Penkridge CC Blog - July 2019 in Association with MA Lawyers

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A couple of weekends without cricket for me personally, after stocktake at work and then a free weekend due to our opponents having dropped out of the league.

That said, things have continued apace off the field with a race night and “Party on the Pitch” with our live band Fatman Alley who were superb. Both events were very well supported and raised much needed funds for the club to help towards the upkeep of our facilities.

Two weekends ago, the first team recorded a valuable win against Lichfield, Attiq Chishti (3-39), James Harris (3-30) performing well with the ball and Mohammed Ishtiaq (77) doing likewise with the bat. Whilst the second and third teams both suffered defeat, the highlight of the day was a maiden half century for the club by 13 year old Amaan Hassan who batted superbly in our third team to make 80 against Swindon.

On Sunday, the club record opening partnership that had stood since 2001 was broken when Joe Marson (85) and 16 year old Ross Parker (160) added 256 for the first wicket against Bronze as the team posted 322-7, before another youngster Sam Horobin (5-38) bowled superbly to dismiss Bronze for 199.

Several junior games took place, with no little skill on display and the under 19s made their debut in the Vitality u19 club T20 competition when they beat Cannock, captain Jack Pope top scoring with 52.

This Saturday saw the first team make the short trip to local rivals Brewood, and they recorded a comfortable six wicket victory to keep them in touch with the league leaders. Batting first, Brewood were restricted to 172-6 from a reduced allocation of 39 overs after rain delayed the start of the game. Sam Smith (2-26) and Kashif Hussain (3-23) were the pick of our bowlers before Waseem Shah (36), Abdullah Awan (49 not out) and Attiq Chishti (60 not out) saw the side home after a few early scares.

The second team played host to Wolverhampton, in a game that was also reduced to 40 overs a side after rain caused a late start. Wolverhampton batted first and totalled 201-8, despite the best efforts of Jack Pope (3-52) and Will Hinder (3-18). We were then bowled out for just 75 in reply with only three batsmen reaching double figures.

On Sunday, the first team were bowled out for 171 by Cannock, who closed their innings on 171-5 as the match was tied. Ross Parker (41) again top scored whilst Ben Marson (2-24) was the most successful of the bowlers. 

The second team travelled to Hammerwich and watched as their hosts racked up 330-4 from their 40 overs, Myles Davis (2-39) the stand out bowler. Thomas Axcell (30) and Davis (69) then performed well with the bat, albeit in a losing cause as we were restricted to 167-8 from their 40 overs.

Plenty to look forward to this coming weekend, although I’m heading off for a weeks break in Kos (and hopefully trying to find a way to watch England in Sunday’s World Cup final....) Before that though, the third team entertain Beacon in the league T20 quarter final on Wednesday night.

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