REES BOWLS OLD PARKS TO VICTORY IN THE DERBY
the local derby, sponsored
by Gregory's Heating & Plumbing against
Tranmere Victoria last weekend.
A superb all-round performance from Ben Rees was key in the victory for the Holm Lane outfit. At the toss, Chris Beckett called correctly and opted to bat on a pitch that was to offer just as much for the bowlers as the batsmen.
It was Tranmere Vics to make the early running, with superb slow bowling from Daniel Hamm creating enough pressure at one end for Tejpal Singh at the other to remove opener Tim Hitchell (9) and then Charlie Allen (4). At 18-2 the home side were struggling, but a key partnership between Rees (36) and Chris Hitchell saw Parks to 88 before the former was out caught. After Hitchell (30) also departed and with a healthier score on the board, new batmen Dave Nedugodan and Dan Berkson added 37 each to the total before both were out caught. Nisar (18) and Elwood (11*) closed out the innings with Old Parks posting a sizeable 196-8.
After the interval, Rees was thrown the new ball and was immediately in the wickets, firstly bowling Dhanwant Singh for 9 and then trapping Bennett for a duck. Rees (11-2-29-5) then went of to take the next 3 wickets leaving Tranmere Vics struggling at 43-5. Elwood was brought on to replace Rees and seemed a little quick for the new batsmen, claiming 3-19. Chris Beckett had Michael Edwards out caught and bowled, the only man to offer any resistance for the visitors, finishing on a well made 46. Tejpal Singh was the last man out, caught at cover by Nisar off Beckett.
Ben Rees was man of the match for his fine performance with the ball and contribution with the bat. Next week sees Old Parks attempt to make it three on the bounce when they visit struggling Trafford Metrovics.
Scores: Old Parkonians 196-8 (45 overs), Tranmere Victoria 95-10 (31.4 overs)
Result: Old Parks won by 101 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Tranmere Victoria 4 points.
Team: Chris Beckett*, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell+, David Nedugodan, Chris Hitchell, Ben Rees, Adam Winstanley, Lewis Elwood, Farukh Nisar, Charlie Allen and Dan Berkson.
Umpires: Don Joy and Tony Sayle Scorer: Richard Beckett