Baker and Eyre power Park to 10 wicket win
Division Nine Parkfield & Headstone 155-10 (41.2) Greenwood Park 156-0 (40.1) GREENWOOD Park were missing several players due to the holiday season as they made the trip to North London to face Parkfield & Headstone on Saturday. With five new-ball bowlers
Parkfield & Headstone 155-10 (41.2) Greenwood Park 156-0 (40.1)
GREENWOOD Park were missing several players due to the holiday season as they made the trip to North London to face Parkfield & Headstone on Saturday.
With five new-ball bowlers missing, skipper Mel Baker was forced to partner Hasan Khan to open the bowling in the heat, having lost the toss.
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After a catch from Neil Benson, Park turned to spin and paired Dave Lee's off spin with Karim Mahbubul's leggies. Wicket keeper John Eyre was better able to read the turning ball than Parkfield's batsmen and duly claimed the next two wickets with sharp stumpings.
Leading wicket taker Mahbubul was confusing the batsmen so much they hardly got bat on ball, while Lee at the other end picked up 6-46, aided by two superb catches from James Otter.
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Kev Atkins replaced Mahbubul to give Eyre another stumping before Parkfield's last wicket fell courtesy of a suicidal run out with the score on 155.
With Park's leading batsman missing, Eyre and Baker took the responsibility of opening. The duo battled well, keeping their discipline to guide Park to a very satisfying 10-wicket win. Eyre reached 56 not out and Baker led the way with 71 not out.
On Sunday, Eyre took his rich vein of form to Kenton, firing an unbeaten 120 as Park set a target of 226 on another hot and humid day.
Park's bowlers would then toil on the good, flat wicket as Kenton made a valiant attempt to get past the target, eventually falling just 16 runs short at stumps for a creditable and enjoyable high-scoring draw.