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.

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.