Played at Victoria Park.
By Matt Wake (captain)
After a few frantic days of confirming the players we hoped we
already had and a desperate bid to find an 8th player (to make sure
John Shaw could avoid another heroic DNB) we finally arrived at
Victoria Park with a full squad.
The opposition were more
disorganised than us and finally a match ball was found and a coin
tossed high into the air and as the summer sun glinted on the shiny
pound coin - OF's won the toss, we bat first.
The 2 openers
Kafh and Farhad soon started to hit the ball all around the park,
some sailing over the boundaries for sixes (hit with bats thicker
than my nan's pre-war wooden leg). They both eventually reached 50
and retired to a round of applause. No one else reached heady
heights of a 50 but the healthy run rate continued and a marvellous
I think its fair to say our bowling wasn't as
good as our batting and Mile Tailenders did have a couple of decent
batsmen, both going on to reach 50s. But a few economic overs in the
middle soon swung the match our way and after requiring 65 off the
last 2 overs a record breaking win was secured, Mile Tailenders
finishing on 163-5.
Everyone contributed - the 50s from the
openers, very solid keeping from Kafh and a special thanks to Israr
for finding our 8th man.
Thanks to everyone for their support
from Victoria Park and Hackney to the Dordogne.
to the next one.
PS I lied about the summer sun, it was grey
PPS the kit bag went home with John Shaw so
people will need to bring their own kit for the next 3 weeks.
Fahrad Waqar retired 51
Rubel Ahmed ct A.Cody b John 6
Waters not out
Israr Khalil ct & b James 14
Wake b Stewart
Matt Ng-Wai Shing not out 6
did not bat
Extras w 18 nb 3 b 1:
208-3 (16 overs)
Wilson ct Kafh b Matt NWS 0
not out 60
run out 6
Jimmy bowled Matt Wake
Willis stumped Kafh
not out 4
b Ahmad 18
Extras w 13 nb 2 lb 5:
163-5 (16 overs)
Matt NWS 2-0-13-1