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May 12, 2019 Friendly vs Holtwhites Trinibis Won by 1 wicket

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They beat Holtwhite Trinibis
End-of-day winners: (Standing L-R) Ahmed Nisar, Kafh Hasan, Syed Hussian, Gaurav Prabhu,
Steve Hamilton, Vishal Sharma, Sam Clough, John Shaw; (kneeling L-R) Graham Mcgee, Azaz Khalil, Jack Turner



Played at Holtwhites Hill, Enfield
Report by Steve Hamilton

This was a very exhilarating low-scoring game played on a mild summer's day.

I won the toss and decided to field as the wicket looked spicy and my intuition proved right!

Azaz Khalil opened the attack and clean bowled Belsham with the fourth ball of his first over, and it was not long before Syed's pace bamboozled the other opening batsman with a snick off the outside edge into the secure gloves of Jack Turner, who once again gave a masterful display of top-class keeping throughout the match.

Our specialist left-arm unorthodox spinner (Chinaman) Vishal Sharma bowled a majestic five-over spell for only 19 runs and certainly deserved a wicket as his wrong'uns deceived the batsman many times.

Sharma was well supported by Ahmed Nisar, improving every game with a reliable line and length. Nisar soon managed to take the wicket of Wilkes-Green, skying the ball into the hands of dubutant Graham McGee who showed great composure and made a difficult catch look effortless!

Now the wickets started to tumble as (Wily Young Fox) John Shaw and Gaurav Prabhu both took three wickets each. Shaw took the wicket of their star batsman and young colt Garnsworthy, clean bowled for 46, while Prabhu almost achieved a hat-trick. I got the final wicket and we were set 105 to win.

After a superb tea in the luxurious club house we were all confident of a easy run chase.

However, wickets started to fall rapidly and we were looking rocky at 55 for 7. Only Gaurav Prabhu (47 not out) looked solid. But with his unflappable temperament and ability to play strokes when needed - and playing according to the match situation  - he showed a fine example of coolness under pressure!

Ahmed came in and looked composed and supported Gaurav for a useful partnership of 24 and was unfortunately caught at long off.

We were now on 83 for 9, still needing another 22 more runs to win, when John Shaw graced us with his presence at the crease. Once there he showed all his experience and character and was soon rotating the strike and hitting the odd boundary to help us ever closer to the target.

Gaurav finally took us over the winning line by smashing two fours down the leg side!

A magnificent game full of many highs and lows and a celebration drink was well deserved after the game in the club house.  


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Holtwhites Trinibis 104-10 (27.2 overs)

M.Belsham                b Khalil    0
P.Morley       ct Turner b Hussian   3
G.Garnsworthy            b Shaw     46
I.Wilkes-Green ct Mcgee  b Nisar     7
K.Tew                    b Shaw     24
T.Prime                  b Prabhu    2
N.Wharfe                 b Prabhu    0
B.Law-Davie    ct Turner b Prabhu    4
D. Waterson    ct Hasan  b Shaw      6
E. Smith                 b Hamilton  0
M. Davie       not out               0
Extras(w 4, lb 6, nb 2)             12
Total                              104

Azaz Kahlil    4-0-8-1
Syed Hussian   5-1-15-1
Ahmed Nisar    4-1-5-1
Vishal Sharma  5-0-19-0
John Shaw      5-0-30-3
Gaurav Prabhu  2-0-14-3
Steve Hamilton 2.2-0-5-1

Old Fallopians 106-9 (29.4 overs)

Kath Hasan     ct ?      b Davie  10
Jack Turner              b Davie   8
Gaurav Prabhu  not out            47
Sam Clough     ct ?      b Smith   0
Azaz Kahlil    ct ?      b Smith   8
Graham Mcgee   st keeper b Smith   1
Ahmed Nisar    ct ?      b Ben    10
Syed Hussian   ct ?      b Jack    5
Vishal Sharma  lbw       b Dantee  3
Steve Hamilton           b Jack    0
John Shaw      not out             4
Extras(w 8, lb 1)                  9
Total                            106

Smith       7-1-19-3
Davie       7-1-22-2
Garnsworthy 3-0-8-1
Ben LD      5-0-18-1
Jack        4-0-20-1
Dantee      3.4-0-19-1


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