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June 13, 2021 Friendly vs Camel Won by 68 runs

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They beat Camel
Over the hump: (Standing L-R) Taraq Chowdhury, Talal Ali, Sam Mole, Mo Junaid, Mozzam Sultan, Steve Hamilton;
(kneeling L-R) Umair Shahzad, Jakeria Ahmed, Mohammed Slam, Asad Mushtaq

 

 

Played at Hylands Park
Report by Steve Hamilton

This fixture was well overdue. We last played Camel on the weekend back in 2015! It was very humid day with sweltering conditions, temperatures hitting almost 30C

We were aiming to continue our run of 10 consecutive wins. After winning a very important toss, I decided we needed to bat first and put the pressure on early, based on what we knew about this ground after three previous victories here.

However, things at first didn't go according to the script. We lost two early wickets and after 10 overs were on 53 for 2.

But this play had more than one act. A star role was about to be played by the "RUN MACHINE", aka Mo Junaid, who has now hit a total of 439 runs this season with an average of 87 after this encounter. Supporting him was Mozzam Sultan, a powerful unit who has the ability to change the balance of a game in a blink of a eye.

We consolidated our position with a valuable third wicket partnership of 80, taking our total to 153 for 3 off 26 overs. Mozzam played a courageous innings, hitting six boundaries in his total of 35.

Next in was Asad Mushtaq, a last-minute replacement, who came in at 133 for 3 off 27 overs. We needed to up the pace and Mo and Asad did exactly that! They put on 116 for the third wicket and took our total to a formidable 249 for 3 off 40 overs.

Mo probably played his best innings to date, with a breathtaking 115 not out against a powerful pace attack including 75 mph deliveries from Camel’s Seb. Mo went through the gears gradually and then accelerated with some exquisite stroke play. Showing pure class, he hit 19 boundaries including two sixes and seventeen fours. He finished his innings with a mighty four, four, six!

Asad also played a gem of an innings. He dominated the bowling and scored freely with six fours and remained 44 not out.

Now it was time for some nourishment. Once again Mo kindly brought some tasty lamb biryani and a delicious slightly spiced chicken pasta. Then Adnan joined the party with a bunch of ice lollies! I wanted to say, 'Ambassador, with zees Ferrero Rocher you are really spoiling us!'

With full stomachs we felt ready for whatever reply Camel could offer. They had come with a powerful batting force and it wasn't the team I was expecting. It was a younger squad and no one over the age of forty!

Opening the Camel batting was the big-hitting South African Hugo who scored 115 last week and Sam Berkson who played for us in the past.

Our opening bowlers Umair Shahzad and Mozzam took control and restricted the opposition to 44 for none off 10 overs.

Then our chance came for a breakthrough came. Umair bowled a quicker and shorter ball that took Hugo by surprise. He mistimed his pull shot and got a top edge. The ball travelled into the air and head towards square leg where I was thinking 'oh sh..' and I completely fluffed my lines!

Flapping like a seal lion, I misread the trajectory of the ball and it went beneath my outreached hands, hit my stomach and then the ground. If that was not humiliation enough, on top of that I was on the receiving end of some verbal “encouragement” from a few spectators.

Being the sensitive soul that I am, I felt terrible. I was over-analysing everything and the only thought I had in my mind was that my fumble could have lost us the match!

A few overs of anguish later Umair trapped Sam plum lbw for 12, breaking the tension and providing our breakthrough with the score at 49.

Asad bowled with usual mixture of swing deliveries and slower balls and was soon rewarded with the wicket of Rana for 17. It was an outside edge caught behind by the safe hands of our keeper Mo.

Now it was the moment for our lively leftie Talal Ali who is our second highest wicket taker so far this season. Camel had made a solid start, reaching 90 for 2 off 20 overs. Their dangerman Hugo had reached a well deserved 50 with nine boundaries and was looked settled after being dropped earlier on (ahem!).

I was beating myself up mentally and rehearsing how I would position myself if the ball should come in my direction again. Then that exact moment weirdly did come again!

Talal bowled a short-pitched ball and Hugo again attempted a pull stroke. As before he mistimed it and got a top edge, sending the ball once more towards me at square leg. But this time the sun had came out from the clouds and was shining in my face, making it more difficult to see. It seemed like the whole world had stopped as the ball slowly fell out of the sky into my hands. Yes! Catch taken! Hugo out for 53 and I had my redemption!

That was the straw that broke the Camels’ back and now we started to dominate. Talal took another wicket in his next over and Jakeria took the wicket of Matt for 33. That dismissal made Jakeria our top wicket taker so far this season with 11 wickets, amazingly all cleaned bowled!

A great bowling performance from dubutant Taraq Chowdhury sealed our 68-run victory as he finished with very impressive figures of 6.2-0-32-3

The match over, a couple of us stayed for a few alcoholic beverages with the Camel lads in the club house, to round off another satisfactory day.

 
 

Scorecard

Old Fallopians 249-3 (40 overs)
Sam Mole      ct Raj b Math      22
Jakeria Ahmed lbw Seb             3
Mo Junaid     not out           115
Mozzam Sultan        b Nabil     35
Asad Mushtaq  not out            44
Extras (b 7, lb 2, w 11, nb 10)  30
Total                           249

Karim 7-0-35-0
Seb   6-0-26-1
Sam   7-0-44-0
Math  5-0-35-1
Nabil 7-2-25-1
Raj   3-0-20-0
Rohit 2-0-12-0
Kit   3-0-25-0

Camel 181 (35.2 overs)
Hugo  ct Hamilton b Ali 53
Sam   lbw         b Shahzad   12
Rana  ct Junaid   b Mushtaq   17
Matt              b Ahmed     33
Seb   ct Junaid   b Ali        4
Raj               b Chowdhury 11
Nabil             b Ahmed      2
Rohit ct Ahmed    b Chowdhury 14
Karim ct Mole     b Chowdhury 10
Babs  run out                  1
Kit   not out                  6
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 10)      14
Total                        181

Umair Shahzad   8-0-34-1
Mozzam Sultan   5-0-19-0
Asad Mushtaq    6-0-35-1
Talal Ali       5-0-32-2
Taraq Chowdhury 6.2-0-32-3
Jakeria Ahmed   4-0-20-2
Steve Hamilton  1-0-6-0




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