BritisH Airways Fly Away With Victory
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Ian White and Chris Brown were cautious against the clever swing bowling of Wasim and the variable nature of the pitch. As the ball got old Chris Brown began to get on top of the bowling with strong shot through the offside. When White (19) fell in the 25th over, the remaining batsmen knew they needed to up the run rate. Andy Bolan (7) and Ben Thomas (10) both joined Brown at the crease but were both caught. Chris Brown continued to his half century and added vital runs with Graham Beal until he was finally out for 53. After building some security in the innings, Graham Beal and Dan Adkins focussed on rotating the strike. After putting away the bad balls Graham Beal (21) was caught behind going for one shot too many. Luke Parker-Hodds (5*) and Dan Adkins (20*) gained vital runs in the last overs to get more bonus points; reaching 176-6 after 52 overs.
Falkland knew they needed to take early wickets if they were to defend the total and Sam Trumper did just that, taking a wicket in his first over. Despite going for 14 runs in his first over, Stuart Grimmond settled into a good rhythm and was causing problems. When Sam Trumper (2-48) struck again in the 10th over, Falkland knew they needed to reduce the run rate and continue to take wickets. When Falkland turned to Andy Bolan and Ben Thomas for a bowling change they instantly caused problems but the runs continued. When Andy Bolan (2-27) took two wickets within 3 overs Falkland were looking strong. Ben Thomas (2-31) also took two quick wickets as Falkland startled to feel they had a chance. But these wickets only brought Aawis to the crease, who looked in control from the beginning. Despite Graham Beal (2-12) taking two wickets in his first two overs Falkland could not maintain the pressure. Aawis reached his half century as the others around him fell, and when joined by Wasim Abbassi at the crease the pair took British Airways to the required target: