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May 9, 2021 Friendly vs East Ham Corinthians Won by 46 runs

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Turner stumping
Stumping a-go-go: Jack Turner performs one of his three stumpings of the match         Photo: Tim Castle
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Played at the London Marathon ground, Fairlop
Report by Steve Hamilton

This match was the first of two fixtures scheduled this season against East Ham Corinthians, played on a mild breezy spring afternoon at the London Marathon ground at Fairlop.

We were riding high on surge of early season winning form from all Old Fallopian teams - could we make it lucky seven with this game?

I won the toss and chose to bat as I was confident in our powerful batting force! Our openers Junaid and Ahmed put on a majestic first wicket stand of 189. Junaid reached his hundred in style, including four sixes and seven fours. Some of his blows were so monstrous and connected so sweetly at times that we lost some balls in the bordering hedgerow, with a few travelling onto the next cricket pitch!

His partner-in-crime Ahmed continued where he left off his previous innings, delivering more violent assaults on the opposition bowlers’ deliveries and reached 84 with three sixes and ten fours.

In next was the stylish Mushtaq who batted with grace and an air of confidence. He scored freely and raced past well deserved 50 with nine fours to notch up a tally of 69 not out.

Jack Turner played a nice closing cameo with a quick fire 21, including one particular shot I remember - a lovely pick up down the leg side which he launched over long leg for six!

At the halfway stage we had made 292 for 3 off our 40 overs.

With our premier league bowlers on show, the reply was not going to be easy for the home side.

An early mix-up saw the opener Spray depart early. He ran the ball down to third man and went for a quick single, but Joseph at the other end sent him back and in the confusion Spray couldn’t turn back quickly enough. Ali got the throw in on the bounce, Turner behind the stumps took the ball above his head and then took the bails off in style. At zero for 1 it was the perfect start.

Howerer, after our early success, the opposition settled down and kept scoring steadily, reaching 116 by the drinks break at 20 overs and looking well set. But the drinks were just the tonic for us, as in the following over we finally took our second wicket, with our third coming in the next over. This breakthrough came at a vital time as we were becoming a bit slack in the field, not holding onto our catches and letting East Ham Corinthians get a sniff towards our total.

The first of the two post-drink break wickets came after a minor dispute with the umpire over whether Nawaz was bowling correctly or not. Once the debate had finished Nawaz delivered a unplayable delivery down the legside and with usual lighting quick reflexes Turner was able to pick up the ball and whipped off the bails in quick fashion and their solid opener Joseph was gone, stumped for 56.

One brings two and Ali was able to deliver - next was the key wicket of Narayan for 53, who hit the ball to towards point, where Mushtaq took the catch nonchalantly, making the take look much easier than it actually was. Ali definitely deserved more wickets on the day.

Nawaz took another wicket, a simple catch to Junaid at square leg, finishing a superb bowling spell of 5-0-19-2.

By now we were in full control with East Ham Corinthians at 190 for 5 off 32 overs.

Stebbins came on to turn his arm, after patrolling most of the off-side pitch and keeping the run-rate down to a minimum with the athleticism of a person half his age. The “sprightly one” was soon rewarded with a wicket taken leg before and he finished his spell with figures of 5-0-25-1.

I bowled a reasonable tidy spell, taking a couple of wickets for 33 runs in my six overs. My first scalp was purely down to the agility of Shahzad, who came in from deep mid-wicket and dived to grasp the ball just before it hit the ground, removing Abdul for 24. My second wicket came off a ball heading for fifth stump. Antik came down the crease swinging in anticipation but missed his shot, allowing Turner to swiftly collect the ball and whip off the bails for second time in the match.

Junaid came on and bowled his preferred leg spin. He was rewarded with a wicket in his second over as Turner was there once again to take his third stumping of the day.

Also a special mention for debutant Anthony Ambadipudi who fielded with plenty of enthusiasm and covered plenty of ground thus saving a number of boundaries.

With the Corinthians innings over, it had been competitive high scoring match with 538 runs scored on the day!

Our hosts will get a chance to turn the tables later this year when we return to this ground in August.

Scorecard below photos

They beat East Ham Corinthians
Weekend winners: (Standing L-R) Talal Ali, Jack Turner, Adnan Walayat Asad Mushtaq, Mo Junaid, Steve Hamilton, Umair Shahzad, Anthony Ambadipudi; (kneeling L-R) Ali Nawaz, Jakeria Ahmed, Waseem Furqan, Jonathan Stebbins  Photo: Tim Castle
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Diving catch
Diving for pearls: Shazhad goes low to take a catch off Hamilton's bowling                     Photo: Tim Castle
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Debate over bowling
Action for debate: The umpire gives Asad and Nawaz some bowling coaching                    Photo: Tim Castle
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Asad hits
Coiled like a spring: Asad prepares to launch the ball across the boundary                            Photo: Tim Castle
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Old Fallopians 292-3 (40 overs)
Mo Junaid     lbw       b Arun  101
Jakeria Ahmed ct Abdul  b Antik  84
Asad Mushtaq  not out            69
Jack Turner   ct Joseph b Antik  21
Extras (b 7, lb 2, w 4, nb 4)    17
Total                           292

Abdul  8-0-42-0
Khalid 5-0-50-0
Arun   8-0-48-1
Maraz  4-0-37-0
Adrian 3-0-22-0
Antik  6-0-42-2
Ahmed  6-0-48-0

East Ham Corinthians 246-7 (40 overs)
Spray   run out 0
Joseph  st Turner   b Nawaz     56
Narayan ct Mushtaq  b Ali       53
Antik   st Turner   b Hamilton  57
Maraz   ct Junaid   b Nawaz      4
Abdul   ct Shahzad  b Hamilton  24
Adrian  not out                 11
Shab    lbw         b Stebbins   0
Arun    st Turner   b Junaid    27
Khalid  not out                  0
Extras (b 7, lb 2, w 5)         14
Total                          246

Waseem Furqan     8-0-41-0
Umair Shahzad     6-0-37-0
Talal Ali         8-0-50-1
Ali Nawaz         5-0-19-2
Jonathan Stebbins 5-0-25-1
Steve Hamilton    6-0-33-2
Mo Junaid         2-0-13-1

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