Mustangs have had the better of Fellows in recent times, and so Fellows, although ready to put up a fight, went into this game with realistic expectations.
Mustangs elected to bat first and were taken a little by surprise by the joint attack of fast bowlers Chris M and Zeeshan. Chris M took out Mustangs go to batsman Rupinder in the first over, caught behind, and Jessi followed in Zeeshan’s first over caught at fine leg. This was unchartered territory for Mustangs who rarely loose more than four wickets in their usual march to victory. Vimal and Aftab fought back and in a partnership of 63 built a foundation for the rest of the batting. After Vimal was bowled by spinner Sonu, Aftab batted along with the middle order, crafting a match winning half century before he was caught behind off Sonu. A flourish at the end with a partnership if 20 between no 8 Sudesh and no 9 Harry brought the Mustang’s total to 139 bowled out in the 19th over.
Fellows were understandably pleased with their bowling performance. Mustangs had had to work hard for their runs and for only the second time this season had to bat past their top order.
Once again Fellows batting proved fragile. With an unsettled side this season, no one is certain of his role in the batting order and this confusion led to accumulators going for big hits, and for hitters trying to defend. The run rate fell further and further behind and although wickets remained intact the game was ebbing away. After 20 overs Fellows were 101 for 6, 38 runs short of Mustang’s total.
Fellows now need to win their last game against Epi Lions to guarantee their place in the play offs. If they loose they open the door to Moufflons , Sri Lankans and Epi Lions, all who can still achieve three wins.