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May 5, 2019 Friendly vs Woodford Green Won by 6 wickets

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OF victors v Woodford Green
New season cheer: OF victors at Woodford - (L-R) Syed Hussain, Gaurav Prabhu, Imran Khan, Umair Shahzad, Sam Clough, Milu Aslam, Steve Hamilton, Vishnu Dubey, Ahmed Nisar, John Shaw



Played at Woodford Green
Report by Steve Hamilton

A historic match with an Old Fallopians record chase of 254 to win the game. Only one chase has been larger - 260 - but that fixture ended in a draw.

This was our second fixture of the season played on a cold gray day.

We won the toss and I decided to field as we had some class on display with our bowling line up.

The Woodford openers looked solid until Syed upset the batsman with his unpredictable line and pace and soon got his victim with a inside edge which hit the wicket and took out the opener in his second over. Our specialist swinger Umair Shahzad provided good support from the other end.

Debutant Gaurav Prabhu came on and bowled a very controlled line and was rewarded with the wicket of young big-hitting Waqur for 33, clean bowled.

Woodford reached 126 for 2 off 20 overs at drinks. I was expecting them to reach a big score as on a flat wicket we were struggling to repeat our opening success!

After drinks, another dubutant Imran Khan bowled a tidy five-over spell and kept the Woodford run rate down.

We needed something special to happen as their opening batsman was on 92 and looked all set to a 100 or more with a total of 300 definitely on cards! That was until a magnificent piece of fielding from Syed Hussian, showing the athleticism of a man half his age! Reaching down low to pick up a tremendously hard-hit ball, he released it immediately wth a precise throw to keeper Milu Aslam who took off the bails.

Ahmed Nisar came on with decent pace and was beating the outside edge numerous times, finally gaining the wicket which he well deserved with a snick to the nimble Milu who nonchalantly took the catch .

Syed and Umair came on for the remaining four overs,  both taking a wicket and stopping Woodford from accelerating to an even more challenging target.

After a marvellous tea we were chasing 254 and needed a decent start, game on!

Star batsman Farhad Waqar, who never fails to deliver, was in first gear immediately. He and Vishnu Dubey put on 70-odd on for the first wicket. Farhad reached his 50 and was dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground effortlessly. He was very much in control until he went to drive a ball that pitched outside off, swung in and took out his middle wicket.

Vishnu in contrast struggled early and went through the gears but soon finally settled down and started to play elegantly until he was finding the boundary with ease!

We struggled for the next 10 overs, losing a couple of wickets and scoring only 30, with Sam Clough unlucky to get run out with a direct hit. For second game in a row we needed some something special to stay in the game, let alone win it!

Umair was the man of hour - in destructive form with two sixes and eight fours he reached his 50 in no time, almost taking us over the winning line. But the man of the match was Vishnu, ending on 95 not out. He was not a man to be broken down and was full of class and gutsy spirit who went through the gears before finally hitting the winning runs.

Well played Old Fallopians with and a great all round team performance! 



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Woodford Green 253-6 (40 overs)
Siad              run out       92
Hussain           b Hussian     11
Waqar             b Prabhu      33
Martin   ct Aslam b Ahmed       38
Aram              not out       37
Nav               b Shahzad     13
Sardeep           b Hussain      0
Hamer             not out        3
Extras (w 16, nb 6, lb 6, b 10) 38
Total                          253

Umair Shahzad  8-0-37-1
Syed Hussain   7-1-32-2
Farhad Waqar   5-0-33-0
Gaurav Prabhu  4-0-33-1
John Shaw      4-0-33-0
Imran Khan     5-0-32-0
Steve Hamilton 3-0-15-0
Ahmed Nisar    4-0-27-1

Old Fallopians 254-4 (36 overs)
Farhad Waqar       b Siad      51
Vishnu Dubey       not out     95
Gaurav Prabhu lbw  b Siad       4
Sam Clough         run out      6
Umair Shahzad ct ? b Zaid      51
Milu Aslam         not out      3
Extras (w 22, nb 6, lb 12, b4) 44
Total                         254

Smith  3-0-29-0
Nav    4-0-33-0
Patel  3-30-0
Zaid   7-0-34-1
Siad   7-0-25-2
Joe    7-0-49-0
Nathan 3-0-24-0


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