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August 1, 2021 Friendly vs Theydon Bois Won by 7 wickets

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They beat Theydon Bois
The Unbeatables: (L-R) Asad Mushtaq, Jayasankar Uthaman, Asad Saleemi, Steve Hamilton, Mo Junaid, Ilyas Mansha, Jakeria Ahmed, Talal Ali, Fahim Pathan, Mohammed Rashid, Dhammika Perera



Played at Theydon Bois
Report by Steve Hamilton

For this match we returned to the luxury setting of Theydon Bois after a three-year absence, but were not blessed with the best of weather conditions. We agreed to cut the overs down because of the expected stop-start showers which would force us to leave the field.

We lost the toss and the opposition chose to bat. Even though we were without our usual opening pair of strike bowlers, Umair and Syed, we still had enough quality in reserve to cause our hosts problems.

We mixed up the bowling and used eight bowlers. Asad Mushtaq and Talal Ali bowled a flawless spell and put the breaks on early, restricting the opposition to 30 for 1 off eight overs. Talal took the wicket of the dangerous-looking Sweetniny for 21 after he got a top edge down to fine leg, where Mohammed Rashid took a first-rate catch.

Next to strike was Rashid himself with a plum lbw to remove the talented colt Treveet for eight. Rashid and finished with remarkable figures of 4-1-6-1.

Debutant Jayasankar Uthaman also caused mayhem, taking two wickets with his subtle variations of finger spin. First he removed Noblett caught behind for nine by this seasonís regular keeper Mo Junaid. (He can do no wrong with the bat or ball either!) His second wicket was A Tariq for 17. This was a much quicker ball outside off stump which Tariq cut fearlessly straight to gully at a rate of knots. Yet, without the blink of an eye, it was safely taken by Asad Mushtaq.

After some acrobatics and superman dives in the field - and also taking a blow under his chin - Ilyas Mansha was rewarded with the wicket of M Tariq. Mansha had softened up Tariq earlier with his trademark hypnotic high-floating deliveries. The batsman was probably still bewildered ahead of the next ball, going over a selection of the shots he should have played previously. But for this delivery Tariq was swindled by a skiddy flatter ball which Mansha delivered straight onto his pad - bang in front of middle stump - and the umpire had no choice but to give him out leg before!

Asad Saleemi, going from strength to strength this season, took the big wicket of young gun Gilley for 53. Gilley attempted a leg glance and mistimed his shot completely and the ball struck middle stump.

After 29 overs the Theydon Bois innings closed on 144-6.

The threating weather meant there was no break for tea, as we just wanted to get on with the game in case of any further rain interruptions. We needed 145 off 29 overs at a rate of five an over for our 16th consecutive victory.

Disaster struck early when we lost the wicket of Mushtaq and found ourselves at 0-1 off two overs! However, that was the only low point of our innings, as our big guns Junaid and Jakeria both delivered once again. The pair put on 54 for our 2nd wicket and have now accumulated a combined total of 1019 runs this season!

Jakeria scored a rapid 40 which included five fours and two sixes, Junaid played solidly for his score of 30 including five fours.

Talal remained unbeaten on 31 and Jayasankar was the dominant batsman in the partnership. He was also undefeated in his blistering knock of 35 including seven fours. The duo shared an unbeaten 4th-wicket stand of 52 and comfortably sealed our victory.


Theydon Bois 144-6 (29 overs)
Sweetniny ct Rashid  b Ali     21
Treveet   lbw        b Rashid   8
Noblett   ct Junaid  b Uthaman  9
A Tariq   ct Mushtaq b Uthaman 17
Gilley               b Saleemi 53
M Tariq   lbw        b Mansha  13
Harold    not out               6
Ward      not out               4
Extras (lb 2, b 1, w 10)       13
Total                         144

Asad Mushtaq       4-0-18-0
Talal Ali          4-0-12-1
Mohammed Rashid    4-1-6-1
Jayasankar Uthaman 5-0-37-2
Dhammika Perera    5-0-21-0
Ilyas Mansha       4-0-33-1
Steve Hamilton     2-0-8-0
Asad Saleemi       1-0-8-1

Old Fallopians 148-3 (25.1 overs)
Jakeria Ahmed      ct Gilley  b Ward    40
Asad Mushtaq       lbw        b Nathan   0
Mo Junaid          ct Noblett b M Tariq 30
Talal Ali          not out              31
Jayasankar Uthaman not out              35
Extras (b 4, w 6, nb 2)                 12
Total                                  148

M. Tariq 7-3-21-1
Nathan   3-0-16-1
Hulk     5-0-27-0
Ward     5-1-17-1
Gilley   2-0-21-0
Ahmed    2.1-0-22-0
Melissa  1-0-9-0

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