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May 31, 2005 Cup vs Traditional Corsairs Lost by 5 wickets

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A better class of defeat

Excellent game, writes Philip Barrass. 46 n.o. from Stebbins, 49 (?) from Dr. Griffiths, 119 for 2 total, Corsairs 120 for 3 in 15.1. Two wickets Shaw, both caught in the deep by Stebbins. 1 clean bowled by Dr. Griffiths. Barrass improved average by 0.0333 (recurring) with studious 2 n.o.

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Fallopian cup dreams flushed down the tube ... By Corsairs' Ajaz Rashid 

Following another 'Nasser' (lost toss) by Nimo, the Corsairs took the field after the Fallopians decided to bat. The Fallopians openers were determined and dogged from the outset, making a good start without ever really breaking the shackles of the opening bowlers Ajaz and Jav. 

Much of the Fallopians scoring was based on finding the gaps in the field and excellent running between the wickets, with the odd boundary interspersed in between. Stebbings in particular made the most of his good fortune by going onto score 46 after surviving a number of close calls including 2 leg before appeals (one with the first ball of the match from Javio and one with the first ball of the second over from Ajaz) and a run out which he looked about a yard short of safety. 

The screams for Hawkeye and the third umpire to be introduced to the VPCCL were plentiful, but for now the Corsairs were left to bemoan their bad luck. The first wicket to fall was that of Thornhill, bowled by Ajaz for 11. There were a number of difficult chances during the Fallopians innings, and invariably with the injury prone Vas nursing his 2 broken fingers in the covers, they all fell to him.

The worst was a skier that fell out of the clouds but after putting down a couple of difficult chances, he clung onto the next one to give Fazal the only other breakthrough of the innings, removing Griffiths for 49. Imtiaz, Emran and Fazal all bowled tight spells with control and the Fallopians put up a total of 120-2 off 16 overs - the highest total conceded by the Corsairs this season, but still a very gettable target considering the batting depth in the Corsairs line up. 

The Ahmeds set out purposefully to ensure a solid platform for the Corsairs reply and made a solid start, both batsmen punishing the bad ball and respecting the good ones and running plenty of 2s and 3s - the look of despair on Vas' face on each call of '3 there' from Nimo, was reminiscent of a turkey that has just realised that Christmas is coming. 

Having been run ragged by Nimo in the chase for runs, Vas perished on 11 playing a good shot which unfortunately for him was gobbled up by the fielder on the boundary. After the solid start, Fazal came to the wicket and carried on where Vas had left off playing some delightful strokes including a sweep for six over cow that completely destroyed the bowlers spirit, as he commented to the umpire 'you can't bowl to this guy'. He did have to survive a strong appeal for caught behind though. 

Nimo continued his welcome run of recent form and looked back to his commanding best following the early season jitters, not being troubled once by the bowling and producing a string of fine shots in his unbeaten half century (he still needs to sort out the toss & MNM issues though).

Fazal perished for a brilliant 25 to an excellent catch on the boundary going for another big shot and After Nimo's retirement, Mudassar made a quick 10 and it was left to Emran and Imi to see the Corsairs home, the latter hitting the winning boundary a glorious straight drive - probably a vexation reaction to playing and missing repeatedly in the previous over and being baited by the umpire who asked 'what is the bat for?' 

With victory being achieved in the final over, this was definitely the toughest outing for the Corsairs to date, and the Fallopians were determined and resolute throughout. However, it never really looked in doubt, although it was not easy. Tough games lie ahead in the cup competition and if the Corsairs can negotiate the early rounds, the mouthwatering prospect of a semi vs Caledonian or Sky lies ahead.

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Old Fallopians 118-2 (16 overs)
Traditional Corsairs 120-3 (15.1 overs)
Traditional Corsairs won by 4 wickets

Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Jonathan Stebbins not out   46   1
Jim Thornhill bowled Ajaz 11    
Richard Griffiths ct Vaseem b Fazal 49   4
Philip Barrass not out   2    
Extras (w 5, b 1, lb 4) 10    


FOW: 1-36, 2-108

Simon Hemelryk, Paul Hosking, John Shaw and Dave Burt did not bat

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Javad Qasi 3 0 23 0
Ajaz Rashid 4 0 24 1
Imtiaz Amin 3 0 24 0
Emran Raja 4 0 24 0
Fazal 2 0 14 1
Traditional Corsairs
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Nimo Ahmed retired   55 1 4
Vaseem Ahmed ct Stebbins Shaw 11    
Fazal ct Stebbins Shaw 25 1 3
Mudassar bowled Griffiths 10    
Imtiaz Amin not out   6    
Emran Raja not out   0    
Extras (w 6, b 4, lb 3) 13    



Javad Qazi and Ajaz Rashid did not bat

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Thornhill 3 0 21 0
Griffiths 3.1 0 27 1
Shaw 4 0 25 2
Stebbins 3 0 20 0
Burt 2 0 23 0

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