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June 25, 2023 Friendly vs Cincinnati Won by 29 runs

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They beat Cincinnati
Cincin conquerors: (Standing back row L-R) Azaz Kahlil, Umair Shahzad, Mo Junaid, Saiteja Garikapati;
(middle row L-R) Fahad Karim, Waseem Furqan, Santhosh Jadav, John Shaw; (front row L-R) Goddalla Srinivasrao, Asad Mushtaq, Valaboju Nikhilesh.

 

Played at Bromley Common Cricket Club
Report by Steve Hamilton

This match against our South London enemies Cincinnati was played on a scorching summer's day with temperatures hitting 32C in Bromley.

I decided to chill and observe the match from the club hut in the shade with the occasional liquid refreshment.

There was some early tension out on the wicket as emotions rode high, not helped by the fiery heat, but eventually it all cooled down (a case of handbags at dawn) and play was resumed.

We took immediate control, reaching 144-0 off 20 overs, before Azaz retired on 102! A truly masterful display in the blistering heat hitting nineteen fours!

It was an innings full of destruction, fearlessness, patience and finesse. Azaz reached his hundred with a delightful cut for four, then unselfishly came off to give the rest of the team an opportunity to take advantage of the magnificent batting conditions.

Asad continued his good form at this venue where he scored 106 last season, again against Cincinnati. See last year's match report here ...

This time Asad scored 52. It was a much more a reserved innings and combined beautifully to support Azaz for an opening stand of 144.

Asad hit one six and five fours, scoring in his usual elegant manner with his trademark classic high-elbow drives, together with one devastating blow hit for six over deep point Ö which almost hit a horse!

Umair scored rapidly in his typical nonchalant manner for a scintillating knock of 39, hitting one six and six fours.

We then loss a cluster of wickets, collapsing going from 234-1 to 261-9 (34.5 overs)

This meant John Shaw was given a sudden wake-up call! He had been lying down, taking in the sun's rays, and not expecting to be needed. But then he was urgently summoned to the crease.

He gently got up and headed towards the crease, before realising halfway he didn't have his pads on. So he returned to put on the pads on, creating in all probably a 10-minute delay. He eventually arrived at the wicket, only to be clean bowled for a golden duck. The Grim Reaper was Cincinnatiís Faisal, who bowled a spectacular spell and finished 6.5-1-31-6.

Nevertheless at the halfway stage we were fully in control and confident of defending our total.

Yippee!! Finally, there was tea for first time this season. We were treated to a lavish buffet full of samosas, pasta dishes, sandwiches, cakes and watermelon.

I was extremely disciplined and avoided any temptations of such foodstuffs. In the other hand, I was on my 4th pint by now and I think I got the balance right 🤔.

Our bowlers totally dominated early proceedings. Waseem was fearsome with his fast and furious pace and took two early wickets, clean bowling Malik for a duck. He followed that up with a caught and bowled to remove his next victim Kashif for nine. And then he rattled Hingraph with a short delivery that had the batsman in a heap on the floor after avoiding the ball!

Waseem bowled straight through his overs and finished with immaculate figures of 7-2-15-2.

Young Sri (Goddalla Srinivasrao) also showed plenty of aggression with his hostile pace. First Baker feathered one behind for keeper Junaid to take superb catch that came to him like a missile to dismiss him for five.

Next on Sriís hit list was Hingraph, who was a nervous wreak from Waseemís previous delivery. Hingraph mistimed his shot and edge it straight into the safe hands of Waseem at gully for a duck. Sri finished with outstanding figures of 6-2-25-2.

Cincinnati reached 38-4 after 13 overs. We took our foot off the pedal and shared our bowling around. The home side showed some resilience and after 26 overs reached 168-6.

There was run out by Fahad to dismiss Porter for 43. Umair bowled Ryan for 32. To protect a dodgy back Umair was just bowling gentle spin instead of usual medium pace, but was still tidy and finished with impressive figures of 3-0-7-1.

Saiteja was a little expensive but took the vital wicket of Cincinnatiís most dangerous batsman Faisal for 74, clean bowled with a ball that hit off stump. Saiteja also removed Kazim for 13 caught at mid on by Asad.

Cincinnati put up great fight and made it a quite competitive towards the end, and by the end of their 35 overs had made 232-8. We won by 29 runs in a game full entertaining incidents, runs and some highly charged emotions at times.

Handshakes all round and good spirits afterwards.

  
 

Scorecard

Old Fallopians 261-9 (34.5 overs)
Asad Mushtaq         ct and    b Asif    52
Azaz Kahlil retired  not out            102
Umair Shahzad        ct Fergus b Faisal  39
Mo Junaid                      b Asif    18
Fahad Karim          ct and    b Faisal   0
Waseem Furqan        ct Faisal b Asif     0
Santhosh Jadav                 b Faisal   2
Goddalla Srinivasrao st Alex   b Faisal   9
Valaboju Nikhilesh             b Faisal   0
Saiteja Garikapati   not out              3
John Shaw                      b Faisal   0
Extras (lb 3, b 22, w 9, nb 2)           36
Total                                   261

Faisal 6.5-1-31-6
Zulfi  7-0-46-0
Fergus 7-0-33-0
Asif   7-0-53-3
Kaz    3-0-47-0
Subhan 3-0-23-0
Kashif 1-0-9-0

Cincinnati 232-8 (35 overs)
Asif                b Furqan       0
Kashif   ct and     b Furqan       9
Barker   ct Junaid  b Srinivasrao  5
Faisal              b Garikapati  74
Hingraph ct Furqan  b Srinivasrao  0
Porter   run out                  43
Fergus              b Shahzad     32
Kaz      ct Mushtaq b Garikapati  13
Zulfi    not out                  14
Extras (lb 3, b 10, w 25, nb 4)   42

Waseem Furqan        7-2-15-2
Goddalla Srinivasrao 6-2-25-2
Santhosh Jadav       5-0-35-0
Valaboju Nikhilesh   4-0-46-0
Saiteja Garikapati   3-0-31-2
John Shaw            3-0-29-0
Fahad Karim          4-0-28-0
Umair Shahzad        3-0-7-1

Old Fallopians won by 29 runs















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