|August 22, 2021
||Lost by 10 wickets
scorecard | averages | back
Too many cakes? Old Fallopians
tuck into the delicious Cincinnati tea
Played at Greenwich Park
Report by Steve Hamilton
This fixture was played at the luxurious home of Cincinnati in
Greenwich and as usual we were greeted with impeccable hospitality.
But this regular seasonal contest also often throws up engrossing
I won the toss (finally) and chose to bat in cloudy
conditions with a north-easterly breeze and temperatures around 19c.
We needed to build something substantial as Cincinnati are
unquestionably no walk in the park. Asad Mushtaq looked sensational
with his new bat. He smashed three fours off Faisal second over. We
reached 27 off seven overs before losing our first wicket.
Jakeria Ahmed had a few lives before departing for 25. Debutant
Sukhwinder Saral played solidly for his 20 with one glorious
straight six over long on.
At drinks we had reached 71 for 2
off 17 overs.
Umair Shahzad delivered a dynamic quick-fire
half century which included seven fours and one six. Debutant Gulam
Aziz played a vital role towards the end of our innings and we
reached a respectable total of 178 for 8 off 35 overs.
Cincinnati are also famous for providing the best teas of any
opposition! On this occasion we were treated to a gratifying banquet
of vegetarian treats, which I enjoyed more than I first thought I
would! Samosas, sundried tomato couscous, basil pesto pasta, a
selection of sandwiches and a variety of cakes, washed down with a
proper strong tea! Probably Yorkshire Tea!
sumptuous tea we suffered. Maybe the culinary overload was a cunning
plan from Cincinnati captain Brendan. Whatever the cause, we were
lethargic in the field. We never settled and some of us became
confused where to field, as the right/left batting combination of
the opening pair caused us many difficulties!
Umair and Asad
got us off to a decent start, restricting Cincinnati to 29 off nine
overs so that for 60 percent of the game we had the upper hand.
Cincinnatiís Saqib was dropped a few times early on. But he soon
settled and dominated our bowlers with his aggressive approach,
often walking down the wicket and choosing where to place the ball
at will. He went on to score his maiden hundred. At the other end,
the leftie Jackson went on to score a half century. We took no
wickets and Cincinnati won comfortably with 7.2 overs to spare.
We had finally lost a Sunday fixture after 364 days!
were well and truly humbled and, to be honest, if there was a team
to lose our unbeaten record to, Cincinnati would have been the team
I would have chosen. They play the game in the right spirit and are
Roll on the next fixture! We need to get
178-8 (35 overs)
b Majid 25
Asad Mushtaq ct Ben b
Sukhwinder Saral ct Afzal b Carlin 20
b Faisal 55
b Afzal 12
b Faisal 0
b Carlin 0
b Saqib 17
Taiyab Shah not out
Peter Frisby not out
Extras (b 11, lb 2, w 2, nb 1) 17
Brendan Carlin 5-0-27-2
Cincinnati 179-0 (27.4 overs)
not out 107
Extras (b 8, lb
4, w 8) 20
Umair Shahzad 5-0-18-0
Mohammed Rashid 4-0-30-0
Intesam Khan 2-0-13-0
Sukhwinder Saral 1-0-15-0
Steve Hamilton 2-0-9-0
Gulam Aziz 1.4-0-13-0
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