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July 15, 2019 2nd VIII vs MUFG Lost by 3 wickets
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They lost to MUFG
Smiling despite the MUFG hurt: (Standing L-R): Jack Turner, Graham McGee, Jack Wright, Philip Barrass;
(kneeling L-R) Samsuddin Tipu, Hassan Khan, Ilyas Mansha, Jack Holmes                             Photo: Tim Castle      


Played at Victoria Park, pitch 3
Report by Hassan Khan (captain)

We won the toss and elected to bat. However, within a few overs a devastating hat-trick from MUFG pacer Poddar had left our batting in tatters. The dependable Holmes clung on but was removed for a typically fluent 26. A valiant 17 from Barrass failed to stop the MUFG onslaught.

At 61-6, I joined Wright as last man. We put on a commendable 53 runs for the last wicket, mainly due to some belligerent strokeplay from Wright, until yours truly was unceremoniously stumped off a wide!

Still, a total of 114 at least gave OFCC something to bowl at. The MUFG openers, defying disciplined bowling from Khan and Holmes, threw the proverbial kitchen sink at everything. With only 31 needed for victory, a change of bowling brought some much needed OF success. Spin duo Mansha and McGee bowled tight lines, and McGee was rewarded with two valuable scalps.

In a match that mostly looked a hopelessly lost cause, a tense atmosphere briefly enveloped Pitch 3, as 19 runs were required from 24 balls. Anxiously scampered singles took MUFG home, although they were assisted by some helpful bowling. Nevertheless, this was a competitive game which ebbed and flowed due to an excellent OF fightback after the initial catastrophe.
Philip Barrass swings
Swing and a quiff: Philip Barrass gives a mighty heave ... and misses the ball                      Photo: George Watson

Old Fallopians 114-7 (14 overs)
I Mansha  c A Akram† b T Poddar*         8
J Holmes  c J Patel b K Katneshwarkar   26
J Turner† b T Poddar*                    0
G McGee   b T Poddar*                    1
S Tipu    b V Wilfred                    1
P Barrass c A Akram† b K Katneshwarkar  17
J Wright  not out                       34
H Khan*   st A Akram† b N Sharma        13
Extras (w 13, lb 1)                     14
Total                                  114
FOW: 7-1 I Mansha, 7-2 J Turner†, 18-3 G McGee, 40-4 S Tipu,
50-5 P Barrass, 61-6 J Holmes, 114-7 H Khan*

V Wilfred       3-0-19-1
T Poddar*       4-0-18-3
K Katneshwarkar 3-0-33-2
J Patel         2-0-21-0
N Sharma        1.3-0-8-1
B.M Munvar      1-0-14-0

MUFG 117-3 (13 overs)
A Akram†        run out (G McGee)        42
T Poddar*       b G McGee                29
K Katneshwarkar c J Holmes b G McGee      7
J Patel         not out                  16
N Sharma        not out                   3
Extras (w 15, nb 2, b 1, lb 2)           20
Total                                   117
DNB: B.M Munvar, V Wilfred
FOW: 83-1 A Akram†, 83-2 T Poddar*, 96-3 K Katneshwarkar

H Khan*  3-0-35-0
J Holmes 2-0-19-0
I Mansha 2-0-14-0
G McGee  3-0-22-2
S Tipu   2.3-1-11-0
J Wright 1-0-13-0


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