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May 21, 2019 2nd VIII vs Sports Interactive Won by 6 wickets
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They beat Sports Interactive
Serious sportsmen: (Standing L-R) Jack Wright, Steve Hamilton, Naveen Kumar, Jonathan Stebbins, John Shaw; (kneeling L-R) Philip Barras, Matt Wake, Ollie Gold, Jack Holmes                               Photo: Tim Castle


Played at Victoria Park, pitch 1
Report by Tim Castle

The OF 2nds third game of the season against Sports Interactive was held on the biggest pitch - pitch 3.

The weather was kind again and the opposition a jolly nice bunch. We lost the toss and the opposition chose to bat. Our bowling was excellent in this match - Jack Holmes taking a great catch off his own bowling (plus another catch), Jack Wright clean bowling someone with his first ball of the day and the rest of the wickets were nicely shared out amongst the bowlers with Steve Hamilton getting two wickets - I heard one of the batsmen describing him as "annoyingly accurate".

A special mention for Ollie Gold as he took two outstanding catches. The first was an excellent catch diving forward with outstretched arms, the ball inches from the ground. The second catch was one of the most amazing catches I've ever seen. The ball was struck firmly in the direction of Ollie in the covers who, somehow, plucked the ball out of the sky with one hand and in the process did an almost full back flip/cartwheel-type thing. Amazing athleticism, amazing catch.

Due to our excellent bowling and four great catches the opposition were all out for a low score of 52. This was Naveen's last game for OFs for a while as he and his family are off to India for a year with work so he was offered the chance to open. The phrase he said as we walked out was "no need to take risks". Sports Interactive had some very good bowlers and apart from one wayward over they were very accurate, tricky bowlers.

We reached our target with relative ease and won the game by six wickets with nearly six overs to spare. An excellent win for the OFs and off to the pub early. Marvellous!

Sports Interactive 52-7 (9.2 overs)

A James               b S Hamilton 37
M Taylor    ct Gold   b J Stebbins  2
P Rolfe     ct and    b J Holmes    0
D Greenwood           b J Wright    1
M Duffy     ct Gold   b J Wright    0
E Seakins   lbw       b S Hamilton  4
T Davidson  ct Holmes b P Barrass   2
A Bell*     not out                 0
Extras (w 6)                        6
Total                              52

FOW: 7-1 M Taylor, 11-2 P Rolfe, 18-3 D Greenwood, 18-4 M Duffy, 35-5 E Seakins, 52-6 T Davidson, 52-7 A James

J Holmes   2-0-11-1
J Stebbins 2-0-7-1
J Wright   2-0-7-2
S Hamilton 2.2-0-14-2
P Barrass  1-0-13-1

Old Fallopians 53-1 (10.2 overs)

Naveen Kumar not out   14
Matt Wake*   b A James 17
Jack Holmes  not out   16
Ollie Gold†  not out    0
Extras (w 4, nb 4)      8
Total                  54

DNB: Jonathan Stebbins, Philip Barrass, Steve Hamilton, Jack Wright
FOW: 31-1 M Wake*

T Davidson 3-0-16-0
P Rolfe    4-0-19-0
A James    2.2-0-5-1
A Bell*    1-0-13-0


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