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July 11, 2021 Friendly vs Oakfield Parkonians Won by 6 wickets

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They beat Oakfield Parkonians
Oak Fellers: (Standing L-R) Talal Ali, Viren Rajput, Asad Saleemi, Syed Shah, Dhammika Perera, Ashraf Molvi, Steve Hamilton; (kneeling) Jakeria Ahmed, Mozzam Sultan; (not shown: Umair Shahzad and Asad Mushtaq)



Played at Fairlop
Report by Steve Hamilton

This was our second visit to Oakfield Parkonians’ pavilion this season. It was more of a warm-up game for our next match, which will be a much tougher challenge, against Hobgoblin Nomads.

We lost the toss and the opposition chose to bat. I opened the bowling for the first time since May 2018. (On that occasion against Theydon Bios I finished with figures of 8-0-38-4. Also we scored our highest ever total on that same day: 369-6 in 40 overs!)

In this match it was more a mixture of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" from myself. First I removed their opening batsman Ayaan for four with the first ball of my second over. I somehow managed to get some serious bounce and it definitely took him by surprise. He edged the ball onto his helmet and it ricocheted towards slips where Mozzam comfortably took the catch.

But I also dropped a catch offered by the talented Rohit off my bowling. He could have been out for 24, but he went on score an extra 74 runs!!

The home side began to settle and reached 69 for 1, until I got my second wicket. This time it was their captain Holland for 27. He mistimed his shot and sent it straight to Umair at mid-on. Luckily Umair always seems to remain cool, calm and collected in such situations, unlike another regular player who seems to have flap whenever the ball comes in his direction!

We mixed up the bowling, using eight players and giving some of our main bowlers a rest.

Syed Shah showed strength and character in the face of recent adversity recently to return and bowl with pure control, pace and accuracy. He definitely deserved the wicket of Rohit who was beaten by his pace numerous times outside off stump, but survived a few more overs. Syed kept the run rate down, going for only four an over and he finished with exceptional figures of 6-0-24-0

Asad Saleemi also bowled a tight line with figures of 4-0-15-0. Debutant Viren Rajput bowled nicely and took a wicket lbw and finished with figures of 4-0-18-1. Dhammika Perera took the wicket of Desai for 10, who miss-hit the ball straight to Jakeria’s hands at mid-off.

Another debutant Ashraf Molvi took two wickets. His first victim was Vanam for 9 who hit the ball to mid-off where Syed took the catch effortlessly. The next was the big wicket of Rohit for 98. Rohit attempted an off drive, only to get an outside edge which travelled low and quick to our keeper Mozzam. He took a magnificent catch, diving forward grasping the ball just above the ground.

At the halfway point Oakfield Parkonians reached 170-6 off 35 overs. Now this is becoming a habit and also a superstition or ritual. I participated in some beverages at the midway stage, making the most of a clubhouse bar yet again!

Chasing 171 at 4.8 an over did not seem too difficult as Jakeria struck five fours and two sixes to score his third fifty of the season. Mozzam and Umair put on 73 for the third wicket and laid the foundations for our victory.

Umair scored 33, batting solidly and with intelligence, continuing his recent good form. Mozzam delivered a masterclass in batting, going through the gears and accelerating towards the end. Mozzam remained unbeaten on 72 with 11 fours and one six. He took us over the finishing line with a straight six and an on-drive for four. We won comfortably by six wickets with 5.4 overs to spare.

Now it was time to rush home and enjoy the football. Or was it??

Mighty score
Batting lesson: Mozzam Sultan teaches the team their 12-times table


Oakfield Parkonians 170-6 (35 overs)
Ayaan   ct Sultan  b Hamilton   4
Rohit   ct Sultan  b Molvi     98
Holland ct Shahzad b Hamilton  27
Vanam   ct Shah    b Molvi      9
Desai   ct Ahmed   b Perera    10
Usman   lbw        b Rajput     3
Vijay   not out                 6
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 8, nb 1)  13
Total                         170

Umair Shahzad   3-0-8-0
Steve Hamilton  7-0-39-2
Talal Ali       5-0-25-0
Syed Shah       6-0-24-0
Asad Saleemi    4-0-15-0
Viren Rajput    4-0-18-1
Dhammika Perera 3-0-20-1
Ashraf Molvi    3-0-22-2

Old Fallopians 174-4 (29.2 overs)
Jakeria Ahmed ct Matt    b Vijay   51
Asad Mushtaq             b Oreo     6
Mozzam Sultan not out              72
Umair Shahzad ct Holland b Rohit   33
Talal Ali     ct Vanam   b Shahid   3
Viren Rajput  not out               0
Extras (b 4, w 3, nb 2)             9
Total                             174

Desai  7-0-17-0
Oreo   7-0-37-1
Vijay  7-0-37-1
Samay  5-0-44-0
Rohit  2.2-0-24-1
Shahid 1-0-6-0

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