Match reports appear below, and this season we're planning on featuring some match pictures from time to time...
A Message from the Chairman
I would like to congratulate you all on what has so far been another good season with both sides competing once again for promotion.
I’m sure you appreciate that August is a challenging month for every club, with it being holiday season etc and it is no exception at Old Parkonians.
The round of fixtures next week on the Bank Holiday weekend are critical, with the first XI away to Audlem and the twos at home to Chester Broughton Hall, both these games will undoubtedly have a significant impact on our chances for more glory this season.
Availability for these fixtures means that our playing resources will be pushed to the limit and clearly we need to stay as competitive as we can. As Chairman of the Old Parkonians Cricket Club I implore you to do your utmost to make yourselves available for selection to the Captains so that all the brilliant results we have achieved so far do not go to waste.
Don’t forget that promotion will allow the Club to prosper in terms of the standard of cricket we play, with competitive opposition, visiting better grounds etc, being the result of your hard work and commitment.
Stew McEwen, Chairman, OPCC
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 12th August
REALITY CHECK FOR PARKS
Old Parkonians 1st XI slumped to a disappointing defeat last week away to Knutsford.
In a truly uninspiring performance, the visitors couldn't manage to reach the meagre 94 the hosts' set as the league leaders failed to turn up.
Batting first, Knutsford found trouble getting going and lost wickets at regular intervals. Had it not been for Jay Kahn (34), who was dropped twice, the chase may have been much shorter for Old Parkonians. The bowling unit again worked well, with Berkson (3-20) and Winstanley (3-8) standing out. Veteran Mike Hitchell took four catches behind the stumps as Parks were set 95 to win.
The chase got off well, with seventeen coming from the first over. However, openers Waheed Khan (3-21) and the very impressive home captain Adeel Bhatti (6-24) tore through the visitors leaving them stunned at 56 all out.
Despite the defeat, Old Parkonians remain in the promotion places of The UKFast CCL Division 4 and with a game in hand still on new league leaders Holmes Chapel.
Scores: Knutsford 94-10 (26.3 overs) 25 points, Old Parkonians 56-10 (22 overs) 5 points
Result: Knutsford won by 38 runs
Team: Beckett*, M Hitchell+, T Hitchell, C Hitchell, Rayner, D Berkson, Nisar, Nedugodan, Elwood, Winstanley, Hughes
Umpires: Steve Wilkinson and Azure Wilkinson
Scorer: Richie Beckett
BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE
It was a bad day in the office for Old Parkonians 2nd XI, playing Upton 4 at Holm Lane. Skipper David Buey’s decision to bat first in pursuit of the full 25 points catastrophically back fired dealing a severe blow to their promotion aspirations in the process. The track was damp at start of play but putting that aside the failure of the top order was cruelly exposed in a game that they should really of won.
The run rate was poor, scoring just 14 off the first ten overs and losing three wickets in the process. Peter Fearon (3) drove one straight down the throat of A Ali at mid-off and he held on comfortably bowled John Scragg and then John Orr (4) was caught superbly by S Lee at first slip off Simon McGowan (11-2-13-2). Ian Smith (2) dollied one up to S McGowan but at the other end Sean Marnick showed runs could be scored with a quick fire eighteen before he was bowled by Scragg. Another great catch, this time by Matthew McGowan, secured the wicket of Saad Saeed (9) again off Scragg (14-4-40-5) as Old Parkonians floundered at 40 for 5 off 17 overs. Adam Walkling (10) fell victim to Ellen McGowan (5-0-22-1) before David Buey (0) was caught by his opposite number Ian Bruce at square leg becoming Scraggs fifth wicket of the day. Tim Berkson offered some defiance at the crease before he too was caught by M McGowan off the bowling of Hannah McGowan for seven. Rob McQuade top scored with twenty two but he was rapidly running out of partners and when he was bowled by S McGowan any real hope of batting points was extinguished. Gabriel Bennett (3) went after Hannah McGowan (2.2-0-4-2) and paid the price leaving Alexa Harrison stranded at the other end as Old Parks crashed to a paltry 84 all out. Credit to Upton as they had remained resolute in the field taking all the chances that fell to them.
Since the start of play the sun shone and the wind blew drying the track quickly presenting a different set of conditions after the tea interval. A Ali was dropped behind by Rob McQuade off Tim Berkson (8-0-17-0) third ball of the first over and when Adam Walkling (7-0-31-0) had a very strong LBW claim turned down in the next over you just knew eighty four would be a difficult target to defend. M McGowan (34) and Ali (26) put on fifty four for the first wicket inside 16 overs. A change of bowling was required and when Walkling pulled up with a hamstring strain Buey entered the fray bowling his first overs of the season and it immediately paid dividends as first McGowan and then Ali were bowled, punctuated by the wicket of T Jones (0) LBW bowled Alexa Harrison (7-1-25-1). It was all too little too late and despite Buey (6.1-1-10-3) trapping S Lee LBW for ten R Lee (3NO) and Ian Bruce (4NO) saw the visitors over the line having made relatively light work of the run chase.
With a big couple of weeks coming up at the business end of the season Old Parkonians need to find some runs from their senior players if they are to stay in the chase for the second promotion spot.
Team: Orr, Fearon, Saeed, Smith, Marnick, Walkling, McQuade+, Buey*, Berkson, Bennett and Harrison.
Umpire: Dave Roscoe
Scorer: Sam Fletcher
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 5th August
OLD PARKS RETAIN TOP SPOT!
Old Parkonians 1st XI welcomed basement club Trafford Metrovics to Holm Lane. The visitors won the toss and inserted the home side. Parks made a slow and somewhat concerning start and were reduced to 13-3 off 11 overs. However, an excellent 97 fourth wicket stand between Dan Berkson(62) and Tim Hitchell(55) certainly steadied the ship taking the score to 110-4. Both batsmen had batted very sensibly leading to a quick fire innings from David Nedugoden(35) during the last few overs with Parks finishing on 174-6(45 overs).
Trafford MV were never really in the hunt and at one stage were 15-6 before a spirited knock from Andy Harrison(48) . The visitors were out for 78 in just the 24th over of their innings ensuring a home side victory by 96 runs. The successful bowlers for Parkonians were skipper Chris Beckett(11.5-4-48-5) and teenage man of the match Dan Berkson(7-3-9-3). This means that Old Parkonians remain top of the UK Fast Cheshire Cricket League Division 4 with a game in hand on second placed Holmes Chapel . Next Saturday sees a visit to mid table Knutsford. Many thanks to Dave Westwater, Old Parkonians Association Chairman, for his match day sponsorship.
Result: Old Parkonians 174-6(45 overs), Trafford MV 78(23.5 overs); Old Parkonians 25 points, Trafford MV 3 points.
Team: Chris Beckett(Captain), Chris Hitchell, Charlie Allen, Mark Rayner, Dan Berkson, Tim Hitchell, David Nedugoden, Adam Winstanley, Farukh Nisar, Adam Westwater, Mike Hitchell
Umpires: Don Joy, Ashleigh Wood.
Scorer: Richie Beckett.
Parks 2nd XI were also victorious with a 25 point win at Frodsham. The visitors batted first and made 156(41.4 overs) with Pete Fearon(61) top scoring. In reply Frodsham were dismissed for 117(37.3 overs). There was superb bowling from Nathan Bradshaw(9.3-3-17-6) and Adam Walkling(13-4-24-3). It was fabulous to see four young teenagers in the side all playing their part; Bradshaw, Tim Berkson, Gabriel Bennett and Frankie Hughes. This latest victory sees the Old Parks 2nd Team in third position in Cheshire Cricket League Division C West.
Next week the 2nds are at home to Upton 4ths.
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 29th July
OLD PARKS CLAIM VICTORY IN LOCAL DERBY
Old Parkonians 1st XI made the short journey to Victoria Park to take on local rivals Tranmere Vics in their latest league game in Cheshire Cricket League Division 4. Home captain, Ben England, won the toss and invited the Parkonians team to bat. The visitors struggled due to a combination of a somewhat lively pitch, some rash shots and good Vics bowling and fielding. Main contributions on the batting front for Old Parks were Ben Rees (21), David Nedugoden (19) and skipper Chris Beckett (18) culminating in a final total of just 90. For Vics the star bowlers were Tejpal Singh (11-3-20-5) and young Rhys Brown (7-0-16-2).
There was a strong suspicion during the tea interval that Vics might struggle to overhaul the Parks total and this proved to be the case as they collapsed to a total of just 52. The visitors used just two bowlers who both excelled. Lewis Elwood (12.2-4-23-5) and Ben Rees (13-5-25-5) with David Nedugoden taking three excellent catches in the gully area. This latest victory ensures that Old Parks stay top of the table with Trafford Metrovics the visitors to Holm Lane this coming Saturday.
Match Summary: Old Parkonians 90 (29.5 overs) ;Tranmere Vics 52 (25.2 overs). Old Parkonians 25 points, Tranmere Vics 5 points.
Team: Chris Beckett (Captain), Ben Rees, Chris Hitchell, Dan Berkson, Greg Lindop, David Nedugoden, Farukh Nisar, Adam Winstanley, Adam Westwater, Lewis Elwood, Mike Hitchell.
Umpires: Colin Hughes, Tom Miller.
Scorer: Richie Beckett.
At Holm Lane the Old Parks 2nd XI also entertained the Vics and claimed a 25 point victory.
The home side winning the toss made 211-3 declared (40 overs). Star batting came from Saad Saeed (69no), Mark Rayner (52), Paul Singer (33) and Peter Fearon (32). In reply Vics could only muster 44 all out with fantastic Parks bowling from teenager Nathan Bradshaw (8-0-29-5) and Adam Walkling (8-3-14-3) . This pushes up the 2nds towards the promotion placings in Cheshire Cricket League Division C West.
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 15th July
OLD PARKS BOUNCE BACK
Old Parkonians 1st XI hit back from their away defeat at Holmes Chapel by beating Winsford.
The home side ran out easy winners in a clinical performance at Holm Lane where all-rounder Ben Rees was in red hot form.
Old Parkonians won the toss and quickly took advantage of the bowling, with Chris Hitchell (22) and Ben Rees adding 57 for the first wicket before the former was out caught behind. Beckett (23) promoted himself to number 3 and the score was at 115 before he was out bowled just before drinks.
Ben Rees carried on in style, eventually being out caught just 10 runs short of a deserved century. His 90 runs came off 112 balls and featured nine boundaries and a maximum. It was left to Greg Lindop (57*) and Dave Nedugodan (23) to smash some quick runs as the skipper could afford an early declaration with the score 234-4 off 40 overs.
Winsford never looked like they were able to bat for fifty overs, let alone chase the big total. It only took 2 overs for Lewis Elwood to take the first wicket and then the wickets began to tumble rapidly as 5-1 became 17-5 and then 24-8 as from the other end, Ben Rees carried on his fine day with a phenomenal spell of pace bowling. Elwood finished with 4-17 and Ben Rees 6-8 as Old Parks ran out easy winners and earned an early rest having only needed 14.4 overs to bowl Winsford out.
Old Parks stay 17 points clear at the summit of The UKFast CCL Division 4 and unfortunately have another free week next weekend due to the demise of Rylands.
Scores: Old Parkonians 234-4 (40 overs) 25 points, Winsford 26-10 (14.4 overs) 2 points
Result: Old Parks won by 208 runs
Team: Beckett*, M Hitchell+, Rees, C Hitchell, D Berkson, Nisar, Nedugodan, Elwood, Shahzad, Lindop
Umpires: Ian Goldstone
Scorers: Richard Beckett and Phil Bates
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 1st July
OLD PARKS STUNNED
Old Parkonians 1st XI lost their unbeaten record in dramatic fashion last Saturday away at Holmes Chapel.
The match, sponsored by Mark Pearson Property Development, was the first loss for the Holm Lane outfit as Holmes Chapel cruised to an emphatic win.
After winning the toss, the hosts racked up 190-8 off their 45 overs with home skipper Mark Rebbeck recording a bulk of the runs for a fine 54. Glenn Tift (35), Wasim Zafar (24) and Australian import Kane Heylar (24) supported well. The pick of the Old Parkonians bowlers was Chris Beckett (14-4-44-3).
The visitors never looked up for the run chase and crashed to a huge defeat being comprehensively bowled out for 41. Krishnan Bhardwa (5-16) was the pick off the bowlers with the fielding unit performing superbly as all the Parkonians batsmen were all dismissed caught.
Despite the defeat, Old Parkonians still head UKFast Cheshire Cricket League Division 4 by seventeen points as we reach the halfway stage of the season.
Scores: Holmes Chapel (45 overs), Old Parkonians 41 all out (17.4 overs)
Result: Holmes Chapel won by 149 runs
Team: Beckett*, M Hitchell+, Rees, T Hitchell, D Berkson, Saeed, Winstanley, Elwood, Shahzad, Lindop
Umpires: Bill Alger and Alan Squibbs
Scorer: Richard Beckett
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 24th June
Old Parkonians 1st XI remained undefeated but had their winning streak ended by Westminster Park last weekend.
Revolve Automotive sponsored the thrilling game at Holm Lane which had all the spectators at the edge of their seats.
Old Parkonians found themselves rarely bowling first having lost the toss and the visitors got off to a sharp start until confusion saw Dinesh run out for 17. Ahmed (23) pushed on though and with assistance of Praveen (25) saw the visitors reach 74-2 before losing three quick wickets. Varun batted well for his 42 down the order which enabled Westminster Park to post 157 all out. Pick of the bowers was Adam Westwater (4-47) and Dan Berkson (3-9).
The Parkonians top order again struggled as it was left to the middle and lower order to score the runs. Stumbling to 30-4, Dan Berkson had to play a very patient knock for 27 as others were falling around him. Westwater (16) and Lindop (21) both supported well, the latter adjudged out in bizarre circumstances. Once Berkson was out bowled, the final pair were at the crease needing 35 from ten overs. Mike Hitchell (21) and Lewis Elwood (14) got the home team really close, eventually running out of overs just 2 runs short in what was a thrilling finale to a fantastic game.
Old Parkonians further extended their lead in Division 4 to 38 points with local rivals Tranmere Victoria losing out to Audlem.
Scores: Westminster Park 157-10 (40.5), Old Parkonians 156-9 (49 overs)
Result: Match drawn
Team: Beckett*, M Hitchell+, Rees, T Hitchell, C Hitchell, D Berkson, Nedugodan, Winstanley, Elwood, Westwater, Lindop
Umpires: Terry Johnson and Neil Powell
Scorer: Richard Beckett
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 17th June
Old Parkonians 1st XI won again last weekend to extend their lead at the top of Cheshire Cricket League Divsion 4.
Almost as if the thirty three run victory from the previous week wasn't enough, this game away at Pott Shrigley was to prove an even more tense affair.
On a roasting summer's day, Old Parkonians won the toss and elected to bat on a hard and dry wicket. Much like the week before, the weaknesses in the top order were again evident as the visitors found themselves in trouble at 53-6 on a wicket that wasn't playing as well as it looked. A vital knock of 41 from Greg Lindop was key in the Old Parkonians under-par total of 120 all out.
With the total on the board, the Old Parkonians bowlers again backed themselves to thwart the run chase. Shrigley appeared to be comfortable in their chase at 52-4 with both batsmen at the crease well established. Ben Rees (14-6-19-2) again bowled superbly, his epic spell in the searing heat gave the hosts barely anything to score off. Lewis Elwood, Dan Berkson and Adam Westwater each chipped in with a couple of wickets each as the wickets then came at regular intervals, bringing the game to a dramatic conclusion. The last pair were at the crease with nineteen runs to score from eight overs when they tried to turn a quick single into a two, but Lewis Elwood's throw back in to Beckett was very sharp, allowing Beckett to remove the bails sparking fantastic scenes as Old Parkonians claimed another 25 points. Pott Shrigley 102 all out.
Scores: Old Parkonians 120-10 (29.5 overs), Pott Shrigley 102-10 (29.1)
Result: Old Parkonians won by 18 runs
Team: Beckett*, M Hitchell+, Rees, T Hitchell, C Hitchell, D Berkson, Nedugodan, Winstanley, Elwood, Westwater, Lindop
Umpire: Brian Cheetham
Scorer: Richard Beckett
From Dave Westwater, Association Chairman...
The weather helped greatly to make it a wonderful day at the club on Saturday.
Grounds, a picture, decking well utilised, viewing plinth full, ideas for our next project will be welcomed!
©Cliff Crozier - 101 Not Out!
The 2nd XI played their part with an 8 wicket win over Burton, Adam Walkling taking 5-21 and in the hot sun befitting an Australian born Nick Hitchell helped himself to 67 not out.
Cliff Crozier sponsored the match, pictured here with Dave Buey. He is still going strong at 101 and wants to sponsor again for his birthday on September 6th as he had such an enjoyable time.
A very satisfying sporting day.
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 10th June
Old Parkonians 1st XI continued on their winning streak last weekend which saw the Holm Lane side go top of Cheshire Cricket League Division 4.
The low scoring thriller, sponsored by Ian Williams Photography saw Beckett's men defeat visitors Audlem by 33 runs.
Audlem Skipper Callum McIllveen called correctly at the toss and asked Old Parkonians to bat on a pitch that had a bit of moisture about it and appeared to favour the bowlers. The decision looked a great one when the hosts were immediately put on the back foot, reeling at 16-4 after 10 overs having lost the top order for very few runs. The middle order fell in similar fashion, as Simon Swift (4-25) and McIllveen (5-22) ripped through the Old Parkonians team. At 42-9 then match looked set for a very early conclusion, but last man Beckett (33) and veteran Mike Hitchell (17) put together a vital 47 runs for the final wicket bringing the score up to a slightly more respectable 89.
With the assistance the pitch was offering the bowlers, the hosts knew that 89 could be defended. Indeed it was, as just like the first innings, the visitors collapsed with wickets tumbling at regular intervals. The score went to 13-3 which soon became 26-6 as the opening bowlers did most of the damage. The reliable Been Rees (14-6-21-4) bowled with great pace and utilised the extra bounce the pitch was offering. From the other end, the leg spin of Adam Westwater (11-2-15-4) equally bamboozled the visitors. At 31-8 Beckett came into the attack and within 3 overs had snared the final two wickets, bowling Audlem out for 56.
Scores: Old Parkonians 89-10 (29.5 overs), Audlem 56-10 (29.1)
Result: Old Parkonians won by 33 runs
Team: Beckett*, M Hitchell+, Rees, T Hitchell, C Hitchell, Saeed, Nedugodan, Winstanley, T Berkson, Westwater, Lindop
Umpires: Mike Woolard and Paul Tyrell
Scorer: Richard Beckett
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 3rd June
Old Parkonians 1st XI travelled to Glazebury hoping for a fifth win of the season, however the game was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a dangerous outfield. Despite the result, the Holm Lane side sit third in the table, only 20 points adrift from leaders Pott Shrigley in The UKFast CCL Division 4 with two games in hand. Next week see’s the visit of Audlem to Holm Lane.
The 2nd XI enjoyed a successful day at home to the dangerous Maritime. In the match sponsored by Alan Morris Windows, Old Parkonians batted first and scored 118-9 off their 45 overs. Evergreen John Orr hit a patient 42 and Adam Westwater chipped in with 27 to score the majority of the runs for the home side.
After the interval, tight bowling from Adam Walkling (12-1-20-1) and Adam Westwater (12-4-23-2) restricted the visitors to less than two runs an over. The introduction of off-spinner Alexa Harrison and leg-spinner Nathan Bradshaw was to prove the game changer though, Harrison taking 3-19 from five overs and Bradshaw claiming 3-13 from just shy of five overs as Maritime slumped to 87 all out.
The victory keeps David Buey’s side in the top four of UKFast CCL Division C West, with a trip to Chester BH to look forward to next weekend.
Scores: Old Parkonians 118-9 (45 overs), Maritime 87-10 (33.4 overs)
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 27th May
FOUR OUT OF FOUR FOR PARKS
The match, which was sponsored by Converged Comms, was to be another dominating batting performance lead by a swift half century from Greg Lindop.
On winning the toss, the hosts batted and a key scores from Rees (42) and then Nedugodan (22) got the Holm Lane outfit off to a solid start. Returning to the side for his season debut, Lindop enjoyed the ball coming onto the bat and scored at quicker than a run a ball for his 63. Late support from Winstanley boosted the score up to 217-6 off 40 overs and the declaration was made. Winstanley finished on 50 not out, his maiden half century for the 1st XI.
After the interval, it didn't take long for Lewis Elwood to break the deadlock, firstly having Arshad caught by Chris Hitchell at slip and then having Azaad caught at gully by Nedugodan. Ben Rees bowled well at the other end, claiming the important wicket of Longden (22) in his spell of 11.2-2-43-2. Elwood (13-3-46-3) took a third wicket, that of Hussain (19) LBW. After Winstanley and Beckett combined to take three wickets, the visitors then rallied for the final wicket. However, with all four results still possible, there was a mix up between the batsmen which resulted in a simple run out. Knutsford bowled out for 166.
Scores: Old Parkonians 217-6 (40 overs), Knutsford 166-10 (41.2 overs)
Result: Old Parks won by 51 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Knutsford 11 points.
Team: Chris Beckett*, Mike Hitchell+, Ben Rees, Tim Hitchell, Chris Hitchell, David Nedugodan, Dan Berkson, Greg Lindop, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Mark Reed.
Umpires: Bob Brooks and Cliff Hall
Scorer: Richard Beckett
Cricket Match Reports ~ Saturday 20th May
THREE IN A ROW FOR PARKS
Old Parkonians 1st XI kept their 100 percent record by dismissing Trafford MV at MacPherson Park last Saturday.
Heavy lunchtime rain did it's best to thwart the fixture but once the precipitation stopped, play was able to get away almost immediately. Trafford MV won the toss and surprisingly chose to bat on a dubious looking pitch. Ben Rees was thrown the new ball along with Lewis Elwood and the pair continued in the same fashion as last week. Trafford were soon up against it as Rees (10-4-14-3) trapped all three of his victims LBW whilst Elwood (10-3-32-2) did the damage at the other end. Beckett (4.2-2-4-4) came on to help finish the hosts off with Trafford only managing to get to 56 runs before being comprehensively bowled out.
After the break, Old Parks were in early trouble, finding themselves 5-3 after Rees was out first ball of his innings, soon followed by Rayner (1) and Saeed (1). Veteran Chris Hitchell was able to steady the ship though and with help from Dan Berkson, the pair were able to get the visitors 4 runs short before Hitchell (29) was out adjudged LBW. A boundary to Berkson (15*) soon after saw Old Parks take the game by 5 wickets.
Next week sees the Holm Lane outfit host Knutsford.
Scores: Trafford MV 56-10 (29.2 overs), Old Parkonians 57-10 (21.1 overs)
Result: Old Parks won by 5 wickets. Old Parks 25 points, Trafford MV 3 points.
Team: Chris Beckett*, Mark Rayner, Mike Hitchell+, David Nedugodan, Chris Hitchell, Ben Rees, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Farukh Nisar, Saad Saeed and Dan Berkson.
Umpires: Ron Tweats and James Hindle
Scorer: Richard Beckett
2nd XI Report
Torrential rain at the scheduled start time failed to put a dampener on proceedings as Adam Westwater produced a man of the match performance securing a second straight win for the twos at Holm Lane.
The skies cleared and on winning the toss David Buey invited Frodsham to bat. Westwater (14-3-30-6) opened from the top end and created problems from the outset as the visitors struggled for early runs. The first wicket fell to Tim Berkson (7.5-2-17-2) when skipper Tom Burgess (11) holed out to Sam Cotgrave at square leg and shortly after debutant Gabriel Bennett caught Nick Corless (9) off Westwater. Two LBWs followed, R Kent (1) and B Connolly (7) both victims of Westwater. Andy Graham (5) was caught behind by Rob McQuade, donning the gloves for the first time for Old Parks off Cotgrave (5-2-17-1). C Madigan (12) offered some resistance along with M Dumbill (26) until Madigan was clean bowled by Westwater who then had Dumbill stumped by McQuade. The same combination would dismiss J Heyhoe for a duck whilst Berkson had James London (5) caught behind as McQuade once again took the catch. Bennett (1-1-0-1) wrapped up the innings thanks to a catch from a spritely Peter Fearon at midoff. Frankie Hughes (2-0-16-0) completed the bowling duties for the home side as Frodsham finished on 81 all out from 30 overs in this rain affected game.
By now, the sun was shining and with the wicket drying out Old Parkonians were in confident mood as they took to the field in search of 20 points. Adnan Shazad (4) fell LBW to London (10-2-22-1) and when Nathan Bradshaw in at number three fell to a ball that kept low for a duck off Ian Deakin (10-3-17-1) they found themselves at eleven for two off thirteen overs. Peter Fearon (20) restored some normality only to fall in somewhat bizarre circumstances. The ball hit the base of leg stump failing initially to dislodge the bail but then almost inexplicably the bail dropped and Fearon was dismissed paving way for Westwater to add an additional twenty runs supported by John Orr (30) who fell in the 31st over allowing McQuade the chance to crash a ball through mid wicket for four and take the team across the line in what turned out to be a close game with only two overs to spare, Old Parkonians winning by six wickets.
Many thanks to Barry J Fogg Electrical Services Ltd for sponsoring the game.
Team: Orr, Shazad A, Bradshaw, Fearon, Westwater, McQuade+, Cotgrave, Berkson T, Hughes, Bennett and Buey*
Umpires: D Roscoe and A Irwin.
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 13th May
REES BOWLS OLD PARKS TO VICTORY IN THE DERBY
A superb all-round performance from Ben Rees was key in the victory for the Holm Lane outfit. At the toss, Chris Beckett called correctly and opted to bat on a pitch that was to offer just as much for the bowlers as the batsmen.
It was Tranmere Vics to make the early running, with superb slow bowling from Daniel Hamm creating enough pressure at one end for Tejpal Singh at the other to remove opener Tim Hitchell (9) and then Charlie Allen (4). At 18-2 the home side were struggling, but a key partnership between Rees (36) and Chris Hitchell saw Parks to 88 before the former was out caught. After Hitchell (30) also departed and with a healthier score on the board, new batmen Dave Nedugodan and Dan Berkson added 37 each to the total before both were out caught. Nisar (18) and Elwood (11*) closed out the innings with Old Parks posting a sizeable 196-8.
After the interval, Rees was thrown the new ball and was immediately in the wickets, firstly bowling Dhanwant Singh for 9 and then trapping Bennett for a duck. Rees (11-2-29-5) then went of to take the next 3 wickets leaving Tranmere Vics struggling at 43-5. Elwood was brought on to replace Rees and seemed a little quick for the new batsmen, claiming 3-19. Chris Beckett had Michael Edwards out caught and bowled, the only man to offer any resistance for the visitors, finishing on a well made 46. Tejpal Singh was the last man out, caught at cover by Nisar off Beckett.
Ben Rees was man of the match for his fine performance with the ball and contribution with the bat. Next week sees Old Parks attempt to make it three on the bounce when they visit struggling Trafford Metrovics.
Scores: Old Parkonians 196-8 (45 overs), Tranmere Victoria 95-10 (31.4 overs)
Result: Old Parks won by 101 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Tranmere Victoria 4 points.
Team: Chris Beckett*, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, David Nedugodan, Chris Hitchell, Ben Rees, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Farukh Nisar, Charlie Allen and Dan Berkson.
Umpires: Don Joy and Tony Sayle
Scorer: Richard Beckett
Cricket Match Report ~ Saturday 29th April
Old Parkonians 1st XI began their 2017 campaign with a solid away victory at Winsford.
Opting to bat, the visitors looked in trouble early on when the wickets of Tim Hitchell (13) and Rees (7) fell quickly leaving the score at 26-2. Saeed (15) and Rayner (13) recovered well but both fell just before drinks leaving the total at 55-4. A solid partnership followed between Nedugodan and Dan Berkson, with the former striking several big blows before being controversially adjudged LBW for 33. Berkson played a patient and well-timed innings however, aptly supported by Nisar (35), finishing on 55 from 74 balls in a total of 188-7.
The Old Parkonians bowling unit provided the hosts with plenty of problems early on and after Rees removed Hughes for a duck and Berkson accounted for Bates (29), Winsford stalled. Mike Dickenson played well for a fine 49, bringing the score to 74-2 before being out LBW to Beckett. Wickets then began to tumble regularly and with the support of Nisar (1-15), Beckett claimed his first 5-for of the season accounting for Denuawara and Berry caught, then Edmondson and Holtom out bowled. Berkson supported well, capping off a fine day with 3-22.
Scores: Old Parkonians 188-7 (45 overs), Winsford 123 all out (39.3)
Result: Old Parkonians won by 65 runs
Team: Beckett*, M Hitchell+, Rees, T Hitchell, Rayner, Saeed, Nedugodan, Berkson, Nisar, Marnick, Shahzad
Umpires: Pal Sundaram and Keith Wells
Scorers: Richard Beckett and Phil Bates
Old Parkonians 2nd XI vs Chester County Officers 2nd XI
The first home fixture of the season for the seconds saw the visit of Chester County Officers, the two sides meeting for the first time in the Cheshire Cricket League. After suffering defeats in their respective opening fixtures both sides looked to bounce back with a victory.
Mike Roberts, the CCO captain won the toss and elected to bat and that decision looked to have backfired early on when they lost three quick wickets. Adam Walkling (14-3-39-4) struck with the last ball of the first over dismissing S Brewer for a first ball duck caught behind by wicket keeper Paul Singer. Finding runs difficult to come by saw the visitors pegged back and the second wicket fell in the tenth over this time Alexa Harrison taking a fine catch at mid on of the bowling of Tim Berkson (12-4-41-1) to dismiss D Hickey for 8 and five balls later Walkling had his second wicket of the afternoon bowling M Baker for another duck.
J O’Mara added a quick twenty only to be trapped LBW by Walkling and J James added before becoming Walkling's fourth victim of the day by the same means. R Thomas had survived two difficult catching attempts by Rob McQuade but when he caught a leading edge off Sam Cotgrave (7-0-32-1) McQuade was on hand to catch the dolly. At 81 for 6 the home side were in optimistic mood but as the bowling options became exhausted S Holland and D Reid took advantage adding 82 for the seventh wicket before Holland (47) was caught at cover off the bowling of debutant Frankie Hughes (3-0-23-1). Old Parks couldn't find another breakthrough and the visitors secured maximum batting points with Reid (63) and A McCorrd (21) unbeaten at the close of the innings having reached 200 for 7.
Old Parkonians reply was slow but methodical as John Orr and Paul Singer set about building an innings but it all came falling down as both wickets fell in the space of three balls. Singer (12) fell first LBW to Hickey (9-3-24-3) and then Orr was caught by V Upendra at mid on for six. Rob McQuade and Peter Fearon (30) added fifty five for the third wicket only for McQuade (27) to fall victim to the highly suspect and questionable bowling action of J O’Mara (11-5-19-3).
Seventy four for three became seventy eight for four and seventy eight for five as Adam Walkling was bowled by O’Mara and Sam Cotgrave trapped LBW by the same bowler both for ducks leaving the home side with a difficult task to save the game. Nathan Bradshaw, normally noted for his leg spin, excelled with the bat in an impressively disciplined innings of 31 falling victim to the deceptively slow ball of Hickey. Tim Berkson (1) and Frankie Hughes (0) followed in quick succession but Bradshaws innings had given the home side a chance of the draw. Skipper David Buey survived an edge that went for four but he and Alexa Harrison saw the innings out to earn Old Parks an unlikely draw finishing on 124 for 9.
Team: Orr, Singer+, McQuade, Fearon, Walkling, Cotgrave, Bradshaw, Berkson, Hughes, Harrison and Buey*
Umpire: D Roscoe