Teddington CC - 4th XI Vs Perivale Phoenicians CC - 3rd XI - Saturday 19th August 2017

Teddington won a crucial game against Perivale to help stave off the threat of relegation.

Having won the toss, I decided to insert the opposition. Tauseef Khan and Hamza Abbasi opened the bowling for us and kept things relatively tight. It was the crucial intervention of spin, though, that helped turned things really in our favour. Harry Polhill bowled an excellent 10 over spell of his zippy left arm orthodox and returned figures that were as tight as a Scotsman in a pub - 10-1-24-3. Jag Sanghera's loopy spin also got us a crucial wicket and helped to keep their total to a very chaseable 164. He got three wickets in exactly the same way - bowled Jag, caught TK at deep square leg. It is also worth mentioning that young Dan Carter again performed admirably behind the stumps, diving around and showing quick hands and also taking a regulation catch from TK's bowling.

Whilst I tried to get some food down me, I sent Tom Elway and Hasan Aziz in to get us off to a solid start, which they did as we only lost Tom (20) when we had 62 runs on the board. Hasan followed shortly after and then it was the 'Faz show' as Faz Ahmed hit another quick 50 (56 - 9 x 4s and 2 x 6s, off 57 balls, so almost at a run a ball!). This helped propel us towards the target and Hamza Abbasi hit a quick 22, before he showed he couldn't run 22 yards very quickly. TK and Faz then decided to pointlessly block the next 4-5 overs (because Taus wanted to "face a couple of overs"), which almost gave Perivale a point they didn't deserve, before 5 wides finished the game and gave us a crucial win and 10 vital points.

Author: Matt O'Toole

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