Park Get First Win

A 106 run 2nd wicket partnership between Ed Gray and Chris Kent led Greenwood Park to their first league win of the season.

Park beat Totteridge Millhillians by 131 runs after they posted an above par 214-8 and then bowled out their visitors for 83 before 30 overs.

After Captain Kent had won the toss and elected to bat Greenwood lost Shafaat Hussain early for seven, but with the skipper and opener Gray together Park built a strong foundation.

Gray would go on to get his second half century in as many weeks, before he was out caught for 63, and Kent totalled a resolute 44 before he was dismissed.

There was also some fine late order hitting from Azhar Rashid (23) and Ajmal Hussain (17*) that took Park to a solid position at the halfway stage.

With the ball Ajmal Hussain was exceptional, moving the new ball both ways, taking 3-19 from nine overs.

There was also success for fellow quick Vinil Palai, whose fast bowling spell deserved more than his final figures of 1-19.

Park continued to take wickets in quick succession, including a run-out, and victory was sealed when debutant Awais Paul claimed the final dismissal.

This week Greenwood travel to Northwood as they look to make it back-to-back wins.

Greenwood Lose First Match

Greenwood Park suffered a narrow 14-run defeat at Pirton CC in their opening league fixture of 2019.

Ed Gray top scored with a superb 72 as Park looked to chase down the hosts score of 162-10, but it wasn’t enough as Greenwood were all out for 148 with one over to spare.

After Captain Chris Kent had won the toss and elected to bowl, his side got off to a strong start with Vinil Palai removing the dangerous Jake Howard for 14.

Shafaat Hussain proved key in the middle overs, taking an impressive 4-39 from his nine, but a spirited late order knock of 38 not out from Steve Groves took Pirton to a competitive total.

With the bat, Greenwood looked in control early on – despite losing Vishal Pujari for five – as Gray and Kent combined to take their team to 82-1 from 23.2 overs.

However once Kent was dismissed and Gray held out to deep mid-wicket after a fantastic innings, wickets continued to tumble for the visitors.

Howard finished with exceptional figures of 6-35 from nine as Park’s batting line up failed to deliver – the second highest scorer was Todd Jenkins with 11 on debut.

It turned out to be a disappointing loss for Greenwood, in a well-spirited game, having been in a strong position chasing a solid total.

Next week Park return home as they look to claim their first victory of the season.

Greenwood’s Season Kicks Off

Greenwood Park had a frustrating rain affected draw on Saturday but secured a convincing 142 run victory a day later as their season preparations got underway.

On Saturday, Park took on Sandridge CC and despite surviving rain and hail showers early on, the game was eventually called off after another downpour made conditions unplayable. 

Before the elements put pay to any further cricket, Chris Kent had scored a fine 56* as he led his team, almost singlehandedly, to a score of 119-10 in 35.4 overs.

With the ball, Mohsin Akhlaque bowled extremely well on debut, claiming 2-9 from his five over burst. 

Troy Petchey showed his class with 2-11 from 3.4 overs and Uzair Shafiq, another debutant, collected 1-14 in an impressive first outing for Greenwood.

But with the game finely poised, with Sandridge 93-5 off 25.4 overs, the weather struck again and – with no more play possible – the match finished a draw.  

On Sunday, the conditions were far more conducive to cricket and Park took full advantage.

Jimmy Otter struck an excellent 71 against Ebury Strollers as his recovery from a broken hand continues. 

There were also solid contributions from Azhar Rashid (21), Raja Palaniappan (25) and Shafaat Hussain (29) as Greenwood posted 200-10.

In response, Ebury never got going as Navid Malik took 4-20 to put Park in complete control.

There were then wickets for Arslan Khan, Uzair Shafiq, Srikanth Shetty and two run-outs as Greenwood bowled out their hosts for just 58.

Next weekend Park travel to Pirton CC as their Saturday league season begins.

Law Change For Next Season

Next year will see our Saturday League side compete in 90-over matches.

The new rule was introduced at the Saracens Herts cricket League AGM for divisions 7a (us) to 10b.

This means games will be 45 overs-a-side with the win/lose format remaining.

We did not want the previously existing 50/50 law to be changed. However, we were comprehensively out voted by the majority of other clubs.

For more details on the 2019 AGM, follow this link: https://www.hertsleague.co.uk/documents/files/AGM%202019%20-%20Website.pdf

Baker Cup 2019 – Date Announced: 9th June

Greenwood Park CC will be hosting the biennial Baker Cup this year on Sunday the 9th June.

The Baker Cup is where we invite past and present players to celebrate the life of Mel Baker and all he did for Greenwood Park CC.

There will be a 40 over game where we will have a Past Players XI vs a Current GPCC XI followed by drinks afterwards.

Please keep the date free and let us know if you are able to attend!