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.”