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May 12, 2021 2nd VIII vs Camel Lights Lost by 3 wickets
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Jack Turner catch 
Juggler: Jack Turner about to secure the dismissal of Camels' Thah Weerasene                  Photo: George Watson 


Played at Victoria Park, pitch 2
Report by Tim Castle

A great evening of competitive cricket, only spoilt by the other side winning.

Our high hopes of gaining a third successive victory were dampened from the start when Jack Turner pulled the 5th delivery of the match straight to square leg, with the score still at zero.

A defiant stand of 50 followed between Jack Holmes (still the league's MOST VALUABLE PLAYER) and Laurie Roberts (also valuable).

But Laurie and Jack's wickets fell soon after, for 19 and 28 respectively. After the previous weeks' 50-run retirements, Jack H's 28 proved to be our top score for the game.

Skipper Graham McGee was run out for 19, while Jonathan Stebbins (22) and Philip Barrass (10) held the fort until our 16 overs ran out. We were also assisted by a generous helping of wides, with the unfortunate Thah Weerasene costing the Camels 29 runs in his one over as lockdown stiffness hampered his aim.

Our confidence that our total of 130 was a competitive target was boosted by the dismissal of the Camels' opener Sambit Roy in the second over, caught at square leg (in a rare display of fielding competence) by your truly, off McGee's bowling.

This confidence proved short-lived as Camels' skipper Marcus Weekes (late of Chats Palace/Homerton) strode in and proceeded to pummel our best deliveries with steam-hammer blows high over the boundary.

Once Weekes retired on 55, we managed to notch up some minor victories against the lower-order batsmen, with both Ilyas Mansha and myself gaining caught-behinds in Jack Turner's safe gloves from slow looping deliveries.

But it was a case of too little, too late, and the Camels strode past our target with more than three overs to spare.

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Jack Holmes bowled 
Never saw it: Jack Holmes misses a full toss from Camels' Dave Babbs                   Photo: George Watson

Jonathan Stebbins 
Eyes up: Jonathan Stebbins checks the trajectory of his shot                                               Photo: George Watson

Philip Barrass 
Cracking shot: Philip Barrass fires one towards the boundary            Photo: George Watson

Marcus Weekes 
Our nemesis: Camels' captain Marcus Weekes pummels another delivery across the boundary.       Photo: George Watson

Two hats: Tim Castle maintains a steady gaze as Camels' Andrew Miller bowls                                Photo: George Watson

They lost to Camel Lights 
Light-headed: (Standing L-R) Philip Barrass, Ilyas Mansha, Tim Castle, Jack Holmes, Jonathan Stebbins, Laurie Roberts, Jack Turner, Graham McGee


Old Fallopians 130-4 (16 overs)
Jack Turner     c Andrew Miller b Sambit Roy   0
Jack Holmes       b Dave Babbs                  28
Laurie Roberts    c Matt Hoslin b Kit Caless  19
Graham McGee *    run out (Matt Hoslin )       19
Jonathan Stebbins not out                       22
Philip Barrass    not out                       10
Extras (w 17, nb 1, b 4, lb 4)                  26
Total                                          130
DNB: Ilyas Mansha, Tim Castle
FOW: 0-1 Jack Turner , 50-2 Laurie Roberts, 63-3 Jack Holmes, 103-4 Graham McGee *

Sambit Roy     2-1-10-1
Kit Caless     4-0-27-1
Andrew Miller  4-0-29-0
Dave Babbs     2-0-14-1
Thah Weerasene 1-0-29-0
Richard Hagan  2-0-17-0

Camel Lights 132-4 (12.2 overs)
Sambit Roy      c Tim Castle b Graham McGee *    7
Matt Hoslin   b Ilyas Mansha                  24
Marcus Weekes * retired                         55
Richard Hagan   c Jack Turner b Tim Castle    21
Thah Weerasene  c Jack Turner b Ilyas Mansha   6
Dave Babbs      not out                          4
Andrew Miller   not out                          0
Extras (w 7)                                     7
Total                                          132
DNB: Kit Caless
FOW: - Sambit Roy, - Matt Hoslin , - Richard Hagan, - Thah Weerasene, - Marcus Weekes **

Jack Holmes       3.2-0-20-0
Graham McGee *    2-0-17-1
Jonathan Stebbins 2-0-33-0
Philip Barrass    2-0-24-0
Ilyas Mansha      2-0-8-2
Tim Castle        2-0-22-1



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