Khan Propels Park To Another Win

Arslan Khan struck a tremendous 67 and took a last over hat-trick as Greenwood Park thrashed Harpenden IV’s by 194 runs.

The all-rounder made batting look easy where others struggled, hitting 10 fours, as he accelerated Park’s innings to a huge 278-9 in 50 overs.

Then with the ball Khan took three wickets in as many balls in what turned out to be the final over, as his side bowled out the visitors for 84 inside 26 overs.

Having won the toss Captain Chris Kent elected to bat but the home team got off to a poor start with Vishal Pujari out for 0 in the second over.

There was however a strong, if not scrappy, 88 run partnership between Ed Gray and Kent that grabbed control for Park before the former fell for a less than fluent 39.

Kent would eventually go for 58, his second half-century this year, and his dismissal sparked a mini collapse as Greenwood lost three wickets for six runs.

At 130-5 the game was in the balance but Khan and Jimmy Otter contributed 59 for the sixth wicket as Park rebuilt and started looking at a big score.

With Khan despatching the ball to all parts, the lower order also added vital runs, Stu Dempsey in particular making a quick 24 as Greenwood posted a huge 278-9 in 50 overs.

With the ball, Vinil Palai struck early but a solid 42-run partnership for the second wicket gave Harpenden small hope of an unlikely victory.

But once again Park’s attack proved too much for the opposition, taking 6-31 as they decimated the Harpenden middle order.

Ajmal Hussain collected a relentless 2-23 from ten and Troy Petchey finished with outstanding figures of 3-15 from six, including three maidens.

There was a unconventional but effective run-out from Dempsey as Greenwood rounded on the win, before Khan put the icing on the cake with a tremendous hat-trick as his side claimed 30 points and set up a potential title decider against Potten End next weekend.

Butt Leads Park To Comfortable Seven-Wicket Victory

On a boiling hot summers day, and with the World Cup quarter-final looming, Greenwood Park travelled to Wheathampstead at an early start time in order to accommodate the forthcoming fixture.

Park lost the toss and were unsurprisingly asked to field and battle the scorching conditions and what looked like flat pitch.

Youngster Ali Haq shared the new ball with the seasoned Ajmal Hussain and both set about their business brilliantly as Wheathampstead slipped to 41-4.

Hussain bowled his ten overs in one spell and deserved more than the 1-20 he returned, whilst Haq picked up a couple of wickets showing superb control – as well as being influential in a run out.

Greenwood battled away in the middle overs when the pitch flattened and used their skills to restrict the hosts to an under par 158 all out.

There were wickets for Arslan Khan, Ali Sherazi and Stuart Dempsey but the pick of the bowlers was young Haq, returning 3 -25 off his eight overs.

After the football had finished Park began their chase but got off to a poor start.

Ed Gray, who looked in fine touch, drove one straight back at the bowler to be caught for 8, before Chris Kent miscued to backward point for 9 as Park found themselves 22-2.

The visitors were further in trouble when Yasir Raja chipped to cover for 14, but this was to be the final positive for the Wheathampstead attack as Jimmy Otter joined the already fluent Numan Butt at the crease.

Butt attacked the bad ball but respected the good ones in a restrained knock, whilst Otter rotated the strike very well.

Butt, who supremely pounced on any short or over-pitched bowling, raced to his first 50 for Park.

The batsman went on to reach a magnificent 91* and was supported well by Otter who made 32*. Their partnership of 111 saw Park home inside 26 overs to maintain their second place in the table.

Park host Harpenden next week in a bid to keep the pressure on leaders Potten End.

Captain Kent Keeps Park’s Momentum

A majestic maiden century from Chris Kent inspired Greenwood Park to a 156-run win over Ware.

The Skipper’s ton included 15 fours, with his timing through the offside exceptional throughout his entire innings.

Kent was part of three 70 plus partnerships as the batsman dominated the Ware attack.

There were strong contributions from Vishal Pujari (49), Numan Butt (38) and the returning Ankur Arora (40) as Park stormed to 234-4 in just 38 overs.

Greenwood looked to be on for a huge total but the visitors struck back, taking six wickets for only 48 runs, as Kent’s side were bowled out for 282 in 47.2 overs.

With the ball, opening bowlers Ajmal Hussain and Vinil Palai combined well, with the pressure the former created allowing Palai to take 2-31 from ten.

Hussain finished with figures of 10 overs, five maidens, 0-18 in a spell of bowling that deserved far more reward.

It was then over to Shafaat Hussain, Arslan Khan and Ryan Atkins to run through the Ware middle and late order.

Hussain and Khan offered almost zero run scoring opportunities to the opposition – the former leaked just 14 runs from nine overs with two wickets to his name – whilst Khan was even more miserly, ending with an astonishing 2-6 from nine, featuring seven maidens.

Atkins, making his long awaited return for Greenwood, was more expensive than his counterparts – conceding 34 from five – but impressively claimed three dismissals despite bowling for the first time in anger in over three years.

There was also a fine run-out by Butt as Park dominated third placed Ware, bowling them out for 126 inside 46 overs, in what could be a key result come the end of the season.

Greenwood Continue Winning Streak

Greenwood Park made it five consecutive league victories after a six-wicket defeat of St Albans III’s.

The win keeps Park just five points behind leaders Potten End and 23 clear of third placed Ware, who Greenwood play next weekend.

Having been asked to bowl by St Albans, Ajmal Hussain – who last week took 6-30 – continued his fine form by striking early.

The right-arm bowler ripped through the home side’s top order, claiming 4-23 from ten overs.

Despite such a strong start by the visitors, there was decent middle order resistance from Saints, with Rich Baylis notching a disciplined 50* and Amy Price and Andrew Walker contributing 25 and 26 respectively.

But the game shifted again in Park’s favour when Shafaat Hussain took a final over hat-trick to swing the momentum well and truly in his team’s favour at the half way stage.

St Albans finished 159-10 in 49.5 overs, making it the sixth time in eight matches this season that Greenwood have bowled out their opposition.

Needing 160 to win Park got off to a nervy start with Numan Butt caught at mid-off for just two.

But with Ed Gray and Chris Kent at the crease they took control, the pair putting on 98 for the second wicket.

Kent (40) was the first of the two to fall; an innings that failed to show the fluidity the Captain has shown so far this year.

Gray however did go past 50, his first of the campaign, and added a further 18 runs before he was bowled for 68.

Although the away side lost Shafaat Hussain for a duck, Jimmy Otter and Arslan Khan took their team over the line inside 29 overs.

The former delivered a responsible 16* whilst Khan attacked his way to 24*, finishing the game with a majestic six over mid-wicket.



Park Ruthless In Victory

Greenwood Park smashed 302-6 in 50 overs as they beat Old Cholmeleians II’s by 188 runs.

Arslan Khan top scored for Park with a swashbuckling 75* as the all-rounder dismantled the visitors attack and propelled his side to a massive total.

It was then over to Ajmal Hussain with the ball who took a fantastic 6-30 from ten overs as Greenwood blew away their opposition inside just 32 overs for only 114 runs.

Having lost the toss Park were put into bat and lost an early wicket when Stuart Dempsey fell for 0.

Ed Gray and Chris Kent then put on 38 before the former was tightly run-out for 26, leaving Greenwood 47-2 from nine overs.

However Gray’s dismissal brought Rakib Ali to the crease and both he and Kent went about dominating the Old Cholm’s bowling outfit.

The pair put on a hugely impressive 107 before Ali (62) was controversially given lbw and Kent unluckily run-out for 65.

Shafaat Hussain contributed a quick 35, including eight fours, before Khan stole the show.

The number six accelerated Park’s innings perfectly, scoring ten boundaries – featuring one excellently timed hook stroke for six – as he took his team past 300 for the first time this year.

It was then over to Ajmal Hussain who claimed his first five-wicket haul for the club.

The opening bowling delivered a superb spell of quick bowling, accounting for the entire top five of the opposition order.

Hussain also collected one further dismissal as he all but secured the 30 points for Park.

There was time however for Shafaat Hussain to get two wickets of his own, before man of the match Khan claimed the final two dismissals as Greenwood ran riot and secured a huge 188 run win.