Welcome to this weeks round up from Penn CC
Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship Knockout, Semi-Final Report
Tuesday night saw Penn CC 3rd XI take on Pelsall at Pelsall Cricket & Sports Club.
Another strong team travelled for Penn with little changes made to the team from previous rounds giving them a great opportunity to progress through to the Final.
Pelsall won the toss and elected to bat on a clear summers evening on a dry, quick outfield.
Pelsall started well reaching approx 80 off the first 10 overs.
The Penn bowling attack then tightened the run scoring and restricted the next 5 overs for very little but with some abject fielding throughout and some loose bowling at the finish, Pelsall reached 161 off there allotted 20 overs, about 30 runs over what they should have made.
Penn looked to sprint out the blocks, and with a decent run rate to stick to there didn’t look to be a problem as Mandeep Singh started to find his swing, hitting 60 odd off next to nothing until falling to a good catch at Mid-on and ably supported by an important an commanding 69 by Tom Bywater.
After that the wickets started to fall and with some poor striking, the runs started to dry up going into the last 5, leaving us needing about 24 off the last over, this was going to be a big ask.
Pelsall finally finished the innings with Penn 15 short of the Finals day and feeling as though on another day and with more conviction in the field they would have won it.
Promising signs though from the 3rd XI who are unbeaten in the league and chasing promotion. Lets see how they finish the year and if they can replicate this years tremendous cup run in the 2015 season.
Last weeks results
PENN 1st XI 152 for 8 drew with
SUTTON COLDFIELD 1st XI 234 for 7
TAMWORTH 2nd XI 174 for 9 lost to
PENN 2nd XI 178 for 5 by 5 wickets
WEDNESBURY 3rd XI 178 for 4 drew with
PENN 3rd XI 271 for 5 declared
BURNTWOOD ST MATTHEWS 1st XI 198 for 7 declared drew with
PENN 4th XI 172 for 7 (rain affected)
Fixtures for Saturday 19th July
KINGS HEATH 1st XI V PENN 1st XI
PENN 2nd XI V WOMBOURNE 2nd XI
PENN 3rd XI V LICHFIELD 3rd XI
SWINDON 3rd XI V PENN 4th XI
Fixtures for Sunday 20th July
HAGLEY Sunday 1st XI V PENN Sunday 1st XI
PENN Sunday 2nd XI V ENVILLE Sunday 1st XI
Fantasy Cricket League Table
We are now half way through the season…lets take a look at the table so far.