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May 20, 2018 Friendly vs Theydon Bois Won by 369 runs

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Theydon Bois ground
Blue skies for our batting: the wicket that gave us 369 runs at Theydon Bois                         Photo: Steve Hamilton


Boys on the boundary
Boys on the boundary: (L-R) Ed Gibbs, Hader Ilyas, Azaz Khalik, Yusuf Malji, Zubair Gardiwala; Dharshan is sitting behind with beige cap                                                                                                                                     Photo: Steve Hamilton



Man of the match Atik Sindha 
Man of the match: Atik Sindha scored 151 not out (retired) and then kept wicket                                                                                                                                                        Photo: Steve Hamilton

Played at Theydon Bois
Report by Steve Hamilton

A new fixture for Old Fallopians this season was played on a wonderful sunny day at the home of Theydon Bois Cricket Club.

With 27 different players being used for our first 4 games, I had to make some serious manoeuvres to create the perfect formula that works!

I won the toss and elected to bat.

Our debutant openers Atik Sindha and Harrish Siddique approached the crease with poise and a mental toughness that could not be said of some of our previous openers.

Atik smashed and destroyed the opposition bowling attack with elegant on and off drives and some Gordon Greenidge-style pulls and square cuts as well as some massive booming straight sixes in his total of 151 not out (retired) which included 10 sixes and 23 fours.

He was well supported by his opening partner Harrish with a stubborn resistance that never looked like being broken. The pair put on 171 for our first wicket!

At drinks we were 191 for 1 off 20 overs.

At this stage I was umpiring both ends with our other debutant Edward Gibbs at square leg. We than had a minor wobble and lost a couple wickets in succession.

Enter Azaz Kahlil and Zubair Gardiwala (115 not out previous game), who made a 100 partnership in next to no time. They completely broke the opposition's hearts and the will to live as they watched their bowing being annihilated and the ball almost being hit into orbit at times! Zubair scored a quick fire 74 with eight sixes and four fours before being caught at long off.

Azaz ended up 65 not out with three sixes and seven fours. Despite suffering from cramp he still managed to battle his way though and get us to a new record club score of 369-6 from 40 overs.

A superb tea was provided and eaten outside the clubhouse bar with glorious sunshine beaming down upon us.

With a total of 369 to defend I decided it was safe to experiment with our bowling order.
I opened up the bowling with quick left arm bowler Yusuf Malji, who provided us with some of the top class players on the day!

Yusuf took our first wicket (Nasir) with an unplayable in-swinging yorker, and at 17 for 1 things were alread starting to look cushy!

Cometh the hour, cometh the man - I (the Hamilton) came on and mesmerized them my subtle variations of pace and flight and clean bowled their other opener (Tariq). With rumours beginning to circulate of my unplayable deliveries the opposition started to look fragile and began to crumble!

I took another three quick wickets, (Rana) was my next victim and was stumped when I flighted the ball and tempted him to come foward - he misjudged the line and ended up with his foot just outside the crease and with his lighting-speed reflexes Atik took off the bails in 0.01 of a second. Then (Small) was cleaned bowled and my forth and final victim was (Meer) who hit the ball to Azaz Kahlil at long on who took a magnificent catch which took enternity to come down! I ended up with 4 for 38 off 8 overs.

At 67 for 5 we were on our way to thumping victory.

Edward Gibbs showed great athleticism in the field and was also rewarded with a wicket off the last ball of his spell when Spall hit the ball straight to mid on where Zubair effortlessly took the catch. Azaz decided to come on and take two quick wickets at this stage - we all wanted to finish them off as soon as possible.

John Shaw and Hamza Saeed got the final wickets, with us winning the match by a mere 220 runs!!

Man of the match was Atik Sindha, with a masterful display of destructive batting and a class above behind the stumps!

The game was played in great spirit and handshakes and pleasantries were exchanged after the game as well a couple of beers in the clubhouse bar.

Record score
Top of the Pops: Old Fallopians' record score of 369 for 6                                             Photo: Steve Hamilton

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Old Fallopians 369-6 (40 overs)

Harrish Siddique               b Hussain    19
Atik Sindha            retired not out     151
Haider Ilyas     ct A Tariq    b Nasir       5
Azaz Khalil                    not out      65
Zubair Gardiwala ct ?          b A Tariq    74
Hamzar Saeed     ct Habib      b A Tariq     5
Yusuf Malji      ct D Small    b Ros Making 10
Steve Hamilton   ct Ros Making b ?           8
Dharshan                       not out       0
Edward Gibbs     DNB
John Shaw        DNB
Extras: W 8, b 11, lb 13:                   32
Total                                      369

FoW: 1-171, 2-185, 3-295, 4-307, 5-30, 6-369

Ros Making  8-0-82-1
Habib       6-1-34-0
N Nasir     8-0-56-1
N Day       2-0-35-0
M Spall     8-0-71-1
T Winch     2-0-28-0
A Tariq     4-0-36-2
Mer Hussain 2-1-13-1

Theydon Bois 149 all out (27.2 overs)
A Tariq                 b Hamilton 32
N Nasir                 b Malji     5
F Rana     st Sindha    b Hamilton 11
H Spall    ct Gardiwala b Gibbs    29
H Meer     ct Khalil    b Hamilton 12
D Small                 b Hamilton  5
N Day                   b Khalil   22
Rod Making ct Sindha    b Saeed     8
T Winch                 b Khalil    1
Ros Making              b Shaw      7
Habib                   not out     0
Extras: nb 4, w 8, b 5, lb 2:      19
Total                             149

Malji     3-0-34-1
Hamilton  8-0-38-4
Gardiwala 2-1-4-0
Gibbs     6-1-27-1
Shaw      5.2-0-27-1
Khalil    2-0-1-2
Saeed     1-0-5-1




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