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Colfes School U15A v Bow School U15A

Colfe’s School U15A v Bow School U15A

It might be time for the British Summer, but Bow’s U15 team ended up having a mean time of it in Greenwich. Facing the defending champions in the shape of one of south London’s elite cricketing schools was always going to be a tall order.

Winning the toss, Tamim Shikder elected to bowl first. Fast bowling from Samchul Shifath, Fahman Fardus, Tamim and finally some leg spin from Tanzil Ahmed kept the champions on their toes. Samchul took an early wicket (c&b), and in the twenty overs Bow took a respectable five wickets, notably in the shape of two breath-taking catches by Fahman at mid-off diving one handed to his right and by Tamem Adulrahman fielding between short leg and mid-wicket running backwards to scoop the ball with both hands. Colfe’s innings total was 139/5.

Facing a target of 140, Tamim and Samchul took to the crease. Some excellent bowling and the ball keeping low meant that Bow lost several wickets in quite quick succession, with Tamim losing his leg stump after just 6 runs and Samchul going for lbw with just 4 to his name.

The middle order didn’t fare much better, but the surprise of the day came from Ry-Lee Porter who defended his wicket for 8-overs, racking up 10 runs. Tanzil managed back-to-back maximums but was dismissed next ball lbw and Hasan Tofadar bravely attempted a hook shot which if not for some equally brave wicket-keeping, would have paid off. Bow was eventually bowled out for 31 in 13 overs. Bow U15 may have been knocked out of the LSCA T20 Cup, but with much more of the summer ahead and two further tournaments left, the rush-hour drive back through the Blackwall tunnel left the boys time to reflect on the loss and start putting it behind them.