Played at Victoria Park, pitch 1
Report by Tim Castle
Suddenly, the Old Fallopians are a side that hold their catches.
And what a difference it makes. Catches made up six of the seven
wickets we took to dismiss our appropriately named opposition, I
Don't Like Cricket, to seal a stonking 84-run victory.
again, one man stood out for the accolades. Step forward Jack
Holmes. Man of the match again, he scored 50, took three comfortable
catches at long on, and finished the game with the only ball he
delivered, removing the last batsman who snicked into the awaiting
hands of Matt Wake.
Holmes' match-winning performances over
the first two games have put him at the top of the league's bowling
statistics with five wickets. Adding his early season tally of 100
runs and three catches he is also now ranked as the league's "Most
Valuable Player" (see stats below).
But an Old Fallopians team is more than
one player, and Holmes was ably supported by his opening partner
Laurie Roberts, who scored his own 50 retired not out and took the
first of our many wickets as keeper behind the stumps.
wicket was one of three taken off some punchy high-speed bowling
from Hamza Jamshaid, who also took an excellent catch at mid-wicket
from Faisel Mahboob's looping depth-chargers. Hamza's three wickets
only cost six runs, shooting him straight in at number four in the
league's bowling rankings.
sent down some elegant fizzers and was regarded with two dismissals,
both held by the ever-reliable Holmes.
Credit must also go to
skipper Graham McGee, whose prescient field placings meant that
Holmes barely had to move a step out of position for his three
Also contributing in the field was Jacob Wolfe,
whose looping deliveries were unlucky not to secure a wicket.
Once again McGee won the toss and wisely chose to bat. Our
opening batting was so solid that we reached 140 before our first
wicket fell, and we closed our 16 overs on a respectable 149-2,
including a hard-run 29 not out from Wake.
The opposition were in trouble from the start, and fell like toy
soldiers at such a rate that the incoming batsmen barely had time to
take their guard before they were walking back to the pavilion.
At the nadir of their reply they had lost five wickets for 19
runs after only four overs. Had McGee decided to turn the screw and
maintained the opening attack of Banks and Jamshaid, the match would
probably barely lasted another couple of overs.
As it was
McGee decided that other players needed some early season bowling
practice and the pressure eased on IDLC, as they pushed on the score
to 48 over the next three overs.
But then Faisel took a
wicket in the eighth over and the opposition were down to their last
Holmes was given the nod to bowl the tenth over and it
only took the one ball to see the last man fall, cutting the ball
for a running catch from Matt Wake.
down for full scorecard below photos.
|Man of the match: Jack Holmes on his way
to another 50 not out Photo:
|Well struck: IDLC's top scorer Leon
Photo: George Watson|
Winning habits: (Standing L-R) Hamza Jamshaid,
Anthony Banks, Jack Holmes, Jacob Wolff; |
(keeling L-R) Graham
McGee, Faisel Mahboob, Matt Wake, Laurie Roberts
Photo: Tim Castle
Top of the table: Jack Holmes leads the
Victoria Park league's bowling and Most Valuable Player tables
after two weeks of the new season. Hamza Jamshaid also ranks
number four in the bowling for his three wickets. |
Old Fallopians 149-2 (16 overs)
Laurie Roberts† retired not out 50
Jack Holmes retired not out 50
Matt Wake not out 29
Graham McGee* c Joe Lemon b Rohan Hope 3
Faisel Mahboob c Chris Pitcher † b Kit Pearson 0
Anthony Banks not out 2
Extras (w 11, nb 2, lb 6) 19
DNB: Hamza Jamshaid, Jacob Wolfe
FOW: 140-1 Graham McGee*, 140-2 Faisel Mahboob
Alex Lewis 2-0-19-0
Kit Pearson 4-0-32-1
Leon Rodrigues 4-0-40-0
Liam Ridley 1-0-16-0
Rohan Hope 1-0-14-0
Jack Hope* 4-0-32-1
I Don't Like Cricket 65-7 (9.1 overs)
Liam Ridley c Laurie Roberts † b Hamza Jamshaid 7
Joe Lemon c Jack Holmes b Anthony Banks 2
Rohan Hope c Jack Holmes b Anthony Banks 2
Jack Hope* b Hamza Jamshaid 5
Kit Pearson c Jack Holmes b Hamza Jamshaid 0
Chris Pitcher† c Hamza Jamshaid b Faisel Mahboob 12
Leon Rodrigues c Matt Wake b Jack Holmes 19
Alex Lewis not out 8
Extras (w 7, nb 1) 8
FOW: 11-1 Liam Ridley, 13-2 Joe Lemon, 18-3 Rohan Hope, 18-4 Jack Hope*, 19-5 Kit Pearson, 48-6 Chris Pitcher †, 64-7 Leon Rodrigues
Anthony Banks 2-0-13-2
Hamza Jamshaid 2-0-6-3
Jacob Wolfe 1-0-9-0
Faisel Mahboob 2-0-20-1
Matt Wake 1-0-8-0
Graham McGee* 1-0-8-0
Jack Holmes 0.1-0-0-1