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July 19, 2018 2nd VIII vs Camel Lights Tied
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Played at Victoria Park, pitch 2
Report by Hassan Khan

This fixture was season defining for both clubs. For the Camel, Division 2 winners in 2017, a win would place them joint top of Division 2. For us, languishing at the bottom of the division on four points and just one win, it was a tough ask to break the sequence of crushing defeats. It was a David v Goliath contest, further reinforced by the fact that Camel had a berth in the VPCCL Cup semi-final.

As my good friend and Camel skipper Tom Porter and I tossed up, his team were practising fielding drills. We were, in contrast, awaiting the arrival of perennially late Naveen.

Having won the toss, I elected to bat. Openers Tipu and Ilyas got us off to a flyer at 60-0 from four overs. Unperturbed, Camel switched bowlers effectively and tied us down.

When Ilyas was bowled, the good work was continued by Ollie and we edged closer to 100. Tipu missed out on a well deserved 50 but he set us a platform for a competitive score.

Myself, Jacob and Nick all contributed as we finished on 127-4 from our allotted 16 overs.

Naveen and I opened up the bowling. With all our fielders on the boundary, Camel openers Tom and Brendan pushed 1s & 2s comfortably. This forced me to bring a couple of fielders in. They couldn't hit boundaries consistently but were happily cruising at 58-0 after eight overs.

Tipu and Jacob now took up the mantle. Camel had to take risks with 70 required and Brendan was run out. 30 needed from three overs became 20 needed from two.

A brilliant penultimate over from 17-year-old Jacob left the equation at 14 required from six balls.

A leg stump half-volley crashed to the boundary ... 10 from 5. In the twilight, a debatable wide and it was now seven from three.

Five from two deliveries became three to win from the final ball. With darkness descending on Victoria Park the batsmen scampered two but Ollie, who had kept superbly throughout, gathered the ball cleanly - resulting in a tie (only the second time the Old Fallopians have tied a game at Victoria Park - the first was a 157-run draw against Martians in 2010)

Both sides agreed it was the most thrilling of matches. Well played Fallopians. A great team effort.  

Old Fallopians 126-4 (16 overs)
Samsuddin Tipu  ct K Caless   b M Redgrave 37
Ilyas Mansha                  b R Hagan    21
Ollie Gold†                   b M Redgrave 35
Hassan Khan*    ct B Cleaver† b M Redgrave 10
Jacob Freedland not out                    13
Nick Taylor     not out                     6
Tom Shute       dnb
Naveen Kumar    dnb
Extras w 2, nb 1, lb 1:                     4
Total                                     126

Kit     2-0-?-0
Avi     2-0-?-0
Richard 4-0-23-0
Max     3-0-21-2
Tom     2-0-21-0
Chris   1-0-3-0
Mat     2-0-14-0

Camel Lights 126-2 (16 overs)
B Cleaver†  run out      45
Tom Porter* retired hurt 42
M Redgrave  b Tipu        5
D Melia     not out       4
R Hagan     not out      16
Extras (w 7, nb 2, b 5)  14
Total                   126

Kumar    4-0-28-0
Khan*    4-0-29-0
Freedman 4-0-30-0
Tipu     4-0-34-1


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