PENKRIDGE CC first’s early season batting frailties were exposed again on Saturday as their faltering start to the 2014 campaign continued with a reverse against Leamington.
Batting first, Penkridge were bowled out for a very modest 135 in just 42 overs with only Alex Watson (23) and Simon Parnaby (24) posting scores of any note.
Leamington had a little wobble at 46-3 but 65 not out from David Bailey helped the visitors cruise to victory within 35 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
Penkridge seconds registered their first victory of the year as they travelled to Bridgnorth, winning by four wickets.
Bridgnorth won the toss and opted to bat which looked a wise decision as they moved steadily to 118-1 at the half-way point thanks to the efforts of Alex Yarnley (31) and Harry Martin (67).
After the break, Penkridge began to take wickets at vital stages, with Rich James (2-21 from 10 overs) applying pressure to the Bridgnorth line up, as they closed on 198-6 from their 50 overs.
Rob Lawrence, with a run-a -ball 36, set the tone of the Penkridge reply, sharing an opening partnership of 50 with Steve Jones who went on to score a fluent 64, allowing the rest of the team to bat round him.
Skipper Gary Pope (20 not out) and Jon Price (11 not out) completed the task in the 45th over for the loss of six wickets.
Penkridge thirds were comfortable winners in their clash with Milford Hall. Jack Windler and Vimal Mishra, both scoring 38, were the mainstays of Hall’s 148 all out with Mo Hassan, Faisal Nadeem and Usman Butt all claiming two scalps for Penkridge. Skipper Hassan then led the charge with a faultless 88 not out as Penkridge eased home with seven wickets in hand in the 35th over.
The 4th XI suffered at the hands of Fordhouses with Karan Seekha chief tormentor posting a fine 121, which enabled Fordhouses to declare after just 39 overs having rattled up 226-4. Ali Sadaq managed 44 in Penkridge’s reply, but they were skittled for 119, Andrew Powell claiming 4-14.
On Sunday, Penkridge’s stay in the National KO was brief as they lost out to Premier League champions Shrewsbury in the first round.
Penkridge kept the visitors down to a fairly modest 146, thanks mainly to the efforts of the Chishti brothers – Laeq taking 3-25, and Attiq 2-27. The latter was then the only shining light in the Penkridge reply of just 87, as he scored 41, the rest of his team-mates suffering at the hands of Sam Griffiths who took 7-51 with a hostile spell.
The Pillaton club’s Lichfield League campaign started brightly with a comprehensive victory against Nether Whitacre (NW) on Sunday.
Captain Rich James finished with remarkable figures of 3-0, and Pete Parnaby, Rich Birch and Tom Porter each weighed in with two wickets as NW were routed for 87. Atta Chishti (25) and Mohammed Shafiq (37) then saw Penkridge comfortably over the line in the 16th over with just three wickets down.
This weekend, Penkridge 1sts entertain Water Orton, with the seconds at Kidderminster. The thirds receive Walsall YPF, the fourths at Springhill. Penkridge are at home to Guildfordians (Sun).