Penkridge CC Blog 14th May in Association with MA Lawyers
Finally, back to something resembling cricketing weather and plenty of fixtures over the weekend!
On Saturday, the first team entertained local rivals C&R Hawks and were defeated by 40 runs. Hawks batted first and were bowled out for 173, with Waseem Shah (2-33), James Harris (2-32) and Mohammed Ishtiaq (3-37) the leading bowlers for the us. In reply, we were dismissed for 133 as only Attiq Chishti (32) and Joe Oakley (35) made any real impression with the bat.
The seconds travelled to Walsall and recorded a welcome first victory of the season against strong opposition. Walsall batted first and were dismissed for 168, Myles Davis (2-9) and Richard James (3-35) the main wicket takers. Atta Chishti (32) got the innings off to a good start, but it needed an unbroken stand of 43 for the eighth wicket between experienced campaigners Jon Price (21 not out) and Rob Lawrence (22 not out) to see the team home.
Highcroft and Great Barr were the visitors for the third team, and they were dismissed for 207 after being asked to bat first. Tom Porter (2-41), Joe Hinder (2-21) and Liam Kettle (4-60) the pick of our bowling attack. An abject bating display saw us dismissed for just 15 in reply, extras being the “top scorer” with 6, as the third team “beat” the efforts of the fourth team who were bowled out for 19 a couple of weeks ago!
On Sunday, the first team made the short trip to Cannock and lost a low scoring, but entertaining game by five wickets with just three balls remaining. Useful runs from Joe Marson (24) and Ross Parker (31), along with a handy ninth wicket partnership of 28 between Benji Lawrence and Josh Baker saw us reach 121 before being dismissed. Cannock reached their victory target in the last over despite the efforts of Will Hinder (1-16), Sam Smith (2-18) and Baker (2-9) with the ball.
The second team entertained a strong Hammerwich side and were well beaten by 165 runs. Matthew Jenkinson (2-50) and youngster George Price (2-28) were amongst the wickets as Hammerwich posted 284-6. Thomas Axcell (20) and Jenkinson (30) both made reasonable contributions with the bat as we were bowled out for 119.
For me, no game this week as a prior commitment meant I was unavailable on Saturday, which may have been no bad thing as the third team were bowled out for 15…. probably a good game to miss! Back to normal next week as the team look to bounce back away at Wolverhampton.
Another busy week in prospect with the first junior fixtures due to take place, along with a home friendly for the Penk Panthers ladies team, the first week of All Stars cricket (delayed from last week after some pretty average weather), and another full set of senior fixtures as the season starts to get into full swing.