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Penkridge CC Blog 24th May in Association with MA Lawyers

©Mark Axcell

On a weekend where no fewer than 108 different players represented the club across junior, senior and ladies’ teams there were some very notable performances and no little success.

Saturday saw all four senior teams in action, and they all recorded victories to make for a very successful day.

The first team travelled to Hammerwich and were dismissed for 240 with one ball of their innings remaining. Waseem Shah (63), and Mohammed Ishtiaq continuing his good form in also making 63 were the main contributors to the total, along with Laeq Chishti who made a useful 29. Hammerwich were then bowled out for 154 as Kashif Hussain (2-49) provided handy support to Ishtiaq, who completed an excellent all-round game in taking 5-55.

Coseley were the visitors for the second team and were dismissed for 165 as Will Hinder (2-35) and Richard James (2-29) performed well with the ball to support Jon Price who returned the excellent figures of 4-15. A fine innings from Atta Chishti (80), well supported by captain Jack Pope (36 not out) saw us home to a comfortable victory.

The third team made the trip to Wolverhampton and were victorious by six wickets in a high scoring game. Wolverhampton batted first and posted 228-8 from their 50 overs, with Oliver Deakin (2-47) and the returning Mo Hassan (5-56) the pick of the bowlers. An excellent second wicket partnership of 141 between Steve Jones (61) and skipper Kev Baker (88) was the cornerstone of our reply, and with Mohammed Shafiq finishing on 28 not out, the victory target was reached with 16 balls remaining.

The clean sweep of victories was completed by the fourth team as they beat Hammerwich in what turned out to be the Jim Horobin show. Batting first, we recorded 195-8 from our 45 overs as Horobin carried his bat to finish on 125 not out, before Richard Birch (2-26), George Price (2-18) and Horobin again (4-8) ensured Hammerwich were bowled out for 87 in reply.

On Sunday, the second team travelled to take on Pelsall first team and were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat against strong opposition. Pelsall struck a huge 344-3 from their 40 overs with Matthew Jenkinson, Will Birch and Libby Price taking a wicket apiece. Whilst we never threatened the victory target, there were useful contributions from Jenkinson (31 not out), Jon Price (33) and Jacob Ratcliffe (51) as the innings closed on 156-8.

The Sunday first team recorded a comfortable nine wicket win against Lichfield, unfortunately scorecards were not available at the time of writing.

During the week, the first team were beaten in the league T20 by Wombourne. Mohammed Ishtiaq (43) was again amongst the runs as a target of 139-9 was posted by us, which Wombourne passed with five balls to spare, despite the best efforts of Ishtiaq (4-12) with the ball.

The Penkridge Panthers ladies’ team were narrowly defeated on Monday in a home friendly, before acquitting themselves well in the first softball festival of the season at Rugeley on Sunday. Whilst individual performances were not recorded, the three teams that we were able to field in the festival shows what an important and fast-growing area of our club this is becoming with some of the players also starting to make their way into the hardball game.

The weekend also saw the under 9s “A” record a win against Brewood on Saturday to make it five wins out of five for the club on the day, before the under 9s “B” were narrowly defeated in their games on Sunday morning.

All in all, a hugely successful weekend for the club on the pitch, and it feels like the season has started properly now as things are getting into full swing.

From my point of view, I was delighted to captain the third team to an impressive and vital win away at Wolverhampton. After a pre-match game of football which displayed defending every bit as bad as that shown by Watford in the cup final later that afternoon, we did reasonably well to restrict Wolverhampton to 228-8.

The loss of an early wicket in our innings could have sparked some panic with us having been bowled out for just 15 in our previous game, but after taking advantage of an early dropped catch I was fortunate enough to bat decently in making 88 as part of a match winning partnership with Steve Jones, even if it was frustrating to get out with 40 or so still required and just aa few short of a century. It’s fair to say I was a little sore on Saturday night!

The fixtures continue apace this week with a full programme of four senior games on Saturday, followed by our annual six-a-side competition on Sunday, which will also see the official unveiling of our new patio and wall at the front of the pavilion. Here’s hoping for a similar set of results!







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