old match reports – PHCC v London Welsh (May 24, 2008)

Yet another blast from the past, this time with Park Hill Cricket Club playing London Welsh Cricket Club…

After their 10 wicket success the previous week, The Hill were in fine spirits entering this game, away (at home), against newly promoted London Welsh on Saturday May 24th.

Mark Goldsmith won the toss, again allotting to place the opposition into bat on a warmer day than  the previous week (not hard), but with winds left over from ‘Hurricane Charley!’

With Sterling absent, Tom Barford was joined by all-rounder Shariq Ghani with Park Hill’s new ball, taking 4 London Welsh wickets between them (both unfortunate not to have more), Barford finishing on 2/36 whilst Ghani allowed only 11 runs from his 10 overs, for his two wickets.

The pair were well-supported by Andy Goldsmith (1/18), Stuart Spelling (-/38) and (another returning Hill legend) Dom Morris – who completed 10 very tight overs, giving away only 31 runs.

All in all, London Welsh accumulated 141 for 7 wickets in their 45 overs, with only D. Sisam (46) and S. Ali (31 n.o.) making scores of note.

Tea was taken and Park Hill’s reshuffled batting line-up saw Kevin Matthews promoted to the number 1 slot, in place of Matt Eades.

Matthews, having not opened since John Major (remember him?) was Prime Minister (and yes, he actually was!), listened to the wise words of Skipper Goldsmith . . “Now Kev, no quick singles – just hit the bad balls” . . . only to subsequently be run-out by Mark after flowing to a quick-fire 19 off 22, containing 4 fours.

However, there was no stutter in Park Hill’s batting as Adam Williams joined Mark and supported him well within a composed 100+ stand, remaining unbeaten on 21.

Goldsmith hit a superb 83 (including 16 x 4’s), only to hole-out to square leg when The Hill were within 3 of victory.

The scene was then set for Cam Morris to come to the crease on his Saturday return and hit the winning runs. He walked to young Williams for an insight on the bowler only for Williams to say . . “Just run a single Cam – I want to hit the winning runs!!”

Either Cam didn’t understand those instructions from ‘the lad,’ or duly chose to ignore them – but he  subsequently stole all the glory for himself hitting a lofted cut to the boundary.

An 8 wicket victory, within 26 overs.

P.S. A quick note of congratulations to Shariq for reaching 100 wickets for the club (he actually reached it two weeks ago, but no-one realised).

P.P.S. Mark is now averaging 101.5 for the season.

T.O.T.M. Mark Goldsmith (for running out Kev Matthews when there was clearly another 10 wicket victory on the cards and then giving his own wicket away when we only needed 3 more runs!)

Fielder of the Day – Mark Goldsmith (for creative field-placing and restricting the opposition to a very achievable target and chipping in with an excellent run-out)