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June 19, 2019 2nd VIII vs L&Q Living Lost by 9 runs
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They lost to L&Q Living
A crescent of cricketers: (L-R) Philip Barrass, Jack Turner, Matt Wake, Ilyas Mansha, Jack Holmes, Ollie Gold,
Vishnu Dubey, Hassan Khan                                                                           Photo: Steve Hamilton                      

 

Played at Victoria Park, pitch 3
Report by Hassan Khan (captain)

L&Q Living, synonymous with housing, performed a demolition job on the Fallopians 2nd VIII in a match reduced to 14 overs per side.

On a cloudy day I lost my second consecutive toss and we were, unsurprisingly, fielding first. Opener Waqar, perhaps more appropriately 'wacker,' made his intentions clear. His strokeplay, though reminiscent of a man being attacked by a swarm of bees, started the demolition of our bowling and was, unfortunately, dropped three times off my bowling, including twice in one over! (Luckily, Hassan is being very reasonable about this and not naming any names! - TC)

Nevertheless, Philip Barrass continued his excellent form with the ball and was well supported by Jack Holmes and the 'ultra-motion dippers' of Ilyas Mansha, in addition to some excellent glove work from Jack Turner.

L&Q were contained at 61-1 after 8 overs thanks to a great yorker from Barrass. However, lusty hitting in the last 6 overs, aided once again by a dropped catch, took them to a competitive 121 from 14 overs.

Our openers Matt Wake and Ollie Gold provided another winning platform until Wake was bowled. Gold continued the fight with some stunning strokeplay, including thunderous Greenidgesque square cuts. He retired after scoring a spectacular 50.

Unfortunately, Vishnu suffered a golden duck and when myself and Turner were at the crease, the momentum swung in favour of L&Q. Light drizzle now combined with accurate bowling and heavily critical 'commentary' from square-leg umpire Steve 'Bob Willis' Hamilton: "It's not a Test Match!"

We batted with grit but both lacked the required big hitting firepower. With 20 needed from the last 2 overs, I was run out, an event filmed by umpire Hamilton on his mobile phone to further ridicule our ineffectiveness.

In the end, we lost by 9 runs, most probably due to some vital spilled catches - although umpire Hamilton contradicted this view with his own extensive match 'lowlights ' afterwards in the Peoples Park Tavern!
 

L&Q Living 121-2 (14 overs)
W Ali†   c J Turner† b J Holmes 22
K Petty  b P Barrass            27
J Boon   not out                36
S Sanger not out                24
Extras (w 10, nb 7, b 1)        18
Total                          121
Did not bat: A Hussain*, J Beeston, S Smith, F Hussein
FoW: 42-1 W Ali†, 76-2 K Petty

H Khan*   4-0-45-0
P Barrass 4-0-31-1
J Holmes  3-0-22-1
I Mansha  3-0-22-0

Old Fallopians 112-3 (14 overs)
O Gold    retired        50
M Wake    b S Sanger     16
V Dubey   c ? b S Sanger  0
J Turner† not out        23
H Khan*   run out        12
Extras (w 8, lb 4)       12
Total                   112
Did not bat: P Barrass, J Holmes, I Mansha

J Beeston 4-0-22-0
F Hussein 2-0-20-0
S Sanger  4-0-31-2
K Petty   1-0-16-0
J Boon    3-0-12-0


 

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