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July 9, 2019 2nd VIII vs Phoenix All-Stars Won by 40 runs
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They beat Phoenix
Risen from the Phoenix ashes: (Standing L-R): Jonathan Stebbins, Jack Holmes, Graham McGee, John Shaw; (kneeling L-R) Hassan Khan, Vishnu Dubey        


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

This was a good toss to win on a warm and humid evening. I opted to bat and was rewarded with a superb opening stand between Tipu and the in-form Holmes. They gave us a critical platform with 67 in 6 overs.

This was built on by a wonderfully aggressive 35 from Dubey as the peerless Holmes retired on his second unbeaten 50 in three innings. Phoenix improved their bowling in the final third and a total of 170-180 was thus restricted to 154-5.

Chasing a competitive total, Phoenix looked comfortable, until a a spearing yorker from yours truly sent the dangerous Sagi's middle stump cartwheeling. Phoenix' strategy of carefully seeing out my and Tipu's overs backfired spectacularly, as Holmes and Wright now took the baton.

With the required run rate now 12 an over these two rampaged through a powerful Phoenix batting card. The OF fielding was impeccable, including a stunning caught and bowled from the unstoppable Holmes.

A shocked Phoenix were steamrollered for 114, confirming a 40-run defeat with Holmes and Wright's excellent bowling deservedly taking five of the seven wickets.

Old Fallopians 154-5 (16 overs)
Jack Holmes       retired         53
Samsuddin Tipu    run out         27
Jonathan Stebbins c & b S Rehman   4
Vishnu Dubey      b D Venn        35
Graham McGee      c & b M Ansari   4
Jack Wright       not out         11
Yasir Ali         run out          1
Hassan Khan*      not out          0
Extras (nb 2, b 1)                 3
Total                            154
FOW: - S Tipu, - J Stebbins, - V Dubey, - G McGee, - Y Ali

F Husain* 3-0-30-0
M Ansari  4-1-30-1
S Rehman  3-0-39-1
D Venn    4-0-30-1
A Grant   2-0-26-0

Phoenix All-Stars 114-7 (12.4 overs)
R Sagić   b H Khan*           30
J Banks   b J Wright          27
D Venn    run out (J Wright)  16
F Husain* lbw b J Wright       4
S Ahmed   c Dubey b J Holmes   2
M Ansari  not out              7
S Rehman  c & b J Holmes       4
A Grant   b J Wright           0
Extras (w 15, nb 1, lb 2)     18
Total                        114

H Khan*  4-0-24-1
S Tipu   4-0-33-0
J Holmes 3-0-19-2
J Wright 1.4-0-12-3


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