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May 5, 2018 Friendly vs Woodford Lost by 63 runs

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Playing at Woodford 
At the crease: Old Fallopians bat v Woodford                                                       Photo: Steve Hamilton


Played v Woodford
Still smiling at Woodford: (L-R) Ibrahim Khan, Hassan Khan, Steve Hamilton, Sohaib Saleem, John Shaw



Played at Woodford
Report by Hassan Khan

This fixture was played in glorious early May sunshine and record temperatures exceeding Barbados. After last week's cancelled matches, it was a much anticipated fixture with several debutants, including Ilyas Mansha and 11-year-old Ebrahim Khan (a chip off the old block? - TC).

Woodford were put into bat on a flat track and got off to a solid start, before an unplayable yorker from Mujahid broke the opening partnership. Predictably, our spinners, Steve Hamilton and John Shaw, had more success with a fine stumping for Kafh Hassan giving John his first scalp. Steve in particular varied his pace well and, as in 2017, was the pick of our attack.

Our deplorable over rate forced the match to be reduced to 35 overs per side and a brilliantly destructive cameo from Nathan took Woodford to a highly competitive 196. Our seamers, Raj , Naveen, Daryl, Mujahid, Zohab and Ebrahim, bowled well on a lifeless wicket. Yours truly struggled with length and some good yorkers were mixed with too many full tosses.

Openers Kafh and Ilyas were instructed to push the score along and a win seemed on thanks to a superb aggressive 29 from Kafh. A highly dubious run out decision from nicotine-intoxicated Sohaib triggered a crisis at 45-4.

Hereafter, Darryl and Naveen put on a courageous 67 and a second consecutive OF win seemed likely. However, Darryl's wicket led to a calamitous collapse, as we folded from 112-4 to 133 all out. Sadly, despite a superb 52, the talented Naveen once again could not get us across the line. Credit to some late resistance from Steve and Ebrahim.

A lack of match practice clearly evident but lots of positives for us against a Woodford side comprising a few Saturday 2nd XI players.

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Woodford 197-7 (35 overs)

D Mendal                     b Mujahid  14
B Leigh         st keeper    b Shaw     70
Nasim Mohammed                 run out   5
T Zubair                     b Christie 10
W Shah          ct Rajendeer b Hamilton 24
Y Mohammed                     not out  10
Narzim Mohammed              b Shaw      0
N Onojaife      ct Kafh      b Sohaib   36
A Naismith                     not out   1
M Trim dnb
A McKie dnb
Extras: w 11, nb 5, b 7, lb 2:          25
Total                                  197

Kumar     4-0-12-0
Khan      4-0-24-0
Rajendeer 4-0-6-0
Mujahid   4-0-18-1
Sohaib    3-0-12-1
Christie  4-0-19-0
Ebrahim   4-0-38-0
Hamilton  4-0-14-1
Shaw      3-0-34-2
Mansha    1-0-11-0

Old Fallopians 134 (27 overs)

Kaf Hasan                   b Andy           29
Ilyas Mansha      ct ?      b Andy            1
Raj Rajendeer     ct ?      b Trim            1
Darryl Christie             b Mohammed       18
Hassan Khan                   run out         7
Naveen Kumar      ct keeper b Mohammed (son) 52
Mujahid Rahman              b Mohammed        2
Sohaib Saleem               b Nasim Mohammed  0
Ebrahim Khan                b Mohammed        4
Steve Hamilton                not out         9
John Shaw                   b Mohammed (son)  1
Extras: w 3 nb 1 lb 2:                        6
Total                                       134

Andy           7-1-33-2
Trim           5-0-25-1
Zubair         4-0-32-0
Waqar          4-0-15-0
Mohammed       2-0-5-3
Mohammed (son) 3-0-9-2
Nasim Mohammed 2-0-5-1




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