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July 9, 2023 Friendly vs Abridge Won by 159 runs

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They beat Abridge
A bridge not too far: (Standing L-R back row) Ovais Ilyas, Azaz Khalil, Umair Shahzad; (middle row L-R) Waseem Furqan, Madhur Khanna, Guy Walker; (front row L-R) Sami Naqvi, Fahim Pathan, Asad Mushtaq, Muhammad Imran, Mo Junaid


Played at John Lockwood Ground, Abridge, Romford
Report by Steve Hamilton

This game against Abridge was new fixture in our calendar. We had been due to travel south of the river to play Hobgoblin Nomads but unfortunately they cancelled. But it was a blessing in disguise as this match was much more local and convenient.

Our team was definitely pumped after our close defeat the previous Sunday against Southbank.

I was convalescing and didn't take part, but I still did some umpiring and welcomed three debutants: Muhammad Imran, Sami Naqvi and Guy Walker.

We got off to flyer with an opening stand of 98 off 13 overs between Junaid and Asad. Junaid as in full flow and reached his 50 in under eight overs.

Azaz scored a swift 30 putting on 69 for our second wicket at 167-2 (23 overs). We were heading towards a mammoth total!

Junaid was now in the zone. He was terrorising the opposition and smashing the ball to all directions. He finally departed on 122, a tally which included nineteen fours and four sixes. It was an innings full of controlled aggression, power, sublime timing and class.

However, the show wasn't over! Part two was about to follow, as Waseem took immediate control at 177-4 (26 overs).

I'm maybe lost words for once. This was probably the most destructive innings I have ever witnessed by an Old Fallopian batsman!

This was just pure brutality on another level. No player, no vehicle or home were safe from the travelling ball.

Waseem battered the opposition into submission. He ended the innings undefeated on 111, including fourteen fours and seven sixes, reaching his hundred in the final over by hitting 4,6,6,6,4.

At the close of our batting we had reached 353-7 in 40 overs. Once again there was a scrumptious tea and we were treated to a lavish spread of sandwiches, cakes, pasta, chicken, pizza, fruit and more.

Waseem then continued to break the hearts of the Abridge batsmen and showed no mercy with his bowling. His electrifying performance with the ball triumphed with stunning figures of 7-2-13-3.

Live wire Imran Muhammad showed plenty of variety and control and was unfortunate not to take a wicket, finishing with impressive figures of 8-0-30-0

Laid-back South African Guy Walker also demonstrated the subtle art of spin bowling, with various flight and precision accuracy and was soon rewarded with two wickets and finished with immaculate figures of 8-1-27-2

Abridge were never in hunt at 94-5 (25 overs). J Singh and E Tremlett - the nephew of England bowler Chris Tremlett - put on 76 for the sixth wicket.

Wrist spinner Sami Naqvi also shone on his debut. He removed Tremlett (34) and Singh (50) and then clean bowled Piceri for a golden duck to finish with excellent figures of 6-0-46-3.

Ovais also bowled superbly and was rewarded with the wicket of D Wood for 22. Wood hit the ball straight to extra cover where Imran showed he's no sea lion - he did not flap and made the catch look easy! Ovais finished his tidy spell with figures of 5-0-34-1.

Madhur bowled well and kept the run-rate down and finished with neat figures of 5-0-29-0.

Abridge closed their innings on 194 for the loss of nine wickets, meaning we had won comfortably by 159 runs.



Old Fallopians 353-7 (40 overs)
Mo Junaid     ct Johnson b Tremlett 122
Asad Mushtaq             b D Wood    21
Azaz Khalil   ct Browne  b Freeman   30
Umair Shahzad ct Singh   b Tremlett   2
Waseem Furqan not out               111
Madhur Khanna            b Chapman   14
Sammi Naqvi   ct Curtis  b Singh     13
Fahim Pathan  ct and     b Singh     12
Ovais Ilyas   not out                 6
Extras (b 14, lb 5, w 2, nb 1)       22
Total                               353

T Wood     4-0-32-0
M Piceri   8-1-53-0
D Wood     7-0-51-1
E Tremlett 6-0-33-2
C Freeman  3-0-16-1
J Chapman  6-0-69-1
J Singh    6-0-81-2

Abridge 194-9 (40 overs)

J Browne   ct Furqan  b Walker 52
K Johnson             b Furqan  1
C Freeman             b Furqan  1
C Longford            b Walker  4
D Wood     ct Imran   b Ilyas  22
E Tremlett ct and     b Naqvi  34
J Singh    ct Mushtaq b Naqvi  50
T Wood                b Furqan  2
M Piceri              b Naqvi   0
M Curtis   not out              1
J Chapman  not out              0
Extras (b 11 lb 4, w 8, nb 4)  27
Total                         194

Waseem Furqan  7-2-13-3
Muhammad Imran 8-0-30-0
Guy Walker     8-1-27-2
Madhur Khanna  5-0-29-0
Ovais Ilyas    5-0-34-1
Sami Naqvi     6-0-46-3
Umair Shahzad  1-0-1-0

Old Fallopians won by 159 runs

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