Played at Fairlop
Report by Steve Hamilton
It was cold, miserable, blustery and rainy. Not the best start to
a day’s cricket! Our hosts Oakfield Parkonians won the toss and put
us into bat on a dull and uncompromising wicket which did not help
either side. The bounce was low and the match was interrupted by the
frequent need leave the field to avoid the rain. But the weather
finally settled and the game eventually got underway, reduced to 30
We lost our first wicket early with the score on
28, but we settled down and our two big guns, Jakeria Ahmed and Mo
Junaid, continued their early season form with a mighty
second-wicket stand of 127.
Junaid departed for 41, leaving
the way clear for Jakeria to cut loose. He was in his own world and
completely obliterated the Oakfield attack, reaching a well-deserved
century which included twelve fours and six sixes in a total of 123.
Junaid’s average now stands at 66 for the season, while Jakeria is
At the halfway stage we had reached a
formidable total of 243 for 4 off our 30 overs and were well set for
Our openers bowlers, Umair Shahzad and Jabar
Achikzai, consolidated our defence as we reduced Oakfield to 35 for
1 off 10 overs. Achikzai took a magnificent caught and bowled,
diving forward and grasping a difficult low catch to remove
Oakfield’s opener Nikhith for 14.
Ilyas Mansha provided our
next breakthrough. First he mesmerised the batsmen with his loopy
leg spin and came close to a couple of stumpings. Then he received
his reward when Kavin came charging down the crease and totally
misread the flight of the delivery. The ball took an eternity to
come down and when it did it connected with the stumps, dismissing
Kavin for 4 and leaving Oakfield stuttering at 55 for 2 off 15
We were in control by now and it was time to unleash
our special weapon: Talal Ali, a former Oakfield player with inside
knowledge of the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses. Since
playing for us he has delivered more each game and he provided yet
another devastating display of pace and accuracy.
up and sealed the game for us with two spectacular wickets, both
caught and bowled, which showcased his cat-like reflexes! They were
not easy catches as in both cases the batter had hit the ball
straight back extremely hard, first Jigar, dismissed for 23 and then
the talented young teen Rohit, out for 92.
A special mention
to our new recruits Amith Kumar and Venkat Reddy who fielded with
enthusiasm and covered plenty of ground to save us runs.
Oakfield put up a valiant effort but were always behind the rate and
fell 40 runs short. But it was a competitive game and we have been
invited back for a rematch in July. Stay tuned for Part Two!