Having lost the toss and asked to bowl on a scorching July afternoon (again!) The Exiles may have thought they were becoming acclimatized. Paul Shorrock and Effie Usman began the bowling on another white wicket. After three overs Egyptian born/Indian raised Effie had to go off the field to recover from heat exhaustion! The fact that the openers were playing his medium pace swing without too many alarms had no bearing on the matter. Laiq Qureshi, standing in for absent Tom McLaughlin started to complain of sore feet too and the Captain was beginning to wonder how many men would be still standing by tea. Waseem Khan took over from Effie at the pavilion end. Lancashire born (1962) Paul managed four wicketless but economical overs before handing over to Naem Khan. Waseem made the breakthrough though, trapping the right-handed opener B Temple lbw, much to his apparent disgust, the umpire was changed immediately! Naem had something to prove after being put to the sword by Nuxley on his last appearance on home turf. He managed to find a better degree of control and settled into a pacy spell, having J Barker caught at the wicket. Waseem also clean bowled the left-hander after having been driven for four, the sort of response you would hope for. An attempt was made to reintroduce Effie's swing bowling but he declined, preferring to wait until conditions suited him better! Young, broke (allegedly), Chris Evans was therefore thrust into the breach and claimed a wicket first ball with a deadly long-hop that was miss-pulled straight up by N Green and Chris made no mistake with the return catch. This settled him a little and by the end of the over he was finding a testing length with plenty of bounce. A nick looped over Tony at first slip and went away to the third man boundary. The Antelopian middle order attempted to get on with things, maybe a little to hastily and Chris grabbed two more wickets, bowled through cross-batted shots. The field was kept in attacking positions throughout the innings, Naem bowling at three slips and a gully at times. Paul came back for two overs and picked up the wicket of T Griffiths caught behind glancing to leg. Three balls later a clearer edge of the gloves was given not out which is fair enough I suppose as the first one looked less out to the bowler! Effie was finally brought out of early-retirement and yorked N Bettridge. Waseem came back at the pavilion end but managed no further breakthroughs although he induced the run-out of S Kirkegaard. John Morgan held onto a faint nick off Naem and the Antelopes looked in danger of not making three figures but the final pair saw the total past 100 and were starting to move towards respectability, if not security, when Naem supplied the coup de grace by clean bowling Tyson to send the teams in for an early tea on 119 all out in 30.1 overs.
The Old Antelopians Innings:
|M Norton||bowled||W Khan||26|
|B Temple||lbw||W Khan||5|
|N Green||Caught and Bowled||C Evans||2|
|J Barker||Caught J Morgan||N Khan||15|
|T Griffiths||Caught J Morgan||P Shorrock||12|
|J Chamberlain||Bowled||C Evans||6|
|M Heine||Bowled||C Evans||0|
|N Bettridge||Bowled||E Usman||10|
|D Tyson||Bowled||N Khan||17|
Total 119 all out from 30.1 overs.
Guy Sneesby, the man in form, and Tony Brook, the man in rehab, opened the batting. Guy opened his account with a glorious clip off his pads to the square leg boundary, a long way on this lop-sided field. Tony was happy to play sorcerer's apprentice as Guy pounced on anything loose and transformed it into runs. When they were parted after ten overs they had put on 30, Tony departing on 4, which doesn't sound like much but it had put all the pressure on the Antelopes who set very attacking fields in the hope of making early breakthroughs. They must have been buoyed when Guy departed next over without adding to the score, for a well earned 24. Stephen Brown and Naem Khan, an odd pairing maybe, then settled in for the match winning partnership, worth 69 in 18 overs. Stephen top-scoring with 31, mostly scored from piercing off-drives whereas Naem's 21 was watchfully accumulated with glances to leg and the odd crashing boundary. They left the game in a very secure position when they departed within two overs of each other, Naem pulling a short one straight at midwicket, Stephen bowled, both off Barker. However the middle order still managed a mini-collapse to keep the Antelopes hopeful of an unlikely win. Laiq and Effie both departed without troubling the scorer with the total still ten runs away. John Morgan, carrying a bruised toe injury decided to settle things as painlessly as possible, and once he had the strike from Chris Evans via a leg-bye he smote the remaining three balls of the thirty-second over from Barker over mid on and mid-wicket for consecutive fours that wrapped things up nicely This left Phil James to worry about his possibility of a third duck in a row for another day. So a good win by 4 wickets with 8 overs to spare from the Exiles after bowling out the opposition. "Maximum points" two weeks in a row!
|E Usman||Caught and Bowled||Barker||0|
Total 123 for 6 off 32 overs.
The Old Antelopians bowling:
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