Played at Higginson Park, Marlow
On Saturday 24th April 2021
40 overs a side
It was a bright sunny day with a chill wind blowing in from the east as Valley End, a club who play in the Surrey Premier League, arrived for a forty over match.
Marlow Park had two new members, Donovan Pullin and Murray Wallis and the historic return of James Penlington, Chris Way and Ikky Ikram. Pete Stephens, Park’s skipper of the day won the toss and asked the visitors to pad up.
Del Hoggan was given the ball and delivered his first attempt a yard outside the off stump, full toss, which Vincent Choumal reached for, got an edge on the outstretched toe of the bat and the ball ballooned to the right of Kim Barlow in the gully, whose one-handed attempt at a catch failed. It was justice really as a shite ball like that should never take a wicket, even the bowler in retrospect agreed with that. Not only that, it would be very embarrasing!
However, this was to be the day when Del Hoggan achieved his best bowling figures for the Club. His first ball of his second over saw the end of Choumal’s brief knock, Stephens taking the catch, Valley End’s captain, Frazer Fowler was caught by James Penlington in his next over, the same man catching Barnard off him with the score on 25-3.
Valley End were rescued by a fifty-run partnership between Yusuf Afzal and Tom Pilkington, the latter being caught behind by Chris Way off Murray Wallis for thirty-six. Thanks to Afzal the next wicket put on forty-two at which point Donovan Pullin bowled Willian Monk, the score now being 117-5.
Joe Fisher plundered a couple of sixes, but was skittled by Barlow, Afsal departing one run later for a goodly 51, with eight fours. Stephens and Joe Hoggan picked up a wicket each as the tail faded away and it was left to Del Hoggan to return to have Wunderley caught by Ikram, thereby giving him 4 wickets for 33 runs, a result that would be celebrated after the match. Valley End were all out for 173 in the thirty-first over.
Dave Noray drove ten fours in his fifty and became the first of four batsmen to select Monk at mid-off as the fielder who might like some catching practice. He didn’t need it, he took them all. James Penlington and Pete Stephens pumped the ball around the ground, Penlington leaving with 45 and his partner remaining not out with 33. In the twenty-sixth over Park had made 175-5, winning by 5 wickets.
One of the great traditions of the Club is that anyone who takes five wickets, or scores a fifty or multiples thereof, buys a jug of beer for the benefit of his teammates and hopefully the scorer. This ‘perk’ is also granted to any player who has a personal best from batting or bowling performances. Dave Noray and Del Hoggan duly did the honours.
Vineet Choumal c. Stephens b. D. Hoggan 2
Frazer Fowler c. Penlington b. D. Hoggan 10
Tom Billingham c. Way b. Wallis 36
James Barnard c. Penlington b. D. Hoggan 4
Yousuf Afzal c. D. Hoggan b. Stephens 51
William Monk b. Pullin 9
Joe Fisher b. Barlow 23
Paul Callum b. Stephens 1
Shiv Takyar b. J. Hoggan 3
Alex Wunderley c. Ikram b. D. Hoggan 10
Simon Cooper not out 0
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-21, 3-25, 4-75, 5-117, 6-149, 7-150, 8-150, 9- 172, 10-173.
D. Hoggan 6.1-0-33-4, Ikram 4-1-18-0, Barlow 8-0-35-1, Wallis 3-0-26-1,
Pullin 4-0-22-1, Stephens 3-0-18-2, J. Hoggan 2-1-6-1.
Dave Noray c. Monk b. Afzal 50
Shez Mirza c. Monk b. Cooper 12
Murray Wallis b. Cooper 0
James Penlington c. Monk b. Takyar 45
Pete Stephens not out 33
Ikky Ikram c. Monk b. Wunderley 12
Donovan Pullin not out 8
Total for 5 wickets 175
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-10, 3-80, 4-119, 5-155.
Cooper 5-0-38-2, Fisher 4-0-22-0, Takyar 6-0-27-1, Afzal 3-0-24-1,
Fowler 4-1-30-0, Wunderley 2-0-21-1, Monk 1.1-0-9-0.