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May 15, 2022 Friendly vs Epping Won by 172 runs

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They beat Epping
Winning gaze: (Standing L-R) Jonathan Stebbins, Subhan Aftab, Anas Muhammad, Steve Hamilton, Azaz Khalil,
Syed Shah, Jakeria Ahmed, Mo Junaid, Asad Mushtaq, Talal Ali, Harith Ali



Played at Lower Bury Lane, Epping
Report by Steve Hamilton

Finally we kicked off our season! Though it was amazing that we played at all, given the continuous drizzle from a gloomy and cloudy sky. But the unpromising weather was not going to dampen our players’ determination.

I won the toss and decided to bat on a surprisingly satisfactory wicket, despite the wet conditions.

All our batsman made it to double figures. We laid down the early foundations with an solid opening stand of 78 before Asad Mushtaq departed for 31. Talal Ali battered the ball mercilessly for a quick fire 41, including two sixes and four fours, with one almighty shot over cow corner.

Old Fallopians legend Azaz Khalil made a welcome return and didn't disappoint. He played some dazzling strokes, including one delightful shot through cover for four. He went on to make a well deserved half century with eight fours. Jakeria Ahmed scored freely for a rapid 22.

The much improved Anas Muhammad, fresh from the Pakistan Academy, showed what he had gained from that experience. He shined like a diamond with some classic high-elbow textbook drives. He was unfortunate to be run out for 44 as he was definitely in his stride and was set for a half century.

Another OF veteran Jonathan Stebbins didn't disappoint either. He looked at ease for a valuable 23 not out including three fours. Meanwhile, the big-hitting Mo Junaid took a back seat, coming in at number seven and scoring a no-nonsense 20 not out including one six and two fours.

At the halfway stage we had reached a formidable 272 for 5 off 35 overs.

At last it was time for tea – another first for the season! Epping provided a scrumptious spread, laden with sandwiches, samosas, fruit and cakes. It certainly hit the spot!

After being fulsomely nourished, we were ready for some target practice!

Talal Ali, last year’s top wicket-taker, continued where he left off, taking three early wickets. He clean bowled Polok and Raid for one and a duck respectively. He followed these up with the big wicket of young gun Stan for 18 who scored a winning century back in our encounter in 2020.

Talal’s delivery was a well-disguised slower ball that bamboozled Stan into playing his shot too early. He top-edged the ball to the extra cover area and from nowhere appeared Stebbins, dashing in from point in a flash, showing all the athleticism of a youth half his age. The no-nonsense Australian managed to take a spectacular catch on his knees and Talal finished off with match winning figures of 5-0-18-3.

Syed Shah bowled a magnificent spell for a measly 6-2-8-0, despite nursing a slight injury. At 22 for 3 we were already in near control when Stebbins followed up his batting and catching performance by taking two wickets and clean bowling Hasan for 39 and Sri for 16. He finished with excellent figures of 5-0-14-2.

Subhan Aftab finished with superb figures of 4-0-16-3, testimony to a renewed confidence and a development in his bowling, as destroyed the lower batsman in metronomic succession. Debutant Harith Ali rounded off a perfect day for the Fallopians with the final wicket, after showing great agility and alertness in the field. He removed Sayem after he smashed a delivery straight to mid-off where Talal Ali took the catch effortlessly and with that sealed our victory by 172 runs!

 Full scorecard below photos

  Gloomy conditions
Gloomy conditions: Old Fallopians leave the field at the end of their innings         Photo: Steve Hamilton

  In the box
In the box: Azaz and Subhan check the scores                 Photo: Steve Hamilton

  Reaching for supplies
Extra cover: Players fortify themselves with a proper tea               Photo: Steve Hamilton

  Comforts of the clubhouse
How is it? The teams enjoy the comforts of the clubhouse                   Photo: Steve Hamilton


Old Fallopians 272-5 (35 overs)
Asad Mushtaq      ct Riad b Rishad 31
Azaz Kahlil               b Polok  50
Talal Ali         run out          41
Jakeria Ahmed             b Polok  22
Anas Muhammad     run out          44
Jonathan Stebbins not out          23
Mo Junaid         not out          20
Extras (b 9, lb 1, w25, nb 6)      41
Total                             272
Stan   7-0-34-0
Sri    4-0-23-0
Rishad 7-0-52-1
Hassan 6-0-66-0
Riad   5-0-28-0
Polok  4-0-37-2
Shah   2-0-22-0

Epping 100-9 (26.1 overs)
Stan   ct Stebbins b Ali      18
Polok              b Ali       0
Raid               b Ali       1
Hasan              b Stebbins 39
Sri                b Stebbins 16
Rooin  ct Stebbins b Aftab     1
Shah   lbw         b Aftab     3
Rishad             b Aftab     5
Sayem  ct T Ali    b H Ali    10
John   not out                 0
Extras (b 2, w3, nb2)          7
Total                        100

Syed Shah         6-2-8-0
Talal Ali         5-0-18-3
Anas Muhammad     3-0-31-0
Jonathan Stebbins 5-0-14-2
Subhan Aftab      4-0-16-3
Harith Ali        2.1-0-10-1
Steve Hamilton    1-0-1-0

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