|Sept 1, 2019
||Won by 7
scorecard | averages | back
Bohemian rhapsody: (Front row L-R) Jack Turner,
Vishal Sharma, Ahmad Bismillah, Gary Walker, Mohammed Najeeb,
Ilyas Mansha, Raashid Nayeem; (Back row, L-R) Will Hopson-Hill,
Hamza Jamshaid, Steve Hamilton, Dhammika Perera
Played at Highgate
Report by Steve Hamilton (captain)
On a mild September day with sunny intervals and the odd speck of
rain in the air it looked best to put the opposition into bat as we
didn't have have our regular team. They were in south London
(Greenwich) and I had to managed best with our second-string eleven.
From the start we were in total control, with precision accuracy
and a superb display of pace from fire fighter Najeeb bowling a
burning sensation of unplayable deliveries. He was soon rewarded
with two wickets and he certainly deserved more. His first wicket
was an outside edge to the ice-cool Turner behind the stumps. His
second came from a rocket too quick for the batsman, who was already
through his stroke, and was sliced high and hard to 'bucket-hands'
Will Hopson Hill diving to his left at short cover.
was well supported by Nayeem, who took a wicket in his second over
after Bohmemians' Whyte cut the ball to deep square leg and Jamshaid
took a spectacular catch close to boundary rope. Jamshaid also
clean-bowled Stoop for 11.
At 48 for 4, I assumed we were
going to skittle them out for a small total! That was definitely not
the case as Bohemians then put on around 130 for the fifth wicket.
But a catch from Sharma off Mansha's bowling changed the match: it
was taken just inside the boundary rope to dismiss the Bohemian's
Kiwi dangerman Macaskill for 91. A few balls later 'golden arm'
Mansha struck again, clean bowling Botterill for a duck.
Perera also bowled very tidy spell!
Sharma 'the master' also
bowled an exceptional variation of leg spin and was rewarded with a
wicket towards the end of the Bohemians innings.
Bohemians reached 216 for 7 off 35 overs.
After an long time
coming. the elegant figure of Will Hopson-Hill finally graced us
with his presence! Turner and Hopson-Hill put down a solid
foundation in our reply for the first wicket. They complemented each
other perfectly and with an understanding which was beyond
expectation as it was the first time they had batted together.
Turner was caught on the boundary ropes for 52 after blunting
the opening attack and making the most of the first change bowlers
with two sixes and eight fours. He was finally caught by the
towering Macaskill at deep square leg - had it been any other
fielder it would been a six!
After a solid start of 90 for 1
we had a minor collapse with the loss of Sharma and Walker's
wickets, to leave us at 140 for 3. But Hopson-Hill was still at the
crease and this was his show from now on. He took centre stage and
dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground with elegant straight
drives and pulls. He completely ground the opposition into
submission and finished undefeated on 114 not out, including seven
sixes and 12 fours!
Mansha was at the other end and provided
excellent support. That was what we needed at the time with his
cool, calm temperament and patience. He took us home with an elegant
cover drive for four! A very important cameo at the end!
Special mentions to Bismillah and Walker who fielded magnificently
at the boundary, both preventing a lot a runs.
fixture is definitely on the cards for next season.
Back to top of page
Bohemians 216-7 (35 overs)
ct Turner B Najeeb 4
T. Whyte ct Jamshaid b Nayeem
J. Leslie ct Hopson-Hill b Najeeb 10
D. Macaskill ct Sharma b Mansha 91
A. Botterill b Mansha
H. Drew ct Hopson-Hill b Sharma 10
R. Archdale not out
Extras (w 14, lb 6, nb 1)
Raashid Nayeem 7-0-57-1
Mohammed Najeeb 7-0-36-2
Vishal Sharma 5-0-18-1
Gary Walker 2-0-20-0
Ilyas Mansha 2-0-15-2
Fallopians 217-3 (31.4 overs)
Will Hopson-Hill not out
Jack Turner ct Macaskill B Drew 52
Vishal Sharma ct White B Drew
Gary Walker b Archdale
Ilyas Mansha not out
Extras (w 14, lb 2 nb 2)
DNB: Ahmad Bismillah, Mohammed Najeeb, Raashid Nayeem, Hamza
Jamshaid, Steve Hamilton, Dhammika Perera
Back to top of page