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August 1, 2018 2nd VIII vs Sports Interactive Won by 19 runs
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They beat Sports Interactive
Interactive winners: (L-R standing) Umair Shahzad, Waseem Furqan, Ilyas Mansha, Steve Hamilton; (L-R kneeling) Hassan Khan, Matt Wake, Faisel Mahboob, Jack Wright

 

Played at Victoria Park, pitch 2
Report by Hassan Khan

This VPCCL fixture saw us continue our quest to end the season with a few wins and climb from the bottom of Division Two.

Having won the toss, I elected to bat and openers Waseem and Matt provided a solid early platform. When debutant Waseem holed out for a brisk 21, the in-form Ilyas continued the good work. Wickets fell regularly but I knew that if we could bat our overs, a score of 120-130 was defendable.

A clutter of wickets and yours truly suffering a freak pre-batting ankle sprain from the infamous Victoria Park pot holes left us at risk of being bowled out early. However, a vital partnership between Jack and Steve took us to our best Division Two total of the season: 139-5, thanks in particular to some great hitting in the last over from Jack.

Our opening bowlers contrasted between the excellent Umair, swinging the ball in to the right handers skillfully for three early wickets and myself bowling pathetically on a sprained left ankle.

But there was method in my madness. As the opposition consolidated to need 60 from the last eight overs, Steve's off spin provided the perfect foil for some hostile fast bowling from Waseem. The pair took 3-36 from seven overs to leave us victorious by 19 runs in a contest that had hitherto ebbed & flowed.

A special mention for Steve's celebration after Ilyas caught his second victim - there was hilarity and concern in equal measure as Ilyas couldn't breathe for a few seconds afterwards!

A good competitive game and some fine cricket. Well done to all.    

Old Fallopians 139-5 (16 overs)
Matt Wake           b A James    39
Waseem Furqan  ct ? b O Kenney   21
Ilyas Mansha   ct ? b M Taylor   26
Faisel Mahboob      b T Singh     8
Umair Shahzad       b T Davidson  3
Steve Hamilton not out            7
Jack Wright    not out           19
Hassan Khan    dnb
Extras w 5:                       5
Total                           139

O Kenney   3-0-31-1
T Davidson 4-0-32-1
A James    4-0-26-1
M Taylor   3-0-22-1
T Singh    2-0-18-1


Sports Interactive 120-6 (16 overs)
T Singh               b Hamilton 37
A James               b Shahzad   5
R Saldanha            b Shahzad   4
M Taylor              b Shahzad   4
D Ormsby              b Furqan   46
T Greenwood ct Mansha b Hamilton  7
O Kenney    not out               6
T Davidson  not out               3
Extras w 2, nb 2, b 4:            8
Total                            120

Khan     2-0-22-0
Shahzad  4-0-26-3
Wright   3-0-33-0
Furqan   4-0-18-1
Hamilton 3-0-18-2




 

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