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Sept 7, 2019 Friendly vs Ilford Catholics Lost by 89 runs

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They lost to Ilford Catholics
All smiles: (Standing L-R) Mohammed Najeeb, Jack Turner, Haad Jawed, Sachin Veerappan, (kneeling L-R) Vishnu Dubey, Rameez Akthar, Hassan Khan, Ratnakar Devanaboina.
Not shown: Gary Walker & Ilyas Mansha



Played at Barkingside Recreation Ground
Report by Hassan Khan (captain)

The season's second visit to Barkingside saw an opposition hell-bent on revenge with the inclusion of three Essex League 2nd XI players.

We won the toss and chose to bowl on a green wicket. Our optimism was short-lived, however, as ill-disciplined bowling from seamers and spinners alike conceded an incredible 59 extras. This would have been even worse but for athletic wicket-keeping from Jack Turner.

The flood of runs was temporarily halted by a spell of 4-20 in seven overs from yours truly but Ilford still amassed an imposing 224 in 35 overs, thanks to our self-destructive combination of loose bowling and dropped catches.

Our batsmen buckled under insurmountable scoreboard pressure, as the normally consistent Jack and Vishnu Dubey fell early. A decent partnership from Rameez and myself was curtailed in crazy fashion, with yet another frustrating run out for the captain.

Rameez earned a respectable 50 but it was in vain as we folded meekly, 89 runs short of our target.


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