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June 11, 2009 League vs The Ducks Lost by 6 wickets
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He's hit: Jonathan Stebbins loses it vs The Ducks                               Photo: Tim Castle
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Walk in the park for aquatic foe

The Ducks didn't have to try too hard to beat us, and they didn't. But Rafe Smallman was undefeated on 45 and we survived our 16 overs with batsmen to spare and a tally of 93-5.

Captain Jonathan Stebbins was dismissed facing his second over for 1, and then when fielding succumbed to a mysterious ailment that laid him out for the rest of the game.

The Ducks used virtually all their players, including their 9-year-old scorer, in their bowling line up. After some early quick stuff that saw off AK Southey and Stebbins, much of their later attack was bowled off a couple of paces, but effective despite that.

Steve Ward found it hard to latch on to anything slow, but instinctively batted away the rare fast delivery, to make the second-top score of 11.

Peter Frisby batted with abandon in the closing overs, but could only reach 9, while John Shaw, unused at number eight, bowled two economic overs but failed to penetrate the Ducks' defence.

Mike Haycock gave us another high wire display of his fast bowling, complete with a balletic leap before release (see picture below).

Paul Hosking, playing his first game of the season, took the only wicket, clean bowling Zia Hussain. Otherwise the Ducks batsmen knocked us around the wide expanses of pitch 3, more than reaching their target in 11.1 overs.

Tim Castle subbed for the ailing Stebbins, who lay down by the boundary, closed his eyes and prayed for victory (not sure about the last bit).

Refreshments were taken at the Royal Inn afterwards.

Light-footed: Mike Haycock takes off (more pix here...)              Photo: Tim Castle

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Old Fallopians 93-5 (16 overs)
The Ducks 95-1 (11.1 overs)
The Ducks won by 6 wickets
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
AK Southey (keeper) Bowled Ali 5   1
Rafe Smallman not out   45   7
Jonathan Stebbins (capt) bowled Zubair 1    
Steve Ward bowled Abbas 11    
Paul Hosking ct Jawad Rafiq 4    
Peter Frisby ct Ali Rafiq 9   1
Mike Haycock not out   0    
Extras (w 3, nb 1, b 11, lb 3) 7    


John Shaw did not bat. Tim Castle umpired, took photos and fielded as sub
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Z Hussain 2 0 15 0
Ali 2 0 3 1
Zubair 2 0 4 1
Jawad 2 0 6 0
Abbas 1 0 11 1
Q Hussain 3 0 18 0
Rafiq 2 0 19 2
S Hussain 2 0 15 0
The Ducks
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Husnain Abbas retired   50 2 5
A Rafiq not out   30   4
Zia Hussain bowled Hosking 4    
Sibet Hussain not out   15   3
Extras (w  1, nb 8, b 1) 10    


* either the Ducks scored wrong or kept batting beyond their target
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Haycock 3 0 22 0
Southey 2 0 16 0
Shaw 2 0 14 0
Frisby 1 0 22 0
Hosking 2.1 0 17 1
Ward 1 0 4 0

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