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Sep 5, 2009 Friendly vs Whittington Lost by 1 run

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Almost a victory

Played at Totteridge

After a batting display which started brightly - a solid opening partnership between messrs Matt Gow and Rafe Smallman - featuring some exquisite drives and cuts from the flashing blade of Gow, the Fallopians contrived to collapse to what appeared a paltry total of 119 all out.

This was also assisted largely by a late display of straight hitting from AK Southey, which brought the score to something bordering on defendable. It should be noted that one opposition bowler in particular found zip and accuracy which bamboozled the Fallopian batsmen to the tune of 7 wickets!

However, what appeared likely to be a formality for the home side proved nothing of the sort. Excellent opening spells from both Southey and Idle pegged back the home side and slowed the scoring, and it wasn't until their number 3 batsman got his eye in that a serious challenge was mounted to the 119.

Numerous chances were created, but luck seemed to be going against us. This included a dramatic spill by skipper Smallman at cover to a swirling chance which seemed to hang in the air for an eternity!

The luck turned after the batsman holed out and notable spells by John Shaw - an exceedingly economical 7 overs at less than 2 per over - and the skipper himself once again put the pressure back on the chasing home side.

With the light beginning to fail and the field surrounding the tail end batsmen, the game was in the balance, but a stout ninth wicket partnership halted progress through the opposition lineup and the game was up when a run out chance was narrowly missed and 120 was reached.

To come back from such adversity after our innings however showed great team spirit and fight, which can surely be taken forward into the Fallopians' final match of the season!

-- Will Hopson-Hill


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Old Fallopians 119
Whittington 120-9
Whittington won by one wicket
Old Fallopians
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Matt Gow bowled Williams 29   5
Rafe Smallman lbw Williams 9    
Peter Frisby caught Gary 1    
Will Hopson-Hill bowled Williams 9   2
Jon Idle bowled Gary 6   2
Peter Rowson bowled Williams 17   3
Simon Hemelryck ct keeper Williams 5    
AK Southey bowled Williams 35 1 5
Nick Clarke lbw Williams 1    
Will Tennant caught Blank 3    
John Shaw not out   0    
Extras (nb 2, w 2) 4    

Total

119    
FoW: 1-39, 2-40, 3-45, 4-53, 5-70, 6-75, 7-90, 8-104, 9-119
 
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Jeff 4 0 17 1
Gary 7 0 41 2
Williams 9 1 26 7
Bart 2 0 11 0
Blank 3.4 0 19 1
Whittington
  How out Bowler Runs Sixes Fours
Topimalu bowled Southey 0    
Burraclough bowled Southey 0    
Sebastian ct Hemelryck Tennant 58    
Warbrook run out   15    
Bowers bowled Smallman 0    
Byrne ct Southey Smallman 10    
King lbw Gow 0    
Blank not out   12    
Gatwall bowled Hopson-Hill 2    
Williams not out   0    
Extras 13    

Total

120    
 
 
  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Southey 11 4 28 2
Idle 11 2 33 0
Shaw 7 3 13 0
Tennant 2 0 18 1
Smallman 3 0 10 2
Gow ? ? ? 1
Hopson-Hill 4 0 8 1

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