Feb 28 2014, the Sevens, Dubai
On a sunny morning, the Wombats Team headed to the home ground of the Seven Seas Team at DIP-Greens Community. This was to be the first match for the Wombats in the tournament sponsored by Taher Spices. The ground, located adjacent to a school, had a sandy outfield and a cement pitch in the centre and was famous for scores in excess of 250 runs in 25 over games. The Wombats, more accustomed to a grassy outfield , would be in for a tough game.
Having won the toss, the Seven Seas team decided to bat first and set a target for the visitors to chase. Hammad and Naeem opened the bowling for the Wombats and were taken for a few runs before Hammad struck the first blow, getting the opening batsman caught. Runs continued to flow inspite of the captain making quick changes to the bowling. Left arm pacer Rashid struck to claim the second wicket to fall while spinners Daniyal and Awais tried to plug the flow of runs. Daniyal claimed 3 wickets, flummoxing the batsmen with his left arm drifters and getting the balls to drop occasionally on the batsmen. Awais , on the other hand, proved to be expensive towards the later part of his spell, being taken for 3 consecutive sixes in an over. Shariq sayani put in a brilliant effort on the field, diving on the sandy outfield in effort to prevent boundaries and cut down doubles to singles. Ammad Jami also joined in the act, taking a skier at the midwicket boundary. The batting power of the Seven Seas team, however, proved too strong and at the end of their allotted 25 overs, the Seven Seas team had rattled up 250 runs.
With a stiff target to chase, the veterans Sherry and Naeem opened the batting and tried to force the pace of the game. Wily bowling from the veteran Freddy thwarted their efforts and soon the pressure started to mount on the visitors. Sherry was out caught while Naeem was bowled, Ali Bajwa got out to a ball which stayed low. Ammad played his trademark leg side shots but was soon back in the pavilion. With wickets continuing to tumble, Muqi strode to the crease and took the attack to the opposition and top scored for the wombats with 42 runs. Freddy claimed 4 scalps paving the way for the Seven Seas team to beat the Wombats by a massive margin of 131 runs.