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April 25, 2021 Friendly vs Southgate Compton Won by 6 wickets

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Not out!
Not out!: Asad Mushtaq strains to keep his foot behind the line as the Southgate keeper appeals for a stumping.                                                                                                                                                     Photo: Tim Castle
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Played at Hadley Field, Cockfosters
Report by Steve Hamilton

A successful start to the season for all the Old Fallopians teams, as both midweek teams won their fixtures at Victoria Park and I felt we needed to round off the week with another victory!

We had strayed into unknown territory as we were up against a new opposition based in Cockfosters. The team, Southgate Compton, were a mixture of young and old players. We were greeted with a friendly welcome and also a well-manicured cricket pitch.

It was a bit nippy with bright sunshine at times, temperature 13 c.

I lost the toss and the opposition decided to bat. We had an early success after Furqan came on for the first over and bowled Brazier with his fifth ball, a well-disguised inswinger. He was well supported at the other by Shahzad who proved too quick for Shearley, clean bowling him for eight.

Ahmed, our top wicket-taker of 2020, did not take long to get his first wicket of the season. In fact he removed Baxter for a duck with only his second delivery.

After 11 overs Southgate were reeling at 30 for 3 and we were in well in control. However, the home team consolidated and reached 70 without the loss of further wickets, thanks to a partnership between the senior players Brandon and Deleep. But just as the pair looked in control, Ahmed struck again, taking the wicket of Deleep for 23.

Debutants Ali Nawaz and Kalyan Boosara bowled with control and were rewarded with figures of 4-0-12-0 and 2-0-12-0 respectively.

At the halfway point of the 40-over match Southgate had reached a solid 102 for 4. Then the real magic started!

I came on bowl and decided to unleash my box of tricks. In my first over I gave some flight to the ball, tempting the batsman Kash to come and take me on. Well, he did connect but not well enough, as Shahzad at deep long on effortlessly held a difficult skier.

My second over was slightly better. In fact it was a double-wicket maiden! The first ball was another flighted delivery, mistimed by Nowman and hit to mid off, where Ahmed was waiting to gather the catch. Two balls later I delivered a quicker, flatter ball that hit the off stump and removed their dangerous opening batsman Brandon for 43.

With the score barely higher at 105 for 7, debutants Ryan La Croix and Bradley Prospere bowled well, displaying their teamwork by each taking a catch off the other's bowling.

At 111 for 9 it looked like game over. However, Southgate were to put on a further 43 before we eventually removed the final wicket.

Molloy, their tall and young number 11 was finding the boundary with ease, hitting a couple of big sixes and three fours in a quickfire 32, supported at the other end by Karnan (12 not out).

In the end I had had enough and put myself back on to end our misery. I managed to get a little bit of turn that pitched outside off and hit the top of middle to remove Molloy. I ended with modest figures of 3.3-1-7-4. Mention should also be made of the fielding contribution from the strong arm of another debutant, Sam Mole.

Chasing 155 to win, our openers Asad Mushtaq and Mole did not disappoint as they scored freely and played with an inner calm. We reached 95 with our opening stand before Mole fell for 38 and then Mushtaq shortly after for 43. This sparked a mini-collapse as another two wickets fell to leave us at 123 for 4.

Mo Junaid, top run scorer of 2020, took us home with a patient no-nonsense 32 not out, supported at the other end by Jakeria Ahmed (9).

It was an enjoyable day all round and played in good spirit. A return match is on the cards as have been invited to play here again next season.

They beat Southgate Compton
Weekend winners: (L-R kneeling) Jakeria Ahmed, son of Kalyan, Ali Nawaz: (L-R standing) Kalyan Boosara,
Umair Shahzad, Mo Junaid, Steve Hamilton, Bradley Prospere, Waseem Furqan, Asad Mushtaq, Sam Mole,
Ryan La Croix                                                                                                                    Photo: Tim Castle
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Mo Junaid
Sunday blast: Mo Junaid smashes the ball towards the boundary (and the photographer!)              Photo: Tim Castle
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Hadley Field
Warm in the sun: Old Fallopians at the crease during the match at Hadley Field            Photo: Tim Castle
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Southgate Compton 154 (38.3 overs)
Brazier             b Furqan     0
Brandon             b Hamilton  43
Headley             b Shahzad    8
Baxter              b Ahmed      0
Deleep              b Ahmed     23
Kash    ct Shahzad  b Hamilton   9
Barrett ct La Croix b Prospere   0
Nowman  ct Ahmed    b Hamilton   0
Ryan    ct Prospere b La Croix   1
Karman  not out                 12
Molloy              b Hamilton  32
Extras (b 10, lb 8, w 6, nb 2)  26
Total                          154

Waseem Furqan    5-2-10-1
Umair Shahzad    5-0-12-1
Asad Mushtaq     4-0-14-0
Jakeria Ahmed    8-0-33-2
Ali Nawaz        4-0-12-0
Kalyan Boosara   2-0-8-0
Steve Hamilton   3.3-1-7-4
Bradley Prospere 3-0-14-1
Ryan La Croix    4-0-29-1
Sam Mole         1-0-5-0

Old Fallopians 155-4 (31.1 overs)
Asad Mushtaq  b Kash           43
Sam Mole      b Kash           38
Mo Junaid     not out          32
Waseem Furqan b Ryan           13
Umair Shahzad b Matt            0
Jakaria Ahmed not out           9
Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 4, nb 6)  20
Total                         155

DNB: Ali Nawaz, Kalyan Boosara, Steve Hamilton, Bradley Prospere, Ryan La Croix

Alex   8-0-35-0
Karnan 8-0-27-0
Kash   6-0-21-2
Ryan   6-0-28-1
Matt   2-0-12-1
Nowman 1.1-0-15-0

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