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Sept 17, 2017 Friendly vs Hobgoblin Nomads Lost by 9 wickets

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Old Fallopians vs Hobgoblin Nomads
Dark blue skies: Peter Frisby umpires as Azaz Kahlil hits a four in a 4th wicket stand of 92 with Farhad Waqar at Hilly Fields                                                                                Photo: Steve Hamilton


Played at Hilly Fields
Report by Hassan Khan

This fixture was reduced to 30 overs each due to inclement September weather but proved to be a thriller.

The Nomads won the toss and put us in to bat. Despite a grassy wicket and clouds, the pitch was true and lifeless but a comical suicide run from Hemant Patel saw us 14-1. This became 15-2 when our second opener Raj batted like an IPL tailender and was caught. When Ravi holed out for 27 we were tottering at 59-3.

In strode the OF executioner, Farhad Waqar. The hapless Nomads were carved to all parts of Hilly Fields. So dominant was he that in a 91-run partnership with Azaz, the contribution from Azaz was just 17. At 151-4, I demoted myself down the order after hearing of debutante Sakib's batting prowess. His classical elegance contrasted with Farhad's brutal dominance. I retired him on a brilliant 119 and Sakib's 76 not out took us to an imposing 282-7.

With nearly 10 runs per over required, the Nomads immediately hit out. When opener Barnes was caught by Raj at short cover for 33 off my bowling, we were confident of defending 282. However, there now followed a show of repeated juggling from our fielders. The Hilly Fields circus act led to opener Chat being dropped 3 times by the same fielder!

With 58 needed from 5 overs, the game was on a knife edge. Once again, the Hilly Fields circus performance continuted to deliver a variety of fielding blunders. When Ravi held a catch at deep long on - but then inexplicably parried it for 6 - Steve Hamilton said what we all knew: "ahhh....that's the game (over) ..."

The Nomads exploded into a fit of joyful celebration, much deserved. For us, poor fielding and indisciplined bowling, apart from Farhad and Az, ensured that the OF bowling figures read like bingo numbers : Khan 1-66 off six overs, Shaw 0-65 off five, Raj 0-47 off four and Steve Singh Hamilton 0-29 in 1.4 overs.

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Old Fallopians 282-8 (30 overs)

Raj Rajender ct ??       b Jackson      6
Hemant Patel             run out        3
Ravi Chandra ct Thomas   b McGuinness  27
Farhad Waqar        not out (retired) 119
Azaz Khalil  ct ??       b Penrose     17
Sakib Shovan ct Rowntree b Olly        76
Ryan Murro               b Billy        0
Sam Shahid               b Niz         14
Hassan Khan              not out        8
Steve Hamilton           not out        0
John Shaw dnb
Extras w 4:                             4
Total                                 282

Jackson    6-0-24-1
McGuinness 7-0-43-1
Rowntree   4-0-43-0
Penrose    6-0-61-1
Billy      5-0-33-0
Niz        3-0-43-0
Olly       1-0-6-1

Hobgoblin Nomads 285-1 (28.4 overs)

O Barnes  ct Rajender b Khan   33
A Chat                not out 104
S Rowntree            not out 141
B Ansar               dnb
J Penrose             dnb
M Wateheld            dnb
Peter                 dnb
H Jackson             dnb
C McGuinness          dnb
N Sinsena             dnb
Extras nb 1, b 3:               4
Total                         285

Khan     6-0-66-1
Khalil   6-0-37-0
Waqar    6-0-34-0
Shaw     5-0-65-0
Rajender 4-0-47-0
Hamilton 1.4-0-28




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