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5ths East Comeback too late to clinch Victory

5ths East vs Fillongley 3rds
Saturday 20th July 2019
At Douglas Ground
by Luke Marshall

Upon winning the toss, Fillongley put us into bat which turned out to be a good decision as the slowness of the wicket made it tough going to score at a decent rate. Nevertheless, we had a strong opening partnership of 47 between Luke Gillam and Yousuf Akbar before regular wickets and not many more runs halted our progress. Another lower order revival helped us to bring the run rate back up as the overs dwindled away but the lack of pace bowling in Fillongley’s team helped them massively to stifle any kind of shot making. Subbu Chinappa (26) top scoring closely followed by Yousuf Akbar and Zain Ali (25 each).

With only 10 players, their reply got off to a unsurprisingly strong, attacking start. Their opener finding the boundary with relative ease helped by some slightly wayward bowling on our part and forced the skipper to make some defensive adjustments. The breakthrough wasn’t long coming though as one too many big shots got No. 2 batsman out and a bowling change took out the big hitting opener with the first ball and a good catch in the deep from Luke Gillam to a very high hit ball. I’m not sure if they had something planned and wanted to get home but the rest of the batting came out playing big shots and soon went back. They were getting away with a few shots finding the boundary but we were taking regular wickets too as we’d found our lines again and were using the pitch to our advantage. Subbu Chinappa (3-25) and Reiss Chagar (1-26) being particularly accurate. Their captain offering some very stubborn resistance and keeping the score ticking over waiting for the bad ball and punishing them with boundaries. His 42 was their high score but more importantly, got them to within touching distance of our score. A late couple of wickets for Luke Marshall (2-27) threatened an epic comeback but the damage had already been done and we ran out of runs to defend with 2 wickets remaining.

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