Archive ~ 2009

The News from the 2009 Cricket Season is shown below...

Ged Dollard

In September 2009, Owen Butler contacted the Association to organise a 50th Birthday card for Ged Dollard, erstwhile member of the Cricket Section. This was done by Richie Beckett & Co and included an archive Cricket Team photograph for Ged to name the players on. The email below and accompanying photograph were received thereafter - Richie Beckett advises that Danny is Danny Tanzey and Ray 'Eagle' is Griffiths not Edwards.



What a surprise!!.

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What a great surprise and a really nice thought, thank you so much. It was really nice to get the card, how did you remember??. It was especially nice as Owen 'Pope' Butler was at my party and we had a good laugh about the old times, not as big a laugh however, as our wives and friends had at the state of us in our trendy clothes and hairdos etc.

Still my wife says she would still have married me if I had looked like that when she met me, she had had a few drinks though.

I don't play cricket now as I have knackered my knee and so am going to take golf more seriously once I am up and about again, I did however manage to score three centuries in my time with my club in Leighton Buzzard where I played for 15 years, all three centuries, not out as well, not bad eh?. I even managed to average 66 with the bat one season whilst, in that same season, caressing 48 sixes ever so stylishly over the boundary fence. So you see, Old Parks CC's loss etc etc ....

I have attached the picture you sent me, have got most names but struggled on a couple, thank you for the test.

I'll sign off now but thanks again to all who signed the card it made my day to hear from everyone,

I'll probably be up in Birkenhead before the end of the year so will pop in to the old place for a beer.


Ged 'Botham' Dollard

End of Season Honours

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Honours awarded were as follows:

1st XI Batting: Will Walker Bowling: Chris Beckett (Captain)
2nd XI Batting: Charles Allen Bowling: Andy Moxley
Chairman’s Prize: Geoff Davies (President)
Captain’s Prize: Tim Hitchell
Young Player: Charles Allen
Duck Bat: Dave Colebourn


Beckett's Bat & End of Season Round Up Bawl

The final league games of the season for the 1st. and 2nd. XI's were played on Saturday 19th. September.

The 1st's secured a convincing 104 run victory against relegated Wistaston Village at Holm Lane. Skipper Chris Beckett won the toss and not surprisingly, on a wicket which was just like concrete, elected to bat. Old Parks amassed a total of 212-9 in their 45 over allocation. Surprisingly the top score was Dave Fletcher's 35 not out. However, no fewer than six other batsmen scored more than 15.They were Mike Beckett 30, Mike Hitchell 30, Nick Hitchell 26, Simon Blackwell 20, Chris Beckett 18 and Tim Hitchell 17.

In reply Wistaston only mustered 108 all out in just 33.2 overs. Best Old Parks bowling was Chris Beckett with 4 for 34 and Dave Fletcher with 4 for 46. This was our 8th. maximum 25 points victory and meant that we finished a comfortable 5th in the table; with better consistency and availability we would surely have been right up there challenging for promotion to Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League Division 2.

However, it was not to be and we are consigned to yet another season in Division 3.

Leading run scorer was the extremely consistent Tim Hitchell whose season's total was 625 runs incuding an undefeated highest score of 104no. at Chester County Officers and five other scores of 50 or more. Second highest scorer was Will Walker with 408 runs from only ten innings. Will scored two centuries; 123 against Lindow on the opening day of the season at Holm Lane and 103no. against Bunbury again at Holm Lane.

This latter game at the club on Saturday 29th. June was historic for a couple of reasons. Our total of 296 for 5dec(38 overs) was the highest total by any Old Parks XI in the 60 season history of the club and also included the fastest century or more partnership in club history between Will and Greg Lindop of 123 in just 42 minutes of only 10.3 overs!!

Well done to the three aforementioned batsman. Leading wicket taker was our skipper, Chris Beckett, who is standing down, with 38 league victims. His best figures were at Sandbach(6-54); he would surely have taken more wickets if more catches had been held off his bowling! Dave Fletcher was the runner up regarding wickets taken with a total of 33. His best analysis was 6-47 at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge but he also took a 5 for 60 at Chester County Officers. Well done also to the two of you!!

Special mention should go to our excellent and most consistent 1st. XI wicketkeeper of around 30 years standing.16 victims this season and we all applaud you now that you are approaching the age of 50! I'm sure you're not done yet though!!

The 2nd XI's final game was at Runcorn with 10 points or more required on the day to stave off the threat of relegation from Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League Division A. This target was comfortably achieved with a 16 point draw. Skipper, Carl Brannon, who is also standing down after a 3 year stint, won the toss and sensibly chose to bat first.

We scored 224 for 7 in our 45 overs with Charlie Allen top scoring with 60no., with Dave Colebourn 36 and Andy Moxley 32 the other major contributors. In reply Runcorn were 179 for 7 at stumps, Andy Moxley taking 4 for 32.

Leading run scorer was Lewis Toland with 332 from 19 innings with his highest score being 38; he also took an astonishing 15 outfield catches, well done Lewie on your consistent availability and performances- surely a regular run in the 1st team is deserved next season!! Second highest run scorer was 16 year old Charlia Allen with 297 from only 10 innings(Charlie also played several games in the first team).He scored over 50 on three occasions the aforementioned innings on the last Saturday and also 65 at Barnton and 56 at Ashley. Well done, Charlie.

Someone else who will surely be a 1st. team regular next season! Andy Moxley was the 2nd. XI leading wicket taker with 33 victims; best figures of 5 for 45 at home to Winnington Park and another 5 for 49 at home to Mere. Next leading wicket taker was Stewie McEwen with 23 wickets- Stewie's best was 6 for 58 at Ashley. Well done to the two of you as well.

The club Annual Prize Presentation Buffet Evening is this Friday 2nd October at the clubhouse in Holm Lane starting 7.30pm prompt. Adult tickets are £8 each, please make every effort to attend! Dave Westwater, Mike Beckett and myself are attending the Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League dinner on the evening of Friday 16th October; it is always an excellent evening and this year's speaker, Chris Broad, should be very interesting after the year both he and his son have had!!

You won't have to drive so speak to one of the three of us if you are interested in going. I feel I must conclude this round up in praise of the excellent league set up in which we participate. The administration and organisation and umpiring within it are of a very high standard indeed and what other league has two websites keeping everyone so well informed and on such a regular basis!! I consider that special thanks should go especially to Peter Davies, Graham Beckett, Geoff Young, Colin Hughes and the two webmasters Barry Bishop and Graham Coull. I shall forward this round up via e mail registering our thanks to them.

Lastly, honestly, it is very important that for next season we have more volunteers taking on the many varied jobs within the club. For a start we will be requiring new 1st, 2nd and Sunday XI captains as all of this season's incumbents are standing down. We also require people to run the various junior age group teams and plenty of other jobs as well . There will be a full list of 'vacancies' circulated in the very near future and it is imperitive that these posts be filled and not just by all 'the old regulars'; please give it every consideration!!!

The AGM is scheduled currently for Monday 23rd November in the clubhouse at 7.30pm. You will receive a separate notification of this.

Please keep visiting our website for further off season news and I would be delighted to receive any feedback about this round up or any other articles that I post on the website on a regular basis at

Please don't desert the club in the months before winter nets start at the beginning of February. Come and watch the rugby at the club on a Saturday afternoon and have a beer or two!!

Yours In Sport,
.Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 5th September

 Old Parkonians 1st XI v Wirral (Home)

On a cold, windy late 'summer' afternoon at Holm Lane close local rivals, Wirral, wreaked their revenge on their hosts for the comprehensive beating they had taken at Clatterbridge a couple of months previously. Wirral skipper, Ray Peel, won the toss and asked Old Parks to bat first with the pitch looking reasonable but with a pretty damp and slow outfield.

Tim Hitchell unfortunately was run out with the score at only 1. Nick Hitchell and Mike Beckett shared a partnership of 54 taking the score to 55 for 2 when Mike was out for a promising looking 22. After only 18 overs this was reasonably promising but when Nick was out for 43 scoring dramatically slowed and only veteran Dave Roscoe(25 not out) made any further significant contribution and the Old Parks score meandered to 132 for 8 in their alloted 45 overs.

Things went from bad to worse when Wirral batted; it was not that we bowled badly, although no one bowler truly dominated, it was the fielding and catching which let us down when it has been so good in recent weeks for example at Sandbach, Wilmslow and Chester County Officers. Wirral's opening bat, Ronnie Gambles, was dropped an incredible 9 times.

He and opening partner, Rolin Johnson, therefore shared a decisive opening partnership of 68 which set them well on the way to victory. Hopefully just a bad week and looking forward to a much better display in better weather at picturesque but relegation troubled, Bunbury.

Team: Nick Hitchell, Tim Hitchell, Mike Beckett,Chris Hitchell, Simon Blackwell, Dave Roscoe, Dave Fletcher, Dave Gallwey(W), Chris Beckett(C), Dean Dunwoody, Mike Leonard.
Scores: Old Parkonians 132 for 8, Wirral 135 for 3.
Performances: Nick Hitchell 43, Dave Roscoe 25 not out, Mike Beckett 22, Chris Beckett 2 for 60.
Result: Wirral won by 7 wkts. Wirral 20 pts, Old Parks 6 pts.

Unfortunately the 2nd XI travelled all the way to Winsford to find the ground muddy and unplayable so it was 7 pts each. The seconds are at home to Congleton this coming Saturday and could do with a win or a high scoring draw to ease relegation fears.

Yours In Sport,
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 29th August 2009

Old Parkonians 1st XI v Aston 1st XI (Home)

Aston won the toss and elected to bat first and made very slow progress and when drinks were taken after 22 overs had only reached 46 for 2 wickets down!!

They did pick up their run rate but they only finished on 142 for 6 in their 45 overs; what looked like a very gettable total for Old Parks. Mike Leonard again opened the bowling and finished with the remarkable figures of 6-4-3-1; well done, Lenny, and keep it up! Will Walker chipped in with 2 wickets and Chris Beckett bowled well again without any luck but bowled a maiden in the last over of Aston's innings! There were two sharp run outs also from Greg Lindop and Dean Dunwoody.

The weather was beginning to deteriorate as the Old Parks innings commenced but Nick Hitchell and Mike Beckett set the foundations with an opening stand of 58 in just under 13 overs when Nick was first out for 28. Mike Beckett made 26, Greg Lindop 21 but it was left to the Hitchell boys Chris 27no and Mike 6no to see us home.

Batting had not been easy with poor light and intermittent rain but it was another excellent 25 point haul for skipper Chris Beckett and his Old Parks team.We are now in 4th. place only 25 points off the second promotion slot with next game up this coming Saturday at home to local rivals, Wirral(1pm start).

Team:Nick Hitchell, Mike Beckett, Will Walker, Chris Hitchell, Dave Fletcher, Greg Lindop, Mike Hitchell(W), Dean Dunwoody, Chris Beckett(C), Mike Leonard, James Perry.
Scores: Aston 142 for 6, Old Parks 143 for 5.
Performances: Will Walker 2 for 35, Nick Hitchell 28, Chris Hitchell 27no, Mike Beckett 26, Greg Lindop 21 and a very happy birthday to Greg who is 21 this coming weekend!
Umpires: John Turner and Winston Wagstaff(MBCCLUA).
Result: Old Parks won by 5 wickets. Old Parks 25 pts, Aston 9 pts.

Old Parkonians 2nd XI v Winnington Park (Away)

The 2nd XI had a maximum points draw away to basement club Winnington Park. Batting first Old Parks made 175 for 5 in their 45 overs with Dave Gallwey top scoring with 57no and Rob Marnick 28. Dave and Rob shared a partnership of 67; well done the both of you!! In reply Winnington just held on 153 for 9 with Dave Colebourn for the second time this season bowling 23 overs unchanged ending with 5 for 57;

Dave Gallwey also took a very sharp stumping! Old Parks took 17 pts and Winnington 9. Old Parks remain one position above the relegation zone and play away at Winsford with a very difficult week for availabilities coming up.

Yours In Sport,
Richie Beckett. Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 22nd August 2009

Old Parkonians 1st XI v Chester County Officers (Away)

On a superb batting track, 'just like a road' said some Old Parks players, skipper Chris Beckett won the toss and not unsurprisingly elected to bat first.

After 45 overs Old Parks had made a healthy looking 187 for 4.The highlight was a master class in batting by Tim Hitchell who made a magnificent 104 not out - well done Tim; over 500 league runs so far at an average of just over 50. Charlie Allen opened and made a good looking 30 and Dave Fletcher added a rapid 24 not out at the end of the innings.

In reply CCO made a rapid start and were 34 for 0 after just 6 overs but things gradually slowed down and wickets began to fall steadily. Mike Leonard, at just 16, opened the bowling for the second week running and continues to make very good progress (6-0-27-1) - well done, Mike. Chris Beckett did not take any wickets but bowled 16 overs for just 33 runs.

However, the bowling highlights were an inspired second spell from Dave Fletcher who finished with 5 for 60 and man of the match Tim Hitchell who took 4 for 15. Tim was cleverly brought back on by the skipper to bowl the last over with just the last wicket needed and with the 4th ball got a positive lbw decision from umpire, Winston Wagstaff - Old Parks had claimed the maximum 25 points, a truly epic victory.

Team: Nick Hitchell, Charlie Allen, Tim Hitchell, John Orr, Mike Beckett, Dave Fletcher,Mike Hitchell(W), Chris Beckett(C), Mike Leonard, Rob Marnick, John Beckett.
Umpires: Winston Wagstaff and Keith Wells(MBCCLUA)
Scores: Old Parkonians 187 for 4, CCO 137.
Performances: Tim Hitchell 104no. and 4 for 15, Dave Fletcher 5 for 60 and 24no., Charlie Allen 30.
Result: Old Parks won by 50 runs. Old Parks 25 points, CCO 4pts.

Old Parkonians 2nd XI v Mere (Home)

The 2nd XI at home to 'favourite opponents' Mere held out for a nerve wracking draw which currently leaves them one place above the relegation zone.
Scores: Mere 180, Old Parks 106 for 9. Mere 25 points, Old Parks 5 points.

Greg's Sunday XI played Windsor Wesleyans at home and lost narrowly by 12 runs in a keenly contested game which annoyingly was rain affected at times.Windsor made 143 all out batting first with their fixture secretary, Tim Kenward, making an incredible 95 not out.

In reply Old Parks were struggling at 71 for 9 when last man Mike Leonard joined skipper, Greg, at the crease; they took the score to 131, a last wicket stand of 60, before Greg was last man out with the score at 131.Greg had made 64 of them in a hugely entertaining innings. Well played, Greg and all of the team and hard luck - chance to gain revenge when we play Windsor again in the very last game of the cricket season at Holm Lane on Sunday 20th September.

Yours In Sport,
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 8th August 2009

Old Parkonians 1st XI v Wilmslow (Away)

On a warm and sunny summer's afternoon the 1st team travelled to the affluent, leafy Cheshire suburb of Wilmslow for their latest game. Skipper Chris Beckett lost the toss and the hosts chose to bat first. On a smallish ground they made a healthy but not overly imposing total of 183 for 9 in their 45 overs. All five bowlers Messrs. Fletcher, Colebourn, Walker, C.Hitchell and C.Beckett bowled steadily or better. Chris Beckett took 3 for 46 and Chris Hitchell 2 for 46. In addition a sharp piece of fielding by Greg Lindop led to an important run out.

In reply Old Parks achieved the required total, (184 for 6), in only 33.1 overs. Although a fairly comprehensive victory in the end the innings did have one or two scary moments with a couple of wickets falling in quick succession and Mike Beckett 'running out' his close mate, or supposedly so, Chris Hitchell.

Tim Hitchell once again hit a classy innings- this time his contribution was 46. Will Walker rapidly made 48 including 10 fours. Mike Beckett 'steadied the ship' when it was needed and remained undefeated on 33 at the close of play. All in all then a 'good day at the office' and let's see with 6 games remaining if a late bid for the second promotion slot can be made.

The next 1st Team league game is at Holm Lane this coming Saturday against second placed Pott Shrigley.

Scores: Wilmslow 183 for 9 dec.(45 overs), Old Parkonians 184 for 6 (33.1 overs). Old Parkonians won by 4 wkts. Old Parkonians 25 pts, Wilmslow 13 pts.
Performances: Chris Beckett 3 for 46, Chris Hitchell 2 for 46, Will Walker 48, Tim Hitchell 46, Mike Beckett 33no.
Team: Nick Hitchell, Tim Hitchell, Will Walker, Greg Lindop, Mike Beckett, Dave Fletcher, Chris Hichell, Mike Hitchell(W), John Orr, Chris Beckett(C), Dave Colebourn.
Umpires: Keith Warburton and Alan Proctor(MBCCLUA). Both had very good games! Thank you gentlemen.

Old Parkonians 2nd XI v Hale Barnes (Home)

Against highly rated opponents 'Carl's Crew' had their first 25 pointer of the season with a convincing 8 wicket victory. Hale Barns won the toss and elected to bat first but collapsed to a meagre total of 104 all out. Lew Toland took 5 for 27, Stewie McEwen 3 for 14 and Mike Leonard 2 for 42. However, the 'two's' have chased lower totals than this previously and failed but certainly not this time with Old Parks replying with 106 for 2; Lew Toland 36, skipper Carl Brannon 36no. and Simon Blackwell 19 no.

Well done seconds and let's see your true form for the remainder of the season.

It is also good to report a victory for Greg's Sunday XI at picturesque Burton, the report below and team photograph are included from Cricket Club Chairman, Dave Westwater.

An especially warm welcome to new playing member, Mike Cardus, who made his debut in this game.

The first time this season when the club has attained three victories by adult teams on the same weekend; do let this continue and well done to all playing members.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

An Afternoon on Deeside

Fifty years ago we travelled to Burton for the annual fixture on the back of Ron Caton’s ex-army surplus pick up truck. Nowadays it is courtesy of the German car industry.

On a very pleasant day Greg’s team fielded first to shake off the morning after blues.

The Burton openers quaked when Greg opened with Paul Beckett and James Perry (we are taking no prisoners today) and on 16 Paul had both openers back in the pavilion. With wickets falling at regular intervals Greg and Charlie came on to bolster their total. They eventually reached 90 and it was time for new recruit Michael Cardus to make his debut, the batsmen weren’t shaking but the ground shook! Will Walker’s leg spin finished them off and we took tea with them all out for 128.

Terry Marnick and Tubby Fearon strode out to knock off the small total, Terry strode back 2 balls later on zero. Dave Galwey struggled on 5 singles in 10 overs and it was time for the ‘sloggers’.

Unfortunately as 50 years ago a wet uncovered wicket can play many tricks that players brought up on a Holm Lane belter have never faced. They came out, hit out and got out! It was left to the youngest team member Miles Allen to play in the correct manner. With 6 down he was joined by brother Charlie and they steadily brought the score to level pegging, here was Mile’s moment of glory, but the stumps were floored. Out went new boy Michael, first ball Charlie tries to run him out, second he belted it to the cover boundary for the win.

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A very pleasant afternoon enlivened by the guitar playing of Dave Galwey and the Chairman’s new Italian green and white shoes.

Greg Lindop, Paul Beckett, James Perry, Dave Galwey, Miles Allen, Charles Allen, Will Walker, Michael Cardus, Terry Marnick and Son, Peter Fearon
Click on the picture for the larger version...

Dave Westwater

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 25th July 2009

Old Parkonians CC 1st XI travelled to Sandbach in south Cheshire for their latest Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League Division 3 match. Although ending in a draw the game was exciting throughout. The hosts put in Old Parks to bat first on a rather soft and damp looking pitch. Openers Nick Hitchell and John Orr got the visitors off to a good start putting on 51 for the first wicket before Orr fell with his score on 29.

This brought Tim Hitchell to the crease to join brother, Nick, and together they took the score to 111 before Nick was out for a classy 68, the top score of the day. Tim scored 28 runs and number 4 batter Will Walker chipped in with 24. However, the Old Parks totally collapsed from a very promising 156 for 2 to an average looking 171 for 9 in their allotted 45 overs.

In reply Sandbach started strongly and looked clear favourites when their score stood at 109 for 2 with 18 overs still remaining. However, they suffered their own collapse too and in the last five overs all three results were possible.

At stumps Sandbach finished on 162 for 8 ten runs shy of their required total. Old Parks skipper,left arm spinner, Chris Beckett, bowled very well taking 6 for 54 off 17 consecutive overs.Quicker bowlers Will Walker and Dave Fletcher bowled a good length and line but lacked the necessary penetration to take the other wickets.

This leaves Parkonians in a mid table 6th position with next game up this comming Saturday against Stretton from Warrington at Holm Lane.

Richie Beckett.
Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC

Beckett's Mid Season Bawl ~ sent to the Wirral News

Old Parkonians 1st XI play their cricket in the Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League Division 3 which is part of the Cheshire Cricket Pyramid.

The team captained by 20 year old youngster, Chris Beckett (albeit his 6th season in the first team), are experiencing a mixed season so far. They currently lie in sixth place out of twelve but are only 28 points off the second promotion slot. Four games out of eleven have been won with the maximum 25 points available in a match.

On three occasions a total well in excess of 200 has been made. The current league leaders, Lindow, were beaten with Old Parks batting first and declaring on a total of 256 for 5 declared in 43 overs; the visitors could only reply with a total of 132 all out.

The most stunning victory has been at home against Bunbury with Old Parks again batting first and making an amazing total of 296 for 5 declared off only a mere 38 overs; in fact this was the highest score any Old Parkonian side has made in any form of cricket in their club history!!

In reply, on a another superb Holm Lane batting track, Bunbury could only muster a paltry 66 all out in just 19 overs. A total of 236 for 3 declared(42 overs) was made at home to Sandbach but the visitors at 172 for 8 clung on for a draw. A team highlight of the season so far has been a 7 wicket victory against local league rivals, Wirral, at Clatterbridge.

There have been several excellent individual performances especially on the batting side of things.18 year old Will Walker has scored two centuries(123 and 103 not out) and with a little more consistency and perhaps a little more patience is a great prospect for the future.

In the game against Bunbury Will and another youngster, 20 year old, Greg Lindop put on a 3rd wicket partnership of 123 in an amazing 42 minutes with Will going on to make his 103 not out and Greg 89. Indeed Greg scored his first 50 runs in only 25 minutes off just 26 balls equally a club record!However, the most consistent batsman has been opener, Tim Hitchell, with 370 runs at an average of just over 40 in only 9 innings.

Best bowling performances have been by Chris Hitchell with a return of 7 for 58 in the victory against Lindow and Dave Fletcher with 6 for 47 in an away draw against Cheadle Hulme(Ladybridge).Dave has 19 wickets and Chris 12. They have been well supported by seamer, Dave Colebourn with 15 wickets and left arm spinner, skipper, Chris Beckett with 14.

Evergreen wicket keeper, Mike Hitchell, has taken 10 catches behind the stumps. Indeed there is a fourth Hitchell brother, Nick, in the side who opens the batting with brother, Tim, and has scored some useful runs himself with a top score of 80.

The 2nd XI led by veteran skipper, Carl Brannon, a well known local sportsman, have struggled in their league games and are currently only just above the relegation zone in their league, Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League Division A.

However, in the league's 2nd taem 20/20 Knockout Cup Competition, they have fared much better and are now in one of the semi finals facing an away tie in the near future against Northwich CC. They have won four games along the way all at home against Alvanley, Barnton, Chester County Officers and Weaverham.

What the current Old Parkonians Cricket Club lacks is strength in depth and consistent availability of players As a result the club is actively looking to recruit new playing members for this season and beyond to play in the two league teams and/or the Sunday friendly eleven. Interested players, whatever their experience, should speak to captain, Chris Beckett (07709122789) or e mail their details to

Richie Beckett,
Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 4th July 2009

1st XI v Wistaston Village (Away)

After last week's stunning victory against Bunbury at Holm Lane the first team travelled to bottom of the table Wistaston Village CC(just outside Crewe) with a greatly changed team with six changes made due to unavailability.

Chris Beckett lost the toss and Old Parks were put into bat first. We started well enough and at best we were 76 for 2 with John Orr unlucky to be adjudged leg before for 18 and Will Walker making a fairly rapid 39. We fairly dramatically collapsed to 80 for 5 before a brave 6th wicket stand took place between 14 year old Craig Hawthorne and Dave Gallwey wich put on 34 runs, Dave made 20 and Craig 19; very well done you two!! Mike Hitchell contributed a useful knock of 26 before being last man out with the Old Parkonian total standing at 150.

In reply the hosts got off to a 'flyer' with both opening batsmen scoring 28 each and at their best Wistaston were 71 for 1. They did wobble though and were 116 for 6 before the 7th wicket partnership added the remaining required runs. Chris Beckett bowled well and unchanged and took four wickets. All rounder, Keith Thornhill, was the man of the match. The Wistaston opening bowler and No.7 batsman contributed 4 for 60 with the ball and 36 not out with the bat; well played, Keith!

Team: Nick Hitchell, John Orr, Will Walker, Charlie Allen, Pete Fearon, Craig Hawthorne, Dave Gallwey, Mike Hitchell(W), Chris Beckett(C), Mike Marnick, Richie Beckett.

Scores: Old Parkonians 150(43 overs), Wistaston Village 153 for 6.
Result: Wistaston Village 20 pts, Old Parks 9 pts.
Performances: Will Walker 39, Mike Hitchell 26, Dave Gallwey 20, Craig Hawthorne 19, John Orr 18; Chris Beckett 4 for 59 and Charlie Allen 2 for 26.
Umpires: Alan Rickett and Ted Fletcher(MBCCLUA)

The 2nd team reached the semi finals of their 20/20 knockout competition with an exciting 6 run home victory against sturdy opponents Weaverham on Tuesday 30th. June; well done to skipper, Carl Brannon, and all team members. They now play against highly rated Northwich at their ground and the game is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday 14th July.

Unfortunately, the 2nds in their latest league game lost by 72 runs at home to Runcorn, like the firsts they had a much changed team due to the club having 14 unavailable players last weekend!! Things look mech better for this week at the time of writing - fingers crossed!!

Yours In Sport,
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 27th June 2009

1st XI v Bunbury (Home)

After a month's absence 'Bat and Bawl' returns to report upon an amazing victory versus Bunbury at Holm Lane.

The previous Saurday the 20th June Old Parks 1st XI had posted a convincing 7 wicket win on a less than trusty track at Clatterbridge against local rivals Wirral. This last Saturday Bunbury won the toss and, perhaps surprisingly, elected to bowl first; a decision they were to regret!

Old Parks amassed 296 for 5 (declared) in just 38 overs!! Nick and Tim Hitchell again got us off to a very solid start with a partnership of 42 in the opening 9 overs before Nick was out; unfortunately Charlie Allen was out soon after without scoring. This brought Will Walker to the wicket and he and Tim were to produce a partnership of 83 in just 46 minutes and 13 overs. Tim was bowled out for a classy looking 65 in the 23rd over. Tim has been most consistent in his batting so far this season and has scored 370 league runs in 9 innings at an average of 41.1 - well done, Tim, and keep it up!

The 5th wicket partnership was to produce some amazing results!!! It was between Will Walker and Greg Lindop who were to put on an incredible 123 runs together in just 42 minutes and 9.5 overs. Greg scored 29 of the first 30 runs in the partnership and he equalled the club record, set by Gary Dawson in 1987 at Wayfarers, for the fastest 50 in club history 25 minutes and off just 26 balls! When Greg was caught out the score was 254 for 4 in just the 33rd over. Will went on to complete an undefeated 103 enabling skipper, Chris Beckett to declare at the end of just 38 overs. The total of 296 was the highest league score by any Old Parks side and equalled the previous highest 296 total in a tour game at Worcester CC last summer. An innings full of records then!

After tea Bunbury faced their daunting task of 297 in a potential 52 overs. They were soon 2 for 2 then 9 for 4 before collapsing to 66 all out in just 19 overs. The Old Parks bowlers bowled the right length and line exploiting just the little help that this superb batting track could give. Once again Dave Colebourn bowled consistently well claiming another 3 wickets well supported by Will who also claimed 3 wickets. If we were able to produce this kind of form each week and have more consistent availability then surely we would be nearly top of this league! There is still a long way to go but currently we lie in 6th place but only 15 points off the second promotion spot.

Team: Nick Hitchell, Tim Hitchell, Charlie Allen, Will Walker, Greg Lindop, Mike Beckett, Chris Hitchell, Mike Hitchell(W), Dean Dunwoody, Chris Beckett(C), Dave Colebourn.

Scores: Old Parks 296-5(dec.) 38 overs; Bunbury 66 all out (19 overs)
Result: Old Parks won by 230 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Bunbury 3 points.
Performances: Will Walker 103no., Greg Lindop 89, Tim Hitchell 65; Will Walker 3 for 23, Dave Colebourn 3 for 29, Chris Hitchell 2 for 1. However, the whole team had a wonderful game. Well done to everyone!
Umpires:Tony Fry, Winston Wagstaffe(MBCCLUA). Both gentlemen had excellent games, thank you!

After some improved league results recently sadly the 2nd XI suffered a heavy defeat albeit against a very good Congleton side. However, they are experiencing a very good run in their 20/20 knockout competition; they are now in the quarter finals at home to Weaverham and at the time of writing this game is due to be played on the evening of Tuesday 30 June: good luck to the lads!

It is very disappointing to have to record that on Wednesday 23 Jume we as a club had to officially resign our 3rd XI from the Merseyside Competition.

We were really left with no alternative due mainly to a lack of consistent player availability but also due to the fact that when we forfeited a game we were also being heavily fined financially by the league; this situation could not continue!! On a brighter note it is pleasing to be able to report a narrow victory at Holm Lane against local rivals Oxton in an U13 game on a lovely morning last Sunday 28 June with good performances by all team members. In addition that same afternoon again at the club an excellent Sunday friendly took place against good friends Upton ending in a 14 run victory to Old Parks who batted first and made 219 all out Upton replying with 205 all out. The game both on and off the field was played in the true spirit of cricket and is surely what the game is all about!! A most enjoyable weekend with some good weather also.

Yours In Sport,
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 30th May 2009

1st XI v Pott Shrigley (Away)

On a glorious early summer's day we set off on our longest league journey of the season to the picturesque village of Pott Shrigley. Chris Beckett won the toss and elected to bat on a pretty damp out pitch with a just as damp outfield.

We started well enough with openers Mike Hitchell and Charlie Allen getting us off to a promising start. Charlie was the pick of our batsmen with a good looking 22. From 57-2 we collapsed to 72-7 before a rallying partnership of 26 between Dave Fletcher and Chris Beckett took us to 98-7 but then we again collapsed pretty quickly to 98 all out in only 38 overs.

In all honesty Pott Shrigley looked pretty comfortable in reaching 101-2 in only 27 overs despite the best efforts of our bowlers. The last two weeks have been most disappointing and we really need to apply ourselves much better especially in our batting in this coming Saturday's fixture v Chester County Officers at Holm Lane. We have a very talented squad and we all know what we are capable off!!

Team: Mike Hitchell(W), Charlie Allen, Will Walker, Andy Moxley, Simon Blackwell, Mike Beckett, Dave Fletcher, Dean Dunwoody, Chris Beckett(C), Dave Colebourn, Mike Foulkes.
Umpires: Keith Warburton and Tony Fry(MBBCLUA)
Performances: Charlie Allen 22, Mike Hitchell 19, Dave Fletcher 18, Chris Beckett 14.
Scores: Old Parkonians 98, Pott Shrigley 101-2.
Result: Pott Shrigley won by 8 wkts. Pott Shrigley 25 pts, Old Parks 1 pt.

2nd XI v Ashley (Home)

In a very much more spirited league performance the 2nd's narrowly lost to Ashley at Holm Lane. Carl won the toss and elected to bat first and a useful total of 143 all out was made on a slow pitch and damp outfield. Jon Cable again demonstrated his promising talent in top scoring with 47. In reply Ashley reached their target with only one wicket remaining. Mike Leonard bowled very well and took 5 wickets. Andy Evans up on a week's visit scored 30 runs, took 2 wickets and made 2 catches. Although a disappointing result this was a most exciting game with a much improved display.

Scores; Old Parkonians 143, Ashley 147-9.
Result: Ashley won by 1 wkt. Ashley 25 pts, Old Parks 11 pts.

3rd XI v Birkenhead St Mary's (Away)

Well done to skipper Terry Marnick in honouring this fixture despite only having 8 men. St Marys batted first and made 217-5(dec.). There was good bowling, despite the shortage of fielders, from Rob Marnick 2-69 from 21 overs, James Perry 2-53 from 9 overs and John Beckett 1-59 from 17 overs. Well done the three of you! We were all out in reply for 75 but Dave Westwater, cricket club chairman, out of retirement once more top scored with 19 not out and carried his bat, Tom Manger made 14 and John Beckett 10. Well done to all eight who played! It is just a pity this season that a few more young and not so young players couldn't make themselves available if only just occasionally and follow the example of cricket club chairman, Dave!

Sunday 31st May 2009 ~ 3rd XI v Prescot Odyssey (Home) ~ Phil Daniels Cup

With a full and much stronger team of fully registered players Terry's Titans eased to a comfortable victory over a very spirited P&O side. We batted first and made a formidable looking total of 252-8 in our allotted 45 overs. Will Walker top scored with 85 followed by Chris Hitchell with 45 not out and Pete Fearon 28.

P&O replied with 158-7 with all bowlers performing well Greg Lindop being the pick with a spell of 4-30 from 9 overs. In a round robin league of three games this was a very good first victory. Special mention must go to new cricket recruit, Dave Gallwey, who batted and kept wicket very well despite the best efforts of Pete Fearon to run him out!!

Tuesday 2nd June 2009 ~ 2nd XI v Barton (Home) ~ 1st Round MBCCL 20/20 Cup

In good conditions Old Parks batted first and made an excellent score of 171-6 with Barnton making just 88 all out in reply. This was a very pleasing victory and sets us up with another home tie on the evening of Tuesday 16 June against either Chester County Officers or Barrow. Well done to the team.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 23rd May 2009

1st XI v Wilmslow (Home)

Much hard work had gone into making the ground at Holm Lane playable for this fixture. Thanks must go to in particular Dave Westwater, Mike Beckett, Ted Keaney and Chris Beckett.

However, the out field was still dampish and, therefore, fairly slow. Chris Beckett won the toss and bravely, perhaps, elected to bat first.Mike Hitchell and Tim Hitchell opened and both looked comfortable against what appeared at the outset fairly average bowling. Both will admit to getting out to poor shots. Batsmen 3,4 and 5 Charlie Allen, Greg Lindop and Mike Beckett all made useful scores without any of them going on to play a major innings.

There was an unfortunate run out between Greg and Charlie but that is history now and I feel sure that both will have learned from this experience. Charlie had a good game on promotion to the team and deservedly holds his place for this weekend.

Dave Fletcher had a brief cameo but none of the lower order offered too much resistance. We were disappointingly all out for 137 in the 42nd over giving Wilmslow an extra 3 overs to strive for their target.
This total was still not going to be that easy to attain considering that the outfield was still slow and that the pitch was 'doing a bit'. Wilmslow appeared to be cruising, after a fairly rapid start, at 79-2 but this became 89-5 and then 117-6.

Although all the bowlers, Dave Fletcher, Dave Colebourn, Chris Beckett and Chris Hitchell bowled well they did not have any luck and we were unable to press home any advantage that we had and in the end Wilmslow won comfortably by 4 wickets with 5.5 overs to spare. It must be said that whilst we did not deserve to win the game it is my opinion taht this was a game that we lost when it was most certainly there for the winning!

Special mention should go to the umpires, Nev Abberley and Derek Pearson who were excellent throughout; well done the two of you!!

Scores: Old Parkonians 137, Wilmslow 139-6.
Team: Mike Hitchell(W), Tim Hitchell, Charlie Allen, Greg Lindop, Mike Beckett, Dave Fletcher, Chris Hitchell, Chris Beckett(C), Dave Colebourn, Mike Foulkes, Rob Marnick.
Performances: Mike Beckett 31, Greg Lindop 25, Charlie Allen 23. Chris Beckett 2-34 and Dave Colebourn 2-35.
Result: Wilmslow won by 4wkts. Wilmslow 25 pts, Old Parks 7 points.

2nd XI v Hale Barns (Away)

Disappointingly this was a comprehensive defeat for the team but I am sure we will do better next week!!
Scores: Old Parkonians 70, Hale Barns 71-1
Result: Hale Barns won by 9 wkts. Hale Barns 20 pts, Old Parks 1pt.

3rd XI v Alder (Away)

This game was abandoned by the opposition due to their ground being waterlogged. Both sides received 6 pts.

The 1st XI were due to play Crewe in the replayed Cheshire Cup game at Holm Lane on Sunday. However, they conceded the previous evening leaving us without a fixture on what was the best weather day of the season so far; we had already called off the friendly v Yorkers due to the cup game - never mind everyone will have been able to catch up with some long overdue gardening??? The next round of the Cheshire Cup is sheduled for Sunday 14 June away to Widnes, a Cheshire County Premier League side, on a ground we have never visited before.

Tuesday 26th May ~ 20/20 Knockout Cup ~ 2nd XI v Alvanley (Home)

We won won this game by 13 runs despite the bizarre spectacle of us losing our final 5 wkts in one over and the bowler not getting a hat trick!!! We are now due to face Barnton at Holm Lane scheduled for Tuesday 2 June. Well done to 'Carl's Crew' !!

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 16th May 2009

1st XI v Stretton (Away)

On a very unpredictable afternoon weatherwise, although only 3 overs were lost to rain, Old Parks skipper, Chris Beckett, lost the toss and we were asked to bat first in the inclement conditions. Nick Hitchell was first out with the score at 16 and then brother Tim followed, having made 17, when the score was 36. Then an exciting and rapid stand of 74 took place between Mike Hitchell and Greg Lindop with both batsmen hitting some cracking shots; well played both of you! When Greg was out with the score at 110-3 we unfortunately collapsed to 141 all out in 41.2 overs.

This meant, after reductions due to rain that the hosts, Stretton, had 45 overs to strive for their target of 142. They were soon 2-2 but recovered and although they lost wickets steadily they also scored runs pretty quickly especially from batsmen A.Garrod and E.Malik who scored 34 apiece.

With the score at 109-7 the game was fnely balanced but Old Parks took 2 quick wickets and with the score at 123-9 the visitors were firm favourites but the No 8 and No 11 Stretton batsmen took the score to 139-9 before P.Flanagan popped up an easy but nervy catch to Greg at mid - on which he safely held.

A very excited but also relieved Old Parks eleven had managed to take the maximum 25 points, albeit by the very narrow margin of 2 runs, which takes them top of the table with four games played. This had been a very exciting finish to an excellent cricket game played in the right spirit by both sides. Once again there had been excellent bowling by both Dave Colebourn and Dave Fletcher- well done you two!

Chris Beckett has made a very good start as captain and is impressing on his side thst we are good enough this season to have a real go at promotion from this division. It appears that there is no real stand out team and the whole division will be keenly contested.

Team: Nick Hitchell, Tim Hitchell, Mike Hitchell(W), Greg Lindop,Simon Blackwell, Dean Dunwoody, Chris Hitchell, Dave Fletcher, Chris Beckett(C), Dave Colebourn, John Beckett.
Umpires: Frank Molyneaux, Jim Hill(MBCCLUA)
Performances: Greg Lindop 47, Mike Hitchell 41. Dave Colebourn 4-40 and Dave Fletcher 3-47.
Scores: Old Parkonians 141, Stretton 139.
Result: Old Parks won by 2 runs. Old Parks 25 pts, Sretton 7 pts.

2nd XI v Stretton (Home)

Stretton 113-9(45 overs) Dean Norman 7-45; excellent bowling Deam, well done!! Old Parks 117-3(Dave Roscoe 69, Lou Tolond 30) excellent batting by both of you; still some life obviously in that old warhorse, Roscoe, finishing on his favourite number!! Old Parks won by 7 wkts and gained 20 points in their first victory of the season. Well done to Carl and all of his team.

3rd XI v Mossley Hill (Away)

Old Parks 78(Dave Gallway 33 no on what was a very interesting day for Dave!!!); Mossley Hill 79-2. Old Parks lost by 8 wkts but very well done to Terry Marnick for raising a side with all the current lack of availability of players and this situation still continues ; if you are reading this and want to play whether a current member or not you will be made very welcome so please contact someone at the club- it can be done via this website if you wish to join the club.

1st XI Cheshire Cup 2nd Round v Crewe (Home) ~ Sunday 17th May 2009

After much hard work by Mike Beckett and most of the first team players to get the ground playable for a delayed start of 3.15pm and a reduced match of 25 overs a side it was very disappointing that the game had to be abandoned after 21.3 overs.

We had won the toss and had put Crewe in and they were 123-7 when play was curtailed; an exciting finish was in prospect I suspect. Will Walker bowled excellently,4-18, including 2 wickets in 2 consecutive balls both clean bowled.

The game will be replayed this coming Sunday at the club sadly meaning that one of our favourite Sunday friendlies v. Yorkers has had to be cancelled. Hopefully we will be alright for the return fixture with them on Sunday 12 July.



Let us hope that the weather is soon going to make a change for the better and that we can get playing some more exciting cricket; also tour money for Cheltenham(Sunday 19 - Wednesday 22 July) is now due. Money to Mike Beckett.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 9th May 2009

1st XI v Sandbach (Home)

On a day of very average weather, although it did clear up later, Chris Beckett won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking track.

A formidable total was rattled up in only 42 overs despite a rain break and an early tea. The opening stand between the two Hitchell brothers, Tim and Nick, was worth 148, which must be close to a club record, before Nick was first out for 60 runs.

Tim departed soon after for a classy knock of 80 (cumulative runs for Tim is 159 in only three innings- keep it going, Tim). We now had Will Walker and Greg Lindop at the wicket which speeded things up even more thus enabling the early declaration with only 3 wickets down; well batted to all 5 batsmen who got in and commiserations to those who did not!

Sandbach now had 48 overs to try to reach their target but apart from opener, Akil Mukhtar 121no., and the two Kara brothers very little resistance was offered until Peever came in at number 10. Indeed they collapsed from 93-1 to 121-8 until Mukhtar and Peever saw out time in a partnership of 51 runs in 14 overs. Things might have been so different if Mukhtar had been given out caught behind early on in his innings when what appeared to be a very confident appeal by Old Parks was turned down.

Nevertheless this had been an exciting and at times nailbiting game which resulted in a draw which had seen the home side, Old Parks, in the driving seat for much of the time.There were several good bowling performances but especially by skipper, Chris Beckett(4 wkts) and Will Walker(3 wkts). Rob Marnick fielded excellently taking two great catches. Mention should also go to umpire, Jim Hill, who did well standing on his own in what were at times difficult conditions.

This Saturday the team is away to Sretton, on the outskirts of Warrington, and Sunday also sees them in action at home to Crewe in the Cheshire Cup (1.30 start); do pop up and have a look and support your team and club even if you are not a cricket fan- the bar will probably be open shortly after the start of the game!!

Team: Nick Hitchell, Tim Hitchell, Will Walker, Greg Lindop, Mike Hitchell(W), Chris Hitchell, Simon Blackwell, Mike Beckett, Dave Fletcher, Chris Beckett(C), Rob Marnick.
Umpire: Jim Hill(MBCCLUA)

Performances:Tim Hitchell 80, Nick Hitchell 60, Greg Lindop 40no., Will Walker 32. Chris Beckett 4-51 and Will Walker 3-16.
Scores: Old Parkonians 236-3 dec.(42 overs); Sandbach 172-8 (48 overs).
Result: Match Drawn. Old Parks 16 pts, Sandbach 9 pts.

2nd XI v Ashton-on-Mersey (Away)

Old Parkonians 106-7(45 overs), AOM 107-1. AOM won by 9 wkts. AOM 25 pts, Old Parks 1 point.

The Under13 team lost last Sunday to a strong New Brighton side but played very well in a most sporting manner. Well done to all players concerned and to Mike Beckett for once again managing the team!

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 2nd May 2009

1st XI v Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge (Away)

On a damp wicket captain Chris Beckett won the toss and elected to bat first.

Openers Nick and Tim Hitchell made steady progress adding 49 for the first wicket.However, a collapse saw us reduced to 57 for 5!! A recovery was made led mainly by Mike Hitchell but assisted by Chris Beckett and Mike Beckett allowing us to finish on 177 for 8 in the alloted 45 overs.

In reply CH Ladybridge made a poor start with only opener Clarke offering any real resistance and they were 50 for 5 at one stage. However, a 6th wicket partnership of 66 between Clarke(55) and Gidley(38) gave them real hope of a first victory of the season but when both these batsmen were out it was Old Parks once again in the ascendancy but the hosts No 9 and No 10 batters saw out time and the game was drawn.

This had been no boring game though and both sides had played their parts with several opportunities there for the taking. Dave Fletcher bowled beautifully again accompanied by the accuracy of the luckless, Dave Colebourn. Good to see you back, Dave. Still it was 16 points to Old Parks!

Team:Nick Hitchell, Tim Hitchell, Will Walker, Simon Blackwell, Mike Beckett, Dean Dunwoody, Mike Hitchell(W), Dave Fletcher, Chris Beckett(C), Dave Colebourn, John Beckett.

Performances: Mike Hitchell 63, Tim Hitchell 30, Chris Beckett 21 no. Dave Fletcher 6 for 47 and Will Walker 2 for 24.

Scores: Old Parks 177 for 8, CH ladybridge 149 for 8.

Result: Match Drawn. Old Parks 16 pts, CH Ladybridge 9pts.

2nd XI v Barnton (Home)

Stand in captain John Orr won the toss and elected to field first with Barnton making a tidy total of 178 for 6 in their 45 overs. In reply Old Parks made a very healthy start with openers Dave Roscoe 36 and Lewie Tolond 34 getting us off with a good opening partnership and No 3 Charlie Allen hit an excellent knock of 48. However, things went downhill after that and in the end we held on for a draw.

Scores: Barnton 178 for 6, Old Parks 143 for 8.

Result: Match Drawn. Barnton 16 pts, Old Parks 8 pts.

Sunday XI Friendly v Upton (Away). 3 May 2009

Will Walker standing in for Greg Lindop won the toss and elected to bat. After a very slow start Old Parks made 186 all out in 38.2 overs. Will himself made a magnificent 112no including five 6's; well done, again, Will - two centuries in consecutive weeks. There were also useful cameos from Chris Beckett 26 and Charlie Allen 21.

In their reply Upton, although looking useful at times, were never really up with the clock and when overseas player,George Earl, and Ian Sharrock were out their chance of victory was much more remote and they fell short by a 33 run margin. This was a good first outing for the team and both captains made sure that all of their players were involved; well done to both of them and to Steve Fletcher who had a very good game standing on his own. Thanks, Steve and for an excellent opening raffle on Saturday night.

Best bowling for Old Parks on his debut was Ryan Evans 8-1-27-3; excellent Ryan make sure you keep on playing!! Young James Perry bwoled an encoraging spell and took 3 wickets, well done, James. There were mean spells from Mike Leonard 8-4-10-0 and club captain, Chris Beckett 7-3-8-1. Mention should also go to young 13 year old Upton bowler Emma Smith who bowled three maiden overs in her opening spell and finished with very tidy bowling figures of 7-3-32-1; well done indeed. Thanks to Upton for hosting a most enjoyable game of cricket and it was good to catch up with many good friends.

Scores: Old Parks 186, Upton 153 for 8.

Result: Old Parks won by 33 runs.

Yours In Sport,
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Saturday 25 April 2009


In his first league game as captain, Chris Beckett, lost the toss and Old Parks were invited to bat which we would have done anyway!

The wicket was good and true and we amassed an impressive total of 256-5 (dec.) in 42.5 overs; major contributors were Will Walker 123(an excellent knock- even if he did offer one or two chances- well done,Will),Tim Hitchell 69(even if he did run his brother Nick out!). Anyway, well done, Tim, too! There was also a nice little cameo of 38 from 'Old Purple Nose' Paul Disbury. Major partnerships were 2nd. wicket of 146(Tim Hitchell and Will Walker) and 3rd. wicket of 62(Will Walker and Paul Disbury).

This meant that Lindow now had 47 overs to try and attain their target of 257. However, they never looked likely to achieve this substantial task and wickets fell at regular intervals. Chris Hitchell took 7-58 and Dave Fletcher 3-45. Excellent bowling in tandem by both of them.

So a very good start for the team and new young captain Chris B. Both Will and Chris Hitch. qualify for a bottle of champagne from Cricket Club Chairman, Dave Westwater! The ground is looking good thanks to Dave and his team and thanks for the new clock. Also your scorer and press reporter is very pleased with his new jacket too!!

Umpire, Tony Manning, standing on his own had a very good game.

Result: Old Parkonians won by 124 runs. Old Parks 25 points, Lindow 5 points.
Scores: Old Parkonians 256-5(dec.), Lindow 132 all out.

The 2nds had a disappointing defeat away against strong opposition in Northwich.

Result: Northwich won by 8wkts. Northwich 20 points, Old Parks 3 points.
Scores: Old Parkonians 121-9(45 overs), Northwich 122-2.
We could not raise enough players for the 3rd team away to Sutton(St.Helens) so we had to forfeit the game.

We are hoping to have the first outdoor net of the season for seniors at the club this Wednesday(6.30pm onwards) so try and be there!

Yours In Sport,
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Cricket Awards

Chairman, Dave Westwater will be continuing his award scheme as in previous years, despite the global recession!

  • Any junior (U-18) scoring 50 runs or taking 5 wickets in a league match wins £15.
  • Any senior player scoring 100 runs or taking 7 wickets in a league match wins a bottle of Champagne.

16 year old Jonathan Cable raided the Chairman's pocket last week with a magnificent 91 for the 3rd XI, well done.

Beckett's Bat & Bawl ~ Easter Monday, 13th April 2009

Pre Season Friendly v Alder (A)

New cricket club captain, 20 year old Chris Beckett, took a mixed squad of players to Alder(formerly Liverpool Nalgo) for a warm up game on Easter Monday. The weather was set fair and when the sun came out it was pleasantly warm. Chris won the toss and asked the opposition to bat and steady bowling held Alder to a reasonable total of 152 for 7 in their 40 overs.While Will Walker and Chris Beckett were the pick of the bowlers they were well supported by Charlie Allen, Rob Marnick, Craig Hawthorne and Miles Allen; the latter two showing good promise for the future as they are both only 14 years old!

Alder provided an excellent tea and then it was turn of Old Parks to bat. A poor start was made with the wickets of Terry Marnick, John Orr and Will Walker falling cheaply and in quick succession leaving us looking very creaky at 19 for 3. It was left to Dean Dunwoody, despite the excesses of the previous evening, to steady the ship along with Mike Hitchell; together they put on 32 for the 4th wicket taking the score to 51 for 4 before Dean ran Mike Hitch out!!

This brought former club captain, Mike Beckett, to the wicket. However, Dean was out soon after having made a useful knock of 18. This brought 16 year old Charlie Allen to the crease and a very useful supporting role he took in a partnership of 58 with Mike B. When Charlie was out the score was then 123 for 6 with the incoming batter being the new skipper. Although his Uncle was out soon after for an excellent 52 Chris and Craig Hawthorne saw us through to a comfortable 3 wicket win in the end with 5.1 overs remaining much to young No. 10 batsman Miles Allen's relief. It was an enjoyable game with both sides benefitting from some early season outdoor practise.

Alder 152-7(40 overs); Will Walker(2-7);
Old Parkonians 153-7(34.5overs); Mike Beckett 52, Chris Beckett 20no, Dean Dunwoody 18, Mike Hitchell 17, Charlie Allen 13.
Result: Old Parkonians won by 3 wkts.
Team(Batting Order): Terry Marnick, John Orr, Will Walker, Dean Dunwoody, Mike Hitchell(W), Mike Beckett, Charlie Allen, Chris Beckett(C), Craig Hawtorne, Miles Allen, Rob Marnick.
Umpire: Steve Fletcher. Scorer: Richie Beckett.

The 3rd XI start their season this Saturday 18 April under the continuing leadership of Terry Marnick at Octel v Alder 4th XI 1.30pm start and the 1st and 2nd teams start their league seasons the following week. Hoping for a very good attendance at the last indoor net next Tuesday 21 April and for some lovely weather and winning cricket in the months ahead.

I am hoping to bring regular match reports, results and general cricket news to you via this website so do look out for it and let me know what you think and if you want anything including that I don't know about!!

Yours In Sport. Richie
Beckett. Press Officer, Old Parkonians CC.

Club Officials

At the Cricket AGM on the 24th November 2008, the following were elected:

  • 1st Team Captain ~ Chris Beckett
  • 2nd Team Captain ~ Carl Brannon
  • 3rd Team Captain ~ Terry Marnick
  • Sunday Captain ~ Greg Lindop
  • U-15s Manager ~ Dean Dunwoody

Winter Nets

Winter nets at Birkenhead Park will now start on Tuesday February 3rd 8-9 p.m. for seniors and Tuesday February 10th 7-8 p.m. for juniors and continue until the end of April.

It is felt that the change of evening will allow more people to attend net sessions.

The Mellor Braggins League Presentation

At the Mellor Braggins Cheshire Cricket League 2008 Prize Presentation evening, Old Parkonians Cricket Club were presented with the Marstons Fair Play Trophy, Plaque and a cheque for £400.

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Mike Beckett, Richie Beckett & Dave Westwater