Played at Victoria Park. Report by Sam Shahid.
Excellent 2nd game and a very close defeat. A game played in good
spirit. Match went to the last over and even last 2 balls could have
decided a different result. Chasing 162 in 16 overs – we made 156.
Lost by 6 runs. .
TOSS: 2nd time in a row,
captain (Sam Shahid) lost the toss and was put into field (we would
have fielded as they were 4 short for good 30 minutes into the
BOWLING: This was hard work in
extreme (EXTREME) cold conditions 7 of the 8 players bowled (Charlie
Miller, Rav Matharu, Shameer, Sheraz Shahid, Hassan Khan, Bilal,
John Shaw). Rav was the pick of bowlers and got 1 wicket and only
gave 24 runs in 4 overs. The batsman were in lot of trouble in the
start but fielding was not up to the mark. Once settled they started
to play real 20/20 style and were connecting well. We had good
variety with 2 spinner, and 4 medium pace bowlers where Shameer has
excellent slower bowl.
BATTING: Sam and Rav
started – Sam got out early once again – need more nets and
patience. Rav got a new partner Shameer who made 50 not out in the
9th over and placed his innings excellently. Rav got out on 49 tying
for a six in the 14th overs. Charlie made a quick fire 42 not out in
6 overs. Overall excellent performance. We knew we needed 1 good
over but Royal Sovereign (who were mainly players from Contenders
last season) only bowled 4 good bowlers and did not take any risk.
FIELDING: Excellent keeping again from Sheraz
and Rav and 0 byes. Ground fielding was good but not the same as
other weeks. The 1st batsman who got a 50 was dropped 3 times in
first 4 overs and that set the fear free batting and some 3 easy run
outs were missed that caused extra over throws also. Sam / Bilal /
Rav did manage a run out together. One batsman kept of annoying the
players with lot of shouting and stealing runs that did create some
heat but nothing serious. He eventually run his partner out and then
Royal Sovereign 162 for 2
Denis 52 Not Out, Luke 51 Not out
Old Fallopians 156
Shameer 51 not out, Rav Matharu 49, Charlie Miller
43 not out.