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July 31, 2019 2nd VIII vs Royal Strikers Won by 28 runs
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They beat Royal Strikers
Royally winning smiles: (Back row L-R): Vishnu Dubey, Jack Wright, Faisel Mahboob, Matt Wake; (front row L-R) Tim Castle, Jack Turner, Hassan Khan, Graham McGee                      


Played at Victoria Park, pitch 2
Report by Hassan Khan (captain)

This was an important toss to win for yours truly on a truncated summer evening against a team with eight wins from 11. The decision paid rich dividends as Old Fallopians II openers Turner and Wright put the Royal Strikers attack to the sword. Running like hares between the wickets, they perfectly blended Wright's aggressive strokeplay with Turner's deft touch.

In just under ten overs they compiled a masterly 104, ended only when Turner retired on 50*. Wright, having selflessly supported his partner, duly brought up his own half century to give us an unassailable platform. For once, our innings continued its momentum, with important cameos from Dubey, Wake and the skipper taking OFII to easily our highest score of the season.

Chasing an imposing 166 from 16 overs, the RS batsmen counterattacked valiantly but buckled under insurmountable scoreboard pressure. OF legend Tim Castle [!] drew first blood, thanks to a nonchalant catch at 'cow corner ' from Wake. Henceforth, their innings was slowly choked off by our excellent array of spinners. McGee and Dubey were good but our secret weapon was the bamboozling wrist-spin of Mahboob. This terrific trio were so effective that yours truly had the gentle task of defending a lead of 33 runs in the last over, so see the opposition concede the match on 137-4.

A thumping win for OFII against quality opposition but, most importantly, all eight Fallopians contributed with batting, bowling and, unusually for us, sharp fielding which was backed up by impeccable wicketkeeping from Turner.

[P.S. - there were an unusually high number of wides awarded in this match - from both sides! See details below - TC]

Old Fallopians 165-4
Jack Wright    retired not out  51
Jack Turner    retired not out  50
Faisel Mahboob b Nanjappa        5
Visnu Dubey    b Nanjappa       12
Graham McGee   not out           3
Matt Wake      b Kalimutausamy  10
Hassan Khan*   st keeper b Rao   6
Tim Castle     not out           0
Extras (nb 2, w 21, b 3, lb 2)  28
Total                          165
FOW: 102-0 (Turner), 120-0 (Wright), 141-1 (Mahboob), 143-4 (Dubey), 154-3 (Wake), 162-4 (Khan)

G Nanjappa      4-0-36-2 (2 nb, 2 wides)
Chetan          3-0-21-0
D Netto         3-0-46-0 (12 wides)
M Rao           3-0-30-1 (4 wides)
J Kalimutausamy 3-0-27-1 (3 wides)

Royal Strikers 137-4
Arun retired    not out             54
Chetan          ct Wake  b Castle   14
Sumit           st J Turner b Dubey 17
Ganesh          run out              4
J Kalimutausamy not out             11
Guru Nanjappa   b Dubey              2
Don Netto       not out              2
Extras (w 25, b 3, lb 4)            32
Total                              137
DNB: Mukesh Rao

H Khan    4-0-32-0 (5 wides)
T Castle  2-0-21-1 (3 wides)
J Wright  1-0-9-0  (6 wides)
M Wake    2-0-19-0 (4 wides)
F Mahboob 3-0-21-0 (2 wides)
G McGee   2-0-17-0 (2 wides)
V Dubey   2-0-9-2  (3 wides)


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