Penkridge CC Presentation Night 2017

The best part of two months since the season ended, some of the jobs around the house that had been put off for the previous six months completed (but not as many as some would like…), a bit of football watched – so it was time to get together this weekend for the annual presentation night.

This year, the presentation was held at the club along with an excellent buffet (as usual) prepared by Alison Bowen. Chairman Jon Price was in charge of the awards – accompanied by his usual excellent and very amusing speech. For the record the award winners are below :

Saturday Batting

1st team Rana Hassan 775 runs
2nd team Simon Parnaby 573 runs
3rd team Adam Butt 341 runs
4th team Rob Baker 338 runs

Sunday Batting

1st team Ross Parker 306 runs
2nd team Mohammed Shafiq 463 runs

Saturday Bowling

1st team Rizwan Gulzar 25 wickets
2nd team Richard James 33 wickets
3rd team Nadeem Tariq 26 wickets
4th team Richard Birch 23 wickets

Sunday Bowling

1st team Will Hinder 12 wickets
2nd team Richard James 19 wickets

Some points worth noting are that Rana Hassan has now won the first team batting award in every season since he joined the club over a decade ago, Mohammed Shafiq also won the divisional batting award for his Sunday runs, whilst Richard James did likewise for his Saturday wickets.

Both Will Hinder and Ross Parker were still playing for our under 15s, and the fourth team youth policy is thriving with the evergreen / experienced / veteran performers (delete as applicable) Rob Baker and Richard Birch taking the honours...

Players Player of the Season

Saturday 1st team Mohammed Ishtiaq
Saturday 2nd team Richard James
Saturday 3rd team Nadeem Tariq
Saturday 4th team Shared between youngsters Myles Davis and Harry Turnbull

Sunday 1st team Ross Parker
Sunday 2nd team Thomas Axcell

Again, it’s pleasing to see that four of the winners also played for our under 15s during the season.

Other Awards

Young Player of the Year Joe Oakley
Junior Player of the Year Thomas Axcell
Spirit of Cricket Award Rob Baker
Clubman of the Year Richard James

The Saturday second team received the runners up trophy following their promotion, and the Sunday second team received the league winners shield after topping the table with a mainly young team.

Having got over my disappointment at being overlooked for the Young Player of the Year award at the age of 46, the rest of the evening was very enjoyable – including a very interesting and entertaining karaoke, although I’m not certain any of us will be making the X-Factor let alone getting a recording contract after our efforts...

Every one of the award winners was fully deserving, although a few alternative awards could have been given... I’ve tried to keep these to games I actually played in or witnessed, but there’s the odd one that I didn’t.

Innings of the Season

  • Paul Szewczyk, 121 v Brewood 2nds – narrowly failed to win a close game with very little support.
  • Richard James, 57* v Milford 2nds – carried his bat in a Boycottian innings to set up a winning total.
  • Thomas Axcell 55 v Four Oaks Sunday 2nds – maiden senior half century in a century opening stand.

Bowling Spells of the Season

  • Matthew Jenkinson, 6-28 v Oswestry 1sts – reduced the league leaders to 27-7 in a vital win for us.
  • Richard James, 4-21 v Milford 2nds – backed up his unbeaten half century with an excellent spell.
  • Rizwan Gulzar 1-32 v Fordhouses 1sts – 17 overs, numerous dropped catches and deserved greater reward

All round performance of the season

  • Richard James, 106 & 7-68 v Oswestry 2nds. Nothing to add to figures that speak for themselves, even if I scandalously forgot to nominate him for a Cricket World Performance of the Week…

Best games of the season

  • 2nd team v Whitchurch – tied game that swung one way then the other, with all three results possible off the last ball of the game. Whitchurch needed two to win with one wicket left – and could only manage a single
  • 1st team v C&R Hawks – won by one wicket in another game that both teams looked likely to win at various points, a batting collapse apiece before we (just) got over the line.

Worst Dropped Catch of the Season

  • Liam Kettle v Oswestry 2nds – barely got a hand on a straightforward chance at midwicket, although in his defence it was the day after the Family Fun Day, and several of the team struggled in the field a touch that day….
  • Jon Price v Brewood 2nds – a skied chance, right in front of the opposition in a game that was proving to be a little “spicy”. A confident call, steadied himself under the catch – and another one that barely got a hand on the ball.

The Tower Bridge Fielding Award

  • Joe Oakley – Dived over everything, all season until I played against Penkridge for the Shropshire D40 team when he decided to stop everything I hit at him…

Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister Clone Award

  • Second team scorer Nick Jackson in our fines committee. Pure savage, no escape from any misdemeanour, must have increased the fines pot by 50% over the course of the season. Meant that the money lasted until 9pm after the last game of the season…

Best tea (apart from ours, obviously. Need to keep in Mum’s good books)

  • Bridgnorth – hot food, sandwiches, cakes, sweets and a game you really didn’t want to field in straight after eating!

Least likely to help you escape award

  • Paul Szewczyk after failing to get through an unlocked gate to take a short cut to Sainsbury’s Bridgnorth in the pouring rain…

The Finally Award

  • Josh Baker for managing to complete a season without breaking anything for the first time in three years…

My personal highlights

Playing a couple of games with Josh in the Birmingham League, and taking the catch for his first wicket at that level.

Promotion for the Saturday second team and the League Title for the Sunday second team.

Making a century against Four Oaks in a convincing win for the Sunday second team.

Playing first team cricket again after three years away with illness and injury.

All that is left for this year is our AGM at the end of November, and then to try and work out how to operate at work on reduced sleep having watched the Ashes on TV the previous evening... Before we know it, the cricket season will be upon us again, with plenty of exciting times to look forward to at the club.

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