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April 27, 2021 2nd VIII vs I Don't Like Cricket Won by 84 runs
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Laurie Roberts
Orange nose day: Laurie Roberts clips the ball towards the boundary as part of his 50 not out
                                                                                                                                         Photo: George Watson 

 

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.

Once 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.

That 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.

Anthony Banks 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 catches.

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 pair.

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.


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Jack Holmes
Man of the match: Jack Holmes on his way to another 50 not out                       Photo: George Watson

Leon Rodrigues of IDLC
Well struck: IDLC's top scorer Leon Rodrigues (19)                                                   Photo: George Watson

They beat IDLC
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

Bowling stats 
MVP 
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.  

Scorecard

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
Total                                            149
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
Total                                               65
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




 

 

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