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July 4, 2021 Friendly vs Southgate Compton Won by 8 runs

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They beat Southgate Compton
Weather watchers: (L-R) Umair Shahzad, Steve Hamilton, Subhan Aftab, Fahim Pathan, Jakeria Ahmed, Mo Junaid, Asad Mushtaq, Asad Saleemi, Talal Ali. (Not shown: Salim Mithani)



Played at Cockfosters
Report by Steve Hamilton

It was morning mayhem as the rain came down in the peaceful suburban area of Cockfosters in North London.

I was told at 9 am that this fixture against Southgate Compton was cancelled. I informed our team to make alternative plans and that I would see them next week.

Ring-ring at 11am, I received a call saying the rain had gone and was it possible that I could get a team together as they had a team and ground waiting for us! As Bob the Builder would say "Can we fix it?" "Yes we can!” By 12pm I had managed to get 10 players together for a 3pm start.

We won the toss and decided to bat. We put on 56 in 11 overs for our first wicket when Jakeria Ahmed departed for a belligerent 34.

Things turned against us as Southgate’s specialist left-arm spinner Tayyab delivered some precision darts removing Mo Junaid and Asad Mushtaq in 4 balls and finished with incredible figures of 7-3-7-2.

We were stuttering at 122 for 5 off 29 overs when Salim Mithani stepped up and put his foot on the gas to score a rapid 22. Unfortunately, he was run out going for a quick single from the non-striker’s end. He was already halfway down the wicket and it was too late to turn and get back in time.

Umair Shahzad played a courageous innings full of flair, artistry and patience. It was the glue that held our innings together with a well constructed 52 not out, including four fours and one monstrous six over deep mid-wicket. We closed on a respectable total of 167 off 35 overs.

I'm slipping back into old habits again! At the halfway point I was making the most of clubhouse bar.

Southgate clearly wanted revenge for their early season defeat against us. They got off to the perfect start, reaching 66 off 17 overs without losing a wicket.

Then a minor miracle happened in the form of a superb piece of fielding. (Yes, I am about to blow my own trumpet!) A throw at the stumps had passed behind our wicket keeper into the leg gully area. At lightning speed I sprinted from square leg, gathered the ball and threw it low and hard at the striker’s end. Salim was there behind the stumps to knock off the bails and Wallis was run out for 28.

After that breakthrough things turned massively in our favour and Southgate collapsed from 66 for 0 to 106 for 6. Salim took two wickets and finished with exceptional figures of 7-1-21-2. Once again the ultimate all-rounder Jakeria took three wickets and has amazingly taken all his 15 wickets this season cleaned bowled! He finished with immaculate figures of 7-0-32-3.

Our other accomplished all-rounder Umair was the major difference in this game. He removed Southgate’s dangerous opening batsman Shearley lbw for 69, swinging the balance in our direction. He continued to mesmerise the batsmen with unplayable yorkers and in- and out-swingers, removing Patel for a duck and ending his bowling masterclass with figures of 7-1-15-2.

Talal Ali bowled at tidy spell and came on at the death to secure a close-fought victory by 8 runs.


Old Fallopians 167-6 (35 overs)
Jakeria Ahmed ct Adi    b Naim      34
Asad Mushtaq  st keeper b Tayyab    18
Mo Junaid     ct Patel  b Tayyab    13
Umair Shahzad not out               52
Talal Ali     ct and    b K Sembian  3
Salim Mithani run out               22
Matt          ct Alex   b A Sembian  5
Fahim Pathan  not out                0
Extras (b 7, lb 3, w 8, nb 2)       20
Total                              167

A Sembian 7-2-12-1
Naim      7-0-47-1
Adi       6-0-32-0
Tayyab    7-3-7-2
K Sembian 4-0-25-1
Patel     3-1-16-0
Alex      1-0-15-0

Southgate Compton 159-8 (35 overs)
Wallis    run out             28
Shearley  lbw b Shahzad       69
Alex      ct Junaid b Mithani  1
Aiden     lbw b Mithani        0
Nouman    b Ahmed              3
Patel     lbw b Shahzad        0
A Sembian not out             36
K Sembian b Ahmed              3
Tayyab    b Ahmed              7
Adi       not out              0
Extras b 2, lb 3, w 5, nb 2)  12

Umair Shahzad 7-1-15-2
Talal Ali     7-1-30-0
Asad Mushtaq  5-0-28-0
Salim Mithani 7-1-21-2
Jakeria Ahmed 7-0-32-3
Asad Saleemi  1-0-18-0
Subhan Aftab  1-0-10-0

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