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July 13, 2019 Friendly vs Oakfield Parkonians Lost by 51 runs

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They lost to Oakfield Parkonians
Smiling before the beating: Standing (L-R): Gaurav Prabhu, Mo Najeeb, Kevin Taylor, Jack Turner, Waqas Hashmi, Vishnu Dubey; (sitting L-R): Tim Castle, Gavin Hyder, Hassan Khan, Ilyas Mansha, John Shaw. 



Played at Hainault Recreation Ground
Report by Hassan Khan

On another scorching day on the parched Farlop plains, Oakfield Parkonians elected to bat after winning the toss. Their openers immediately set about trying to bludgeon the bowling, with Najeeb hammered for 22 in his first over.

However, the big fast bowler hit back to break the spine of the Parkonian batting with three wickets in his second over. Packed full of T20-obsessed colts, the Parkonians continued vainly to flay the moving ball on a treacherous wicket and were soon tottering at 50-5.

However, the opposition's veteran opener Bal carefully guided the youngsters and lead a recovery, despite beeing utterly bamboozled by eight overs of spin and seam from Castle - firstly four overs of Derek Underwood tidy spinners combined with four overs of hostile Andy Roberts swingers.

On a difficult wicket, Bal completed an excellent century - apparently his first ever in a long career at the crease, before the left arm pace of Hashmi cleaned up the tail to leave us chasing a tough total of 203 from their 40 overs.

Fallopian openers Turner and Dubey looked good until Turner mistimed a pull to square leg and Dubey was given out caught - unfairly, he thought. Star batsman Prabhu was pinned LBW for 0 and Mansha quickly followed to leave us in disarray at 40-4.

Skipper Khan and Hashmi rehabilitated the innings with a 64-run partnership and an OF win looked plausible at the half-way stage with 104-4 from 20 overs.

However, the flamboyant Hashmi played one shot too many to fall with our highest score of 42, triggering deja vu as our innings folded with 10 overs to spare.

One silver lining in the O.F cloud was a superb all round performance from Najeeb, whose brilliant 4-36 was complemented by a belligerent 23.

View from the boundary
Cloudy but warm: Waqas Hashmi facing with partner Hassan Khan at the non-striker's end         Photo: Tim Castle

Waquas Hashmi avoids a high one
Throat ball: Hashmi takes evasive action from a high delivery                                Photo: Tim Castle

Hassan Khan prepares to strike the ball
Ball play: Hassan Khan prepares to strike                                                                   Photo: Tim Castle

Waquas Hashmi about to slog a beamer
Head shot: Hashmi about to slog a beamer over his head                                     Photo: Tim Castle

Mo Najeeb about to hit
Poised for the kill: Mo Najeeb about to punish the ball                                                         Photo: Tim Castle

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Oakfield Parkonians 203-9 (40 overs)
Bal      b Hashmi           110
Jonathan ct Hyder b Najeeb   17
Ali      b Najeeb             0
Sunny    ct Taylor b Najeeb   0
Akhil    ct Prabhu b Najeeb   7
Howard   ct Turner b Khan     0
Charith  b Hashmi            18
Jamie    b Hyder              1
Thomas   b Taylor            18
Samay    not out              5
Rashmin  not out              4
Extras (w 7, nb 12, lb 1)    20
Total                       203

Hassan Khan  8-2-26-1
Mo Najeeb    6-1-36-4
Tim Castle   8-0-39-0
John Shaw    7-1-40-0
Waqas Hashmi 6-1-21-2
Gavin Hyder  3-0-18-1
Kevin Taylor 2-0-23-1

Old Fallopians 152 all out (30 overs)
Vishnu Dubey  ct keeper b Charith 11
Jack Turnern  ct Jamie b Thomas   12
Gaurav Prabhu lbw Charith          0
Ilyas Mansha  b Thomas             1
Hassan Khan   ct Bal b Samay      23
Waqas Hashmi  ct Ali b Jonathan   42
Gavin Hyder   lbw Samay            0
Mo Najeeb     b Ali               23
Kevin Taylor  b Jonathan           0
John Shaw     not out              5
Tim Castle    b Jonathan           0
Extras (w 13, nb 1, b 13, lb 5)   32
Total                            152

Thomas   6-1-21-2
Jamie    2-0-12-0
Charith  5-3-5-2
Akhil    4-0-29-0
Rashmin  2-0-16-0
Samay    5-0-33-2
Jonathan 4-0-14-3
Ali      2-0-3-1
Sunny    1-0-4-0


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