Friendly Match vs Old Fallopians, Sun 13th August 2017, Springfield Park

London Fields (205-4) beat Old Fallopians (182-7) by 23 runs

by Taimoor Malik

The Fielders arrived at Springfield Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon to play a friendly game against Old Fallopians. Skipper Ferny won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch, which looked good to bat on initially but turned out to be a little trickier later. Oli Turner (who surprisingly turned up on time) was a little disappointed to find out that he wasn't actually in the playing eleven.

Steve Dunn and Kapila gave us a solid and brisk opening start. Kapila played some exclusive drives through cover and mid on and Steve Dunn looked in great touch on his return game after over a year. Steve played some stylish square cuts to keep the scoreboard ticking. Kapila finally got out caught and bowled after a handy inning of 20 where Steve continued to anchor the inning. Skipper Ferny also played some nice late cuts and was bowled out by a googly. Next batsman Sammy played some aggressive shots including big six towards the mid on but got out by a sharp catch taken by a mid-wicket fielder, which looked suspicious to some of us but umpires Hugh and Steve standing at the non-striker confirmed it to be a clean take.

Troy ended the inning with gigantic sixes down the wicket and took fielders to a good total of 205/4 of 35 over game. An excellent score of 68 not out for Steve Dunn on his comeback game.

Hugh and Murphy took the new ball on a pitch that definitely had something for the bowlers willing to pitch the ball up. Hugh bowled two magical outswing deliveries to get rid of Fallopians two top order batsmen. It could have been a well deserved hat trick for Hugh, had Sammy taken the sharp chance at third slip. Hugh was pitching the ball up and swinging it away, making it impossible for Fallopian to play and they looked completely clueless. Early wickets taken by Hugh and Murphy set the game for the Fielders . None of the opponents middle order player managed to contribute to the run chase and Fallopians only managed to score 182/7 of 35 overs, thanks to one of their tail ender who scored a quick 32 runs at the end. Their skipper played a defensive inning of 33 not out after spending nearly 30 hours on the crease, which surprised all of us.

A little controversy arose during Fallopian batting when they tried to replace one of their injured player with Zubair, an outstanding league player who according to Troy and Turley has previously scored 220 in a game against Fielders (in the overs after drinks, too, i.e. in about 18 overs! – ed). This was nicely negotiated by the skipper Ferny and Fallopian decided not to send Zubair out to bat.

At the end it was a solid performance with the bat and bowl by the Fielders who enjoyed a few pints afterwards at The Anchor & Hope pub to celebrate their win.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Steve Dunn NotOut68
2Kapila Perera CaughtUnknown20
3Steve Fernbank BowledUnknown15
4Sami Moosa CaughtUnknown22
5Mark Holden CaughtUnknown6
6Troy Utz NotOut26
7Chris MurphyDidNotBat-
8Hugh McNaughtonDidNotBat-
9Paul TurleyDidNotBat-
10Paul HoldenDidNotBat-
11Taimoor MalikDidNotBat-
    Total 204 for 4

Old Fallopians Bowling

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Old Fallopians Batting

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London Fields Bowling

1Chris Murphy5119119.00
2Hugh McNaughton421929.50
3Paul Turley7048148.00
4Mark Holden4011111.00
5Paul Holden30110-
6Taimoor Malik4024124.00
7Sami Moosa40240-
8Troy Utz4019119.00

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