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As the season draws to a close this coming weekend a number of promotions and title wins have already been decided.
No more so than at Penn CC, where we have two title wins to note.
Firstly the 3rd XI attained promotion to Division 1 in the Staffordshire Club Cricket Championship fighting off Rugeley in the latter stages of the season and with Rugeley last match up could have been a nail biting title clincher for the match winner, but as it stands Penn are now unreachable with one game to go after a winning draw at home to Whitmore Reans last time out and with title promotion Tamworth and Rugeley both losing out on the penultimate days play.
Captain, Khurram Ahmed, wrote:
“Being at Penn since the age of 11 and having been skippered by legends of the club like Bob Wright, Mark Cooper, Stuart Price, Michael Vaughan, Satinder Hayre, Dev Penn and Chris Haynes, I always had the taste of being a captain for My childhood club.”
“In 2014 the opportunity was given to me to captain and I wanted to ensure that I would use all the knowledge that I had taken from them over the years. The teams effort to get promoted into Division 1 in My first season as captain was the same proud feeling I had all those years ago as a 11 year old and being asked by My childhood friend Oliver Wright to play for his father’s 3rd team (Bob Wright) with a very hard hitting batsmen named Chris Haynes. I was over the moon.”
“The team played as a unit throughout the year and helped each other out when the going got tough. To name a few (apologise for missing anyone out now) performances that stood out were our two penultimate ball wins against Springvale, away, and Whitmore Reans also away from home. And another match needing two wickets in the final over of the game with Codsall needing 6 runs was an epic but low scoring game. Fielding with 9 men due to Nav Singh having a serious injury at batting friendly Whittington showed our grit and determination to still to put up a fight for the club albeit it for a losing cause but still managed to get 7 wickets down. Batting performances by Mandeep Singh, Haider Pervaiz, Emrys Hughes, Aaron Singh and Andy Barnes made a big difference in tight games. The Legend that is known as Chris ‘Asbo’ Astbury bowled as well as any bowler I have seen in many a year, backed by bowling performances by Puv Samra, Jas Grewal, Simon Bennett, Nav Rattu, Nav Singh and Mo ‘Golden Arm’ Sharif.”
“Thank you to all the support given by the team on and off the field. Big thank you to Chris Rudge and Steve Walters making Gamesfield Green as good as it has ever looked and thanks to John Marshall for all the support and guidance he has Given me as well this year.”
“Epic season with so many more moments I could think of but I would be writing another A4 message on here and don’t want to bore you. #PennAyWe!!!!!”
Congratulations to everyone that represented the 3rd XI this season on their determination and endeavor.
Secondly to Sunday League Cricket in the Worcester Border Sunday League.
After the Knockout Cup win last year, Penn looked to emulate its Sunday success and grasp the title. As it was, Penn went the whole season unbeaten, beating every opposition the league had to offer.
Sunday 1st XI Captain, Nikul Lal, said:
“I am delighted that we’ve won the league. Last year we were disappointed to come second. This year we’ve done it in style by winning it without losing a single game. We played hard cricket when it mattered, and still maintained a good attitude towards opposition whilst doing so. We found the right balance of having fun, and winning games.”
“A few special innings spring to mind; Tom Nutting’s incredible 157 against Old Hill on a very dry pitch, and Jem Stacks maiden ton for Penn CC at the first fixture of the season and Vikul Lal has constantly got runs week in week out which was great to see.
“Bowling wise Alex Haynes, Oli Zaki and Brody Fulton have been the main strike bowlers. Alex Haynes ended the season with 5/7 to take the bowling award this season. Another outstanding performer has been youngster Faisal Khan. He’s been tremendous and has a great attitude which has helped him get better week by week.”
“There isn’t a defining moment that springs to mind other that the things I’ve mentioned already as it’s been a great season from all involved.”
“This season will be remembered for how much fun we had on and off the pitch. Sundays were about getting some runs and getting some wickets during the day, and then relaxing with a cold beverage in the #Lounge back at the club on the night, post-match.”
Wolverhampton based healthcare plan provider Paycare has struck up a four figure match ball sponsorship deal with Penn Cricket Club.
As part of the deal Paycare have funded the costs of two brand new balls for every match that Penn CC play this season. In return Paycare receives ground advertising and space in Penn CC’s match day programmes.
Penn CC’s president, John Fellows said: “We are delighted to have the support of one of Wolverhampton’s oldest organisations. Both Paycare and Penn CC have been in existence for well over 100 years so this is a great fit for both of us.”
“Sponsors such as Paycare are vital to our club, we need to raise around £20,000 each season just to break even. Match balls alone cost us around £1,500 a season,” explained Mr Fellows.
Paycare chief executive, Kevin Rogers said: “We have a reputation for supporting grass root local clubs and organisations and we are proud and honoured to be linked with an historic club like Penn.”
Penn CC has no fewer than four Saturday teams and two Sunday teams, which include junior and senior players. The club has a great tradition and has produced some fine players such as Phil Oliver of Warwickshire, Greg Wright and Danny Bassett who both played Minor Counties cricket.
There are future plans at Penn CC to convert an existing storage building into a new pavilion and community function room. A grant from Sport England has been made available and a major fund raising effort will soon be launched to raise the remaining £15,000 required for the work.
For more information about Penn CC and sponsorship opportunities, contact Simon Bennett through this website.
Club Open Day
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Penn Cricket Club’s ‘Club Open Day’ tomorrow has been moved back to Saturday 30th August to coincide with our 1st XI match against Fordhouses and our Penn V Food Challenge.
On the day there will be an All Day Bar, BBQ and a Children’s Cricket Coaching Challenge.
It also a chance to come to the club and see what we do here at Penn and what facilities and opportunities we provide for the wider community.
There was an interesting cloud and light display above Penn CC at the end of Tuesdays training session.
Club Open Day
in association with Waitrose, the Official partner to the England cricket team.
On Saturday 30th August, Penn CC is hosting a Club Open Day.
Penn 1st XI play Fordhouses 1st XI with a BBQ and All Day Bar
1,000 cricket clubs up and down the country are holding Club Open Days this summer.
With a range of activity going on at a club near you, it’s a great opportunity to have a go, watch some cricket and meet new people.
England Cricket’s new Team Sponsor, Waitrose, is supporting the Open Days with food and drink, so there will be plenty to keep you going throughout the day.
Building Fund Launch
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.