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Penkridge CC Blog 3rd May in Association with MA Lawyers

Penkridge CC Blog 3rd May in Association with MA Lawyers
Penkridge CC Blog 3rd May in Association with MA Lawyers
©Mark Axcell

After the wonderful weather of last weekend, it was perhaps predictable that the second weekend of the season would have conditions that were slightly less suited than the week before – especially given that it was my first game of the season!

Saturday saw the first team travel to Whittington for a game which was eventually abandoned due to persistent rain. The hosts batted first and reached 127-7 from the 28 overs that were possible, Joe Oakley (4-41) performing well with the ball for us. With only 14 overs available in the second innings, it was always going to be a tough ask to reach the victory target as we closed on 74-7 in reply.

The second team game against Old Wulfs was also affected by the rain, with the visitors totalling 209-5 off 35 overs as Benji Lawrence, Jack Pope, Ian Brown and Richard James all took a wicket apiece. The game was nicely poised with us on 81-3 in reply when rain forced an early abandonment, captain Jack Pope unbeaten on 50 as Old Wulfs secured a winning draw.

Milford were the visitors for the thirds and a largely youthful Penkridge team recorded an excellent victory in difficult conditions. Batting first, an opening stand of 57 between Alfie Morris (24) and Kev Baker (33) got us off to a good start before the introduction of Robert Turner to the bowling attack sparked something of a collapse as he returned figures of 4-14.

Amaan Hassan (16 not out), well supported by both Kenny Brindley and Libby Price (who, in making a couple of runs made sure she was the leading run scorer in her family for the day ahead of brother George and father Jon) ensured that a respectable total of 123 all out was reached. Excellent opening spells from Josh Baker (1-7) and Tom Porter (3-25), added to some excellent fielding – particularly with very cold hands, the highlight of which was an excellent diving slip catch from Josh Baker, had Milford in some trouble, and with Ollie Deakin (3-23) also amongst the wickets, we recorded a hard-earned win in very testing conditions.

So, a mixed weekend of results in some pretty testing weather. Away from the senior action, the first junior training session of the season was well supported on Friday night, and we were delighted to host the Shropshire Disability squad for a friendly game ahead of their county season which starts soon.

For me, a debut as third team captain – which was great fun and saw a really pleasing result. It was nice to make a bit of a score with the bat despite getting out when well set, and my wicket keeping can only improve in the coming weeks! A really enjoyable day despite the freezing temperatures and howling wind, and every single player in the team contributed towards an important win. Here’s hoping for more of the same this week!




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