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
previous Sunday against Southbank.
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
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
I'm maybe lost words for once. This was probably
the most destructive innings I have ever witnessed by an Old
This was just pure brutality on another
level. No player, no vehicle or home were safe from the travelling
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
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
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
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.