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May 19, 2021 2nd VIII vs Mile Tailenders Lost by 4 wickets
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Jack Holmes
Boundary bound: Jack Holmes hits to leg                                    Photo: George Watson


Played at Victoria Park, pitch 3
Report by Tim Castle
We took on met Mile Tailenders in glorious evening sun hoping to avoid a drenching from the black clouds drifting across the park. We batted first but openers Jack Holmes and Matt Wake struggled to get much off the bat, inching the score forward in singles and twos.

The pair held on for century partnership, with Holmes retiring on 52 and Wake finally dismissed to a run out in the 15th over for 29. Laurie Roberts (9) and skipper Graham McGee (7) made brief appearances at the end to push our’ total to 119-1.

Despite the low target we were confident of making an early assault on the Mile Tailenders’ reply. But a short shower of light rain at the turnaround of the innings scuppered our plans.

The previously dry wicket suddenly became greasy and the opening bowlers Holmes and Jack Wright kept losing their footing, sending wild deliveries down to the Tailenders, who took merciless advantage.

Openers Wilson Digby and Josh Cofie located the gaps we had failed to find, steaming ahead at twice the rate required. They had reached 55 by the fifth over before Holmes caught Digby off a Fahim Pathan delivery.

Anthony Cody came in for a quick 10, but lifted a looping ball from Ilyas Mansha into Holmes’ safe hands. Five balls – and nine runs – later, Mansha dismissed Cofie for 38 with another airy delivery, this time landing in the clutches of Jonathan Stebbins on the boundary.

But with the score at 97, four batters left and six overs to go, there was only one way the match was going to end. John Speakman (9) and Jimmy Robertson (8) dibbled and dabbled the remaining runs and passed the finishing line with two overs to spare.

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Winning team
Winning team? (L-R) Laurie Roberts Graham McGee, Jonathan Stebbins, Jack Wright, Jack Holmes (airborne), Matt Wake, Ilyas Mansha, Fahim Pathan                                            Photo: Tim Castle

Losing team
Losing team (yes): Did they already know?                                     Photo: Tim Castle

Mile Tailenders
Miles away: The opposition clobber another ball as Laurie Roberts looks on              Photo: George Watson

Mile Tailender
Down to leg: Tailenders' Josh Cofie finds another boundary                                 Photo: George Watson




Old Fallopians 119-2 (16 overs)
Jack Holmes     retired       52
Matt Wake       run out       29
Laurie Roberts  not out        9
Graham McGee *† not out        7
Extras (w 17, nb 4)           21
Total                        119
DNB: Jack Wright, Fahim Pathan, Jonathan Stebbins, Ilyas Mansha
FOW: 106-1 Matt Wake

Stu Hill        4-0-20-0
John Speakman * 4-0-18-0
Dave Murphy     4-0-45-0
Jimmy Robertson 4-0-27-0

Mile Tailenders 120-3 (13 overs)
Wilson Digby    c Jack Holmes b Fahim Pathan        32
Josh Cofie      c Jonathan Stebbins b Ilyas Mansha  38
Anthony Cody †  c Jack Holmes b Ilyas Mansha        10
John Speakman * not out                              9
Jimmy Robertson not out                              8
Extras (w 15, nb 8)                                 23
Total                                              120
DNB: Stu Hill, Dave Murphy, Felix Cofie
FOW: 53-1 Wilson Digby, 88-2 Anthony Cody †, 97-3 Josh Cofie

Jack Holmes       4-0-26-0
Jack Wright       2-0-17-0
Fahim Pathan      2-0-19-1
Jonathan Stebbins 2-0-14-0
Graham McGee *†   2-0-18-0
Ilyas Mansha      2-0-16-2



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