Archive ~ 2016

An Outstanding Year for Cricket

A fantastic 2016 season for Old Parkonians Cricket Club.

The honours began, early in the season, with the First XI winning the Division 2 League Cup, consisting of an unbeaten run in the group stage and culminating in a decisive victory over Trafford Metrovics.

The First XI continued their early form and performed consistently well throughout the remainder of the season to finish ahead, by a country mile, as Division 2 Champions.

2nd XI 2016 ©2nd XI 2016
With no league cup competition for the Second XI, they concentrated from the start to go one better than last season and finish Division 2nd XI West as Champions – which they did.

There were excellent individual and team performances throughout the season.  Both Saturday Captains, Chris Beckett and David Buey certainly ran their teams in a way that contributed to the overall success of their teams.  Adam Winstanley captained the Sunday Development XI to a very successful set of results.

Cricket Silverware for 2016 ©Cricket Silverware for 2016
The Old Parkonians Cricket Club Dinner took place on 30th September, with the following awards being presented:

  • Chairman's Award - Mark Colebourn
  • Club Captain's Award  (Bob Bell Memorial Shield) -  Ben Rees
  • 1st XI Batting - Greg Lindop
  • 1st XI Bowling - Chris Beckett
  • 2nd XI Captain's Award - Nathan Bradshaw
  • 2nd XI Batting - Adam Walkling
  • 2nd XI Bowling - Sam Cotgrave
  • Young Player of the Year (Stan Hitchell Memorial Shield) - Tim Berkson
  • Duck Bat Award - Rob Barr

Season's Haul ©Season's Haul
Perhaps more importantly for Old Parkonians Cricket Club, and OPAL as a whole in terms of progress and standing in Cheshire, the Cheshire Cricket Association’s Annual Awards Dinner took place on 11th November, where we were presented with a plethora of Awards:

  • Division Two Champions - Old Parkonians
  • Division 2nd XI West Champions - Old Parkonians 2nd XI
  • Aggregate Award - Old Parkonians
  • Best Bowling Average - Chris Beckett
  • Best Bowling Figures - Chris Beckett
  • Best Performance for Wicket Keeper - Mike Hitchell
  • Umpires Award (4th consecutive season)

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Stew McEwen - CCA Aggregate Trophy ©Stew McEwen - CCA Aggregate Trophy
Greg Lindop ©Greg Lindop
Dave Buey ©Dave Buey
Ben Rees ©Ben Rees
Adam Walkling ©Adam Walkling

All in all it has been season of strong, consistent performances from all the players.  And we are in a position to progress further next season when we will be playing higher quality clubs and teams with decent facilities on every Saturday if a proposed merger between the CCA and UKFast CCL takes place.

Old Parkonians Junior Cricketers continued to be competitive at under 13 level despite most of the team being under 12. We also attracted a number of members from other clubs who do not have cricket to offer their own juniors at this level. The team should predominantly stay together for the 2017 season and we are hopeful of being able to be even more competitive next year with the objective of being able to win 60% of next season’s games.

Ian Smith, with the assistance of Adam Winstanley, has begun a new fledgling under 8 age group. Next year’s priority will be to develop this group, with the assistance of the Cheshire CCB development officer, into an U9 age group league team. We are also fully engaged with the Wirral cricket development forum and are registered with the ECB to participate in the new introduction level 5-8 year old national ‘all-stars’ cricket initiative. This will be started in 2017 or 2018 depending on appropriate volunteers. The adult section is now seeing real benefits from the previous 6-8 years of junior cricket with a number of previous junior players making a contribution to the adult game

On a practical front, here’s a reminder that that club playing membership includes both cricket and rugby, so playing members are eligible to play both sports.  If any rugby players, of all ages, fancy playing cricket they would be welcome to attend winter net sessions (see the website for next year’s details). For juniors nets (winter and summer) we’re always looking for volunteers to help out the coaches.  If you can spare a few hours on Monday evenings in March and April and Wednesday evenings in the summer, please speak to Stew McEwen.

We will be looking for plenty of volunteers for pre-season preparation work which will include, among other things, painting sight screen frames and boundary boards, and assembling sightscreens and cover.

Congratulations and best wishes go to Mark Colebourn, a stalwart, more recently, of the administration of the Old Parkonians Cricket Club.  Mark took the decision to seek a new career and has begun university studies.  However, while doing this, he is also working with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cheshire Cricket with a view gaining qualifications for the delivery of the very important Child Welfare agenda across the North West.

Stew McEwen,
Chairman, Old Parkonians Cricket Club 

Cricket Report ~ Saturday 17th September

Old Parkonians 1st XI capped off a fine season with a 72-run victory at home to Styal.

Ben Rees on his way to 103 ©Ben Rees on his way to 103
Invited to bat on a lovely Holm Lane track, Tim Hitchell and Ben Rees opened up making easy work under the fine late season sun. After an opening stand of 102, Hitchell was adjudged LBW for a well made 41. Chris Hitchell joined Rees at the crease and continued to add runs before being out caught for 24.

Rees (pictured right) was batting superbly at the other end and reached a well deserved century before being out caught late on. His 103 featured eleven boundaries and a maximum. Stu Barr (26*) and Dave Nedugodan (3*) ended the innings with Old Parkonians having amassed a sizeable 224-3 off their allotted overs.

Old Parkonians made early inroads into Styal's innings, reducing them to 18-2 after Lewis Elwood removed one opener, caught at short leg before accounting for the other opener with a fine direct hit run out. Skipper Beckett opened also and after Winstanley replaced Elwood the pair combined well as Winstanley took 2 quick wickets and Beckett took 3 to leave the visitors struggling on 57-7.

The victory however took frustratingly longer than expected as the final four batsmen added 95 for the final 3 wickets. Stu Barr took the final wicket dramatically with just seven balls remaining in the game.

The victory was the thirteenth for Beckett's men this season and ensured they finished 64 points clear at the top of The Cheshire Cricket Alliance Division Two. The Championship is in addition to the Division Two cup which Old Parkonians won earlier in the season.

Chris Beckett, the Old Parkonians captain finished a fine personal season with 58 wickets bowling his left armed off spin.

The Old Parkonians 2nd XI also had a fantastic season, finishing Champions of Cheshire Cricket Alliance 2nd XI.

Scores: Old Parkonians 224-3 (45 overs), Styal 152-10 (43.5 overs)

Result: Old Parks won by 72 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Styal 5 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, David Nedugodan, Chris Hitchell, Ben Rees, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Mark Rayner, Stu Barr and Dan Berkson.

Umpires: Terry Johnson (alone) Scorer: Richard Beckett

Cricket Report ~ Saturday 10th September

Old Parkonians 1st XI became Champions of The Cheshire Cricket Alliance Division Two last weekend after a comprehensive victory over Trafford MV.

Overnight rain had left the already green pitch soaking and it was no surprise when the home Captain invited Beckett’s men to bat first.

The pitch was certainly challenging and Ben Rees (8) was out early on to one that simply didn’t bounce. Chris Hitchell joined his brother Tim at the crease but was soon sent back adjudged LBW for just 1. It looked like a good toss to win with Old parks reeling at 37-2; however, Tim Hitchell scored a very patient 31 before being out caught and then  new man Stu Barr (31) and Dave Nedugodan (38) added 70 for the fourth wicket bringing the total to 122-4. Mark Rayner then hit a boundary to take Old Parkonians past 125, ensuring they had attained enough points from the game to seal the Championship. Some big hitting late on from Mike Hitchell (47) saw the visitors score 199-6 on a rapidly degrading track.

After tea, Chris Beckett and Adam Winstanley opened the bowling and the home team were soon in trouble when Winstanley (1-23) rearranged the batsman’s stumps. Beckett provided support at the other end getting big bounce from the wet track. Regular wickets were falling and after the pacey Lewis Elwood was introduced, further wickets began to tumble. MV collapsed from 40-3 to 81 all out. The damage was done by Elwood (10-2-33-4) and visiting Skipper Beckett (12.3-4-12-4).

With one game still to go, Old Parkonians were able to celebrate a well-deserved Championship season and look forward to playing their cricket in a higher division next year.

Scores:  Old Parkonians 199-6 (45 overs), Trafford MV 81 all out (33.3 overs) 

Result: Old Parks won by 118 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Trafford MV 4 points.

Team: Chris Beckett*, Ben Rees ,Mike Hitchell+ , Tim Hitchell, Stu Barr, Mark Rayner, Dave Nedugodan, Lewis Elwood, Chris Hitchell, Adam Winstanley and Dan Berkson.


Umpires: Bill Alger and Charles Piggin  Scorer: Richie Beckett

Cricket Report ~ Saturday 27th August

Old Parkonians 1st XI were unfortunately conceded to by Hartford CC last weekend.

Although disappointing, the points gained from this fixture means the club can begin the early celebrations of their promotion back to The Cheshire Cricket Alliance Division 1.

This is a fantastic achievement for Beckett’s Men, who sit on top of Division 2 with a sizeable gap of 45 points and only 3 games remaining.

Next week sees second placed Rylands visit Holm Lane in what should be an exciting fixture. If the 1st XI is victorious, then they will seal the championship with a few games to spare. Stumps will be pitched at 1pm.

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 20th August

Old Parkonians 1st XI won at home to Trafford MV last Saturday. Home skipper Chris Beckett lost the toss and was asked by the visitors to bat first.

Old Parks got off to a great start with Ben Rees and Tim Hitchell looking comfortable at the crease. Several rain intervals tried to thwart the innings and after some short delays, 6 overs were lost from the innings. Rees (20) was out caught whilst Chris Hitchell (0) was smartly stumped early on. Stu Barr (30) and Dave Nedugodan (23) contributed well, but it was opener Tim Hitchell, who built a fine innings of 85 which brought the hosts to 176-6 off 39 overs.

Dan Berkson opened the bowling with Lewis Elwood and it was the latter who reaped reward, claiming 3-14 from 8 overs. A very patient stance followed with the game heading for a draw with the visitors at 51-4 with just 16 overs remaining. Beckett came on and contributed with 6-2-15-2 , but it was to be Adam Winstanley and his off cutters to steal the show, reducing Trafford to 60 all out and claiming super figures of 6.2-0-13-5,

The win leaves Old Parkonians 50 points clear and potentially only one win away from promotion.

Scores:  Old Parkonians 176-6 (39 overs), Trafford MV 60 all out (28.2 overs) 

Result: Old Parks won by 116 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Trafford MV 3 points.

Team: Chris Beckett*, Ben Rees ,Mike Hitchell+ , Tim Hitchell, Stu Barr, Greg Lindop, Dave Nedugodan, Lewis Elwood, Chris Hitchell, Adam Winstanley and Dan Berkson.


Umpires: Bob Brooks and Andrew Simpson  Scorer: Richie Beckett

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 13th August

Old Parkonians 1st XI won at home to Knutsford last Saturday. Stand in skipper Ben Rees won the toss against visitors Knutsford at Holm Lane and elected to bat first. Rees opened with himself and Tim Hitchell (19) who looked in dangerous form before being caught out to a fine low down catch behind. Rees (49) anchored the innings with an untypical but patient knock. He shared a 74 third wicket partnership with David Nedugoden who scored a classy 59 continuing on from his century last week. Greg Lindop (33*) concluded the innings speedily and aggressively with the Old Parkonians total finishing on 213-5.

Knutsford replied positively and were always in the hunt with all three results being possible for much of the second half of the game. They reached 164 all out with opening batsman Darren Longden being last man out contributing an excellent personal innings of 97. This had been an excellent Old Parkonians team effort ensuring a maximum 25 points win. The bowlers in good form were Dan Berkson (12-2-34-2), Lewis Elwood (12-1-49-2) and Ben Rees (6-2-29-2). However, it was the slow left arm bowling of Stu Barr (6.5-0-23-4) which stole the show and ensured the victory. It was a relieved skipper Ben Rees at the game's end with success duly accomplished in the absence of captain Chris Beckett.

Next week sees Old Parks continue their Cheshire Cricket Alliance Division 2 campaign with another game at Holm Lane, the visitors being Trafford Metrovicks. Stumps are pitched at 1.30pm. 

Scores:  Old Parkonians 213-5 (45 overs), Knutsford 164 all out (41.5 overs) 

Result: Old Parks won by 49 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Knutsford 10 points.

Team: Ben Rees* ,Mike Hitchell+ , Tim Hitchell, Stu Barr, Greg Lindop, Mark Rayner, Dave Nedugoden, Lewis Elwood, Saad Saeed, Adam Winstanley and Dan Berkson.


Umpires: Don Joy and Tony Sayle, Scorer: Richie Beckett.

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 6th August

Old Parkonians 1st XI got back to winning ways away at Mossley last Saturday.

The 152-run victory was a welcome relief to the Holm Lane side who had looked to recover after last weeks loss.

Old Parkonians were invited to bat by the hosts and early damage from Ben Rees and Tim Hitchell (16) saw the visitors post a quick 31 runs inside the first 6 overs before Hitchell was out caught. Rees (22) departed shortly after and Mark Rayner (20) contributed well also. The big impact, however was to be David Nedugodan who impressed with a superb century. Nedugodan (101) hit the ball to all parts of the small ground and his 65-ball feat contained eleven boundaries and four maximums.

Lindop (34) and Saeed (15no) assisted in posting a sizeable total of 215-6 declared from 39.3 overs.

After an opening stand of 37, the Mossley reply quickly lost momentum and the hosts were rapidly bundled out for 63 in a fine Old Parkonians bowling performance. Dan Berkson (7-1-24-2) was in the wickets again, as was Chris Beckett (5-4-2-4) who bowled four consecutive maidens before eventually leaking runs. Winstanley (4-0-5-2) bowled well again and Lewis Elwood (1.5-0-2-1) finished the hosts off.

The victory sees Old Parkonians 32 points at the summit of Cheshire Cricket Alliance Division Two as they continue to strive towards promotion.

Next week sees Knutsford travel to Holm Lane, stumps pitched at 1.30pm

Scores: Old Parkonians 215-6d (39.3 overs), Mossley 63-10 (24.5 overs)

Result: Old Parks won by 152 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Mossley 3 points.

The 2nd XI were due to play at home to Saughall, however the visitors conceded the match.

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 23rd July

Old Parkonians 1st XI travelled to Styal this weekend and claimed maximum points.

The home side won the toss and batted on what looked like a decent batting surface.

The pitch didn't play what it looked like at all and a relieved Beckett was happy to be bowling first on a relatively unpredictable track. The returning Ben Rees opened up with Dan Berkson and the pair were both on the money. Some fine bowling from Berkson saw the home side reduced immediately to 0-2. More continued pressure from Berkson saw him take 3 more wickets in his spell and finished 7-2-19-5. Winstanley (4.4-0-13-3) replaced Berkson and bowled some fine swing bowling to mop up the remaining middle order and tail. The unlucky Rees (7-1-24-0) was replaced by Beckett (4-0-11-1) and the final wicket was a run out with a fine throw in from Lindop.

The chase was steady, but Old Parks got home inside 20 overs. Ben Rees (4) was bowled early on and Tim Hitchell (16) departed in similar fashion after striking a few boundaries. At 26-2, Styal perhaps thought they had a chance but Chris Hitchell and Stu Barr steadied the ship to reach 59 before Chris (21) was adjudged LBW. Barr (21) was out with just 2 runs required and Lindop (6*) finished the game in style, hitting his second ball for six to seal the victory.

Next week sees Old Parkonians travel to Frodsham who will be seeking revenge after the corresponding fixture 2 weeks ago.

Scores: Styal 68 all out (22.4 overs), Old Parkonians 73-5 (18.2 overs)

Result: Old Parks won by 5 wickets. Old Parks 25 points, Styal 3 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Tim Hitchell, Stu Barr, Mike Hitchell+, Greg Lindop, Chris Hitchell, Ben Rees, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Mark Rayner and Dan Berkson.

Umpires: Alan Squibbs and Paul Burdekin Scorer: Richie Beckett

Old Parkonians 2nds Vs Tranmere Victoria 2nds

It's always a tough call competing with a team that is short on numbers and experience but full credit should be given to Tranmere Victoria and their captain Steve Walker for fulfilling this fixture when others may have conceded.

Vics won the toss and elected to bowl against a strong Old Parkonians side but enjoyed early success when a hesitant Ian Smith ran himself out for six with the score on fifteen after good work by Dave Maxwell and Ronnie Abbott. John Orr and Nick Hitchell added forty eight for the second wicket only for Orr to be bowled by Abbott (15-1-58-1) for the third week running attempting to play across the line for 29. Hitchell eased past his half century ably supported by Peter Fearon but was eventually caught behind by Steve Walker for 57 off the bowling of Maxwell (15-0-55-1). Saad Saeed looked comfortable for his eleven but just as he looked to be kicking on he was bowled by C Kissack (4-0-37-1). Fearon cruised past his half a ton eventually finishing unbeaten on 60 whilst Adam Walkling notched a quick fire unbeaten 16 that included the only maximum of the day as Old Parkonians declared on 187 for 4 off 38 overs.

The visitors reply was short but not so sweet as they were ruthlessly skittled out in just 4.3 overs. Rob Marnick (2-1-1-3) started with a wicket maiden dismissing Kissack for a duck and didn't look back. Not to be outdone Tim Berkson responded with a couple of wickets himself in the very next over claiming the scalps of Maxwell (6) and L Bica (0) leaving himself with a hattrick opportunity. Marnick trapped Harrison (0) LBW and the clean bowled A Cotgrave (0) the very next ball. Berkson couldn't quite pull off the hattrick but one ball later he bowled Walker (1) and then despatched T Maxwell (0) leaving a bewildered Abbott (0) at the other end with the total on just seven. Berkson (2.3-0-6-4) starts the next game on a hat-trick ball.


Team: Smith, Orr, Hitchell N, Fearon, Saeed, Walkling, Nedugodan+, Bradshaw, Berkson, Marnick and Buey*
Umpire: David Roscoe 

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 16th July

Old Parkonians 1st XI enjoyed an emphatic win at home to bottom of the table Mossley.

The visitors chose to bowl on winning the toss and Old Parks reached 184-3 declared off 42 overs. Stu Barr, on his first appearance for the 1st XI scored a steady 65 and was aided by Mark Rayner (55*). Earlier, opener Chris Hitchell hit a patient 31.

The extra overs weren't required as Mossley were bowled out for 45 inside thirty overs. Skipper Beckett (12.2-5-26-5) continued in fine form, opening with Dan Berkson (7-2-10-4) who assisted in reducing the opposition to 13-8 at one stage. Winstanley added the extra wicket in what was a comprehensive win for the table toppers who now sit 39 points clear.

Next week see the Holm Lane outfit travel to Styal to hopefully continue in their good form.

Old Parkonians 2nd XI

A stunningly prodigious catch from Mike Marnick was the highlight of the day as the visitors toiled against a frustratingly defensive approach from Bromborough in a game that petered out a draw.

Old Parkonians won the toss and elected to bat as light drizzle engulfed the ground making fielding difficult with the wet ball but also boundaries harder to come by. The luckless Paul Singer (4) was run out early on as opening partner John Orr crashed the ball down the wicket where the outstretched arm of Bromborough skipper Liam Crossley deflected the ball onto the stumps resulting in a run out.

Adam Westwater soon got into his stride playing some nice shots particularly through the covers thwarted for boundaries only by the wet outfield. Orr was dropped behind and should have made the home side pay but uncharacteristically and for the second week running played across the line and was bowled next ball by Crossley for thirteen.

Peter Fearon looked comfortable as he and Westwater (34) kept the scoreboard moving until the latter misjudged a delivery from Andy Van Beek (6-0-31-1) with the score on sixty one. Adam Walkling crashed three sixes on his way to a season best seventy and between them he and Fearon shared an eighty five run partnership until Fearon holed out to Giles off Gary Corner (9-1-24-2). The pairing had given the visitors an advantage but Robbie Marnick (0) was out the very next ball as Corner got two in two.

Nathan Bradshaw (16) and Walkling secured maximum batting points when Walkling presented Crossley with a caught & bowled. Bradshaw was caught by Corner off Crossley the same pairing captured the wicket of Tim Berkson (4) and then Crossley (15-1-58-5) completed a fine afternoon with the ball having Mike Marnick caught at cover by Giles replicating the Golden Duck of his twin brother earlier in the innings. Captain David Buey (4) and the evergreen Stewie McEwen (2) saw the visitors to the commendable total of 194-9 as the innings drew to a close.

After the tea interval the rain had given way to sunshine and the outfield quickly dried but the home side adopted a bemusing defensive approach intent it would appear on a draw. Van Beek, always dangerous with the bat, played confidently through the offside on his way to an unbeaten seventy but the reply lacked any real ambition until the latter stages. M Gardini (1) was caught by Buey at mid on off the bowling of Tim Berkson (9-2-24-1). J Barnes (16) was bowled by Nathan Bradshaw (10-1-27-1) who turned the ball throughout the innings without the luck he perhaps deserved. Walkling (10-1-33-0) plugged away from one end and Westwater (6-2-11-0) did the same but with the batsman showing little desire to push on their chances were limited. Stewie McEwen (5-0-24-2) came into the fray in an attempt to entice them and Robbie Rennison (24) at last took the bait.

Having despatched one delivery for four over long his eyes lit up and he went for another only now Mike Marnick had been deployed slightly deeper and tracking backwards before leaping like a salmon took an outstanding one handed catch that would have graced any cricketing arena. Rob Marnick bowled with venom and was unfortunate not to take the wicket of Giles who despite the valiant effort of Buey in the deep. McEwen thought he had Giles stumped by Singer but was denied by a somewhat sheepish decision but the same pairing made no mistake with the final delivery as the Bromborough innings concluded on 148-4.

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 9th July

Old Parkonians 1st XI beat the weather this weekend, claiming a win over Frodsham whilst the rest of the league was washed out. It was touch and go for a while, but a fine knock from the in form Greg Lindop sealed victory for Parkonians.

Earlier, Captain Beckett won the toss and inserted the visitors, hoping to bowl them out before the rain came. Frodsham were patient though and did their best to bat as long as possible. A good set of opening spells from Ben Rees (7-1-17-1) and Dan Berkson (7-2-14-1) put the visitors under scoreboard pressure at 18-2. Beckett came on for a long spell whilst at the other end Lindop (4-0-13-0), Winstanley (5-2-7-1) and Elwood (5-0-22-1) were rotated to keep the batsmen guessing. Frodsham never really got over the scoreboard pressure, and with wickets falling constantly, they only managed to post 105 all out. Beckett bowled finely again and finished the tail off claiming figures of 14.2-5-27-6. The bowlers were backed up with some fine fielding and superb catches.

The Old Parkonians chase was steady and not without worry. Ben Rees (7) was bowled early on, soon followed by Chris Hitchell (10) and Nick Hitchell (2). At 20-3 a recovery was required. Sean Marnick hit some fine shots before being caught behind for 16 and then Mike Hitchell was bowled for 4. With the score at 42-5, the visitors smelt blood as Lindop strode to the crease. Mark Rayner's patient knock for 8 came to an end and Winstanley joined Lindop at the crease. A combination of superb timing and some lusty blows saw Lindop cruise to 46 not out, supported brilliantly by Winstanley (11).

The victory keeps Old Parkonians top and now extending the gap over the field by 13 points.

Scores: Frodsham 105 all out (42.2 overs), Old Parkonians 109-6 (31.2 overs)

Result: Old Parks won by 4 wickets. Old Parks 20 points, Frodsham 7 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Ben Rees, Sean Marnick, Mike Hitchell+, Greg Lindop, Chris Hitchell, Nick Hitchell, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Mark Rayner and Dan Berkson.

Umpires: Bill Alger and Alan Squibbs Scorer: Richie Beckett

The Groves 2nds Vs Old Parkonian's 2nds

Adam Walkling and Tim Berkson took three wickets apiece in a tight game at a rain sodden Whitby as Old Parkonian's extended their unbeaten campaign through ten matches.

Heavy, persistent rain had fallen overnight and throughout the morning putting the match in doubt but ultimately reducing the game to a thirty two over affair.

Groves skipper Neil Percival won the toss, put the away side into bat and his decision paid dividends straight away as John Orr was back in the pavilion for a third ball duck bowled by Russ Williams. Ian Smith, making his first appearance of the season and Saad Saeed steadied the ship but found scoring runs a challenge in the damp conditions. In the seventeenth over with the score on just thirty four, Williams (11-3-30-2) bagged the wicket of Saeed (14) caught and bowled. Peter Fearon entered the fray and promptly despatched Williams to the boundary giving much needed impetus to the innings. Smith was bowled by Mike Piercy for a credible thirty on the slow track with the score at sixty four for three in the twenty second over. Fearon (22) kept the scoreboard moving aided by Adam Walkling (16) as the overs ran down before holing out to Percival at long off for 22 off the bowling of Piercy (7-0-48-3). Stu Barr, also making his first start this season added a much needed 30 not out to push the score past the century whilst Walkling became Piercy’s third victim of the afternoon. Robbie Marnick was unbeaten at the close of the innings on five, the visitors just missing out on an additional two batting points with the score on 124 for 5 off their allotted overs.

Old Parkonian's signalled their intent straight after the tea interval when the ever reliable youngster Tim Berkson had Stu Daniels brilliantly caught at first slip for 4. M Griffiths followed almost immediately bowled by Walkling for one and the home side found themselves at seven for two. Neil Percival steadied the innings with a patient knock and between himself and Neil Powell they moved the score onto fifty one before Robbie Marnick caught Powell (10) on the full with a Yorker LBW. Martyn Powell (0) was bowled by Adam Westwater (6-0-29-1), Max Percival (12) was bowled by Walkling just as he started to threaten but when Berkson bowled Neil Percival for 55 the pendulum swung back in the favour of the visitors. Patrick Forde added two before having his wicket rearranged by Walkling to cap a fine afternoon for him with figures of 10-2-13-3. Berkson (10-0-34-3) removed Matt Davies (1) leaving The Groves on ninety three for eight with three overs remaining but Old Parks were unable to oust Mike Piercy (8) and Matt Davies (1) and with the score on 100 for 8 the game ended a draw.

Team: Orr, Smith, Saeed, Fearon, Walkling, Barr, Marnick R, Westwater, Bradshaw, Berkson and Buey *+.

Umpires: David Roscoe and Arthur Irwin
Scorer: David Buey.


Cup Final Win for the 1st Team ~ Sunday 3rd July

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Holm Lane basked in mid summer sunshine as the inaugural CCA Division Two Cup Final came to Old Parkonians Cricket Club. 

Winning the toss and electing to bat skipper Chris Beckett was looking to post a big score from the forty overs having selected a strong batting line up.
Things didn't start too well when Ben Rees was bowled by A Harrison (8-1-41-2)for two with the team total on six. Tim Hitchell was joined in the middle by brother Nick Hitchell and between them they took the score past fifty before Nick was trapped LBW by S Warner (8-1-23-2) for 26. Ten runs later and Tim was heading back to the pavilion also trapped LBW this time by S Haughton (8-3-17-2) for 25. David Nedugodan went long and fell victim to a fine catch on the boundary by Harrison off Haughton. Mike Hitchell (1) followed soon after, Warner's second victim of the afternoon. Old Parks were seventy nine for five! Chris Hitchell and Greg Lindop put the visitors to the sword with a timely, disciplined passage of play in which they would add ninety five runs. Hitchell eventually caught by C Rothwell off Harrison for 54. Adam Winstanley (3) was stumped by skipper Simon Pomfret bowled R Nagaraju  (8-0-48-1) as he looked to make the most of the last couple of overs whilst at the other end Lindop secured a fine unbeaten half century. Lewis Elwood remained unbeaten on one as the home sides innings closed on a very healthy 184 for 7.

There was a definite spring in the step of Beckett’s charges as they took to the field after a hearty tea. Rees (4-1-6-1) struck first trapping A Greenwood LBW for one. Lindop came into the fray after impressing in the pre match net session and removed Nagaraju (9) caught by Tim Hitchell. Winstanley (5-0-10-1) saw off Warner (4) courtesy of a catch behind by Mike Hitchell and when Lindop (6-0-17-2) combined with Mike Hitchell for the wicket of Y Ingale (14) in the next over Metrovics were reeling at thirty one for four. Harrison (16) was stumped by Hitchell off Beckett and the already difficult chase became almost impossible when Elwood (5-0-27-1) clean bowled Z Yasin for ten. Rothwell (15) was bowled by Beckett (7-2-13-2) and the writing was on the wall with Old Parks having one hand on the trophy. Berkson returned for his second spell to mop up the tail enders. M Morgan (5) had his stumps rearranged and when Lindop caught Pomfret (7) at the second attempt it rounded off a man of the match performance from him. In the next over Winstanley caught J Mistry (4) at mid off affording Berkson figures of 7.3-0-22-3 and the hosts celebrated their first silverware of the campaign.

Scores: Old Parkonians 184-7 (40 overs), Trafford MV (34.3 overs)

Result: Old Parks won 83 runs. CUP WINNERS!!


Team: Chris Beckett*, Ben Rees, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, Greg Lindop, Chris Hitchell, Nick Hitchell, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Dave Nedugodan and Dan Berkson.

Umpires: Bob Brooks and Steve Jackson Scorer: Richie Beckett

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 25th June


Old Parkonians 1st XI bounced back from last weeks defeat with a 5 wicket victory at home.

Visitors Bowdon Vale looked in control at Holm Lane after winning the toss, reaching 51 without loss. However, home skipper Chris Beckett brought himself on and had immediate impact, removing Shakil for 33. The next over, Sen was removed for 22 and momentum was building. Lindop’s 2 fantastic catches gave the hosts even further momentum as the visitors were reduced to 54-4 and after a frustrating partnership worth 42, Beckett's fine spin performance in combination with Rees (13-0-40-2) took its toll as Vale were bowled out for 121. Beckett finished with personal best figures of 13.1-5-23-8. His last 6 wickets came without any runs off just 16 balls.

The Old Parkonians chase wasn't routine, however the home side coasted to 124-5 within plenty of time with Chris Hitchell 33 and David Nedugodan 26 contributing most. Mike Hitchell (10*) and Greg Lindop (8*) saw the home side home.

The victory keeps Old Parkonians top of the table with the CCA Cup final approaching on Sunday 3rd July. Stumps will be pitched at Holm Lane at 1pm.

Scores: Bowdon Vale 121-10 (40.1 overs), Old Parkonians 124-5 (42.5 overs)

Result: Old Parks won by 5 wickets. Old Parks 25 points, Bowdon Vale 7 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Ben Rees, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, Greg Lindop, Chris Hitchell, Nick Hitchell, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Dave Nedugodan and Dan Berkson.

Umpires: Phil Goodall and Tom Miller Scorer: Richie Beckett

Old Parkonians 2nds Vs Frodsham  3rds

Old Parkonians found runs hard to come by in the early stages of the game on a soft, green and highly unpredictable wicket at Eastham.

John Orr produced a disciplined innings on his way to a well deserved eighty five and Saad Saeed looked comfortable at the other end before he holed out to Andy Burgess at mid on for twenty two off skipper Ben Hopwood (13-0-62-2). Sam Cotgrave (4) was caught behind by B Putnam off Ian Deakin who made the most of the conditions with figures of 10-5-9-1. Peter Fearon (3) and Mark ‘ Dr Botox’ Rayner(14) both fell to the same combination caught by J Heyhoe off the bowling of Jamie Smith (5-0-29-3). Adam Walkling (7) was a victim of a ball that kept low from Hopwood and Orr caught an edge that was snapped up by Putnam off Smith as a century beckoned. Rob Marnick (18 and Tim Berkson (1) both finished unbeaten as the visitors laboured to 166 for 6 off their allocated overs.

Frodsham set out to make a quick start with some aggressive shots in the early stages and Hopwood (6) looked dangerous but a smart catch at first slip by Orr off Tim Berkson (6-1-20-1) saw him on his way back to the pavilion. Con Ouzoundis (22) played some nice shots and his wicket was crucial at a time when the scoreboard was moving at a pace. It took an excellent catch by Saeed off Walkling to bring his impact to an end. Soon after T Hopwood (2) fell victim to a fine caught and bowled by Walkling (9-2-27-2) and then the impressive Sam Cotgrave snapped up his first of the afternoon, a superb caught and bowled to dispatch Smith (15). Burgess (7) was runout by a combination of Nathan Bradshaw and David Buey and two further wickets followed in quick succession, J Heyhoe (0) and J Putnam (16) both falling to Cotgrave, the latter caught by Orr. J McGrugen (9) was trapped LBW by Bradshaw (5-0-21-1) and victory came when Cotgrave (6.3-0-24-4) trashed the wicket of B Putnam (21) as he run out of partners leaving Deakin unbeaten on nought. Saeed (2-0-15-0). The Frodsham inning closed on 117 giving the divisional leaders a 49 run win.

Team: Orr, Cotgrave, Saeed, Fearon, Rayner, Walkling, Berkson T, Marnick R, Bradshaw, Harrison and Buey+*.


Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 18th June

The Old Parkonians 1st XI unbeaten run was ended last Saturday away at Rylands.

On winning the toss, the hosts batted and recovered from 46-5, posting a total of 139 all out from 43 overs with S Sparks scoring 71. Visiting Captain Chris Beckett took 5-41.

The Old Parkonians reply started promisingly, however after reaching 31-1, the innings collapsed to 46-8 from 28 overs. Old Parkonians made a decent effort at saving the game with Beckett rallying with support from both Rob Barr (12) and Tim Berkson however, with just 27 ball remaining, Berkson (2) was bowled out leaving Beckett at the other end, top scoring with 22 not out.

Despite the defeat, Old Parkonians remain top of Division 2.

Scores: 139 all out (43 overs), Old Parkonians 97 all out (42.3 overs)

Result: Rylands won by 42 runs. Old Parks 7 points, Rylands 25 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Ben Rees, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, Greg Lindop, Chris Hitchell, Mark Rayner, Saad Saeed, Rob Barr, Tim Berkson and Dan Berkson.

Umpires: Terry Johnson and Peter Dodd Scorer: Richie Beckett

Old Parkonians 2nds Vs Wirral 3rds

A well rounded team performance was the key to victory as Old Parkonians continued their fine early season form with a convincing victory over Wirral and securing maximum points that sees them climb to the summit of Division West.

Sam Cotgrave opened the innings with John Orr and they both looked comfortable in the early stages until a moment of indecision saw Cotgrave (7) run out by S Cureton. Orr(16), looking to push the rate along was caught by K Baker off Wirral skipper Matt O’Connell (10-1-44-4) and Paul Singer (7) followed immediately afterwards bowled O’Connell and the home side were shell shocked on 35-3. Adam Walking smashed eighteen off eleven balls only to be caught at first slip by M Stacey off a ball that clipped the shoulder of the bat thereby becoming O’Connells third wicket of the afternoon. Meanwhile Peter Fearon was quietly going about his business providing a back bone for the innings. Rob Marnick added a quick fire 32 that included 6 fours and a huge six bringing further impetus to the innings but went for one too many and was caught behind by Cureton off K Baker (6-0-41-1). Nathan Bradshaw patiently supported Fearon in a sixty six run partnership until caught by L Stacey off D Wynne for thirteen. David Buey was a disappointing four ball duck paving the way for a unbeaten 22 from Peter Bradshaw. Fearon fell just short of his half century, LBW to O’Connell on 48 and Stewie McEwen was unbeaten on nought as Old Parks declared on 194 for 8 off 42 overs.

Cotgrave (7-5-13-3) took first blood bowling C Crabb (5) in a wicket maiden and then had K Baker caught by Alexa Harrison at mid on without scoring. The same pair combined again soon afterwards when, having scored two boundaries in succession, M Stacey (10) inexplicably went for the third but with Harrison deployed deeper he holed out to a fine catch by her. Walking (9-3-12-0) toiled with great effort but without reward.
L Stacey was bowled by Bradshaw for a duck and two overs later H Spencer suffered the same fate for 13. B Silvester (6) tried to hook Harrison (6-1-13-1) but only succeeded in holing out to McEwen at short leg and then A Cureton clipped the ball into the hands of Cotgrave for seven and Bradshaw had his third wicket of the game. Wirral were 46 for 7 and on the ropes but W Stanley (11) and J Cureton (24) added some resistance and gave the visitors hope only to be foiled by Bradshaw in a devastating 13 ball spell in which he took three wickets, including that of O’Connell for a duck, conceding no runs to finish on 12.1-4-32-6. McEwen (4-1-11-0) completed the bowling.
Wirral were 111 runs shy of the target as their innings was brought to an end.

Team: Orr, Cotgrave, Singer+, Fearon, Walkling, Marnick R, Bradshaw N, Buey*, Bradshaw P, McEwen and Harrison.

Scorer: Sam Fletcher
Umpire: Dave Roscoe


Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 11th June

The Unbeaten Run Continues!

Old Parkonians 1st XI beat the weather to continue their winning run and to go top of the Cheshire Cricket Alliance Division 2. Captain Chris Beckett won the toss and elected to bat on a typical Holm Lane deck. Opening pair Tim Hitchell and Ben Rees put on 111 runs for the 1st wicket before Rees was out adjudged lbw for 48. Tim carried his bat for 99 not out and was supported by his brothers Nick (23) and Chris (10) not out enabling an early declaration of 196-2 to be made after just 34 overs by skipper Beckett, who was very aware of bad weather circling the Holm Lane ground.

After tea, Hartford succumbed for a paltry total of just 54 with all wickets being caught, mainly behind the wicket. Ben Rees was the pick of the bowlers, extracting steepling bounce from the pitch for his fine figures of 10-5-18-5. He was well supported by Dan Berkson (7-1-27-0), Lewis Elwood(3-1-7-1) and Chris Beckett(0.4-0-0-2).

A most comprehensive 142 run victory by the still unbeaten Parkonian side.

Man of Match was shared this week between Tim Hitchell for his unbeaten 99 and Ben Rees for his 48 and 5-18.

Scores: Old Parkonians 196-2d (34 overs), Hartford 54 all out (20.4 overs)

Results: Old Parks won by 127 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Hartford 1 point.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Ben Rees, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, Greg Lindop, Chris Hitchell, Nick Hitchell, Saad Saeed, Lewis Elwood, Adam Westwater and Dan Berkson.

Umpires: Phil Barlow and Cliff Hall Scorer: Richie Beckett

Match report by Richie Beckett, President.

Maritime 2nds V Old Parkonian's 2nds

Heavy rain and an early tea halfway through the first innings could not dampen the spirits of the visitors as Old Parkonian's recorded a fifth victory on the bounce and their third straight win over last seasons champions Maritime.

Despite a few unsavoury moments during the course of the afternoon the game of cricket was the winner and David Nedugodan was the hero of the hour.

Things started well for Old Parks restricting their hosts in the early stages with both Adam Walkling (8-3-13-1) and Tim Berkson (9-0-45-1) producing some fine bowling on the damp green wicket. The rain came and forced the players off the field for 45 minutes during which time tea was taken in an effort to conserve the amount of overs available with the home sides backs firmly against the wall at 56-3 off 24 overs. The break gave Maritime a chance to regroup and the rain made things more difficult for the visitors with a wet ball. Nathan Bradshaw resumed from where he left off the previous week with another mightily impressive spell of bowling and duly rewarded with figures of 15-1-60-4, aided by catches from David Buey, Sam Cotgrave, Stew McEwen and a stumping from Paul Singer. From the other end David Nedugodan returned figures of 10-0-48-2 and his afternoon was about to get a whole lot better.

Maritime declared on 178-8 off 42 perhaps with one eye on the weather.

Old Parkonian's got off to a dreadful start when the inform John Orr (1) was caught behind off the first ball of the second over from Ahilew (12-1-52-3). Mark Rayner, again in good early season form, followed shortly after for 5 also off Ahilew. Peter Fearon became the third victim of Ahilew when he was bowled for 10 and Paul Singer was adjudged LBW, bowled Sathakaran (10-0-41-2) for a duck.

Sixty one for four became seventy seven for five when Cotgrave, who looked comfortable and was playing some lovely strokes, was caught at mid off. It looked it might soon be over. Nedugodan however was steadily building an innings with some quite majestic shots on an increasingly unpredictable track. Adam Walkling, nursing a hamstring problem, was the perfect foil protecting his wicket whilst affording Nedugodan as much of the strike as he could. Between them they kept the scoreboard moving on at a pace and at the same time silenced the increasingly vociferous appeals echoing around Bromborough Pool. Nedugodan secured his century much to the delight of his team mates but rather sadly only one opponent saw fit to join in the applause which would however make the now inevitable win for the visitors even more sweet. Walkling (29 NO) struck the winning runs steering the ball past point for four runs with eleven overs still in the bag. Nedugodan remained undefeated on 104, a fine innings indeed.

Team: Orr, Rayner, Nedugodan, Fearon, Singer+, Cotgrave, Walkling, Berkson T, Buey*, Bradshaw and McEwen.

Umpires: David Roscoe and Arthur Irwin


Dave Buey, 2nd XI Team Captain, Old Parkonians CC

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 4th June


Old Parkonians 253-3 Dec (42 Overs) beat Bowdon Vale 126 (40.5 Overs) BY 127 Runs.

Old Parkonians 1st XI continued their winning run at a picturesque Bowdon Vale ground last Saturday. Skipper Chris Beckett won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked a very good pitch.Tim Hitchell (23) and Ben Rees put on 38 for the 1st wicket before the former was out clean bowled. Nick Hitchell (15) joined Rees and together they doubled the score to 76-2 with Hitchell being out caught behind.

A third Hitchell brother, Chris, now came into bat and with Ben Rees forged a match winning 3rd wicket partnership of 166 runs taking the score to 242 before Chris was out on 96 four runs shy of what would have been a well deserved century. Ben Rees then went onto to claim a magnificent maiden century ending his innings on 106 not out. This enabled skipper Beckett to declare the Parks innings three overs early on the impressive total of 253-3.

Bowdon Vale were never really in the hunt although their 6th wicket pair offered some stern resistance before the last three wickets fell quickly.

Pick of the Parkonians bowlers were 17 year old Dan Berkson returning the impressive figures of (11.5-2-46-5) and new recruit Lewis Elwood (9-3-27-3). The winning margin was a convincing 127 runs.

Man of Match was Ben Rees for his fantastic 106 not out, batting through the innings.

Scores: Old Parkonians 253-3d (42 overs), Bowdon Vale 126 all out (40.5 overs)

Results: Old Parks won by 127 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Bowdon Vale 7 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Ben Rees, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, Greg Lindop, Chris Hitchell, Nick Hitchell, Saad Saeed, Lewis Elwood, Adam Westwater and Dan Berkson.

Umpires: Nat Hayes and Brian Horrocks Scorer: Richie Beckett

The Parkonians 2nd XI enjoyed an impressive home victory at Holm Lane against Chester Boughton Hall 5ths with John Orr top scoring with 81 and young 14 year old leg spinner Nathan Bradshaw, taking 7-33 !

Next week sees the 1st XI entertain Hartford at Holm Lane with a 1.30pm start.

Richie Beckett, Old Parkonians CC

Old Parkonians 2nds V Chester Boughton Hall V

Young Nathan Bradshaw was the star of the show for the home side returning his best senior figures against a youthful but resilient Chester Boughton Hall at a sun kissed Holm Lane.

A superb wicket, on winning the toss, encouraged the home side to bat first and in doing so they were able to post a competitive total as the light cloud gave way to glorious sunshine. John Orr and Adam Winstanley eased the score comfortably past the 50 mark before Winstanley (21) was caught by N Liddle off the bowling of visiting skipper Steve Wundke
(7-2-33-1) with the score on 62. Stu Barr (9) making his first start of the season was athletically caught by B Fotheringham at mid wicket off J Abrams (6-0-43-1). The young bowling attack found it heavy going at times and the extras total highlighted their inexperience but under the guidance of Wundke they stuck to their task and performed well in the field. Orr fell nineteen runs short of a ton LBW to J Wundke with the total on 171 and Wundke junior (9-0-49-2) struck again soon after removing Peter Fearon by the same method for 21. David Nedugodan added a quick fire unbeaten 40 and Sam Cotgrave (1 NO) carried the total to 231-4 before Old Parks declared giving them an additional 7 overs, overs that would become vital.

The visitors found themselves pinned down from the outset and the scoring rate was affected as a result but it was still 43 minutes into the innings before the break through came. N Liddle (1) fell LBW to Adam Walkling (9-2-13-1) in the 13th over. Tim Berkson
(5-4-3-0) provided able support before the introduction of the impressive Bradshaw.
Fotheringham had frustrated the home side batting for almost an hour for his ten before being bowled and then captain David Buey caught M Rawson (1) at mid off and I Millington (3) edged a delivery to second slip and into the hands of Fearon. Wundke senior majestically struck a six over mid on and played some lovely shots underlining his undoubted pedigree before being trapped LBW by Bradshaw for 32. A Hoyle (1), bowled, was Bradshaws fifth victim of the afternoon. Meanwhile, under a darkening sky, R Adke was unflinching as he occupied the crease with maturity beyond his years. Wundke junior (7), caught Walkling and J Abrams (2), caught Nedugodan completed a memorable afternoon for Bradshaw as he returned figures of 15-3-33-7. W Davis was caught Winstanley off Barr (6-2-6-1) and the innings finally came to a close when the hour long resistance of Adke (8) was broken by Cotgrave (1.30-1-0-1) claiming his wicket caught behind by Paul Singer with the score on 79 affording the home side a 152 run victory shortly before the rain arrived.

Team: Orr, Winstanley, Barr, Fearon, Nedugodan, Cotgrave, Walkling, Berkson T, Bradshaw, Buey* and Singer+.

Scorer: Sam Fletcher
Umpires: Dave Roscoe and Arthur Irwin


Dave Buey, 2nd XI Team Captain, Old Parkonians CC

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 28th May

The 1st XI continued their 100% record for the season with a 116 run victory at Knutsford.

Old Parkonians skipper Chris Beckett is enjoying a great start to the 2016 season as The Holm Lane outfit completed their fourth win in four with a sizeable victory away at Knutsford.

Invited to bat on a green and spongy pitch, Sean Marnick (1) was soon out to a ball that kept very low. However, Brothers Mike and Tim Hitchell were to battle hard and post a superb second wicket partnership worth 138 runs. Tim was bowled for 73 with Mike out not too long after for 64 with his first bat of the season. Old Parks carried on to post a very competitive 207-7 from 45 overs.

Knutsford never looked like threatening the total and after Adam Winstanley removed both openers and Dan Berkson struck with a direct hit run out, visiting skipper Beckett produced a fine spell of bowling to disrupt the Knutsford batsmen, finishing with 6-22 as Knutsford were bowled out for 91.

Man of Match was the returning Tim Hitchell for his superb 73. Well done Tim! A very timely knock!

Scores: Old Parkonians 207-7 (45 overs), Knutsford 91 all out (34.5 overs)

Results: Old Parks won by 116 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Knutsford, 4 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, Greg Lindop, Dave Nedugodan, Adam Winstanley, Saad Saeed, Lewis Elwood, Rob Marnick, Dan Berkson and Sean Marnick.

Umpires: Don Joy and Bob Butland Scorer: Richie Beckett

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 21st May

Saughall 2nds Vs Old Parkonian's 2nds

Early morning rain threatened to scupper this fixture and despite the home sides desire for a postponement Old Parks travelled and although the game was a reduced over affair it was an enthralling contest.

After much debate about the condition of the ground Saughall won the toss and elected to field as the skies finally cleared and the sun shone. John Orr back from a weeks R&R in Portugal looked comfortable as he and Sean Marnick put on 43 for the first wicket, a partnership that was finally broken as Orr got the finest of edges to wicket keeper G Roberts for 21 off J James (8-0-40-2). Marnick followed almost immediately without any further runs added for 19 when he slashed wildly at a delivery to give Les Perkins his only wicket of the afternoon (12-1-30-1). Paul Singer (13) picked out Saughall captain Alan Roberts at mid wicket and then with the ball Roberts (10-2-25-6) trapped Peter Fearon LBW for 16 after a short rain delay in which ‘tea’ was taken metaphorically speaking.

Adam Winstanley holed out to T Mann for 10 off Roberts and at the other end Adam Walkling (8) scored his first runs for the club before being caught in the deep by James again off Roberts. Ninety four for six became ninety four for seven when Old Parks captain David Buey was bowled by Roberts for a duck, losing his discipline attempting a ludicrous shot. Sam Cotgrave meanwhile, growing in stature, was playing some lovely shots and along with Lewis Elwood they took the score past the 100 mark adding a quick fire 25 before Elwood was caught by Mann giving Roberts his ‘five for’ which became six when Tim Berkson was caught by J Mortin without scoring. Nathan Bradshaw took a single off the last ball of the innings leaving Cotgrave unbeaten on 13 and the total on a respectable 123 for 9 off the allotted 35 overs.

A quick turnaround under the darkening skies and a perfect start when Walkling had Perkins caught at mid off by Winstanley for a golden duck with what would be the worst ball he would bowl all afternoon. Winstanley (11-1-23-3) bowled beautifully and was rewarded with the wicket of T Beaumont (5) well caught by Fearon in the gully. Walkling (8-1-13-3) removed Mortin’s (3) off stump and then the impressive Singer, keeping wicket, took a superb catch to remove James for 7 off Winstanley. Old Parks could smell blood!

M Pearce (7) put up a dogged resistance until dispatched by Winstanley whilst Bradshaw impressed with two very smart pieces of fielding. Elwood (7-2-11-0) rattled the partnership of the Roberts pairing without perhaps the reward he deserved and Walkling returned to remove the Saughall skipper LBW for 5. Bradshaw was thrown the ball and his wonderful leg spin would create all sorts of problems. Mann (2) skied the ball high and Berkson at mid on kept his composure to take a great catch. The only threat to an Old Parks victory was G Roberts but he was eventually caught by Buey at mid off for 33 leaving J Pearce stranded at the other end and the innings closed on 67. Bradshaw finished with figures of 4.2-0-16-2 to cap a fine individual performance.

The playing condition of the ground was never in doubt and the victory was just reward. Club Captain Chris Beckett was on hand to offer his guidance on regulations and it paid dividends.

Team: Orr, Marnick S, Singer+, Fearon, Winstanley, Walkling, Cotgrave, Buey*, Elwood, Berkson T and Bradshaw.


Scorer: Chris Beckett

Cricket Match report ~ Saturday 14th May

The 1st XI won at home to Frodsham.

Frodsham won the toss and decided to bat on a fabulous looking road.

Ben Rees retained the new ball after last weeks haul and didn't disappoint, snaffling his first wicket caught behind in the third over with the score on 12. Dan Berkson started up the hill and bowled well yet again, albeit with very little luck. Rees took the next wicket after a brief partnership, cleaning up Chriscoli (17) with a superb yorker. 60-2

Marnick replaced Berkson (6-0-26-0) and soon had his first of the afternoon with a fine catch by Saad Saeed at backward point. In the meantime, Rees (8-1-24-2) finished up with excellent figures again and was replaced by Adam Winstanley, making his 1st XI debut for the season. Along with Marnick, the pair bowled well with very few deliveries that the batsmen could score off.

Winstanley took a quick double, followed by Marnick (6-2-23-2) removing the visiting skipper without troubling the scorers for his second of day. 95-6. Winstanley (7-1-27-2) was given a rest and Westwater was thrown the ball for a few overs of leg spin. The batsmen continued to struggle and Beckett was brought on too. Westwater haD the batsman miss a full ball and Beckett cleaned up at the other end, removing three batsman without conceding a run. 121 all out. Westwater finished 5-0-16-1 and Beckett with the bizarre looking figures of 2.2-2-0-3.

Knowing the score was well below par, Old Parks went out knowing all was needed was a steady innings without any need for rash shots or arrogance. The target was reached, nearly without a hiccup, for the loss of 5 wickets.

Chris Hitchell (38) batted really well once again and Rees (21) showed for the first time his free range of scoring. Nick Hitchell (16) got a corker to be out bowled and the ever reliable Mark Rayner scored 32 not out.

Saad Saeed didn't trouble the scorers and Dan Berkson (3) got a very odd delivery which appeared to keep low. Winstanley (7) stuck with Rayner to the end and sealed another bonus point victory for the Old Parks.

Another fantastic win making it a 100% start to the 2016 season! Lets keep up the great work!

Man of Match was Vice-captain, Ben Rees for his follow up 2 wickets after last weeks 4 for and his decent start with 21 runs. Well done Tic Tac!

Scores: Old Parkonians 123-5 (34 overs), Frodsham 121-10 (34.2 overs)

Results: Old Parks won by 5 wickets. Old Parks 3 points, Frodsham, 0 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Nick Hitchell, Chris Hitchell, Ben Rees, Mike Hitchell+, Adam Winstanley, Saad Saeed, Mark Rayner, Rob Marnick, Dan Berkson and Adam Westwater.

Umpires: Don Joy and Ashleigh Wood Scorer: Richie Beckett

Cricket Match reports ~ Saturday 7th May

The 1st XI won at home to Hartford.

Hartford won the toss and decided to put Old Parkonians in on a hard flat wicket.

Ben Rees (1) couldn't get going in his first game of the season, nicking off in the second over. Fellow opener Nick Hitchell was in fine form however, utilising the pacy outfield to score around the ground. Chris Hitchell joined his brother at the crease and continued his form from the previous week. After the loss of the early wicket, the brothers consolidated well and got to drinks at 60-1.

Shortly after the break, Chris (31) holed out trying to push the run rate up. Nick carried on and was aided by Mark Rayner (26) who was out by Rob Whittle. Nick was finally out for a superb 74, being caught on the boundary of the bowling of Pattisapu.

Unfortunately, trying to push the score over 200, several batsman came in and out without hugely troubling the scorers. Nedugodan (7), Saeed (3), Marnick (5) were the unfortunate casualties. Dan Berkson (10*) and Adam Westwater (1*) closed out the innings, setting Hartford a competitive total of 190 to win.

Dan Berkson and Ben Rees were thrown the new ball. In the hot and humid conditions with the ball swinging, both bowlers struggled slightly early on, bowling several wides between them. However, other than the extras, there was no real contribution from the batsmen who were either blocking or leaving well alone. Rees made the early breakthrough with Boyle (0) caught behind. A small frustrating partnership followed before Rees had Pickup (14) LBW. Westwater was brought into the attack and continued to put pressure on the batsmen who were still finding scoring difficult.

Rees then had Harma (0) plumb in front, followed by the wicket of Whittle (3) caught by Nedugodan at cover off the leading edge. Westwater then had Hartford's main contributor Sharpe (23) caught by Saeed at mid off and the game was all but over at 50-5. Rees made up for his batting failure, returning figures of 8-2-18-4.

Marnick (4-1-7-1) was brought into the attack, immediately striking having Deepayan (0) smartly stumped by the evergreen Mike Hitchell. Sanchit (2) was adjudged LBW off Westwater (7-0-14-2) who enjoyed his first bowling spell of the season. Beckett replaced Marnick and Berkson was brought back into the attack. Berkson (7-1-25-1) pegged back Pattisapu's off stump and Beckett had 2 in 2 balls having Nithya (8) smartly caught by Nick Hitchell at first slip and then bowling Turner for a first ball duck.

Old Parks won the game with plenty of overs to spare, again setting a precedent to the rest of the league.

Man of Match was Nick Hitchell for his fine knock of 74. Well batted Nick!

Scores: Old Parkonians 189-7 (4overs), Hartford 67-10 (27.3 overs)

Results: Old Parks win by 122 runs. Old Parks 3 points, Hartford 0 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Nick Hitchell, Chris Hitchell, Ben Rees, Mike Hitchell+, David Nedugoden, Saad Saeed, Mark Rayner, Rob Marnick, Dan Berkson and Adam Westwater.

Umpires: Brian Horrocks and Peter Calvert Scorer: Richie Beckett

Tranmere Victoria 2nds V Old Parkonian's 2nds

Adam Winstanley produced a ‘Man of the match’ performance as the second string continued their fine start to the season with an emphatic victory in Victoria park.

Winning the toss, Tranmere elected to bowl giving the visitors a chance to post an unassailable target for the second week in a row. Old Parks got off to a slow but steady start on a wicket that offered much for the bowlers. Sean Marnick, promoted up the order, was the first wicket to fall bowled T Ellis (10-1-46-1) for 9 with the score on 22. Paul Singer got a start but was well caught by C Chatterton at long on for 13 off the bowling of D Maxwell
(15-2-40-3). Peter Fearon(3) was then bowled behind his leg by Maxwell, unable to replicate the form of the two preceding weeks and at 53-4 the home side were buoyed. At the other end John Orr was quietly but effectively keeping the scoreboard ticking over and he was joined at the crease by Winstanley. Orr (53) passed the half century mark then top edged a delivery to second slip affording Maxwell his third wicket of the afternoon. Lewis Elwood, on his debut for Old Parks, was superbly run out by D King without troubling the scorer but he would go on to have a bigger impact with the ball. Sam Cotgrave continues to improve his all round game and he recorded a very tidy thirteen as he and Winstanley added 42 for the sixth wicket the latter cruising past his half century in the process, Cotgrave being bowled by Ronnie Abbot (7-0-40-1). Maximum batting points had looked an unlikely scenario but Robbie Barr added a quick fire 20 and Winstanley reached an unbeaten 74 before skipper David Buey declared on 199 for 6 off 43.

The early stages of Tranmere Victoria's innings were little short of an annihilation as Winstanley (6-0-19-4) and Elwood(6.5-3-11-4) tore apart their top order with a superb spell of bowling. Winstanley removed Keith Leicester (0) with an absolute ‘jaffa’ and then G Brown (5) with an identical ball leaving the home side on 13-2. Elwood dismissed Chatterton (4) in a wicket maiden and then Winstanley dispatched R Brown (2) and J Callow (0) in consecutive deliveries albeit in different overs. Elwood trapped Maxwell LBW for 0 and then had Ellis caught by Winstanley for a duck with the very next ball. Tranmere were in disarray at 18 for 7 and that soon became 29 for 9 when Elwood's pace deceived King (3) and he was well caught behind by Singer who impressed after donning the gloves for the first time. A degree of respectability was restored to the innings as skipper Steve Walker and Jones (24) added 31 for the ninth wicket before the equally impressive Tim Berkson (5.5-0-17-2) had Walker LBW for 17. Abbot came to the crease but he was left stranded as Barr pulled off a stunning catch at cover off Berkson. Cotgrave finished with figures of 4-1-12-0 to cap off a fine performance.
Old Parks had put their hosts to the sword, recording a 130 run victory and the maximum 25 point victory.

Team: Orr, Marnick S, Singer+, Fearon, Winstanley, Elwood, Cotgrave, Barr R, Berkson T, Harrison and Buey*.


Scorer: Sam Fletcher
Umpire: Dave Roscoe

Cricket Match reports ~ Saturday 30th April

Old Parkonian's 2nds V  Bromborough

Peter Fearon was once again the star of the show as Old Parks secured maximum points against a plucky Bromborough in a close run affair at Holm Lane.

Chris Hitchell (29) making his first start of the new campaign got off to a good start with fellow opener John Orr (14) putting on 43 for the first wicket, Hitchell, despite being dropped in the first over by the normally reliable Andy Van Beek, was first to go, caught T Giles bowled Liam Crossley (13-3-39-2) and just four minutes later Orr was on his way back to the pavilion again caught by Giles (15-1-72-1) off his own bowling. Only 4 runs had been added when Paul Singer played off the leading edge and Van Beek made amends with a superb catch at cover point for one. Fearon was into his stride and the score board rattled along nicely when he was joined at the crease by Sean Marnick. Fearon soon passed his half century and between him and Marnick they added 103 before Marnick was caught by Gary Corner bowled M Gardini (3-0-27-1) for 34. Adam Winstanley added a quick fire 26 to take the total past the 200 mark but with Fearon heading for a century he top edged the ball back to Corner (3-0-29-1)  for a caught and bowled leaving himself on 90, the team total on 201 for 5 off 42 overs and a home side declaration.

It was obvious from the outset that the visitors would inevitably look to frustrate Old Parks as the score to chase looked out of their reach. Giles (11) survived a couple of early LBW appeals and was looking comfortable but he could do nothing about the Yorker delivered by Winstanley (13.5-2-27-4) with the score on 20. Next back was M Jones (3) bowled by Adam Walkling making his Old Parks debut followed soon afterwards by D Crossley for a duck, again the victim of Walkling (15-3-33-1). At 25 for 3 the evergreen Van Beek and skipper Liam Crossley came together at the wicket. Both played with patience and a guile that continually frustrated the home sides bowlers. It would take something special to break the partnership that added 62 runs whilst quietly knocking off the overs. Orr (4-2-8-1) provided that moment with a spectacular caught and bowled to dismiss Van Beek (46) and then 2 balls later Hitchell got one to turn and Crossley was on his way too for 12. The home side could smell blood again. Winstanley was restored to the attack and his pace trapped M Sherlock (0) LBW, Hitchell (5-2-11-2) bamboozled Corner (4) and then Gardini fell LBW again to Winstanley to wrap up the innings with the score on 98. Cotgrave bowled well finishing with figures of 5-2-7-0.

It had been a brave effort from Bromborough who should be congratulated for contributing to a cracking game of cricket despite only having 9 players when lesser sides may have conceded.

Team: Orr, Hitchell C, Singer, Fearon, Marnick S, Winstanley, Walkling, Hitchell M^,, Cotgrave, Berkson T and Buey*


Umpire: Dave Roscoe

Cricket Match reports ~ Saturday 23rd April

The 1st XI won away at Rylands.

Skipper Beckett won his first toss of the season and opted to bat on a dry looking Rylands surface. Tim Hitchell and one of our winter acquisitions Sumraiz Butt opened the batting. Hitchell (9) was luckless on a slow surface and was out LBW to a ball that didn’t seem to get up. Butt was in fine form, however and managed the conditions perfectly, scoring freely all around the ground. That meant that Nick Hitchell (18), Mark Rayner (20), Farukh Nisar (20) and Saad Saeed (14) could play support roles.

Butt was finally out for an excellent 81, and with only 8 overs remaining, the big hitting Nedugodan (31) was able to finish off the innings with some big hits, bringing our score to an above par 217-6.

After the interval, Berkson and Marnick were asked to open and immediately piled the pressure on the opening batsmen who were struggling to get the ball away. Berkson claimed his only wicket, caught by Butt at mid-off and returned excellent figures of 8-4-9-1.

After a short spell from each, Beckett and Nedugodan came on. Unfortunately, Nedugodan’s pace was too easy for home batsman Alan Brady who hit a very smart 56. Beckett (8-2-31-3) claimed 3 wickets and Saeed (5-1-25-3) replaced Nedugodan to take 3 wickets of his own to leave Rylands in an unlikely position.

With the bonus point victory in sight, Beckett turned to Marnick (8-0-26-1) and Tim Hitchell (3.3-0-15-2) who finished off the innings, giving us the bonus point win by just 1 run.

An excellent start to the season, well done to everyone. A special mention to our new players, Sumraiz, Saad and Farukh who all had excellent debuts for the club.

Scores: Old Parkonians 217-6 (45 overs), Rylands 166-10 (39.3 overs)

Results: Old Parks win by 51 runs . Old Parks 3 points, Ryalnds 0 points.


Team: Chris Beckett*, Tim Hitchell, Sumraiz Butt, Farukh Nisar, Mike Hitchell+, David Nedugoden, Saad Saeed, Mark Rayner, Rob Marnick, Dan Berkson and Nick Hitchell.

Umpires: Rick Gleave and Peter Calvert  Scorer: None

Old Parkonians 2nds V The Groves 2nds

Match sponsored by Sutcliffe Pressed Components Ltd.

A Herculean effort by Peter Fearon and Alexa Harrison ensured the 2nds got their 2016 campaign off to a fine start with a creditable draw at home to The Groves.

Old Parks won the toss and elected to field on a ground that just seven days prior had largely been under water. M Griffiths (33) and M Evans (33) put on 52 for the first wickets before smart work by Greg Lindop and Stewie McEwen resulted in Griffiths being run out. Adam Winstanley (15-2-38-1) and McEwen (15-2-52-2) had slowed the run rate considerably and a frustrated Evans holed out to Sam Cotgrave at deep cover. Robbie Barr caught P Forde (6) off the bowling of McEwen and McEwen then had S Walmsley (1) caught and bowled. Cotgrave (7-0-35-4) took his first wicket of the season when skipper Ian Corner clipped one down the leg side where Lindop, keeping wicket, dived to hold onto a fine catch. N Percival (2) was next to go again by the same combination. Tim Berkson (5-0-16-1) opened his account securing the wicket of R Williams (11) caught by captain David Buey in the deep. Two more wickets quickly followed, S Aldcroft and K Welsh both without troubling the scorer and both to Cotgrave courtesy of catches by Fearon and Berkson. Late runs came and the score rose to 157 when Alexa Harrison caught D Green (40) off Nathan Bradshaw leaving M Piercy unbeaten on 8.

With the temperature dropping Old Parks response was dealt a blow when Lindop was bowled by Piercy (14-6-31-3) for 14 with the score on 21. Difficulty in getting the ball away was best illustrated by the fact that the home side found themselves stuck in the 30s for 12 overs losing the wickets of Winstanley (5), Orr (14) to Piercy and Barr (0) LBW to Williams

(15-5-23-3). Cotgrave (2) fell victim to Aldcroft (9-1-13-1) caught Welsh and then Buey was bowled by Williams for four and Berkson ‘played on’ to the same bowler. With 17 overs remaining and only 3 wickets remaining the odds were stacked heavily in the favour of the visitors but Fearon kept his head and knocked a patient unbeaten 32 whilst at the other end Harrison (1 NO) kept frustrating The Groves attack at bay with a very commendable innings as the home held out for a well deserved draw.


Team: Orr, Lindop+, Winstanley, Fearon, Barr, Cotgrave, Buey*, Berkson, Harrison, Bradshaw and McEwen.

Scorer: Sam Fletcher

Author :  Chris Beckett

Cricket Nets 2016

As our usual pre-season training gets into full swing, we'll be holding Cricket Nets sessions at Birkenhead Park during February, March and April. 

Cricket nets are a great introduction to the sport and we welcome anyone of any age and ability who would like to come and try their hand! If you've never had hold of a cricket bat, this is a great opportunity to get a beginner's introduction to a great sport!

Contact me on if you'd like any information about what goes on.

Sessions are booked for Monday evenings as follows - NB: the start goes back 30 minutes in March:


  • February: 8:00 - 9:30pm ~ 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • March: 8:30 - 10:00pm ~ 7th, 14th, 21st, (No Nets on 28th - Easter Monday)
  • April: 8:30 - 10:00pm ~ 4th, 11th


  • March: 7:30 - 8:30pm ~ 7th, 14th, 21st, (No Nets on 28th - Easter Monday)
  • April 7:30 - 8:30 ~ 4th, 11th

Chris Beckett
1st XI Cricket Captain




The 2016 Cricket season fixtures are as shown below. Match starting time this year is 1:00pm for April's matches and then 1.30pm until the final 4 weeks when we revert back to 1.00pm.

For results, visit the Play Cricket web site at

1st XI - The Cheshire Cricket Alliance 2016

Date Opponents Location
23rd April Rylands 1 (Cup) Away
30th April Capenhurst 1 (Cup) Away
7th May Hartford 1 (Cup) Home
14th May Frodsham 1 (Cup) Home
21st May    
28th May Knutsford 1 Away
4th June Bowdon Vale Away
11th June Hartford 1 Home
18th June Rylands 1 Away
25th June Bowdon Vale 1 Home
2nd July    
9th July Frodsham 1 Home
16th July Mossley 1 Home
23th July Styal 1 Away
30th July Frodsham 1 Away
6th August Mossley 1 Away
13th August Knutsford 1 Home
20th August Trafford Metrovics 1 Home
27th August Hartford 1 Away
3rd Sept Rylands 1 Home
10th Sept Trafford Metrovics 1 Away
17th Sept Styal 1 Home


2nd XI - The Cheshire Cricket Alliance 2016

Date Opponents Location
23rd April The Groves 2 Home
30th April Bromborough Home
7th May Tranmere Victoria 2 Away
14th May (Bye)  
21st May Saughall 2 Away
28th May    
4th June Chester BH 5 Home
11th June Maritime 2 Away
18th June Wirral 3 Home
25th June Frodsham 3 Away
2nd July Port Sunlight 3 Home
9th July The Groves 2 Away
16th July Bromborough Away
23th July Tranmere Victoria 2 Home
30th July (Bye)  
6th August Saughall 2 Home
13th August    
20th August Chester BH 5 Away
27th August Maritime 2 Home
3rd Sept Wirral 3 Away
10th Sept Frodsham 3 Home
17th Sept Port Sunlight 3 Away
  • All fixtures may be subject to change nearer the dates by arrangments

Tuesday T20 Fixtures

Date Opponents
10th May Spasmodics
17th May Wirral Nomads
24th May Travellers Rest
7th June Wirral Nomads
14th June Wirral Stags
21st June Mollington
28th Jun Travellers Rest
12th July Wirral Doctors
  • All fixtures are at Holm Lane with a 6:00pm start

  • These games are joint WR/OPCC fixtures

Sunday Fixtures

Date Opponents Location
17th April Bowdon Vale Away (1:30pm)
8th May Upton Away
15th May Travellers Rest Home
22nd May Newsham Park Home
29th May Yorkers Home
5th June Upton Home
12th June Tranmere Vics Home
19th June Nick Hitchell XI Home
26th June Upton Home
3rd July Upton Home
10th July Windsor Wesleyans Home
17th July Wrexham Maelor Doctors Home
24th July Tranmere Vics Away
31st July *Shrewsbury Tour* Away
14th August Newsham Park Home
21st August Windsor Wesleyans Home
28th August Willey Wanderers Home (1:30pm)


The Shrewsbury Tour commences at 7.30pm after 1st team league game on Saturday 30th July, returning after a game on Wednesday 3rd August.

We hope to play 3 games on Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd at Alberbury, Knockin & Kinnerley and Prees, but are awaiting final confirmation.