Penkridge CC Blog - 19th June in Association with MA Lawyers
After a week of near constant rain, during which it looked that travelling to the ground by boat rather than car might be a good option, the prospect of any play on Saturday at all seemed unlikely.
And so it proved, with the senior fixtures badly affected by the weather for the second week in succession, with only the first team getting any meaningful action as they travelled to Beacon. Batting first, we were dismissed for just 116 with only Ishaq Mohammed (35) making a meaningful contribution. Despite the best efforts of the bowlers, Beacon reached their victory target for the loss of five wickets with James Harris (2-35) the pick of the bowling attack.
The second team entertained Penn, and despite the shameful dereliction of duty by the groundsmen failing to mow the outfield during the week (citing some excuse about the outfield mower not being ******* amphibious....), the visitors had reached 66-1 off 18 overs before a heavy downpour forced the game to be abandoned. In all seriousness, great credit must go to Neil Davis and Nick Giles for their efforts throughout the week to make sure that the game started on time despite the horrendous conditions, something we all appreciate very much.
Both third and fourth team games were abandoned without a ball being bowled.
On Sunday, Nether Whitacre were the visitors for the first team in what proved to be a close game We batted first and reached 162-7 from a reduced allocation of 32 overs, Joe Marson (39) and Sam Horobin (49) were the pick of the batsmen. In reply, the visitors closed on 159-7 with Jack Pope (2-46), Joe Marson (2-42) and Ben Marson (3-19) all performing well with the ball as we recorded a three run victory.
The second team travelled to Aston Unity, where they totalled 180-4 from their overs. Mohammed Shafiq (38) provided good support to Steve Jones who carried his bat for an excellent unbeaten 89. Aston Unity reached their total for the loss of just three wickets, Libby Price (2-12) performing well with the ball for us.
So, no game again for me this week - even if we did at least make it to Penkridge for our meet this week before the game was called off, completely understandable in the conditions. A bit of time during the afternoon was passed hitting a few golf balls on the driving range to work out a bit of frustration! Hopefully I’ll actually get on the pitch this week ahead of an absence of a few weeks due to work commitments and a holiday. It’s been a frustrating few weeks as I’ve felt in good touch with the bat recently.
Congratulations go to Katie-Rose Sturgess who was awarded the first “junior player of the month” award, and hopefully all our junior cricketers and All Stars will get the chance to train this Friday after missing the last couple of weeks due to the dreadful weather.
On Wednesday, our second team take on Wolverhampton at home in the league T20 competition, whilst on Sunday we host a ladies softball tournament. We also have a couple of important social events coming up, a race night this Friday and our annual “Party on the Pitch” with live band Fatman Alley on 6th July. Both promise to be excellent evenings, and hopefully there’ll be plenty of cricket to report on as well.