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Sept 14, 2019 Friendly vs Southgate Adelaide Won by 2 wickets

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They beat Southgate Adelaide
Dreaming spires: (Back row L-R) Ali Zahid, Ali Hanan, Haan Jawed, Sam Butler, Rameez Akthar; (front row L-R) Mo, Chris Kift, Hassan Khan, Ebrahim Khan, Nathan Theys, John Shaw



Played at Walker Ground, Southgate
Report by Hassan Khan

This was an incredible fixture as our season drew to a close. A spectacular professional standard wicket and ground, perfect weather, our best individual bowling performance of 2019 and a phenomenal 64 run partnership all combined to make this an unforgettable match.

Having won the toss, I elected to field against a powerful Southgate Adelaide batting line, full of aggressive young strokeplayers. Debutant Ali Zahid opened up with a silky smooth action and run-up, releasing 75 mph perfectly pitched in-swingers. The Southgate batsmen swung too aggressively and were reduced to 60-3 from 10 overs.

Skipper M Cox consolidated to take Southgate to 120-3 and a score of 250 looked achievable. But, cometh the hour cometh the man - yes - John Shaw, for the second consecutive match. He ripped through the Southgate batting card with a deadly spell of 5-19 in five overs. In the end, they limped to 176 all out, probably 30 runs below par for this wicket.

However, it was deja vu all over again when we batted, as an excellent Southgate attack reduced us to 135-8. Enter tenacious teen Ebrahim Khan to join Ali Hanan. These two batted sensibly, until Ebrahim was stranded 10 yards short of his ground with the ball in the wicket-keeper's hands ... only to be saved by a shocking fumble.

Ali Hanan, now obviously convinced that victory was in our destiny, struck a superlative 86 not out. It was a masterclass of excellent shot-making, mixed with expert farming of the strike. Thus victory was grasped from the jaws of defeat.

Not enough: Their batting

Our batting
Just enough: Our batting

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