Played at Greenwich Park
Report by Hassan Khan
This fixture, played at the historic Greenwich Park, did not
We won the toss and I elected to bowl on a green
and uneven wicket.
Superb swing bowling from Syed kept us in
contention. He was backed, for once, by excellent fielding.
Cincinatti opener Abid was brilliantly caught by relay - as a
screaming chance was deliberately palmed by a fully outstretched
first slip (yours truly ) to Junaid at gully.
Cincinatti batters were completely bamboozled by Syed's boomerang
inswingers. He was backed up by a tidy spell from Steve Hamilton,
who checked a middle order onslaught, with John Shaw, the 'comeback
kid' Peter Frisby and debutant Freddie Webster all suffering badly.
After a sumptuous tea, including the best vegetable curry
we've ever tasted, the Fallopians set about chasing 233 from 35
overs, probably 50 too many on a challenging wicket.
Cincinatti leggie Abid was unplayable, exploiting uneven bounce with
googlies, flippers and subtly flighted leg spinners. He did for the
belligerent Junaid, who had hitherto perfectly demonstrated the
'pinch-hitter' role with two enormous sixes.
Jack Turner was bowled, as was Syed. Yours truly completely misread
a flipper. Even Azaz Khalil, our best batsman, was forced to make
'ugly runs', as the ball continued to spit and turn as well as
Honour was salvaged, however, thanks to
debutants Andy Widelski and the flashing-blade of Webster. The
latter struck six effortless boundaries in a quickfire 25.
Surviving through it all was a shrewd innings from Steve Hamilton.
He batted around Azaz, Freddie and Andy but then astutely farmed the
strike with John Shaw. Indeed, our last pair put on a highly
commendable 31 for the last wicket. From 57-4, we ended on a highly
respectable 188-9 (batting with 10 men).
to Brendan and Cincinatti but a solid all round performance from the
O.F. on a tough wicket.
Holiday spirits: (L-R) Jack Wright, John Shaw,
Steve Hamilton, Hassan Khan and Peter Frisby enjoying the
Quality cuppa: (far right) Peter Frisby and
Mohammed Junaid enjoying biryani and a cup of tea during the
Photo: Steve Hamilton
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