|May 12, 2012||Friendly vs Ilford Catholics 3rds||Won by 133 runs|
Played at Barkingside Recreation Ground
By Will Hopson-Hill (Captain)
Saturday saw the Old Fallopians finally begin their season away against Ilford Catholics 3rd XI. The weather was good, if a little chilly, and the pitch looked understandably damp and green.
A 'gentleman's agreement' between the captains saw the Fallopians
bat first against a team largely made up of promising young
teenagers mixed through with a few older heads.
Debutant Atiq Talukder then strode to the crease at number 5 and quickly set about asserting himself. He built a solid foundation for his first ten overs or so, then shed one of his pads and started hitting the bowling to all parts.
Ably supported by an anchor innings from fellow debutant Michael Walsh, the two of them first solidified and then took the Fallopians' innings to a position of great strength. Atiq scored the majority of the runs and by the drinks break after 20 overs the OFs were at 100 for 3. The next 20 overs saw Atiq up the scoring rate massively, with shots all around the wicket, but especially six after six lofted over midwicket.
His century was brought up with yet another six and after Walsh fell, Atiq continued to dominate the bowling with able assistance from debutant Darryl Christie, Steve Hamilton and finally Tim Castle. The star of the show was undoubtedly Atiq, who finished with a record-breaking 192 before finally holing out to cow corner.
The galleries stood to applaud the hero as both team mates and
opposition stopped to show their appreciation for a brilliant knock.
Shortly afterwards the OFs innings concluded on 274 for 6.
Sheraz in particular has put on pace since last season and this bodes well for the season ahead. With the batsmen suitably tied down, at this point the old stagers Castle and Shaw were brought into proceedings to run riot.
Castle galloped in with great vigour and purpose, bowling with super accuracy to pick up three wickets in his spell of six overs for only nine runs, while Shaw wheeled away tirelessly to pick up three wickets of his own.
This included the crucial wicket of their opener who looked to be
the only threat to the OFs position of dominance, but was bowled by
one that kept low. At this point, the match was heading the
Fallopians' way, but there was time for birthday boy Steve Hamilton
- a little worse for wear after his Friday night celebrations - and
debutant Mohammad Malik to both bowl tight spells and see the OFs to
a comfortable 133 run victory.
|Home Side||Ilford Catholics|
|Player / Match||Talukder, Atiq (Old Fallopians)|
|Will Hopson-Hill*||c ?||b Ashwin||8||1||0|
|Michael Walsh||c ?||b Neil||19||1||0|
|Sam Shahid||c ?||b Nivethan||0||0||0|
|Andy Huckle||b Nivethan||3||0||0|
|Atiq Talukder||c Rohit||b Steve R||192||13||14|
|Darryl Christie||st ?||b Gordon||16||1||0|
|Steve Hamilton||not out||3||0||0|
|Tim Castle||not out||2||0||0|
|extras||(b2 lb2 w15 nb12)||31|
|TOTAL||6 wickets for||274|
|1-8(Will Hopson-Hill) 2-17(Sam Shahid) 3-24(Andy Huckle) 4-152(Michael Walsh)|
|5-261(Darryl Christie) 6-270(Atiq Talukder)|
|Sanreep||b John Shaw||69||8||0|
|Louis||b Tim Castle||13||0||0|
|Ashwin||c Andy Huckle||b Tim Castle||8||0||0|
|Neil||b Tim Castle||0||0||0|
|Steve R||lbw||b John Shaw||0||0||0|
|Nivethan||b John Shaw||0||0||0|
|Rohit||c Will Hopson-Hill||b Muhammad Malik||6||0||0|
|extras||(b5 lb0 w5 nb2)||12|
|TOTAL||7 wickets for||141|
|1-56(Louis) 2-75(Ashwin) 3-75(Neil) 4-76(Steve R) 5-98(Sanreep) 6-99(Nivethan) 7-0|