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August 18, 2017 Friendly vs St John's Wood Won by 56 runs

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Old Fallopians v St Johns Wood
Grey sky, sunny innings: Old Fallopians set the pace                                     Photo: Steve Hamilton


Played at Old Cholmeleian Sports Ground, London NW7
Report by Steve Hamilton

A pleasant day for cricket. Temperatures around 20C with the sun breaking through occasionally with excellent facilities and a well groomed pitch to boot!

Azaz Khalil won the toss and elected to bat. Bharat Reddy and Farhad Waqar got out early to opening bowler Cotterell. We were 32 for 2 in 9th over before Azaz and Hemant Patel put on 82 for the third wicket. Azaz reached 39 in quick time, blasting the ball to all parts of the ground.

At drinks we were 112 for 2 off 20 overs. A mini-collapse happened when our captain [Azaz], who looked all set for fifty, lost his stumps to an inside edge. Meanwhile Mr Composure [i.e Hemant Patel] continued to bat with style and play the perfect opening batsman role - rotating the strike and attempting to make ones into twos at every opportunity he could muster and waiting patiently to punish the bad ball.

Andy (Boycott) Huckle joined Hemant at the crease, the run rate dropped significantly and we only scored 10 runs in next 6 overs! Hemant had reached a well deserved 50 and felt he had to do something to change the situation as things had come to a standstill. He he selfishly played a more attacking role and hit one straight to a fielder for a catch with the score on 122 for 4 off 26 overs.

We needed a boost when Ravi Chandra came in with scores of 71 & 28 already this season!

He’s a man who plays the perfect middle order batsman and doesn't mess around – he reached 43 with classy cuts and textbook drives, including seven fours and plenty of twos, as well as important singles off the last ball of the over to get the strike. Especially as Andy was in Chris Tavare mode now contributing just 2 with 2 wides in that partnership of 47 for the 5th wicket! Ravi did his job and was also unlucky not to get his fifty when he was prematurely bowled.

We were on 169 for 5 when Raj Rejender took control of the situation and with some meaty blows battered the bowling to all areas of the ground with elegant on and off drives, reaching 46 before getting out with a 6th wicket stand of 51. Andy remained not out on his favourite number (13).

Excellent teas! Everyone got stuck in while I held the bar up and had my medication.

Our two debutants opened the bowling with Yorkshire-born and bred Pete Taylor - with cricket in blood and a no-nonsense approach - came roaring in from a 30-yard run up, hitting speeds of 70mph plus. He definitely kept the St John's Wood opening batsmen on tenterhooks and unable to figure out how to play his hostile deliveries. He served up a mixture of in and out swingers, back of length balls and yorkers, and soon got both openers out with a plumb LBW and an outside edge, an excellent catch taken by keeper Andy (Knott) Huckle.

St John's Wood were on 11 for 2 off 5 overs, the perfect start for us. Pete was well supported from young Hamza Saeed who bowled a consistent line and length and only went for 20 off his 5 overs making an impressive debut for the Fallopians.

St John's Wood reached 65 for 2 in the 16th over when Sohaib Saleem came on and he mixed his pace up well, throwing in the odd beamer and then taking two quick wickets! We were well in control of the match by now, with McNee looking like the opposition’s only real threat.

Farhad was unlucky not to get a wicket with his repertoire of leg breaks, doosras, googlies, flippers - you name it he's got it! He almost dismissed McNeee with an outside edge – but it was a difficult reaction catch that went into the keeper’s hands, who was right up close to the stumps, and it just popped in and out. Farhad bowled extremely well and was unlucky not to get a wicket – he is still our 2nd-highest wicket taker this season, only five behind … ahem, Steve ‘Singh’ Hamilton!

Raj came on and got star batsman McNee (53) first ball with an outside edge that Andy at keeper took with a magnificent catch.

At 107 for 5 in 24th over St John's Wood began to look fragile and Raj took another wicket from his next over - the batsman hit the ball high into dark sky behide the wicket, Andy shouted “ANDY!” and took his third catch of the match. Great keeping!!

When I came on it wasn't easy at this stage to bowl as the rain was falling lightly and it was getting darker by the minute. But I managed to take a wicket as per usual. Then off my final ball I got hit to cover - but Raj came running in from point to collect the ball and threw the ball under arm to hit the stumps for the run out!

Pete was hungry for another wicket and bowled an unplayable yorker - just clipping the bottom of leg stump - that would get many top order batsmen out. He finished with figures of 3 for 16 off 6.4 overs, closing the innings and ensuring that we had won comfortably.

Man of the match: Raj Rejender

A very satisfactory day with great all round team performances and played in good spirit with a competitive edge.

Old Fallopians enjoy tea vs St Johns Wood
Laps of luxury: Old Fallopians tuck into to the quality facilities                                   Photo: Steve Hamilton

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Old Fallopians 220-6 (40 overs)

Hemant Patel ct Preston b Wayne     54
Bharat Reddy            b Cotterell  6
Farhad Waqar       ct & b Cotterell  0
Azaz Khalil             b Armes     39
Andy Huckle               not out   13
Ravi Chandra            b Dornan    43
Raj Rajender            b Tahir     46
Peter Taylor              dnb
Sohaib Saleem             dnb
Hamza Saeed               dnb
Steve Hamilton            dnb
Extras w 12, nb 3, b 8:             23
Total                              220

FOW 1-19 (Reddy), 2-32 (Waqar), 3-114 (Khalil), 4-122 (Patel), 5-169 (Chandra)

Cotterell 7-1-35-2
Tahir     8-0-43-1
Armes     8-0-21-1
Wise      3-0-30-0
Probst    3-0-26-0
Wayne     6-1-17-1
Dornan    5-0-39-1

St Johns Wood 164 (35 overs)

W Crossland ct Huckle b Taylor    2
T Rasool    lbw       b Taylor    8
A Preston             b Saleem   16
D McNee     ct Huckle b Rajender 53
E Fernandes           b Saleem    2
P Dornan                run out  24
R Probst    ct Huckle b Rajender  6
S Wise                b Hamilton  5
G Armes                 not out   2
C Cotterell           b Taylor   21
Extras w 16, nb 2, b 2:          20
Total                           164

FOW: 1-10 (Crossland), 2-11 (Rasool), 3-65 (Preston), 4-85 (Fernandes), 5-107 (McNee), 6-120 (Probst)

Taylor   6.5-1-16-3
Saeed    5-1-20-0
Saleem   6-1-31-2
Waqar    6-0-36-0
Rajender 4-0-31-2
Hamilton 5-0-28-1
Reddy    2-0-11-0




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