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Sept 24, 2017 Friendly vs Homerton Won by 98 runs

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Old Fallopians v Homerton at Millfields
Sunny Mills: Sakib faces the Homerton attack with fellow opener Suhail at Millfields      Photo: Steve Hamilton


Played at Millfields, Hackney
Report by Hassan Khan

The season finale was played in glorious sunshine against old rivals Homerton at Millfields.

Having won the toss I elected to bat, an easy decision with our powerful line up. Openers Suhail 'Sam' Shahid and Sakib immediately put the wayward Homerton bowlers to the sword, with 86 in 13 overs, until Suhail played on for a belligerent 28. Sakib marched on with shots all around Millfields Park and constructed a classy century before being retired by me, after reaching 102* following 76* in the preceding match at Hilly Fields.

In a sometimes testy atmosphere, Farhad responded with a brilliant 50, unleashing eight 4s and a 6. Once he had left the crease, our innings continued at a rapid scoring rate, thanks to a quickfire 46 from Azaz and a useful cameo from Steve.

Chasing our total of 297 in 35 overs was always going to be a tough ask for Homerton. After myself and Peter opened the bowling, Naveen castled Homerton skipper Dutch with a beautiful in-swinger. Hereafter, our Telugu-speaking trio of Raj, Ravi and Barath bowled superbly and presented Homerton with little chance of winning.

Enter Sam, looking dangerous. The unlucky bowler was John Shaw, who agreed with me that our best option was to keep Gary Horsman on strike. With some superb hitting, Sam was threatening to take control of the game but was brilliantly run out by Raj for a well deserved 59. Out sauntered Marcus, who was equally aggressive but holed out to Ravi off the bowling of Steve. A second scalp took Steve ‘Singh’ Hamilton to 18 wickets, O.F. top Sunday wicket taker for 2017 … Many congratulations to Steve and to all for a thumping victory, albeit with some difficult moments.

A man and his shed: Peter Taylor in the hut scoring                                   Photo: Steve Hamilton

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Old Fallopians 297-6 (35 overs)

Sam Shaheed              b Rob     28
Sakib Shovan    not out (retired) 102
Farhad Waqar             b Sargar  54
Azaz Khalil        ct ?? b Sandeep 46
Raj Rejender       ct ?? b Sargar   8
Ravi Chandra       ct ?? b Dutch   11
Steve Hamilton           not out   19
Barath Reddy       ct ?? b Danni    1
Naveen Kumar             not out    2
Hassan Khan              dnb
John Shaw                dnb
Extras w 4, nb 5, b 1, lb 1:       11
Total                             297

Sandeep 7-0-33-1
Marcus  6-0-37-0
Sargar  7-0-59-2
Rob     6-0-57-1
Dutch   4-0-36-1
Danni   3-0-17-1
Gursh   2-0-31-0

Homerton 199-6 (35 overs)

Dutch               b Kumar    29
Gary                b Reddy    33
Sargar              run out     9
Sam                 run out    59
Will    ct Chandra  b Hamilton 33
Marcus  ct Rajender b Hamilton 17
Gursh   st Shovan   b Shaw      1
Sandeep             not out     5
Danni               not out     1
Rathouse            dnb
Agnew               dnb
Extras w 4, nb 1, b 8, lb 2:   15
Total                         199

Khan     7-0-19-0
Frisby   4-0-22-0
Kumar    4-0-20-1
Shaw     6-0-61-1
Barath   4-0-26-1
Rajender 2-0-12-0
Hamilton 5-0-15-2




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