He first took the wicket of Muhammad for 10, who smashed the ball to mid off almost taking Suhaib's head off and taking a spectacular catch with his bucket hands in front of his face!

At drinks the match was in the balance with the Infernos on 91 for 2 from 18 overs.

Despite Asad taking out key Inferno batsman Rory for 53, plum LBW from a full-ball yorker, the match was turning in the opposition's favour. With 13 overs to go, the Infernos only needed 61 or 4.6 an over, and had wickets in hand.

Umair came back on and gave us hope by taking two quick wickets. First on the block was Ben Howard, dismissed for 23 after smashing the ball into the hands of Naveen, scooping up the ball in a breathtaking catch low to the ground at mid off. Then Skekel fell, trapped by Umair leg before for a duck. Umair ended his seven-over masterclass of swing bowling with figures of 2-17.

Gaurav got lucky and bowled a full toss that hit the bails and got the wicket of (Mark) for 0 for a golden duck.

We thought long and hard to made it a close encounter but in the end the Infernos were always slightly ahead of the game and scrambled home with eight balls to spare.

It was a well fought battle between two equally matched teams.

A return fixture maybe on the cards for next season?

Old Fallopians on the border
Old Fallopians on the boundary: (L-R) Naveen Kumar, Suhaib Aslam, Gaurav Prabhu, Umair Shahzad, Asad Mushtaq

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Old Fallopians 182-7 (35 overs)

Asad Mushtaq  ct Ben    b Kartik   18
Vishnu Dubey  st keeper b Shakel   28
Gaurav Prabhu ct ?      b George   36
Umair Shahzad ct ?      b George    9
Azaz Kahlil             b Mohammed 11
Kafh Hasan              b Mohammed 29
Naveen Kumar  ct Kartik b Mohammed  7
Suhaib Aslam  not out               8
Syed Hussian  not out              10
Extras (w 15, lb 2, b 1, nb 1)     19
Total                             182 

Kartik   7-0-36-1
Tamoor   6-0-23-0
Mohammed 7-0-31-3
Johnny   2-0-13-0
Shakel   2-0-19-1
George   7-0-42-2
Michael  4-0-18-0

North London Infernos 185-6 (33.4 overs)

John              b Kumar   17
Rory     lbw      b Mushtaq 53
Johnny   not out            41
Mohammed ct Aslam b Mushtaq 10
Ben      ct Kumar b Shahzad 23
Mark              b Prabhu   0
Shekel   lbw      b Shahzad  0
George   not out             5
Extras (w 15, b 14, lb 7)   36
Total                      185

Umair Shahzad 7-1-17-2
Syed Hussian  7-0-28-0
Naveen Kumar  5.4-0-36-1
Suhaib Aslam  2-0-18-0
Asad Mushtaq  7-0-16-2
Gaurav Prabhu 3-0-15-1
Azaz Kahlil   2-0-9-0


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