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July 7, 2019 Friendly vs Hobgoblin Nomads Lost by 5 wickets

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They lost to Hobgoblin Nomads
Hobbled by the Nomads: Standing (L-R): John Shaw, Syed Shah, Azaz Khalil, Momammed Junaid, Vishnu Dubey,
Ali Sufyan; (kneeling L-R): Peter Frisby, Tim Castle, Hassan Khan, Graham McGee, Jack Turner.  
Photo by Steve Hamilton



Played at Hilly Fields
Report by Hassan Khan

On a humid and cloudy Sunday, overnight rain had reduced the Hilly Fields wicket in deepest Brockley to a cauldron of mud, patchy grass and simmering seam, swing and spin.

Predictably, opposition captain Niz opted to use their tried and tested formula against us. High class fast bowlers Jackson and Manning did not disappoint, scything through the OF batting with ruthless efficiency. Opener Turner was castled by an unplayable cutter from Jackson in the opening over, and with McGee falling to a suicidal run out, our top batsman Azaz joined skipper Khan. By now, the wicket was truly behaving irrationally, with unpredictable bounce, turn and swing.

Nevertheless, the Nomads exploited conditions expertly with "corridor-of-uncertainty" line and length. Our batsmen lacked both technique and, perhaps more importantly, patience, folding to 72 all out with at least 10 overs remaining.

Defending a paltry total, OF slinger Syed turned the match on its head. His left arm round boomerang swing was unplayable by the Nomads openers. He bowled two batsmen and was well supported by Khan, Khalil and Junaid.

So near and yet so far. Consistent pressure by OF's pace attack could not stop Nomads chasing 73 to win. Arguably, they were assisted by much improved weather as the sun broke through the clouds and hence a relatively faster outfield. We were left to rue not making another 30 runs, as the Nomads limped to their target for the loss of five wickets.

Hassan faces
Sticky wicket: Hassan faces down another Hobgoblin delivery                                            Photo: Jack Turner

Summertime blues
Summertime blues: Frisby at the crease swings as the sun starts to shine                         Photo by Tim Castle

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