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June 22, 2005 League vs Traditional Corsairs Lost by 6 wickets

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Bright start wilts in heat

Richard Griffiths and league debutant Ed Paleit set a cracking pace against the Corsairs under a baking sun after captain Tim Castle had won the toss and decided to set the league leaders a target.

The far boundaries of Victoria Park's relaid pitch 3 were little obstacle for the opening pair, who looked set for the evening until Griffiths was caught off a sky-high drive and Paliet fell at the end of the eighth over to a snick to the keeper.

First batsman down Majid Ali scurried between the wickets on near suicidal runs and swished his way to an unbeaten 31. 

Paul Hosking was recalled by the chivalrous opposition to the crease after losing his bails to his first delivery after he protested he "wasn't ready". 

He still wasn't ready four balls later but this time the stumps were truly down and he had to go. Nick Clarke suffered a nasty blow to his hand and John Shaw was disappointed not to face a ball after Clarke was bowled for 4.

The late collapse in the run rate meant our total of 89 was never going to be enough. Despite valiant bowling by Griffiths, Paliet and Ali, the Corsairs marched relentlessly towards victory, gaining the required runs in 9.1 overs

Last week's champion catcher Castle let an easy lob from Corsairs opener Ahmed bounce out of his hands, but earned some respite later with his own bowling when Paul Hosking caught No2 batsman Fazal at square leg.

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Old Fallopians 89-4 (16 overs)
Traditional Corsairs 90-1 (9.1 overs)
Traditional Corsairs won by 6 wickets

Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Richard Griffiths caught Ajaz 20   2
Ed Paleit ct keeper Laeeq 29   4
Majid Ali not out   31   4
Paul Hosking bowled Naz 1    
Nick Clarke bowled Laeeq 4    
John Shaw not out   0    
Extras (w 2, nb 1, lb 1) 4    


FOW: 1-40, 2-64, 3-71, 4-86
Tim Castle and Peter Frisby did not bat
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Javad 4 0 16 0
Ajaz 4 0 39 1
Laeeq 4 0 19 2
Naz 4 0 14 1
Traditional Corsairs
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Aftab Ahmed not out   36   6
Fazal ct Hosking Castle 31   4
Aamer Hamid not out   4    
Extras (w 9, b 7, lb 3) 19    


  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Griffiths 3 0 18 0
Paleit 3 0 27 0
Ali 1 0 20 0
Castle 1.1 0 14 1
Shaw 1 0 1 0

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