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Sept 19, 2021 Friendly vs Bohemians Won by 8 runs

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They beat Bohemians
 Bohemian rhapsody: Standing L-R) Asad Saleemi, Tahir Ahmed, llyas Mansha, Mo Junaid, Steve Hamilton,
Umair Shahzad; (kneeling L-R) Syed Shah, Mohammed Rashid, Waseem Furqan, Asad Mushtaq

 

 

Played at North Middlesex CC ground, Highgate
Report by Steve Hamilton

This encounter didn't look like happening at all as rain was predicted for the majority of the day. But like everything in life nothing is a certainty!

We agreed on a shorter 30-over game due to the weather. We won the toss and batted in drizzly conditions for the majority of our innings. But this clearly didn't affect our openers at all, as Mo Junaid and Asad Mushtaq put on 150 for the first wicket. After 30 overs we reached a competitive total of 209 for 6.

After tea we were confident of defending our total as we had some premier league bowlers ready to be unleased!

Bohemians needed exactly seven an over for victory. Waseem Furqan and Syed
Shah opened the bowling but were unable to find a breakthrough. After 10 overs the home side were looking solid at 48 for 0.

However, their luck ran out when debutant Tahir Ahmed tempted Pittman to have a swish at a short ball. The delivery diverted via a thick edge towards deep backward point where Asad Mushtaq took a breath-taking catch, turning round to reach the ball above his head. Pittman was out for 49 and that was the first turning point of the game.

A few overs later Umair Shahzad was too quick for the other opener Buller and cleaned bowled him for 27, in the process cartwheeling the middle stump. Umair didn't take long to claim his next victim, also clean bowling Kelly for five. This time he knocked the off stump out the ground. We were now in pole position with Bohemians on 108 for 3 after 21 overs.

But it wasn't Mohammed Rashid’s day. I dropped a catch off his bowling at backward short leg. And he should have had another wicket!

What I remember from the incident is that he bowled a decent delivery which the batsman hit and was caught by Jakeria Ahmed. However, the umpire didn't give him out because he thought Rashid shouted before he released the ball. He actually celebrated enthusiastically quite loudly after the ball was caught. But after some confusion the verdict was still - not out.

We were now in the driving seat after Ilyas Mansha claimed two quick wickets in successive overs. He was giving our fielders catching practice with his loopy full tosses, while tricking the opposition into thinking they had free licence to hit out!

First to fall to his devious plan was Hyde who hit the ball towards long off where Umair took a skier comfortably. In Ilyas’s next over, the big-hitting Buxton came charging down the crease and smashed the ball towards deep mid-wicket, where Jakeria took a sensational one-handed catch. This was the second turning point of the game and after 25 overs the home side were on 147 for 5.

Now the opposition upped the ante. Leece and Leslie put on 47 for the sixth wicket and pushed their side’s total to 194.

I was bowling and got hit for biggest six of the day over long-on. With three more balls of my over still to go I was understandably feeling nervous!

What happened next ball? Another minor miracle! I bowled a much flatter delivery which was hit back to me violently low and hard at knee height. My instinct was to get out of its way but I managed to get my hands down in time to try to catch the ball. As usual the ball didn't stick, but fortunately the ball didn't fly that far and my cat-like reflexes (?) enabled me to reach out and take the catch at my second attempt! Leslie was out for 32. Was that another turning point?

Bohemians needed 13 to win off the final over. Waseem was hungry to bowl, as were two others. Rising to the challenge, he delivered the perfect final over. He conceded just four runs and also took the wicket of Stoop with a thin nick caught behind by Mo Junaid. Our victory was sealed by 9 runs.

A great all-round team performance and confirmation once again that catches definitely win matches!
 
 

Scorecard

Old Fallopians 209-6 (30 overs)
Asad Mushtaq              b Drew   62
Mo Junaid                 b Stoop  82
Jakeria Ahmed   ct Attman b Drew    5
Umair Shahzad             b Buxton 22
Waseem Furqan             b Stoop   4
Mohammed Rashid ct and    b Hyde    9
Tahir Ahmed     not out             3
Asad Saleemi    not out             1
Extras (b 11, lb 1, w 6, nb 3)     21
Total                             209

Buxton   5-1-15-1
Arcidale 2-0-31-0
Leslie   6-0-50-0
Hyde     5-0-28-1
Stoop    6-0-41-2
Drew     6-0-30-2

Bohemians 201-7 (30 overs)
T Pittman   ct Mushtaq b T Ahmed  49
J Buller               b Shahzad  29
R Leece     not out               31
J Kelly                b Shahzad   5
M Hyde      ct Shahzad b Mansha    7
O Buxton    ct J Ahmed b Mansha   27
J Leslie    ct and     b Hamilton 32
N Stoop     ct Junaid  b Furqan    1
R Lancaster not out                0
Extras (b 8, lb 5, w 5, nb 2)     20
Total                            201

Waseem Furqan   6-0-26-1
Syed Shah       5-1-23-0
Umair Shahzad   6-0-21-2
Tahir Ahmed     4-0-23-1
Mohammed Rashid 3-0-31-0
Ilyas Mansha    2-0-16-2
Asad Saleemi    2-0-24-0
Steve Hamilton  2-0-18-1
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