Played at Victoria Park, pitch 3
Report by Hassan Khan (captain)
L&Q Living, synonymous with housing, performed a demolition job
on the Fallopians 2nd VIII in a match reduced to 14 overs per side.
On a cloudy day I lost my second consecutive toss and we
were, unsurprisingly, fielding first. Opener Waqar, perhaps more
appropriately 'wacker,' made his intentions clear. His strokeplay,
though reminiscent of a man being attacked by a swarm of bees,
started the demolition of our bowling and was, unfortunately,
dropped three times off my bowling, including twice in one over!
(Luckily, Hassan is being very reasonable about this and not naming
any names! - TC)
Nevertheless, Philip Barrass continued his excellent form with the
ball and was well supported by Jack Holmes and the 'ultra-motion dippers'
of Ilyas Mansha, in addition to some excellent glove work from Jack Turner.
L&Q were contained at 61-1 after 8 overs thanks to a great
yorker from Barrass. However, lusty hitting in the last 6 overs,
aided once again by a dropped catch, took them to a competitive 121
from 14 overs.
Our openers Matt Wake and Ollie Gold provided
another winning platform until Wake was bowled. Gold continued the
fight with some stunning strokeplay, including thunderous
Greenidgesque square cuts. He retired after scoring a spectacular
Unfortunately, Vishnu suffered a golden duck and when
myself and Turner were at the crease, the momentum swung in favour of
L&Q. Light drizzle now combined with accurate bowling and heavily
critical 'commentary' from square-leg umpire Steve 'Bob Willis'
Hamilton: "It's not a Test Match!"
We batted with grit but
both lacked the required big hitting firepower. With 20 needed from
the last 2 overs, I was run out, an event filmed by umpire
Hamilton on his mobile phone to further ridicule our
In the end, we lost by 9 runs, most
probably due to some vital spilled catches - although umpire
Hamilton contradicted this view with his own extensive match
'lowlights ' afterwards in the Peoples Park Tavern!
L&Q Living 121-2 (14 overs)
W Ali† c J Turner† b J Holmes 22
K Petty b P Barrass 27
J Boon not out 36
S Sanger not out 24
Extras (w 10, nb 7, b 1) 18
Did not bat: A
Hussain*, J Beeston, S Smith, F Hussein
FoW: 42-1 W Ali†, 76-2 K
H Khan* 4-0-45-0
P Barrass 4-0-31-1
J Holmes 3-0-22-1
I Mansha 3-0-22-0
Old Fallopians 112-3 (14 overs)
O Gold retired 50
M Wake b S Sanger 16
V Dubey c ? b S Sanger 0
J Turner† not out 23
H Khan* run out 12
Extras (w 8, lb 4) 12
Did not bat: P Barrass, J Holmes, I Mansha
J Beeston 4-0-22-0
F Hussein 2-0-20-0
S Sanger 4-0-31-2
K Petty 1-0-16-0
J Boon 3-0-12-0
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