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Oxy Cup Final ..... Finally gets played at Mannofield on the third attempt!!

 

From the mysterious correspondent from Kashmir (Birmingham to me and you!!):

 

Both teams eventually turned up for the mouth-watering, eagerly anticipated and one of the biggest rivalries in world cricket the Oxy Cup Final between Shell CC and Bon Accord CC. Both Captain’s (Fazal Nadeem Khan for Shell CC and Adnan Mahmood for Bon Accord) hurling last piece of advice to their players.

 

Bon Accord skipper Adnan won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked like an absolute belter of a track. Blue stumps ready, umpires ready, batsman ready, fielders in position, Abbas ready at the top of his runway ready to steam in and hurl a thunderbolt down…the only thing preventing play was the lack of a cricket ball to play with….shades of Kenny Benjamin at Trent Bridge in 1995.

 

Umpires (Rene & Chris Watson) called play and we were off…Bon Accord openers started well until Aftab induced a play on to bring about the first wicket. Steady progress by the Bon Accord batsman with some lovely strokes by Fazal Awan.

 

Spin was introduced with Abrar ‘Murali’ Ahmed perhaps needing to visit the new ICC bowlers testing facility in Lahore.

 

Wickets fell at regular intervals, Captain Khan getting the dangerous Akhlaq out plumb LBW, the scorer could be heard giving it out from the scorebox…it could not have been more adjacent. An exciting partnership developed between Adnan and Nawaz with some deft cut shots and power strokes when required.

 

The middle overs averaged 5 runs scored. It wasn’t until the last 12 balls that the acceleration really came. Farooq the Duke came to Bon Accords rescue with some lovely juicy balls for Karan to hit over the boundary. The parked cars were in imminent danger; thankfully no damage done. Catches taken well by Shahram and Aftab – only 1 dropped catch in 20 overs; as the old adage goes; catches win matches.

 

144 the target at the innings break.

 

Indy got the score board moving with a Muhammad Yousufesque cover drive for 3 followed by a wristy flick through mid-wicket reminiscent of a certain Rahul Dravid; what followed was more Monty Panesar than Rohit Sharma; caught at mid on of Akhlaq.

 

Farooq ‘back foot’ Duke got his innings away with a lovely pull through midwicket off Nawaz only to underestimate the fine leg fielders arm and be run out in true Inzamam fashion…suddenly the pressure was on. Abrar came in and showed some really grit and gave Mirza some serious tap; straight drives, hits over the top and excellent running…maybe more practice required on the paddle sweep….retired on 33. Shahraam came in and was given lots of words of advice from the opposition that was the catalyst in transforming him into a run machine with some seriously powerful legside shots including a huge legside six off Akhlaq. Himanshu came and went allowing the scorer to practice drawing circles. Shahram also retired on 30.

 

Imran ‘nine lives’ Mani played a great knock again with some sumptuous drives straight down the ground, this time the sightscreen was in mortal danger. The target was now in sight….a cut shot to the long boundary seemed to have crossed the line; the batsmen ran 2; the umpire signalled 4; only to be told by the fielders that it was 2…all matter over of confusion followed with a large gathering forming on the pitch debating what should happen. Sanity prevailed and the game continued. Captain Fazal Nadeem Khan playing the calming role with some carefully placed drives to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

 

The game ended pretty quickly after that with extras playing a pinch hitting role at the end with 5 wides and 4 byes helping Shell CC get over the line with plenty of balls to spare.

 

Man of the match Abrar Ahmed or was he?

 

aqeel  1 Aug 2019 - 20:30   
 
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League 1
TeamPWTLPts
Shell440010
The Dons53116
Knightriders52124
Bon Accord32014
Crescent CC30030
The Rockhoppers40040


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