Penkridge CC 7th May Blog

Wightwick & Finchfield Ground

Beautiful sunshine, warm weather and then torrential downpours and thunderstorms!

Friday night, and junior coaching was undertaken at the club with the rare sighting of most of us coaches wearing T shirts and shorts due to the weather, whilst the parents took advantage of the weather (and the bar being open) to importantly keep well hydrated…

Moving on to Saturday and Sunday - mixed results for us this weekend.

Saturday saw the 1st team travel to Shifnal and come away on the wrong end of a heavy defeat. Shifnal made 265/7 off their 50 overs with solid contributions throughout the order. Mohammed Ishtiaq (3-60) and Rizwan Gulzar (2-28) the pick of the Penkridge bowlers. In reply, the Pillaton side were dismissed for 134, with only Paul Szewczyk (62) showing any resistance with the bat.

The 2nd team fared somewhat better with a crushing 10 wicket home win against Wellington, who were dismissed for 121. Chris Henderson (2-38), Jon Price (2-25) and Richard James (3 wickets for 0 runs) the main bowlers. Penkridge’s reply only lasted 14 overs, Joe Marson with a stylish 37 and Mohammed Ishfaq with a brutal 68 from 34 balls securing the victory. There’s also a full “feature length” report on this game from the second team scorer Nick “The Wheel” Jackson.

The 3rd team travelled to take on Wightwick and Finchfield 1st team, with vice-captain Steve “Scooby” Jones proving he drives as quickly as he bats. Winning the toss and to bowling first, our bowlers seemed to be intent on trying to prove the wicket was only 21 yards long, bowling an assortment of full tosses and half volleys. The bowlers eventually found the right length, but the fielders appeared to still have sun cream on their hands with an assortment of misfields and dropped catches (two in the first ten balls of the game).

When we finally held a catch (a stunning effort from Joe Hinder) it was called a no-ball!! All of this meant we found ourselves in trouble with the hosts on 130/2 halfway through their innings. However, a fine spell of bowling from Ollie Deakin (5-64), well supported by fellow bowlers Faisal Nadeem and Usman Butt (two wickets apiece) and Liam Kettle (1-51) reduced Wightwick to 189 all out. 

Our reply however never really got going, and we were on 61/5 when a thunderstorm came to finish the game, Mohammed Shafiq top scoring with 30. The innings was mainly notable for captain Rob Lawrence pushing off for a run whilst batting, and collapsing to the floor in an ungainly heap. A quick look around the playing field revealed no sniper on a grassy knoll, and it became apparent that he was badly injured – a ruptured Achilles tendon as it transpired. We all wish Rob a very speedy recovery. 

A very youthful 4th team played near neighbours Brewood, and bowled their opponents out for 200, despite 73not out from Piper. Tom Porter with 4-33 was the pick of the Penkridge bowlers with 4-33, well supported by Richard Birch with 2-41. Penkridge won the game with 10 overs to spare, with young batsmen Ross Parker (38), Joe Morris (43 – but still behind the author of this nonsense as the leading runscorer in our house) and Jamie Swift (59) the main run scorers, making sure the game was won a few minutes before a torrential downpour arrived. 

On Sunday the 1st team again took on Shifnal, this time in the National Knockout – but unfortunately the game ended in a similar result with Shifnal comfortable victors. Shifnal amassed 249/8 in their 45 overs despite two wickets each for Mohammed Ishtiaq, Vickas Maher and Matt Jenkinson. In reply, despite 39 from Andy Jones and 37 from Attiq Chishti Penkridge were dismissed for 170.

My weekend – kept wicket for 44 overs, took a “catch” that was given despite not appealing and the batsman not hitting it, took a stumping then snicked a long hop to the opposition keeper instead of smashing it through point when batting & being dismissed for one, before finally providing Rob Lawrence with a back rest before the ambulance arrived. Best described as mixed….At least Wightwick’s tea was superb, the home made sponge cake a particular hit. Come to think of it, that may have been part of the problem with the bat….

On to next weekend, and a game against my old club Rugeley from where I have many fond memories. Could be interesting!

This week our player profile is the rather tall youngster Ollie Deakin, fresh from his five wicket haul at the weekend.

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