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.

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.