Penkridge CC Blog 5th May in Association with MA Lawyers
Weekend number three of the season for the first and second teams, whereas the third and fourth teams were ready for their second scheduled weekend of cricket.
Typically, the weather was again pretty unpleasant for cricket, and after I’d managed to fend the cat off my pre-match porridge (a problem I’m sure Joe Root doesn’t encounter on match days before captaining England), we all set off for our respective games.
The first team entertained Pelsall on Saturday, and eventually won the game by 26 runs. A solid batting effort saw us post a total of 207-8 from our 50 overs. Mohammed Ishtiaq (69) continued his good start to the season, well supported by Rana Hassan (44) and Attiq Chishti (56 not out). In reply, Pelsall were dismissed for 181, the wickets shared between Ishtiaq (3-23), Kashif Hussain (3-23) and debutant James Harris (4-33) to continue a promising start to the season for the firsts.
The second team travelled to West Bromwich Dartmouth and were defeated in a tight game. Dartmouth were dismissed for 165 when batting first, with Ian Brown (2-39), Jon Price (2-36), Sam Smith (2-26) and Chris Green (3-35) sharing the wickets. At 132-6 in reply, we looked likely to record a welcome victory but the loss of Robbie Lawrence (30) sparked a flurry of wickets as we were dismissed for 150, Ian Brown stranded on 55 not out.
Bloxwich hosted the third team, and a game that fluctuated throughout was eventually won relatively comfortably by the hosts who had been in some trouble in their innings. Youngsters Josh Baker (2-56), and Thomas Porter (4-44) again opened the bowling well for us, and with Richard Birch (2-20) also performing well with the ball it took a late recovery from Bloxwich to reach 178 all out. At 105-3, we also looked well placed to record a victory but with Alfie Morris (46) and Kev Baker (18) falling in quick succession, Bloxwich took the remaining wickets in quick time, Mohammed Shafiq (25) the only other batsman to record double figures.
A very inexperienced fourth team were dismissed for just 19 in their game against Wightwick & Finchfield with Nick Mills the only player to reach double figures. Despite Libby Price taking two wickets without conceding a run, Wightwick reached their victory target with little alarm.
On Sunday, the first team defeated Bronze by 49 runs. Half centuries from youngsters Sam Horobin (57 not out) and Ross Parker (74) helped Penkridge to 159-4 from their 40 overs before dismissing their opponents for 110 with Will Hinder (2-4), Sam Horobin (3-29) and Jack Pope (3-2) amongst the wickets.
So, a mixed weekend of results as the first team continued their solid start, the seconds are still chasing an elusive first victory and the thirds have one win and one draw to their name so far. With the fourth team looking stronger this weekend, hopefully this will be reflected in results across the board.
My game this weekend was away at Bloxwich where I captained the third team at a ground I haven’t played at for a while, but one that was in good condition considering the early season weather – even if the hailstorms when we were fielding and again when I was batting were particularly unpleasant!
After getting off the mark for the season in the pre-match football, it was a game that we had the upper hand in at times – three early wickets and our opponents at 90-7 when bowling before a good partnership took their score above 170, then we were well placed at 105-3 with 20 overs left when chasing. However, credit to our opponents who fought back well on both occasions to win a game played in a good spirit throughout. Felt like I kept wicket much better this week and was batting nicely before frustratingly getting out LBW – that said, it is proving very enjoyable captaining this side so far this season.