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June 4, 2023 Friendly vs Lions Won by 98 runs

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They beat Lions
Lion tamers: (Standing L-R) Jakaria Ahmed, Steve Hamilton, Azaz Kahlil, Santhosh Jadav, Mo Junaid, Jay Rahman; (Kneeling L-R) Fahad Karim, John Shaw, Peter Frisby, Asad Mushtaq, Salman Mahmood.                                          Photo: Tim Castle    


Played at Parliament Hill, Highgate
Report by Steve Hamilton
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This clash was against The Lions. Another new fixture on our calendar. I felt a bit nostalgic as we arrived at the venue, which was our old home ground 13 years ago and where I played my first home game for Old Fallopians (and took two wickets!).

You can see more in the 2010 match report here.

We were blessed throughout the day with blissful sunshine and not a cloud in sight.

We won the toss yet again and elected to bat. Continuing our recent good form, the top five all reached double figures. Junaid reached his 50 for the third consecutive game and shared a second wicket partnership of 69 with Azaz, who scored a no-nonsense 33.

Jakaria and Jay were both unfortunate not to make half centuries, scoring 45 and 42 respectively, and sharing a fourth wicket partnership of 83.

Fahad played an important cameo at the end scoring 24. We reached a substantial total of 273 for 8 off 30 overs.

It was not going to be an easy task for Lions to chase 274, with a rate of 9.1 per over needed for victory. We were pretty confident of defending our mammoth total.

The Lions got off to decent start and reached 114 for 1 off 13 overs. Salman Mahmood, on his weekend debut, bounced back after a nervy first over with a maiden. He took a spectacular catch off his bowling in the following over to remove the hard hitting Justin for 32. He also showed plenty of athleticism in the field.

Santhosh showed true grit and came back well from his dodgy spell last week. He bowled with control and accuracy and was soon rewarded with the wicket of Tom for 34, clean bowled. He finished with superb figures of 4-0-13-1.

Jakaria took the wicket of Phil for 24 with an unplayable yorker. From this point The Lions began to disintegrate.

Now myself and my partner-in-crime John Shaw decided to close the show by taking the remaining six wickets.

Admittedly I did not bowl particularly well. There was the occasional good and bad ball with a mixture of all sorts. But I was soon rewarded with four wickets with a regulation delivery outside off hitting leg stump. That was followed by a swift stumping from Junaid, next a regulation catch from Jakaria at mid off, and a debatable lbw decision to remove Peter Frisby who we had kindly donated to the opposition as they were short.

Spring chicken John Shaw took the final two wickets to end the match and we won comfortably by 98 runs.

  Steve Hamilton celebrates wicket
Bandanaman: Steve Hamilton celebrates after taking one of his four wickets during the match.      Photo: Tim Castle
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  Controversial LBW appeal against Peter Frisby
How wasn't that?: Steve Hamilton and Junaid rise for a very high lbw appeal to dismiss Peter Frisby.     
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Old Fallopians 273-8 (30 overs)
Mo Junaid      ct Al   b Brendon 50
Asad Mushtaq           b King    16
Azaz Khalil    lbw     b Alfie   33
Jakaria Ahmed          b Alfie   45
Jay Rahman             b King    42
Fahad Karim    st Parr b Frisby  24
Salman Mahmood lbw     b King     0
Santhosh Jadav ct Tom  b King     0
Steve Hamilton not out            9
John Shaw      not out            0
Extras (lb 3, b 36, w 11, nb 4)  54
Total                           273

Tom           6-0-42-0
King          6-0-33-4
Brendon       5-0-49-1
Alfie         7-0-48-2
Oliver        4-0-42-0
Peter Frisby  2-0-14-1

The Lions 175-9 (27.1 overs)
Justin    ct and    b Mahmood    32
Tom                 b Jadav      36
Phil                b Ahmed      24
Ollie               b Hamilton   21
Brendon   st Junaid b Hamilton   20
Alfie     ct Ahmed  b Hamilton    5
Al        ct Rahman b Shaw        5
Stan      not out                 1
P Frisby  lbw       b Hamilton    6
Tom       ct Ahmed  b Shaw        0
Extras (lb 5, b 10, w 7, nb 3)   25
Total                           175

Asad Mushtaq   2-0-10-0
Salman Mahmood 6-1-44-1
Fahad Karim    3-0-16-0
Jakaria Ahmed  6-0-33-1
Santhosh Jadav 4-0-13-1
Steve Hamilton 4-0-33-4
John Shaw      2.1-0-10-2

Old Fallopians won by 98 runs

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