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June 18, 2017 Friendly vs Homerton Won by 7 wickets

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Springfield Park
Blue skies by the canal: Majid Patel of Old Fallopians faces Homerton bowling from Danni              Photo: Tim Castle


Played at Springfield Park, Hackney
Report by Steve Hamilton (captain)

An excellent win against our local rivals Homerton and with superb all round performances from all our players!

In the blazing heat and very humid 30C conditions we decided on a 30-over game. I lost the toss and Homerton decided to bat first. Yusuf Malji opened the bowling with Tim Castle. The Homerton openers found it extremely hard to get anything off Yusuf as he beat the bat numerous times and definitely deserved a wicket and only went for 13 off his 5 overs. As for Tim he bowled a mixture of random stuff that baffled the Homerton openers and it finally paid off by taking the wicket of Hutch with a outside edge that wicket keeper Abdul Aziz had no problem catching!

Homerton had a decent start and were at 65 for 1 off 11.3 overs, when Azaz Kahlil bowled a yorker into the leg stump and had the batsman jumping out the way - the batter was still at the crease looking back at his wicket for a good few seconds before eventually walking off. We were well in control of the game by now! Andy Huckle got his rewards with constant line and length and took two wickets. He should have had a third, with two LBW appeals being turned down. Azaz took another wicket and the Homerton team began to look fragile as they went from 65-1 to 96-7!

Excellent leg spin bowling followed from Majid Patel, who took a wicket for a miserly 10 runs off his three overs - and he definitely should have had two! But Mr Butter Fingers himself [i.e. Mr S.Hamilton] was at deep square leg and struggled to hold onto the ball - I had it for second and than I had some kind of flap and dropped it. But it wasn't too costly, as I managed to get Danni (formerly known as Stuart) clean bowled a few overs later.

John Shaw, still the master of self control in every situation, bowled intelligently and got a wicket off his first over when the batsman skyed one straight to Yusuf Malji at long off - Yusuf was cool, calm and collected and never looked in any doubt of dropping it, and caught it effortlessly, unlike a certain other player that I won't care to mention! I managed to take another wicket and Homerton reached 153-9 off 30 overs. Only the Aussie leftie who played a very self-controlled 33 not out (a.k.a. David Fauls, an Old Fallopians new recruit generously gifted to the opposition] got them to a reasonable total.

We got off to decent start, with opener Will Hopson-Hill making his special, once-a-season guest appearance, hitting two consecutive massive sixes and racing to 21 in no time, and never looking in any trouble against the Homerton bowling. Until disaster happened and a miscommunication between Will and fellow opener Farhad Waqar resulted in a run out with both batsman ending up at the same end. Finally, after all the confusion, it was Will that was given out.

Ammer Malji showed himself to be a classy batsman, full of panache. With his stylish shots he smashed three fours for a quick 16 before lighting struck twice and another freak run out occurred. This time it was not anyone's fault. Farhad hit the ball straight back to the bowler Marcus, who reached down and got a hand on the ball which went on to hit the stumps. Unfortunately Ammer was backing up too far and was out of his ground and thus was very much ... out!

We were on 60-2 off 10 when Majid Patel came in, definitely making his presence felt with his calm composure, quick singles and elegant strokes. He never looked in any trouble, staying the distance to finish 35 not out, including six fours.

As for Farhad, he's a man in good form at the moment with big scores already this season - a hundred at Chelmsford and three 50s. He gave another flawless performance with the bat, getting another 50 before selflessly giving his wicket away when we only needed 20-odd runs to win! Mr On-Fire (Azaz Kahlil) had a rest day and didn't have be our saviour for a change and got us over the line effortlessly with his usual swashbuckling style, smashing the ball to his favourite leg side for a quick-fire 18 not out with four fours

All round, a perfect day that was played with passion and competitive spirit that ended with smiles and handshakes and nice drink with the opposition in The Crooked Billet afterwards.

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Homerton 153-9 (30 overs)

Hutch         ct Aziz b Castle    10
Nick P                b Khalil    23
JSG          ct Waqar b Huckle    27
Sags                  b Huckle    14
Sam                   b Khalil     6
Muhts  ct Hopson-Hill b Patel      1
Marcus ct Yusuf Malji b Shaw       3
David Fauls             not out   33
Danni                 b Hamilton   9
Rob                   b Hamilton   8
Alan                    not out    1
Extras w 11, b 1, lb 1:           23
Total                            153 

Yusuf Malji 5-0-13-0
Castle      5-1-34-1
Huckle      4-0-25-2
Khalil      3-1-12-2
Patel       3-1-10-1
Shaw        4-0-12-1
Hamilton    4-0-15-2
Aziz        2-0-16-0

Old Fallopians 154-2 (23.5 overs)

Will Hopson-Hill run out  21
Farhad Waqar   b Rob      50
Ammer Malji      run out  16
Majid Patel      not out  35
Azaz Khalil      not out  18
Abdul Aziz       dnb
Andy Huckle      dnb
Yusuf Malji      dnb
Steve Hamilton   dnb
John Shaw        dnb
Tim Castle       dnb
Extras w 10, nb 2, lb 2:  24
Total                    154

Alan   6-0-22-0
Marcus 5-0-37-0
Danni  3-0-23-0
Sagar  3-0-13-0
Rob    4-0-37-0
Dave   2.5-0-19-1


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