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June 20, 2021 Friendly vs Black Rose Won by 11 runs

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They beat Black Rose
Good gardeners: (L-R) Peter Frisby, Rithvik Gunnam, Spencer Smith, Joseph Clarke, Asad Mushtaq, Mo Junaid, Mozzam Sultan, Fahim Pathan,Steve Hamilton, Jakeria Ahmed, Umair Shahzad



Played at Highgate Woods
Report by Steve Hamilton

This fixture was played at the picturesque surroundings of Highgate Woods on a gloomy drizzly day.

We had 10 players and they had eight. We lost the toss and were sent into Hell on probably the worst wicket we have ever encountered! It was a pudding! A slow stodgy pitch, the ball barely bounced above the knees at times. This substandard track offered nothing for the batsman, with massive boundaries and large amounts of uncut grass. But, despite this unpromising scenario, it proved to be a mini classic!

All our batsman struggled to score runs. Umair Shahzad was the top scorer with 16 followed by young debutant Rithvik Gunnam who scored 15, including a perfectly-timed lofted drive for six. Black Rose captain Andre removed four of our batsmen with slow left-arm off-spinners delivered with pinpoint accuracy.

The rest of us could not even get into double figures and we finished on a miserable total of just 78!

After a sumptuous tea, we were in need of some magic to win this game.

We got off to perfect start with a dismissal secured by Asad, our most gifted fielder. His precision bullet-arm throw from deep point flew straight to our keeper Mo Junaid just above the stumps, running out Uday for just 1 run.

This dramatic moment was followed by some confusion and drama over whether the umpire had put his finger up or not. The batsman was already walking off, then returned back. I was square leg and could clearly see he was definitely short! After a good ten minutes of debate and high emotion, we eventually got underway again, with Black Rose 1 for 1 off three overs

Then Umair, our most economical bowler, clean bowled and took out the off stump of Ben for a duck. He finished with incredible figures of 7-5-6-1 and we had Black Rose lumbering at 12 for 2 off nine overs.

Now the biggest partnership of the day took place, putting on 24 for the third wicket from Sam and Joe, who plays in the Essex league and was clearly their best batsman. Jakeria provided us with the vital breakthrough with yet another yorker to remove Sam for 16. Jakeria has now taken all his 12 wickets clean bowled so far this season. He finished with superb bowling figures of 7-1-20-1. Black Rose were now 36 for 3 off 18 overs.

We paused for drinks. Some deep strategic planning was needed. As a chess player and known for my intellectual intelligence (Yes! I am being serious!) I knew we needed to mastermind a counterattack. We only needed four wickets for victory but Black Rose only needed 43 off 17 overs to win.

Rithvik step up and showed his mettle by bowling an outstanding spell at the critical stage of the game with figures of 5-2-9-0.

Now it was time for pinnacle moment of the match! Black Rose at 59 needed only 20 runs and still had four wickets left.

I'm not even sure where to begin? What took place now was a series of unforeseeable events and exceptional cricket skills that showed our willingness to win at all costs!

The "BRAVEHEART" aka Mo Junaid came on to bowl and turned the game on its head! First off he trapped Lloyds lbw for 5. Lloyds was not too pleased with the decision and initially refused to leave the crease before finally walking off.

Then there was another masterpiece in the field at mid-off. Mo dived low to the ground to stop the ball and, despite being on his backside, managed to balance himself and throw the ball back to our replacement keeper Jakeria at lighting speed. Jakeria whipped off the bails and captain Andre was run out for 1.

Black Rose now required 12 runs from eight overs and we needed 2 wickets for victory.

Asad came back to finish off his spell and almost took the big wicket of Joe with what would have been an extremely difficult catch, hit straight back to him like rocket off his bowling. He finished with immaculate figures of 7-1-16-0.

One more run was added and then Mo delivered the final deathblows. He clean bowled both Rajender and Patel for ducks. Victory was sealed as Mo let out a passionate roar. He finished off with match winning figures of 2.5-1-4-3.

A special mention to debutants Joseph Clarke and Spencer Smith who were spritely in the field, stopping many valuable runs, and also showed promise with the bat.

We will have to check the records but surely this must be the lowest total we have ever defended!


Old Fallopians 78 (21.1 overs)
Asad Mushtaq   ct Sam    b Uday    4
Jakeria Ahmed            b Andre  10
Mo Junaid      ct Joe    b Andre   0
Umair Shahzad            b Andre  16
Rithvik Gunnam ct Thomas b Andre  15
Fahim Pathan             b Thomas  6
Spencer Smith            b Lloyds  9
Joseph Clarke  lbw       b Thomas  9
Steve Hamilton ct and    b Lloyds  4
Peter Frisby   not out             0
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 2)            5
Total                             78

Andre  7-0-23-4
Uday   7-1-34-1
Thomas 4-1-13-2
Lloyds 3.1-1-9-2

Black Rose 67 (28.5 overs)
Gday     run out               1
Sam             b Ahmed       16
Ben             b Shahzad      0
Joe      not out              28
Lloyd    lbw    b Junaid       5
Rajender        b Junaid       0
Andre    run out               1
Patel    b Junaid              0
Extras (b 5, lb 7, w 3, nb 1) 16
Total 67

Umair Shahzad  7-5-6-1
Asad Mushtaq   7-1-16-0
Jakeria Ahmed  7-1-20-1
Rithvik Gunnam 5-2-9-0
Mo Junaid      2.5-1-4-3

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