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August 15, 2021 Friendly vs East Ham Corinthians Won by 4 wickets

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They beat East Ham Corinthians
Another one bites the dust: (Standing L-R) Syed Shah, Steve Hamilton, Asad Saleemi, Mozzam Sultan,
Anas Muhammad, Mohammed Rashid, Mo Junaid, Talal Ali, Fahim Pathan, Adnan Walayat
Photo by Jakeria Ahmed (not shown)



Played at the London Marathon ground, Fairlop
Report by Steve Hamilton

This was our second visit East Ham Corinthians at the Marathon Ground in Fairlop. This encounter did not prove to be a run-fest like the previous match where 538 runs were scored. In fact, both sides could only manage 216 between them.

I lost the toss yet again! Third game in a row. Opposition chose to bat. We took to the field with nine players.

We were without our opening bowler Syed Shah who informed me 30 minutes before the start that he was running late as he had just woken up, while Mohammed Rashid was held up by train delays.

Did it matter? Of course not! Debutant Anas Muhammad opened the bowling and did not disappoint. With the aura of a professor who is always one step ahead of the rest, he delivered pinpoint laser-like deliveries and took out the opposition opening batsman Imran for three. The batter departed after playing a cut shot that went like a bullet to gully where Fahim Pathan took a breath-taking catch.

Next up to create more carnage was our lively leftie Talal Ali, our second highest wicket taker this season on 16. He delivered the perfect ball to clean bowl opener Antik for six.

Muhammad continued to dismantle the Corinthians’ top order. His next victim was Sammy for a duck, hitting off stump with a yorker. He then trapped Abdul in front of his stumps and the umpire had no choice but to send him on his way for leg before, also for a duck. Muhammad finished with immaculate figures of 4-0-7-3 and we had them wobbling at 18 for four after eight overs.

The Corinthians consolidated and reached 58 without the loss of further wickets. It looked like they were beginning to get back into the game as but it turned out to be a short-lived revival, once powerhouse Sultan came on to bowl.

Mozzam clean bowled Shujaat for 10 and the Arun for a duck in a double-wicket maiden over. He finished his masterclass in pace bowling with superb figures of 6-3-8-2

Now the opposition were 58 for six off 18 overs and we were firmly in control. They only had one main batsman left, Joseph, who had more lives than a cat! He was eventually dismissed for 54 by Asad Saleemi who is now creeping up the wickets table! Saleemi floated a tempter and the batsman took the bait and never quite connected cleanly. The ball travelled towards mid-on where a half-asleep but sufficiently alert Syed Shah took the catch effortlessly in his usual cool and calm manner.

Jakeria Ahmed is our top wicket-taker this season with 18 victims. He deserved more than one wicket in this match as he delivered a dynamic spell of medium pace bowling. He took the wicket of their captain Adrian for 14, trapped lbw plumb in front of his stumps. Jakeria ended up with remarkable figures of 6-1-13-1

Fahim Pathan had control and accuracy and was rewarded with the wicket of Mehboob for yet another duck, the fourth of their innings and also the third lbw! Fahim finished with tidy figures of 4-0-9-1.

Syed, our usual opening bowler - whose late rising made him a little late - came on at the end. It didn't take him long to get the final wicket of Tamim for three. Tamim hit the ball towards gully where Asad Saleemi took the catch handsomely and East Ham Corinthians were all out for 106.

Now it was time for the highlight of the day! An appetizing lamb biryani followed by a delicious milk cake decorated with pistachios was kindly provided by Jakeria to mark his birthday and it wasn't too long before it all disappeared into our bellies! After that delightful feast we were ready for the run chase.

We got off to flyer with Mo Junaid hitting 19 off the first over with two spectacular sixes and a four! But next over Junaid was out caught! A mini collapse occurred as we lost two further wickets and found ourselves on 24 for three.

We needed to steady the ship and our two most accomplished batsmen, Mozzam and Adnan Walayat did exactly that! Together they put on 43 for the fourth wicket before we lost Adnan for 22 after he was caught at cover.

At 71 for four off 24 overs we were making hard work of what should have been a simple task! It seems like one mishap brings three and we lost another two wickets in quick succession. Now we were stuttering at 77 for six off 28 overs and the Corinthians began to have hopes of an upset.

Mohammed Rashid came to the crease to support Mozzam and added some calm to the situation. He played a vital cameo and helped us over the winning line with a seventh-wicket partnership of 33.

Mozzam sealed our victory with a straight four and finished unbeaten on 39. His innings included four fours and lasted 34 overs in a display of patience, poise and self-control!

We had done the double over East Ham Corinthians! But will they want to see us again next season?



East Ham Corinthians 106 (35.2 overs)
Antik              b Ali       6
Imran   ct Pathan  b Muhammad  3
Joseph  ct Shah    b Saleemi  54
Sammy              b Muhammad  0
Abdul   lbw        b Muhammad  0
Shujaat            b Sultan   10
Arun               b Sultan    0
Adrian  lbw        b Ahmed    14
Mehboob lbw        b Pathan    0
Tamim   ct Saleemi b Shah      3
Khalid  not out                3
Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 3, nb 3) 13
Total                        106

Talal Ali      4-0-18-1
Anas Muhammad  4-0-7-3
Mozzam Sultan  6-3-8-2
Steve Hamilton 8-1-34-0
Jakeria Ahmed  6-1-13-1
Fahim Pathan   4-0-9-1
Asad Saleemi   2-0-5-1
Syed Shah      1.2-0-4-1

Old Fallopians 110-6 (37.3 overs)
Jakeria Ahmed   ct Sammy  b Abdul    1
Mo Junaid       ct Arun   b Shujaat 19
Talal Ali                 b Abdul    1
Mozzam Sultan   not out             39
Adnan Walayat   ct Khalid b Tamim   22
Syed Shah                 b Tamim    1
Anas Muhammad             b Tamim    0
Mohammed Rashid not out              8
Extras (b 6, w 9, nb 4)             19
Total                              110

Abdul   8-1-37-2
Shujaat 7.3-0-22-1
Mehboob 6-2-12-0
Tamim   8-3-10-3
Arun    8-1-14-0

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