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August 10, 2019 Friendly vs Whittington Draw

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They drew with Whittington
Whit a draw!: Back row (L-R): Vishnu Dubey, Steve Hamilton, Saleem Ahmed, Dominic Manto; front row (L-R): Ebrahim Khan, Hassan Khan, Jack Turner, Gary Walker



Played at Dame Alice Owen's Open Space, Whetstone
Report by Hassan Khan

This fixture was played at the 'chocolate box' Whittington ground and was our first timed game since the last one in May 2013.

Captain Steve Hamilton won the toss and elected to bowl. Overcast conditions and and a strong east-west gale created difficult bowling conditions, particularly from the up-slope pavilion end.

Whittington's batsmen made a solid start, despite hostile spells from Najeeb and Khan. Saleem made the breathrough eventually but sensible batting took Whittington to a competitive score.

Skipper Hamilton took a key wicket and young Ebrahim Khan narrowly missed out on a hat-trick, ending on 2-14 and, for the second consecutive match, was our most effective bowler.

Chasing 223 for victory, Fallopian openers Turner and Dubey made a solid but slow start. A wonderfully aggressive innings of 43 from Gary brought us within striking distance.

The loss of Dubey for a stoic 64 was a cue for a cluster of wickets and it was left for Khan and Najeeb to bat out the final 10 overs for a well deserved draw.


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