Greenwood Win League Title

Greenwood Park claimed the Saracens Herts League Division Eight A Title with a 101 run victory over Ware.

The win rounded off a fantastic year for Park who secured top spot by just one point, narrowly triumphing over Potten End.

Greenwood’s away victory was assisted by a resurgent 107 run partnership between Ed Gray and Arslan Khan, after their side had fallen to 81-4 inside 19 overs.

The former produced a dogged and determined 54, despite early wickets falling, whilst Khan kept the run-rate flowing – displaying a magnificent array of shots on his way to a counter-attacking 70.

There was a late cameo from Vinil Palai who smashed 35, including five fours and one enormous six, as Park posted a competitive 256-10 inside 49 overs.

In response, Ware got off to a strong start, with a 68 run stand for the second wicket looking like it could halt Greenwood’s title party.

But a vital 3-47 from Palai and a superb 4-24 from man-of-the-match Khan brought the game back towards their team as Park strode towards victory.

There were also wickets for Ajmal Hussain and Shafaat Hussain before Natahaan Shetty claimed the final scalp as Greenwood bowled Ware out for 155 and took the Division Eight A trophy.

Greenwood One Win Away

Greenwood Park secured a convincing win over St.Albans III’s on their penultimate league game of the season.

Having set St. Albans 213 to win, Park bowled them out for just 74 inside 26 overs.

After heavy rain on the Friday, Captain Chris Kent won the toss and decided to bat first, which at the time split opinion in the home dressing room.

However Jimmy Otter, who was replacing the missing Ed Gay, started the innings off with a streaky 4 before Vishal Pujari punished the short bowling from the St. Albans opener, proving the rain had little affect on the wicket.
Pujari raced to 24 before misjudging a leg stump yorker, which brought Kent to the crease in the 5th over.
Both Otter and Kent rotated the strike well before the former hit his second all run four in as many weeks.
Otter looked to push on but was bowled on 24 and then Shafaat Hussain came and went without troubling the scorers.

Ankur Arora joined Kent, who showed glimpses of his best but could only manage a scratchy 31.

This sparked a mini collapse with Kent, Arora and Arslan Khan all departing in quick succession.

This brought both Sam Nash and Ajmal Hussain to the crease, with the former looking in great touch – hitting two great cover drives.

Hussain took the attack to the St Albans bowling, scoring a fantastic 49 and a contributing a 65-run partnership in 10 overs with Nash.

Vinil Palai produced a quick-fire 21 before falling with one ball left in the innings, as Greenwood posted a respectable 212.

After the break, A. Hussain and Troy Petchey opened the bowling with great effect.

Petchey took two wickets in his spell and both kept the run rate well below the required rate.

Shafaat Hussain collected 2-4 from three overs before Palai blew away what was remaining of St. Albans’ tail.

It was left to Nathaan Shetty who wrapped up the game, ending with 1-0 from 10 deliveries.

It was a strong all-round performance from Park and one that moves them one win away from claiming the Division Eight A title.


Gray And Otter Combine To Deliver Greenwood Away Win

Greenwood Park completed a seven-wicket victory over Old Cholmeleians II to edge ever closer to the Division Eight A league title.

Park are now just two games away from claiming top spot but rivals Potten End remain hot on their heels in second, just one point adrift.

A 115-run partnership between Ed Gray (85*) and Jimmy Otter (52*) – featuring an all run four – guided Greenwood to maximum points as the visitors chased down 174-8 in 43.4 overs for the loss of just three wickets.

It hadn’t been the best of starts with the bat, Park finding themselves 60-3 after 18.1 overs, with Vishal Pujari (7), Chris Kent (10) and Shafaat Hussain (6) all gone early.

But Gray, who was dropped on 0 and 2, cashed in on his chances, bagging his second 50 of the year and going past 400 league runs in the process.

He and Otter – who returned to form exactly when his side needed it most with his first league half century of the season – played with great responsibility and composure, as the pair manipulated the Old Cholms attack and eventually ran out comfortable winners.

Having been asked to field first up, Park had to start with only nine due to travel disruptions, but they still managed to take an early wicket, Pujari bowling Halstead for two.

Yet, it wasn’t to be plain sailing for the visitors. A 65 and 34 run partnership for the second and third wicket meant Old Cholms were well set at 102-3 at the 30 over stage.

But Park bounced back with S. Hussain taking 1-15 from 10 and Ajmal Hussain collecting 2-30 from 10, including an astonishing caught and bowled, as they swung the momentum towards their side.

There were also wickets for Arslan Khan (1-35) and Stu Dempsey (2-45) as Park found themselves just ahead of the game at the half way stage – as the hosts posted 174-8 in 50 overs.

It was then over to the batsmen and, despite the early dismissals, Greenwood’s chase was excellently executed as they collected all 30 points in 43.4 overs.

Park Back To Winning Ways

Greenwood Park bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Langleybury III’s as they beat Flitwick III’s by 15 runs.

The win keeps Park one point ahead of title rivals Potten End with just four games to go.

Shafaat Hussain hit a disciplined 58 and Arslan Khan took a fantastic 5-18 from ten as the visitors claimed a narrow away victory.

Having been put into bat Greenwood lost early wickets and found themselves 18-3 after 8.5 overs.

But a resolute 70 run partnership between Hussain and Sam Nash got their side back into contention.

Hussain scored his first league 50 of the year, with Nash contributing a valuable 24, before the pair were both out caught.

Despite the rebuild Park lost another couple of wickets and were looking well short of a par score at 110-7.

But an eighth wicket stand from Ajmal Hussain (31) and Troy Petchey (9) helped their team to a respectable 159-10 in 40.5 overs.

In response, Flitwick got off to a solid start and at the 20 over mark were 58-1.

Yet from there, Park’s attack – particularly Khan and S. Hussain – swung the momentum towards their team.

The former finished with his best figures for the club, 5-18, and Hussain collected a crucial 2-18.

A ten over spell from the 21stover resulted in Greenwood taking 3-9, as the Chiswell Green based outfit bowled an incredible 16 maidens in the innings.

Vishal Pujari and Ajmal Hussain also produced strong spells, conceding a combined 52 runs from 20 overs, as Park once again demonstrated how dominant their bowling unit can be.

Such was the strength of the quicks that Flitwick fell 15 runs short of their target as Park picked up a vital 30 points.

Greenwood Smash Potten End And Grab Top Spot

Greenwood Park obliterated title rivals Potten End by seven wickets to go top of Division Eight A.

The win means Park are 21-points clear with six league games to go.

Vinil Palai stole the show with the ball – after the hosts chose to bat – taking an exceptional 5-11 from ten as he destroyed the opposition middle order.

The right-arm quick took the crucial wicket of Azeem Akhtar for just five, on an unpredictable pitch, in a sensational spell.

Troy Petchey was also key with ball in hand, finishing with figures of 2-25 from ten as he and Ajmal Hussain (1-25) performed superbly in the opening 20 overs.

Arslan Khan contributed 2-12 from 16 balls as the visitors bowled out their opposition for a well below par 115 in 40.2 overs.

Despite chasing a low total the pressure was on Park, with top spot looming, but an opening partnership of 77 from Ed Gray (24) and Vishal Pujari (42) put their side in full control.

There was a slight wobble for Greenwood as they lost three wickets for only 20 runs but Rakib Ali (23*) and Kent (8*) saw Greenwood home in 25 overs, the latter clattering four through the covers to seal a vital 30 points.