The 1st XI lost in a run-fest away at Bowden Vale.
The smallest ground in the league saw 467 runs including 20 sixes on a lovely July day.
Old Parks skipper Beckett won another toss and chose to bat. After Smith (4) had got out cheaply, Allen (13) following shortly after and Mike Hitchell being caught for a duck, the away side were in a bit of strife. The score was at a very steady 35-3 from 18 overs.
Opening batsman Rees and number five Nedugodan decided to push on quickly, trying to avoid an embarrassingly low score. A partnership of 80 developed between the pair in just 8 overs, pushing the score to 110 before Nedugodan (46) was bowled by Hasan trying to hit the forth six of his innings. A brilliant, hard hitting knock off just 34 balls.
This brought Chris Hitchell to the crease who batted in a similar manner to the previous pair, though a few beautiful cover drives made his innings certainly more orthodox. Rees passed his 50 and the pair put on 83 runs for the fifth wicket, before Rees (76) was eventually caught after a superbly weighted 106 ball knock. 198-5 from 41 overs.
Westwater came out to try and push on too, but could only managed 7 before being caught. Hitchell passed his 50 in style with another lovely cover drive and Myles Allen came in for 5 balls to hit 7 runs. Old Parks finished on 233-6, with Hitchell unbeaten on 62 from 57 balls. 200 runs came from the final 27 overs, a superb recovery!
After tea, the Old Parks lads knew that Bowden Vale had a few big hitters, but we did have runs on the board. Unfortunately, it appeared 233 wasn't enough as opener Drape hit a very quick 44 before being caught behind off Marnick. Next man in Ollier didn't hang around either, bludgeoning runs around the ground in a mixture of fine hits and some rather agricultural strikes.
Westwater was brought into the attack and soon had the remaining opener, Power (7) caught at short cover. In came Hasan, who displayed some fine clean hitting with 71 runs off around 30 balls. His innings featuring nine maximums. The unfortunate bowler being Westwater who conceded 73 runs from nine overs.
When Hasan was finally out, the score was at 155-3 off 22 overs, with Ollier still at the crease. The score reached 203 before the next wicket fell with Ollier (58) finally caught by Beckett off the bowling of Winstanley. The game was all but over, but a quick two wickets in two balls for Winstanley nearly brought some added drama to the game with Bowden Vale being 205-6.
Platt (21) and Pentecost (8) saw the game out however, taking the home side past the required total with 9 overs to spare. Winstanley was the only pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 7-1-39-3.
It was a disappointing loss given our sizeable total, but it turned out another 30 runs was probably required and their run chase was assisted by seven dropped catches.
We should take the positives however, as if we can make that many runs every week, we will rarely come out the losers.
Scores: Old Parkonians 233-6 all out (45 overs), Bowden Vale 234-6 (36 overs)
Results: Bowden Vale won by 4 wickets. Old Parks 13 points, Bowden Vale 25 points.
Team: Chris Beckett (C), Ian Smith, Myles Allen, Ben Rees, Mike Hitchell (WK), David Nedugoden, Chris Hitchell, Adam Westwater, Rob Marnick, Adam Winstanley, Charlie Allen.
Umpires: Bill Alger and Keith Gardiner Scorer: Richie Beckett
The 2nd XI drew at home to Glazebury.
An unbeaten century from Nick Hitchell could not wrestle a victory against a resilient Glazebury side intent on eking out the draw.
The game marked the start of the second half of the season and Old Parkonians, fresh from last week’s victory, were determined to seek redress from the opening day defeat back in April. It started off well with Hitchell and John Orr (15) putting on 35 for the first wicket. Orr was dropped in the third over but was eventually the victim of a ‘yorker’ by visiting Captain Chris Ayre
(7-1-27-1). Sean Marnick, in a rich vein of form, joined Hitchell at the crease and for the second week running they added over 100 for the second wicket until he was bowled by H Dahou (14.4-1-45-3) for 44. Paul Singer added 15 and Peter Fearon 17 before they were dismissed by G Southworth, bowled (14-0-90-1) and Dahou caught D Nicholson. Nicholson himself has a frustrating time with the ball returning figures of 7-0-42-0. Dave Roscoe added 3 off 10 balls falling victim to Dahou leaving Hitchell unbeaten on 103 as the declaration came with the score on 208 for 5 off 43 over’s.
After tea and with the sun still shining brightly the home side set about the task in hand. The reply got off to a great start when Wicket Keeper Roscoe caught opener P Warhurst (1) bowled Danny Berkson (12-4-22-3) with just a single run on the board. I McCue laboured away frustratingly at the other end facing 43 deliveries before scoring his first run of the afternoon just as he had done in the reverse fixture. Nicholson, in complete contrast, tried to take the game to Old Parks but paid the price being clean bowled by Berkson for 18. Dahou added a patient 34 but was deceived by the slower ball from Tim Berkson 5-1-18-2) with elder brother Danny taking the catch at Mid Off. John Orr (14-7-24-0) tied up one end but was unable to find a way through as Skipper David Buey used 7 bowlers trying to unsettle the visitors. Nick Hitchell (4-0-9-1) bowled Hutchinson (2) and it looked like the balance of the game was turning into a likely victory for the home side. McCue batted for 2 hours and 10 mins scoring a painstaking 26 but fell to Tim Berkson, stumped Roscoe in what proved to be the most popular wicket of the afternoon but he had helped his team immensely. Captain Ayre (10) bowled D Berkson and Meulman (28) caught Sam Cotgrave bowled Paul Singer (8-1-21-1) took the score onto 136 for 7 leaving Old Parkonians seeking 2 wickets in 5 balls which proved to be an impossible task and the game petered out into a frustrating draw, Old Parks accruing 14 points and Glazebury 9.
Team: Hitchell N, Orr, Cotgrave, Marnick S, Fearon, Singer, Berkson D, Rayner, Buey, Roscoe and Berkson T
Scorer: Sam Fletcher