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Greenwood Trophy win [posted 22/06/17]

Scott Ellis Fields was the venue for tonight's second round Greenwood Trophy clash between the Panthers and Kilmarnock.  In the field first, the Panthers started well, restricting their hosts to 47 for 2 at the halfway point.  Humza Sabri had, in particular, bowled tightly, his first three overs costing just 9 runs.  At the other end, Abdul was troubling the batters with extra pace, and bounce, but was actually far less economical as batters got bat on ball to see edges race for a couple of boundaries behind the wicket.  The two wickets that had fallen had seen Flanagan adjudged LBW and Ahmed caught by Irfan.  The containment of the home side's run-rate continued beyond the mid-point too,.....at least until the fourteenth over.  Sixteen overs gone and Kilmarnock were 71 for 3, Ali having been run out by Humza.  However three overs later - almost incredibly - Killie were 132 for 3, overs fourteen, fifteen and sixteen costing 24, 18 and 19 respectively.  Ouch!  So instead of thinking they might be chasing a run-a-ball come the second innings, the Panthers were now thinking 8-an-over was more likely.  And so it was.  161 was posted, and a decent run-chase would be needed.  31 runs in extras didn't help the cause it has to be noted too!

 

To the Panthers' reply.  Humza and Uzzair opened, and were positive from start.  Humza would depart first - 13 for 1 - in the third over however, bringing Abdul to the middle.  He and Uzzair continued the positive start, and added 69 for the second wicket, in 6.4 overs.  Uzzair was moving along nicely at a run-a-ball, Abdul was more brutal, his 52 coming from just 31 deliveries, and including four 4s and two 6s.  He was, however, given a life when he was dropped in the deep, as well as surviving a big appeal for caught behind.  But he was the second batter out, caught by Flanagan after mis-cuing one.  Rambo then joined Uzzair, and these two - used to batting together in junior cricket - continued the onslaught.  They'd add another 69 for the third wicket, all-but seeing the side home, before being separated in the seventeenth over with only 11 runs needed for the win.  Uzzair it was who departed, caught and bowled for 40 (38).  Rambo couldn't quite hang around until the win was secured either, being fifth out with 4 runs still required, caught for 33 (25).  But the win was secured four balls later, and the Panthers had won by five wickets, and progress in the competition.

 

A match that should have been won [posted 28/05/17] 

Irfan Hanif reports, "The Poloc Pythons were hosting Weirs on a wonderful Sunday afternoon. The Pythons XI wasn't really confirmed until the last moment. A lot of confusion here and there. Bogeyman was still recovering after yesterday's antics at Prestwick  and called off at the last moment. Slappy didn't know if he was playing as he broke his fingernail at Prestwick as he did that "hand thing, you know...the point" when 'keeping. Captain Cobra was running out of options, so he brought Amaan Ali out of retirement and had Zakir Sinakey waiting on the sidelines, but no, Usamanaconda confirms last minute after going to A. & E. that he would be available, thus making Zakir Sinakey twelfth man and bringing on the drinks.

"The Pythons lost the toss and were sent out to field. This led to the extras duo Afghan' Jalebi (Habib) and Faizan to open the bowling. Habib, during the month of Ramadan wanted to be more generous than his usual self, and thought he'd give the opposition the best chance of winning by bowling one or two extra overs with his wides. Faizan tried to join him with first first over, out-gifting Habib, but could not keep it up as he ended up taking a wicket and said to the Cobra "take me off".  Weirs were sitting at 70 for 1 after just seven overs.

"This led to the much anticipated return of Amaan Ali who was joined by Umar Gul-fam. Both dried up the extras and bowled with a lot more discipline, however Weirs were enjoying the pace on the ball as they were middling their edges, resulting in boundaries.  The Pythons looked at the scoreboard and it read 120 for after fifteen overs, resulting in a big hissssss.

"The Cobra introduced spin by throwing the ball to the debutant Awace Ahmed who was confused, asking the captain "What do I bowl? Pace, off-spin, leg-spin or under-arm?". The answer was off-spin.  Awace's often used as a sparring partner in the nets, the King Cobra turning him from a seamer into an offy, and Mr. Khatarnaak repaid the favour by racking up the dots in his first over. His tag team partner Abdullah Minaj-e-Pakistan (also known as the tourist attraction Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore), bowled in tandem, drying up the runs and taking wickets. With the pressure building up, wickets were tumbling, two for Awace, and two for Abdullah. The score was at 145 for 5 after 25 overs.

"Momentum was building, the Pythons were closing in with an attacking field. Weirs were unable to keep up with the Kardashian (Abdullah), who went on the rampage, getting the batsman to play and chip it, which resulted in.....dropped catches, and several [allegedly] "plumb" LBW appeals being turned down. Three wicket-taking balls were bowled back to back, one was dropped by the King Cobra, who was distracted by another snake in his territory, looming at the other side of the boundary, a snake who recently moved to GHK...the snake had his "hood up", only to be revealed later on as Ghussa (Hasan). Next ball...a huge LBW appeal, but not given?! Third ball is chipped in the air and Faizan does a random sideways roll, but there is a ball in his hand, A catch has been taken!

 

"Abdullah, closing in on his 5-for, then clean bowls another batsman, the Pythons were sensing it..."Today is the day". Bowling well, close shaves here and there, the batsman getting rattled by the snakes ends up smashing one down the ground, only for Irfan to take a stunning catch, the Pythons started to slither in celebration...but "No ball!" is the call from the umpire! The reaction from the fielding team is unprintable.

"So the Panthers had pulled it back with Awace and Abdullah doing the most damage.  Weirs 165 for 7 in 28 overs. Panthers Moeen Ali (Awais Ramzan) was introduced who was using this as a warm up game for the ICC Champions Trophy, experimenting with bowling on the pitch, off the pitch, and making the ball roll to the 'keeper. This resulted in not so generous figures and a bumping up of the Weirs score. Experimentation over.

"The King Cobra and Umar Gul-fam were brought on to finish off the innings, both bowling to plan, and giving them three wickets between them, superb death bowling from Irfan leaving him with two wickets.

"But the Pythons did not really know what they were chasing having looked at the Weirs scorebook, where four different totals appeared.  In the end Weirs decided the Pythons required 205 to win.

"The team gave Zakir Sinakey a courtesy call and advised that drinks and tea were not needed due to nearly everyone fasting and to just rest at home.

"Having restricted Weirs to 204, Slappy and the Goatee (Amaan Ali) were sent out to bat. Going along fine with the score on 40 for 0 after ten overs, the struggling Goatee then got out to a superb in-swinging ball that hit middle stump. This brought Rambo Scotland to the crease, who was quiet for his standards, and was maybe hourse from shouting "Shot boooY!!!" at Prestwick. Both Slappy and Rambo were going along at a nice rate of 4 or 5 an over, keeping the scoreboard ticking over with 1s and 2s and the odd boundary. This looked to be a solid foundation being built, and they were at 80 for 1 after eighteen overs.

"Slappy then decided to take on the Weirs Captain and slapped him around for a couple of 4s and a 6, looking to up the ante. However, Weirs secret weapon Zohaib Qayyum came on to bowl, and took out Scotland with a great ball leaving Rambo disappointed in himself stating "That was some bouncer", after him getting out to a yorker. But the Pythons were still in the game, at 105 for 2 after twenty overs, and with some strong batting to come.

"Rambo's wicket brought out Dr. Uzzi (who was wicket keeping to an excellent standard). With both Usamanacondas at the crease the game was looking to be in good shape. But no, Slappy being his usual self decided to pull a snake move, deciding to get himself run out at an important stage of the game, and then realising that he was on 49, which resulted in some serious rage and a tantrum thrown: the snake had been snaked. His excuse was, "My bat was grounded, I was well inside my crease, the umpire that gave it out was standing at third man".  And to be fair to Slappy, unlike previous times, he was actually indeed correct for once.

"Moments later, there was a small appeal.  "Not out" stated everyone in the dressing room.  Dr. Uzzi was out! What for?  The opposition were dumbstruck too, and asked the umpire the question.  He advised caught behind, but the ball struck Dr. Uzzi high above the thigh.  The non-striking batsman therefore posed the same question, the umpire replying this time, "I don't know".  The Panthers were starting to realise "Today wasn't the day".

"Zohaib Qayyum then gained in confidence and took some quick wickets: Irfan, Faizan and Abdullah all departed in quick succession due to some excellent bowling. This left Mr. Khatarnaak on his true Panthers debut holding the innings together with a quickfire 25, but just like in the friendly against West of Scotland, he was dropped a couple of times. Speaking of dropped, Weirs placed a fielder at mid-off who, like Habib, was generous and dropped four catches off throughout the innings, in the same position. However, with no support, Awace couldn't use his clever batting to good use as he ran out of partners and finished 25 not out.

"The Panthers therefore sunk to defeat, a first loss of the season which shouldn't have been. Some strange scoring, umpiring and lack of support from the tail ended their winning streak. Even though Habib was being generous, the scorebook reported 60-plus extras, with over 50 of them being wides?!?

"So a good all round effort from the team, with a good comeback to restrict the opposition in the first innings, in vain.  Leeping the Booger out of the team, the extras count, and catching still appear, however, to be an issue alongwith the tail not wagging. Notable performances were Slappy scoring 49 with the bat, Abdullah and Irfan with the ball, and a Khatarnaak debut for Awace with two wickets and 25*. Today however, wasn't the day."

 

"This is the day!" [posted 18/05/17]

"'Oh bus khar!!! Today...is the day''  These were the words uttered by the wannabe Vice-Captain Abdullah Malik (the Iron Dome) who was making his return to the Panthers eleven tonight. So was today the day?  The day started off with glorious sunshine and the Panthers were hosting BBC Scotland in the Greenwood Trophy.  The King Cobra went to toss and, as you would expect, he lost.  He did try a Hasan Rafiq (Ghussa), i.e. persuade the opposition captain to let the Panthers bat first by saying 'Oh bus Khardi, yaar! Let us bat, yaar! Today is the day!'.  The other captain somehow comprehended Abudallah's language and chose to bowl letting the Panthers bat first. 

 

"The team had seen some last minute changes with Faizan and Dr. Uzzi calling off only to be replaced by the snakes known as SoBoa Constrictor and Uzzair Shahnake.  In other news, Zakir Sinakey made his Panthers debut, and just before the batters went out, Captain Irfan handed Zakir his well earned T20 Panthers cap.  Sobo and Abdullah Kardashian went out to open the innings for the Panthers.  It was a slow start, with Abdullah departing for 1 with an LBW, only to dispute it, asserting 'it was going down leg side, yaaar'.  His opening partner Soboa Constrictor soon followed, constricting himself by making 5 from twelve, and eventually top-edging one.  This brought out Mr. Rambo Scotland to the crease to join Uzzair Shahnake.  Both took their time seeing off the Beeb's best bowler, David Blane, the magician, and Indrajit Kar.  Surviving the new ball, and some good bowling, they kept the scoreboard ticking over with singles however.  Once the Beeb bowled out their opening bowlers, the Panthers were only sitting at 36 for 2 after eight overs. The Panthers team, however, were not worried, in the dugout they were constantly reminded by Abdullah that 'Today...is the day'.  This message was uttered on a regular basis by the hyper Abdullah, and the whole team became motivated to find out just what on earth this actually meant.  Back to the game: at one point, after only batting three or four overs Rambo Scotland wanted a change of gloves. Why? He just wanted to hear 'Today is the day' up close to give him a peace of mind that all would be well.  The Captain gave him the replacement gloves, and advised him to pass on Abdullah's inspirational quote to his batting partner.  And what do you know...the Panthers run-rate started to accelerate; they had hope after the wonderful quote.  It was sensible batting by Rambo Scotland and Uzzair Shahnake as they ran singles and scored a boundary every over.  The Panthers were now up to 74 for 2 after twelve overs.  Zohaib Qayyum then, however, momentarily, put a stop to the good batting by only going for 1 run in the thirteenth over.   But, the batsmen knew, 'Today is the day.'

 

"From the fourteenth over on-wards, only five dot balls were played by Rambo Scotland and Uzzair Shahnake, both making excellent 50s and punishing the bowling while still getting the crucial 1s and 2s from the good balls.  Both finished not out, with Rambo 80* and Uzzair 73* letting the Panthers post 177. 

 

"The bowling was led by Yasir Shah (Habib), who thought he'd bowl some pace, and Gulfam his opening partner. Habib started off with his usual generosity giving away 4 wides in his first over. With the high total in mind, the Beeb opening pair were taking on the pace attack, hitting lots of lofted shots.  This caused a change in the field by Captain Irfan, bringing Zakir Sinakey out of second slip and placing him at extra cover. Putting the pressure on him as a result,  the batter went for a big shot again; another skier; and it dropped to the man at cover, none other than the man who wisely prophesised 'Today is the day', Abdullah Minaj taking the catch off of Gulfam's bowling.  As the batters kept slashing away at the pace bowling and with the score having raced to 44 for 1 in just four overs, spin was introduced.  Hunnain The Bogeyman appeared, much to the disgust of the opposition as well as those standing at mid-on and mid-off.  The Booger kept the run-rate in check in his first over, which led to Abdullah, the man of the moment, coming on from the other end. Abdullah added pressure onto the batsmen, following Hunnain's over, and got The Magician David Blane to knick one to the 'keeper, Ishant Sharma (Graeme).  This caused the whole of Poloc to go wild, Abdullah knew, the Panthers knew, Poloc knew...today was indeed the daY! 

 

"The Bogeyman returned next over, with his slimy one appearing, using his secret weapon to put the batsman off his game.  Varghese Jose took his anger out and lashed at the Bogeyman's delivery, only for it to be held at long-off by the forever smiling Habib.  However, his smile disappeared once he seen what was brewing in Hunnain's nostrils, leading to no team huddle for this wicket, everyone staying rooted to their fielding positions.  Hunnain, using the pressure built by the spinners trapped Indrajit Kar LBW, after a huuuuuuuuuge appeal by Hunnain,.....but no-one else.  But the umpire gave it!  Yes, the umpire raised his finger as quickly as possible so he could get Hunnain to turn away from him, the Bogey forever growing in confidence.  The Beeb were now on the back-foot, the score at 58 for 4.  They hit back though in Hunnain's and Abdullah's next overs, as these went for 23 (a number reserved for Shaan Khan) in two overs, pushing the visitors' score up to 81 for 4. The debutant Zakir Sinakey was brought on, adding to the Beeb's fear with his aggression, along with partner-in-crime Soboa Constrictor.  Keeping runs to a minimum led to the dangerous Zohaib Qayyum skying one.  It looked as if it was going to land in no man's land, but no, Abdullah, the hero, ran from point all the way to fine leg to taking a superb catch, in style, and with a slide. Abdullah stunned, not knowing what he done, looked at his whole team and then to the Captain, holding the ball in the air shouting 'Today is the day!'.  Wickets started to tumble at this juncture, with the pressure on, and with Zakir and Soboa bowling well. Three wickets fell in two overs, and the Beeb were now teetering on 91 for 7.  Zakir got his first wicket for the Panthers as one was chipped to Adder Maddock at short mid-wicket.  Zakir, elated, ran a lap of the ground like Imran Tahir, resulting in him being called.....Imran Zakir, for the rest of the game. Soboa then bowled out Jack McGill with his wannabe spin bowling, claiming it 'spun from outside off, yaar, and came in'.  The whole team disagreed, having witnessed a straight full toss. This led to SoBoa getting frustrated and taking another wicket in his over, with a caught and bowled.  Habib came back into the attack to finish things off. Unfortunately, Rambo Scotland had other ideas. Not only did he want to be a hero at the end of the first innings, finishing 80*, he thought he'd be a hero again at the end of the second too, finishing it off with a run out.  Game over, BBC Scotland bowled out for 111 in 18.2 overs, and the Panthers win by 66 runs.  The Panthers could have finished the game off earlier if less extras had been given, and catches had been taken. Zakir Sinakey still has a lot to learn, getting a Panthers saying of 'A dot ball is a hot ball' (coined by none other than Abdullah) so wrong, shouting 'A good ball is a dot ball' instead?!?  Post-match the team spoke to Abdullah and questioned why he thought 'Today was the day'.  Simple response: 'Usmanaconda wasn't wicket keeping today bro', dats vy, yaar".  A solid win for the Panthers unit."

 

 

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Panthers Evening League fixtures 2017

 

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Panthers Sunday League fixtures 2017

 

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Panthers Greenwood Trophy fixtures 2017

 

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