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May 30, 2021 Friendly vs Gubbays Won by 13 runs

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They beat Gubbays
Golden glow of victory: (Standing L-R) Steve Hamilton, Mo Junaid, Fahim Pathan, Talal Ali, Umair Shahzad;
(kneeling L-R) Anthony Ambadipudi, Fahad Karim, Jakeria Ahmed, Asad Mushtaq, Raja Razzaque 



Played at Cavendish Recreation Ground, Eastcote, Ruislip
Report by Steve Hamilton

Our first ever visit to the home of the Gubbays proved to be an exhilarating battle on a bright day with extensive sunshine and a gentle north-easterly breeze.

We won the toss and chose to bat. However, the pitch was not very accommodating. It had an unpredictable bounce, mostly low at times, and we struggled to get the run rate above 4.5.

At the halfway stage of our innings we had reached 71 for one off 17 overs. Our leading run-scorers Junaid and Jakeria looked settled and ready to accelerate. Unfortunately that didn't happen as Jakeria mistimed a shot immediately after the drinks break and he was caught at mid-wicket for a well constructed 34.

A minor collapse followed. Junaid was unfortunate to be given out lbw for 35. Debutant Fahad Karim was caught behind for a golden duck. A mix-up in the next over resulted in the run out of Hemant Patel. Now we were stuttering at 120 for five from 27 overs.

Talal Ali kept his nerve, continuing to impress with the bat. He scored a valiant 25, which was a very useful contribution in our modest total of 160 for seven off 35 overs.

It was time for food and the good weather to revive our spirits. It was a pleasant afternoon with the sun beaming down. We sat under the trees and tucked into delicious biryani and chicken kebabs, washed down with cups of chai, all kindly provided by Junaid to mark his birthday. Suitable refreshed, our minds now turned to whether we could finish the perfect day with a win.

We needed to be fully focused for this uphill task as we were down to 10 players and the opposition only needed 4.6 runs an over!

Mushtaq and Shahzad set the tone with the new ball which I had obtained from Readers, a much better quality ball then we had been previously been using. They made good use of it, swinging it both ways and the openers struggled to read the movement. The batters were hitting fresh air as the ball regularly beat the bat and flew straight into reliable hands of Junaid at keeper.

Gubbays reached 37 without loss off 14 overs, a rate of 2.6 runs an over. Our opening bowlers Mushtaq and Shahzad had done their job perfectly and were rewarded with superb figures of 7-0-12-0 and 7-0-21-0 respectively.

Our first change bowlers had to keep up pressure and it was that man again, Talal Ali, who cleaned bowled the left-handed Vishal for 22 with his third ball. At the other end Fahad Karim also succeeded and took a spectacular caught and bowled to remove the tall dangerman Neal for 34. Both bowlers ended their spells with controlled figures of 6-0-30-1 and 6-0-29-1 respectively.

After 25 overs we had the opposition tottering on 89 for four, with Dadu retired hurt due to cramp.

Now came the real test. We were a man short in the field, while at the crease the Gubbays captain Ash looked set. We needed to be on our toes for everything - which we were.

First up, Umair hit the stumps all the way from deep long on with an amazing throw to run out Akshar for a duck. Anthony Ambadipudi stopped numerous boundaries and constantly returned the ball back quickly with his strong arm.

Up next were our second change bowlers Jakeria and debutant leg-spinner Raja Razzaque. Both did a magnificent job at the critical stage, with the opposition only needing 35 off seven overs. It was getting very tense as every ball counted.

Despite securing two more run outs, Ash was hitting hard and looked on course to win the game single-handedly. But at the crucial moment Jakeria delivered the perfect yorker, hitting the off stump to remove Ash for 46 and secure a hard-fought victory.

Our excellent bowling and fielding meant Gubbays had fallen short of their target by just 13 runs.

It had been a tense struggle against a strong outfit who played the game in right manner. They clearly want their revenge as we have been invited back next season.

Scorecard below



Old Fallopians 160-7 (35 overs)
Asad Mushtaq       ct and    b Kev    15
Jakeria Ahmed      ct Manish b Behvin 34
Mo Junaid          lbw       b Akshar 35
Talal Ali          st Ash    b Neal   25
Fahad Karim        ct Ash    b Akshar  0
Hemant Patel       run out             4
Umair Shahzad                b Keval   9
Anthony Ambadipudi not out             9
Raja Razzaque      not out             3
Extras (b 10, lb 4, w 11, nb 1)       26
Total                                160

Akshar 7-1-17-2
Neal   7-0-29-1
Manish 7-0-44-0
Keval  7-0-19-2
Bhavin 7-0-32-1

Gubbays 147-6 (35 overs)
Vishal         b Talal Ali      22
Dadu   retired hurt              1
Sachin run out                  15
Neal   ct and  b Fahad Karim    34
Akshar run out                   0
Ash            b Jakeria Ahmed  46
Bhavin run out                   9
Keval  not out                   3
Manish not out                   1
Extras (b 4, lb 3 w 5, nb 3)    15
Total                          147

Umair Shahzad 7-0-21-0
Asad Mushtaq  7-0-12-0
Fahad Karim   6-0-29-1
Talal Ali     6-0-30-1
Jakeria Ahmed 5-0-28-1
Raja Razzaque 4-0-22-0

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