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Opening Sunday League win over the Dark Side [posted 21/05/18]

Ali Maddock reports on yesterday's Panthers' home Sunday League win over Clydesdale. "After a Greenwood Trophy victory earlier in the week to get the T20s (finally) started, the Panthers' longer-format season began with a local derby against Clydesdale's Sunday XI [Ed: or rather Sunday X, reduced further after 16:30 to a Sunday IX]. The teams looked fairly evenly matched, despite 'Dale's relative youth, with their players an even mix of 2s, 3s, and 4s regulars. The Panthers featured most of the usual suspects, with Shaan and Hasan returning after both took a season to experience playing in less civilised climes.


"The pitch, used by Poloc the day before, looked relatively flat (if a bit cracked around the stumps) with some green stuff still visible, and the weather was warm but overcast, prompting expressions of vague hope that someone might bowl 'a heavy ripper, yarr' - whatever one of those is.


"For an almost-unbelievable third time in a row, MI Hanif won the toss, and had no hesitation in choosing to bat. The openers, Hunnain and Slappy, weathered the storm of the new ball, although it was the latter who did all of the early scoring, racing to a quick 50 in the same time his partner amassed the grand total o.....7. More on that later. Usman didn't last much longer, trapped plum leg before by Junaid, departing with a well-earned 62. Humza joined Hunnain in the middle, and immediately left again, given out first ball, also LBW, to the same bowler. The hat-trick ball was deftly dealt with by Shaan, who then only managed 1 run (amidst twelve dots) before Junaid sent him back to the pavilion.


"King Cobra himself was Hunnain's next partner in the middle, and their partnership proved semi-fruitful, as Irfan added 15 before being caught and bowled. He was replaced by #MrBoomBoom Awace Ahmed, whose slogging proved to be.....actually quite useful for a change. In the background, Hunnain had been snakily racking up runs after his usual sluggish start, and made it as far as the nervous 90s before unfortunately mis-timing a pull which he also chipped back to the bowler, on 92. Although frustrated not to get a century, his composed innings was definitely the batting performance of the day – chapeau Hunnain.


"Hasan came and went (for 11) and Gulfam smashed a couple of boundaries in his 11* alongside Awace, who also finished with a Sheriff's badge and 37 runs off 33 as the Panthers finished their 40 overs on 256 for 6, considerably more than the 180 to 190 the captain had considered defendable. Game on!


"The Panthers' performance in the second innings was remarkable for its combination of generally decent bowling and absolutely shocking fielding. Although limiting their opponents to 228 for 8 (one wicket short of all-out, given the team's absent players) the Panthers, in truth, made it very hard for themselves. Few of the side got pass marks in the field: dropped boundary catches (off a player who went on to make a century); dropped chips to mid-wicket and square-leg; dropped caught-and-bowled skyers; and several ground balls just passing through fielders who failed to get their body behind it.


"The list of errors went on, and on,.....and on, and the Poloc players' heads were down for large tranches of the game, despite the fact that 'Dale were always failing to keep up with the required run-rate. To go with the missed chances, there were also infuriating half-chances; there seemed to be an inordinate number of balls dropping just short of a fielder, or fizzing past centimetres away from someone's fingertips.


"The only real run-scorers for 'Dale were Zulfiqar (53, LBW to Haider reverse sweeping) and Shoukat (eventually bowled by Hasan, no matter what the scorecard might say) for a composed 116 which held the rest of the innings together. Overall Humza, Hasan and Farhan bagged two wickets each, with one each for Haider and Ali, the latter taking his first-ever scalp for the club, as Shaan actually held on to a catch as the ball was gently floated up to backward point.


"Positives for the Panthers? Well, a win’s a win, obviously, and 28 runs is a decent winning margin, and the bowling was really quite pleasingly tight. In the extras department, the side really shook off the ghost of seasons past by only [Ed: only!] conceding 15 runs in wides. Scoring 250-plus in 40 overs is also a rare occurrence, and due mainly to the hard graft of the openers, Hunnain and Usman, ably assisted by Awace's cameo.

"Credit is due to the young players of Clydesdale who played great, grown-up, cricket, and to both sides for persevering through a rain shower in each innings to get some pragmatic west of Scotland cricket played on an otherwise nice day. Next stop, Hamilton Crescent on Tuesday in the Evening League – or should we forfeit that and do some remedial fielding practice?!" 



Archived match reports 

You can read earlier, and prior season, match reports online in our archive too.



Panthers Evening League fixtures 2018





Panthers Sunday League fixtures 2018





Panthers Greenwood Trophy fixtures 2017