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Sept 9, 2018 Friendly vs Orsett & Thurrock Won by 7 wickets

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Orsett and Thurrock
A perfect day: OF's Mahbub Ahsan at the crease on his way to a quick-fire 50               Photo: Steve Hamilton



Played at Orsett, Essex
Report by Steve Hamilton

History in the making with two fixtures taking place on the same day! (See Oakfield Parkonians report here)

Old Fallopians 2nd XI played at a delightful location in Thurrock and things couldn't of gone any better with glorious sunshine and temperatures reaching 26C. With four debutants hungry to show off their skills and some old regulars returning, I had a good feeling in my bones about this game.

I lost the toss and Orsett and Thurrock elected to bat. We had Azaz Kahlil back with his usual competitive nature and no-nonsense approach to the game. He was on fire right from the start, bowling unplayable deliveries, and taking two early wickets with a double wicket maiden.

He was well supported by Syed Hussain, our fast leftie, who took a wicket with his forth ball and only went for five runs off his four overs. His lighting pace frequently resulted in massive puffs of dust coming off the batting crease!

Gopendra Mishra made his debut bowling controlled leg spin andf rom the other end we had young Jacob Freedland. With his 80s Bob Willis shaggy perm, Freedland bowled an exceptional spell that resulted in 3 for 24 off 5.4 overs. Each wicket was a carbon copy of the previous wicket, feathering the outside edge of the bat each time and with keeper Kafh Hasan catching them nonchalantly.

Next up was debutant Faisal Miah, another leg spinner who definitely had something about him. My intuition was proved right as he took a wicket with his first ball and another wicket from his third over. Next myself and Matt Wake came on as I decided to turn my golden arm and I also took a wicket with my first ball  - surprise, surprise!

Tipu Samsuddin took out the rock solid Harries for 51 with an unplayable delivery and finished off with a wicket maiden with the home team all out 113.

During the interval there were some lovely teas and a nice cold beer - only the one though -  that's the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Chasing 114 down seemed to be quite a simple task, with the man who lets his batting do the talking - another debutant Mahbub Ahsan. With meaty blows, stylish drives and cuts he reached 50 in no time, including three 6s and seven 4s, before retiring to allow his good friend Tipu Samsuddin to almost get us home - hitting six consecutive 4s!

We than lost a couple cheap wickets until Azaz finally got us over the winning line with a beautiful reverse sweep for four, which a certain other top order batsman failed to master all day!

Overall a very successful day. Well played Old Fallopians. 

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Orsett and Thurrock 113-10 (27.4 overs)
Mendham             b Hussain    0
T.Owen              b Miah      18
Churchyard ct Ahsan b Kahlil     1
Brazier             b Khalil     0
J.Hart    ct Hasan  b Freedland 18
Dhee      ct Hasan  b Freedland  9
O'Neill             b Miah       7
Harries             b Samsuddin 51
C.Owen              b Hamilton   2
Crome     not out                2
Bundock   ct Hasan  b Freedland  0
Extras nb 3, b 3, w 1:           8
Total                          113

Kahlil    2-1-1-2
Hussain   4-1-5-1
Mishra    4-0-16-0
Freedland 5.4-0-24-3
Miah      4-0-23-2
Wake      4-0-23-0
Hamilton  3-0-16-0
Samsuddin 1-1-0-1

Old Fallopians 114-3 (16.4 overs)
Farhad Waqar    lbw b Dhee             24
Mahbub Ahsan    retired                51
Tipu Samsuddin  ct T.Owen b Churchyard 25
Kafh Hasan      b Churchyard            9
Azaz Kahlil     not out                 5
Faisal Miah     not out                 0
Syed Hussain    dnb
Gopendra Mishra dnb
Matt Wake       dnb
Kafh Hasan      dnb
Steve Hamilton  dnb
Extras w 3:                             3
Total                                 114

C.Owen     6-1-35-0
Bundock    4-0-25-0
J Hart     2-0-25-0
Dhee       2.4-0-14-1
Churchyard 2-0-5-2







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