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July 3, 2019 2nd VIII vs Victoria Lounge (Cup) Lost by 20 runs
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The lost to Victoria Lounge
Unvictorious loungers: (standing L-R) Jack Turner, Graham McGee, Samsuddin Tipu, Jonathan Stebbins, John Shaw; (kneeling L-R) Jack Holmes, Hassan Khan, Vishnu Dubey; (not shown) Matt Wake              Photo: Tim Castle              

 

Played at Victoria Park, pitch 1
Report by Hassan Khan (captain)

This VPCCL Cup fixture appeared a mismatch, as Victoria Lounge are a top division side and we are in the lowest division. To give context, they amassed 234 in 16 overs in one of their matches last year.

VL won the toss and elected to bat in bright sunshine. Openers Stevens and Neal struck the ball fluently but were checked by some controlled OF bowling, backed up by good fielding. Indeed, a powerful line up of hitters was restricted to under 200, thanks to tidy bowling as a unit and excellent high intensity fielding which yielded three run outs.

Chasing 188 from 16 overs, OF lost an early wicket but a typically pugnacious 21 from Wake was supported by a classy 35 from Stebbins, until the latter retired due to vision problems. Our tempo accelerated, however, when the dependable Holmes arrived at the crease. His effortless 42 was backed up by lusty hitting from Tipu.

Alas, we fell 20 runs short but a highly creditable effort against powerful opposition. VL bowled 21 wides whereas we bowled only 7. Our batting was strong and no catches were dropped. We just were beaten by a better team.  

Victoria Lounge 187-5 (16 overs)
T Stevens†   c & b J Stebbins  35
J Neal       retired           51
J Cannon*    run out           10
S Phillipson c & b G McGee     32
G Flanagan   run out           25
C Stevens    not out           24
R Edwards    run out            0
O Kavanagh   not out            2
Extras (w 7, lb 2)              9
Total                         187
FOW: 91-1 T Stevens†, - J Neal*, 110-2 J Cannon*, 150-3 S Phillipson, 169-4 G Flanagan, 182-5 R Edwards

H Khan*    4-0-44-0
J Holmes   4-0-37-0
J Stebbins 3-0-38-1
S Tipu     3-0-31-0
M Wake     1-0-16-0
G McGee    1-0-19-1


Old Fallopians 167-3 (16 overs)
V Dubey    c T Stevens† b O Kavanagh  12
M Wake     b C Stevens                21
J Stebbins retired hurt               35
J Holmes   c T Stevens† b C Stevens   42
S Tipu     not out                    27
G McGee    not out                     3
Extras (w 24, nb 5)                   29
Total                                167
DNB: J Turner†, H Khan*
FOW: 23-1 V Dubey, - J Stebbins*, 50-2 M Wake, 164-3 J Holmes

G Flanagan 4-0-23-0
O Kavanagh 4-0-43-1
R Edwards  4-0-44-0
C Stevens  4-0-56-1

 

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