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May 2, 2021 Friendly vs Woodford Won by 6 wickets

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Played at Woodford Green
Report by Steve Hamilton

It was another victorious week for all Old Fallopians teams, bringing our club tally to played six, won six!

We were up against our local rivals Woodford, who beat us by five wickets last season, so we needed to be fully focused for a tough encounter.

It was another chilly Sunday afternoon, with the odd passing shower and also some bright sunshine at times.

Woodford won the toss and chose to bat. Our opening bowlers did not disappoint: Shahzad and Furqan continued their new-season form, quickly taking the opening batsmen’s wickets.

First Shahzad found the outside edge as the ball sped straight into the secure hands of Junaid, then Furqan removed the stumps of the other opener. The pair ended their superb bowling spell respectively with figures of 5-2-11-1 (Shahzad) and 7-1-15-1 (Furqan).

With so much talent in our locker it was time to let loose another pair of hungry wicket-takers, Ahmed and debutant Talal Ali, a lively left-arm quick who we have encountered previously playing for Oakfield Parkonians. Ali he did not fail to succeed, getting the key wicket of the big-hitting leftie Syaad for 32. Ali’s short delivery tempted the batsman into a hook-pull shot which failed miserably, became a top edge and eventually fell into the “glue hands" of Mole at square leg. Ahmed then took two further wickets, both clean bowled!

We were well in control and Woodford were crawling along at a slow rate, reaching 105 for 5 off 25 overs. It was the moment to bring on some new young blood in the shape of the Hackney duo La Croix and Prospere. La Croix first took a pair of identical wickets, each time tempting the batsman to cut outside off and both times hitting the ball hard to backward point - where once again the now "Superglue hands" of unflappable Mole took another two catches, to bring his total to three on the day.

Prospere also took a wicket, after the batsman hit the ball straight to extra cover where, after a three-season absence, Darryl Christie made it look a comfortable catch. With a run out and wicket from myself at the end, we reduced Woodford to 189 all out.

We had to chase a competitive total of 190 to win from 35 overs. Was the result going to be a foregone conclusion or not?

Our openers Mole and Ahmed laid down the perfect foundation. They approached the crease with an air of confidence and their contrast of batting styles synchronised perfectly. Mole rotated the strike at every opportunity and blunted the attack of the opening bowlers with a couple of boundaries and reached a well-deserved 53.

Meanwhile, Ahmed was on another planet! Smashing the ball halfway down the High Road to Chingford at times, with three consecutive sixes in one over, he reached 69 with 12 boundaries which included five sixes and seven fours. It was an innings full of pure explosive force, resulting in a broken bat!

Their opening stand of 89 was just the start we needed. In next was our rock Junaid, almost taking us home single-handed with a rapid 26

It was left to Christie (16) and Furqan (10) to sped us comfortably over the winning line with four and a half overs to spare.

A few drinks in the club house afterwards with the opposition was a nice way to cap a perfect day.

 
 

Scorecard

Woodford 189 (35 overs)
Sean                  b Furqan   15
Darren    ct Junaid   b Shahzad   4
Syaad     ct Mole     b Ali      32
Harish    ct Mole     b La Croix 36
Gobind                b Ahmed     0
Bruce                 b Ahmed     6
Rai       ct Mole     b La Croix 19
Kantik    st Junaid   b Hamilton 17
Watkinson ct Christie b Prospere 19
Sully     run out                31
Patel     not out                 1
Extras (b 11, lb 4, w 10, nb 1)  26
Total                           189

Waseem Furqan    7-1-15-1
Umair Shahzad    5-2-11-1
Mushtaq          5-0-26-0
Talal Ali        4-0-21-1
Jakeria Ahmed    3-0-22-2
Ryan La Croix    3-0-22-2
Bradley Prospere 3-0-17-1
Darryl Christie  3-0-25-0
Steve Hamilton   2-0-14-1

Old Fallopians 192-4 (30.3 overs)
Sam Mole        ct Rai    b Harish    53
Jakeria Ahmed   ct Syaad  b Watkinson 69
Mo Junaid       ct Bruce  b Watkinson 26
Asad Mushtaq    ct Kantik b Patel      9
Darryl Christie not out               16
Waseem Furqan   not out               10
Extras (b 5, w 4)                      9
Total                                192

Rai       7-1-22-0
Patel     7-0-34-1
Drawf     6-1-46-0
Kantik    3-0-42-0
Watkinson 3.3-0-16-2
Harish    5-0-17-1


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