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Sept 5, 2021 Friendly vs Southgate Adelaide Won by 6 wickets

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They beat Southgate Adelaide
Sunshine boys: (Standing L-R) Asad Saleemi, Fahim Pathan, Asad Mushtaq, Steve Hamilton, Mo Junaid, Mozzam Sultan, Anas Muhammad, Talal Ali; (kneeling L-R) Umair Shahzad, Jakeria Ahmed, Peter Frisby, Mohammed Rashid

 

 

Played at Southgate
Report by Steve Hamilton

For this fixture we were blessed with glorious golden sunshine and clear blue skies. The temperature was hitting 28C.

We needed to bounce back immediately after our previous weekend’s defeat against Cincinnati. We had to show fighting spirit and that we were not carrying any emotional baggage from that traumatic encounter.

What could have been the perfect start to our day turned out to be the opposite. We lost the toss and were put in to field in the blistering heat!

Adding to our pain, we only had ten men with one arriving 40 minutes late after the cab driver dropped him 30 minutes away from the venue.

Nonetheless, Umair Shahzad got us off to a sensational start. He was swinging the ball around corners as usual and the Southgate Adelaide batsman had no answers! Umair took a wicket in his first and second over, clean bowling both Cox for a duck and then their captain Elwood for one.

Next we witnessed a superb piece of fielding from the youthful Asad Saleemi at cover. He rapidly picked up the ball and with a bullet arm threw it just above the bails. The guy who seems to be everywhere whenever something happens - Mo Junaid - took the bails off effortlessly and we had them crumbling at 6 for 3 off 4 overs.

Mr ‘Chinos’ Frisby continues to deliver those magic balls and was soon rewarded with a wicket in his first over. He tempted young Radomsky into a big shot which just skied the ball to cover where Jakeria Ahmed took a nonchalant catch.

Talal Ali bowled a tidy spell and took out the leg stump of their threatening batsman Tararis for 15. Talal is now just one wicket behind the tally of 18 held by our leading wicket taker Jakeria Ahmed. The next wicket to fall was Hammond for 13 to a delivery from the ever-reliable Mohammed Rashid. The batter mistimed his shot, sending the ball straight to Umair who took a simple catch at mid on.

Our fielding performance was in massive contrast to our last fixture: we had two run outs, we were stopping boundaries, we were taking catches and preventing silly quick singles; also no fumbles in the field, not even from me!

What followed next will go down in Old Fallopians history. The moment will live long in the memories of those who witnessed it.

I was fielding at my specialist square leg position and was totally unaware of the situation at the wicket as I was chatting with the umpire. Suddenly, the ball came in my direction at a rate of knots. Somehow, I managed to gather the ball, which was heading towards deep square leg. I threw it flat and hard - with pinpoint precision accuracy - to the batsman's end. It was a direct strike, hitting the stumps from 60 yards or more! Am I exaggerating? No!

Key was run out for a duck. We were in total control and Southgate Adelaide were in distress at 50 for 7 off 17 overs.

Southgate finally started to show some resilience, with their young colts Barton-Allan and Otchere scoring 25 and 17 respectively.

Umair trapped Sporting lbw for an 18-ball duck and a few overs later delivered the perfect yorker. The ball struck the bottom of the middle stump and removed the stubborn defence of Barton-Allan. Umair finished his devastating spell with figures of 9-2-19-4.

Fahim Pathan wrapped things up by taking the final wicket of Otchere and Southgate Adelaide were all out for a Nelson!

Chasing 112 didn't prove too much of a difficulty as Jakeria got off to decent start and was looking good with four boundaries until he was controversially given out caught behind for 21. There was talk that the ball had clearly hit his pad, not bat! But with no TV reviews, he had to walk.

We had a little wobble and lost a few more early wickets, and were four down for 48 after 11 overs.

Now it was time for Umair's one-man show of brilliance and the highlight of the day! He reached his third 50 in his last four innings, including six fours and one six. He was well supported at the other end by Anas Muhammad who remained unbeaten on 16. Their fifth-wicket partnership of 67 steered us to a comfortable victory.

We had won by six wickets, erasing our six-wicket defeat to Southgate Adelaide last season.

 
 

Scorecard

Southgate Adelaide 111-10 (34.3 overs)
Ferguson     run out               3
Cox                     b Shahzad  0
Tararis                 b Ali     15
Elwood                  b Shahzad  1
Radomsky     ct Ahmed   b Frisby   5
Hammond      ct Shahzad b Rashid  13
Key          run out               0
Sporting     lbw        b Shahzad  0
Barton-Allan            b Shahzad 25
Otchere      ct Ahmed b Fahim     17
Jackson      not out               4
Extras (b 6, lb 2 w 13, nb 7)     28
Total                            111

Umair Shahzad   9-2-19-4
Anas Muhammad   4-0-8-0
Talal Ali       4-0-9-1
Peter Frisby    4-0-17-1
Mohammed Rashid 3-1-5-1
Steve Hamilton  2-0-3-0
Jakeria Ahmed   3-0-16-0
Asad Mushtaq    2-0-7-0
Mo Junaid       1-0-15-0
Asad Saleemi    1-0-4-0
Fahim Pathan    0.3-0-1-1

Old Fallopians 115-4 (22 overs)
Jakeria Ahmed ct Otchere  b Ferguson 21
Asad Mushtaq  ct Radomsky b Sporting  2
Junaid        ct Otchere  b Hammond  13
Umair Shahzad not out                50
Talal Ali     ct Key      b Ferguson  6
Anas Muhammad not out                16
Extras (b 3, w 4)                     7
Total                               115

Barton-Allan 6-1-22-0
Sporting     5-0-35-1
Ferguson     4-0-18-2
Hammond      6-0-28-1
Elwood       1-0-10-0
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