Match report from Bridgnorth away 27th April
What a start to the 2013 season for Penn Cricket Club, four teams played and all four won convincingly, a big well done to everyone involved. Today we welcome our visitors from Evesham cricket club who themselves have had an exciting start to the season with the signing of former Pakistan test cricketer saqlain mushtaq.
Our first team started the season away to a very experienced Bridgnorth side who featured the talents of James Ralph and Jono Whitney from Shropshire CCC. Our first five matches will be fifty overs per side and will be a win or lose formats. We won the toss and made a decision to bowl first which may or may not be the best way to approach the 50/50 format of the game, but at this stage we are still learning. It may take a while to understand every new ruling in this format but I will try my best!
We started very brightly and bowled with consistency. Our new recruits Brian Kulasena and Samuel Doggett (teddy) made it very difficult for the Bridgnorth batsmen. There were numerous times where the ball went just past the edge and on a different day we could have picked up some early wickets. Both bowlers showed excellent control and I believe that they can help Penn CC this season. Teddy finished with figures of 3 for 30 off 10 overs and Brian with 1 for 38 off 10 overs. The experienced Robert Pearce bowled with superb control and also picked up two wickets which came at an important time in the match after a few lapses in the field. He finished with 2 for 41 off 10 overs and will be a valuable member of the team with his bowling and experience this year. Bridgnorth finished on 227 for 8 at the end of their 50 overs.
We were set a revised winning target of 171 off 34 overs due to rain interruption. Amun Samra started the innings off in a sensible fashion with 22 runs and will be disappointed not to have gone on to get a big score. He did the hard job of seeing off the new ball. Vikul Lal played very well for 61 not out. He looked calm and played straight at all times, I believe he can go on to do this consistently for the first team. It was nice to see us bat with application for long periods. We finished on 174 for 2 and got a valuable 20 points.
We now turn our attentions to Evesham and welcome back Richard Brooker for this game. Today will be tough, but we are prepared and determined to do well for the club.