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July 22, 2018 Friendly vs Black Rose of Highgate Match abandoned

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Played at Highgate Woods
Report by Hassan Khan

After last Thursday's late night thriller, this contest proved equally memorable. In one of London's most picturesque cricket grounds, Highgate Wood, I elected to field on a greenish wicket with a huge crevasse at one end.

Andre, Black Rose skipper, confirmed that he had a particularly strong side. However, we struck a crucial blow in the first over as their opener was pinned LBW for 0 by yours truly.

With our keeper, Kafh, fashionably late, Danny O'Rourke, took the field in his first ever game for us. At number 3, a pinch hitter cut loose. The small boundaries at Highgate Wood were no challenge, as this Kashmiri carved our bowling to all parts.

Enter Kafh, strutting to the wicket in designer gear from head to toe. He promptly ran out the second opener. When Umair Shezad took a brilliant swirler at slip off my bowling, the pinch hitter was gone for a flying 50 and OFCC were back in the game.

There followed a superb illustration of control and discipline from Peter Frisby and young Jacob Freedland. The latter bowled metronomically and a perfectly pitched tempting outswinger was duly gloved to Kafh. 110-4 and I smelled blood.

BRH counterattacked belligerently. A thunderous on-drive flew through Umair's fingers for 4. He left the field with a swollen and bloodied middle finger. Their onslaught continued until a fairly simple chance at short mid-wicket produced a clash of heads.

Danny had a deep cut to his chin and Kafh, keeping without a helmet as usual, left in an ambulance. He had sustained a deep cut to the forehead and lapsed in and out of consciousness.

With Highgate Wood now transformed into a battlefield and three Fallopians hospitalised, the match was abandoned at 245-4 from 32 overs. John Shaw and Peter Frisby helped ferry Danny to the Whittington hospital.

A return fixture is set for 19th August and I promised Andre that OFCC would bring more firepower. Let's hit them with both barrels. Will Hopson-Hill are you available?


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