Played at Parliament Hill
By Will Hopson-Hill (skipper)
The first game against the Gents saw an encouraging performance
from a Fallopians XI who came close to beating the Gents, only to
ultimately lose by 4 wickets. However, given the team included 6
debutants there was no shame in this and with each game the form of
each of us will surely only improve!
A brief match summary: (db means debutant)
After losing the toss and being put into bat a surface with variable
bounce, the Fallopians suffered an early setback with the surprising
loss of Rafe Smallman for a third ball duck, playing on. Debutant
Sam Shahid ensured the runs flowed early on with some lusty blows,
but once he was caught at cover after fellow db Pete Joy departed,
also playing on, the Fallopians were stuttering on around 30 for 3.
However, Dan Linde (db) strode out to the crease to join the
skipper and played the dominant role in a strong partnership of
70-odd runs, displaying great hand-eye coordination to crunch stroke
after stroke to the boundary. Once the drinks break came with the
Fallopians on around 110 for 4, the Fallopians suffered a
mini-collapse once again and were 135 for 7 when Steve Hamilton
joined the captain at the wicket.
Hamilton languidly pushed a slightly over pitched leg break over
long on for 6 and this finally spurred the captain into finding the
middle of his bat. Once he departed for 65 though, the end quickly
came for the addition of no more runs and the OFs were all out for
185. Not a bad total considering the start and certainly defendable,
but it seemed to be 20 or 30 runs shy of a good score.
(The Smallmans and co. very kindly provided a delicious tea at this
point which amongst other things included many scones, jam and thick
A terrific opening spell of accurate, threatening pace bowling from
Pete Joy (5 overs, 4 maidens, 2 for 1 - he ended with 7 overs, 6
maidens, 2 for 1!) and some notable support from Tim Castle, John
Shaw and Andy Crawford (db) had the Gents stuttering at 80-odd for
Also, Will Ellis played a huge role in minimising the extras
conceded after kindly stepping in to keep wicket at the last minute.
He kept beautifully and the extras comparison between the sides is
testament to this; The Gents conceded 50, the OFs just 10, almost
all in wides.
However, their number 6 batsman played a very solid, steadying
knock which blew the wind from the Fallopians' sails and despite a
fantastic effort from David Blackmore (db) who bowled delightfully
flighted off spin up the hill for the concession of very few runs
and took 2 wickets, we were just a little short at the end and the
Gents reached their target of 186 for 6.
It was a very enjoyable game though played in good spirit and
|High flyer: Pete Joy deals with the rising ball
Photo: Tim Castle
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