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July 30, 2017 Friendly vs Cincinnati Lost by 3 runs

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Old Fallopians v Cincinnati in Greenwich Park
Dark clouds above: Old Fallopians at the crease          Photo: Steve Hamilton


Played at Greenwich Park
Report by Steve Hamilton (captain)

I lost the toss and Cincinnati elected to bat.
They got a competitive score of 180.
We used 9 bowlers.

Azaz and Israr opened the bowling with control and precision and they definitely were unfortunate not to take a wicket, with many balls going past the outside edge.

Sohaib managed the first breakthrough with a slower-ball bouncer that came out all wrong that bounced a few times before eventually reaching the batsman who was through his stroke and hit it straight to mid-wicket: Sufiyan Data had no problem taking the catch.

Matt Ng-Wai admittedly didn't have his best day with the ball, but he did managed to produce a superb yorker that had the batsman trapped plumb in front of his middle stump.

Then John Shaw came on with his box of tricks and had the batsman swinging widely outside the off stump without much success - and then Ali skyed one that took an eternity to come down! Farhad Waqar ran in from mid-off and took a magnificent catch from behind the umpire.

Then the Shaw/Waqar combination paid off once again, when Asim hit the ball hard and low straight to short extra cover where specialist all-round fielder Waqar was there to take another superb catch.

Things started to turn in our favour when Waqar clean bowled Ehsan for 59.

I managed to take a few wickets with the help of Saleem, Ng-Wai and Data all taking close in catches.

Also there was excellent keeping from Ammar.

After a delicious tea of Chicken biryani, samosas, cakes and watermelon, Sufitan Data and Ammar Malji set the platform with a 2nd-wicket partnership of 103. They both batted with composure and confidence and took our score to 130 for 2 until Ammar got caught and was unfortunate not to get his 50.

Things started to turn to the worse when Abhishek Galoda attempted a on-drive that took a inside edge on to his stumps; then Jagadeshwara Vegi was next out getting caught behind the keeper, Sohaib Saleem tried to hit across the line and was clean bowled, and Matt Ng-Wai was a victim of the pitch with the ball keeping low and was out LBW.

We were at 172 for 6 with 5 overs left and 9 runs needed.

Star batsman Sufiyan Data, on 64, smashed the ball straight to the long-leg fielder who didn't have to move to took a match changing catch. Then Azaz Kahlil was caught next, Israr Kahlil and John Shaw were both bowled and that was that ... GAME OVER!

An amazing game which took many twists and turns and was filled with emotions running high and low.

Cricket was the real winner at the end of the day -  although we lost!!!!

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Cincinnati 180 (29.4 overs)

D Hingorani    ct Data   b Saleem   15
Saqib Ehsan              b Waqar    59
M Abid                 lbw Ng-Wai    2
Moazim Ali     ct Waqar  b Shaw      9
Asim Ali       ct Waqar  b Shaw      1
Faisal Abbas               not out  46
Zulfiqar Ali   ct Saleem b Hamilton 11
Gui Andradi    ct Ng-Wai b Hamilton  0
Brendan Carlin ct Data   b Hamilton  1
Extras w 11, nb 6, b 8, lb 2:       27
Total                              180

A Khalil     3-1-5-0
I Khalil     5-1-25-0
Saleem       5-0-31-1
Ng-Wai       3-0-19-1
Shaw         6-0-32-2
Waqar        3-0-20-1
Jagadeshwara 3-0-18-0
Hamilton     2.4-2-2-3
Galoda       2-0-19-0

Old Fallopians 177 (33.3 overs)

Sufiyan Data      ct ? b Faisal   64
Farhad Waqar      ct ? b Zulfiqar 18
Ammar Malji       ct ? b Abbas    49
Abhishek Galoda        b Faisal    9
Azaz Khalil       ct ? b Ali      11
Vegi Jagadeshwara ct ? b Abbas     0
Sohaib Saleem          b Zulfiqar  1
Matt Ng-Wai Shing    lbw Zulfiqar  0
Israr Khalil           b Ali       0
Steve Hamilton           not out   1
John Shaw              b Ali       0
Extras w 9, nb 3, b 5, lb 4:      21
Total                            177

Faisal   7-0-40-2
Zulfiqar 7-0-24-3
Ali      6.3-0-27-3
Asim     5-0-33-0
Carlin   2-0-22-0
Abbas    6-1-17-1




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