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Like London buses [posted 12/09/21] 


The Panthers continued their good form in the Sunday League today, brushing aside the challenge of Ayr at "New Cambusdoon", with Ali Raza Qazi's century the highlight.  Yes, for the third Sunday in a row the Panthers had a century-maker in their line-up, and today's meant that it was the third different centurion in three weeks. 


Ali Qazi Raza's 102, opening the batting, was the centre-piece of a successful run-chase that saw the side chase down 207 for the win, opening partner Sufian Ali (52) also contributing a half century to the cause. 


Congratulations to Ali Qazi Raza (pictured, left) who makes the WDCU Honours Board, and well done to the side on another win. 


[Ed': oh for a few of those runs on a Saturday!] 

The target of 207 had been set by the home side, whose decent total was built around 65 from Bhandari, and cameos from Smith (42*) and Lilley (32).  Lilley can also feel marginally agrieved that he ended up on the losing side in a game where, in addition to his useful runs, he took all three of the Panthers wickets to be credited to a bowler (Ali Raza Qazi retiring after reaching his hundred).  Saad Salim, playing a remarkable 31st game of a COVID-19-affected season took a brace of wickets, whilst Robert Cathcart grabbed a "4-for" bowling fifth change.  [Scorecard


Just another Sunday,.....ton!  [posted 05/09/21] 

Last week it was Hunnain Sohail against East Kilbride in the Sunday League, today it was Amaan Ramzan's turn to get on the "Honours Board".  His 107, batting at six, after coming in with the side four down for hee-haw (33 for 4) was a great knock, and allowed the Panthers to post 244 for 7 in their [reduced] 35 overs.  But it wasn't just the "Amaan Ramzan Show".  As all good knocks need, there had to be someone at the other end.  Today it was Irfan Hanif, and he just missed out on a half century when he was run out for 49 after having added a whopping 165 with Amaan.  A cameo 28 not out from Ozama Baig then added some sugar to the cake, and the big total was set.  Amaan Ramzan's knock included no fewer than seventeen 4s, as he recorded his second Sunday League hundred.  244 for 7, 245 to win for opponents Prestwick. 




 Amaan Ramzan completing a 2 to the extra cover sweeper to move to his 100


And the visitors from the coast would have their own centurion, Alexander scoring 101 not out.  His unbeaten knock saw him bat from the start, and when considered in the light of also having taken 3 for 31 with the ball, he must feel a tad agrieved he ended up on the losing side.  But he dids, and likely this was because - though Prestwick eventually scored 201 for 7 - none of the middle and lower order who got to the middle could get going.  Fellow opener Rao scored 39, but aside 20 from McBeth, no other Prestwick batter scored more than 3.  201 for 7 the final score in the reply then, and the Panthers run out 43-run winners.  [Scorecard]  


Skipper's ton sees Panthers to the win [posted 29/08/21] 


The Panthers continued their good season in the Sunday League, defeating East Kilbride at "Torrance House" by just 3 runs today.  Built around an innings of 120 by skipper Hunnain Sohail (pictured, left), the Panthers, batting first, posted 226 for 6.  Hunnain's innings included thirteen 4s, and he was support by cameos from Awace Ahmed (26*), and Osama Baig (20). 


In reply, the home side very nearly sneaked home, finishing just 3 runs short of the Panthers' total, the eight wickets falling en route to their 223 for 8 being shared around the nine bowlers used, Hunnain Sohail also executing a run out. 

So, a 3-run win, and a successful Sunday League campaign continues.  [Scorecard


Two-in-two [posted 25/08/21] 

The Panthers were back in action this evening, this time entertaining Victoria at "Shawholm".  After the toss, the side were in the field first, and quickly got on top of the Bellahouston Battlers, reducing their visitors to 14 for 2 in hee-haw time.  Saad Salim and Hamaad Anwar, sharing the new ball for the Panthers, had grabbed a scalp each, and Victoria were in the back foot.  Ahmed and Shamans did then settle their ship, albeit briefly, adding 19 for the third wicket, Ahmed departing to give Saad Salim his second wicket, and another clean-bowled.  This mode of dismissal would prove to be the most popular on the night in fact, Victoria's eventual 81 all out seeing seven of the ten wickets to fall requiring a wicket to be rebuilt.  Osama Baig took a "3-for" in what had turned in to a demolition derby, with Saad Salim, Sufian Ali, and Ahmed-Raza Hanif each taking a couple of wickets.  As yesterday at "Albert Park", the bowling unit's radar seemed correctly calibrated too, only 7 runs in wides being leaked in the 18.2 overs bowled.  Much better, and it doesn't half help!  The first innings wasn't flawless however, a couple of sloppy miss-fields, and two dropped catches standing out as notable bloopers.  81 all out though is still pretty good.  82 to win therefore.  


The Panthers' run-chase was spearheaded by Ali Raza Qazi and Sufian Ali.  However the latter wouldn't stay too long in the middle, departing in the second over for just 5, after micking off behind.  This brought Murtaza Syed to the crease, and he would score freely, making 17 (16) before being dismissed in identical fashion to Sufian Ali, nicking off behind, this time to Shahzad.  42 for 2.  Ali Raza Qazi was, however, looking unpreturbed, and continued to anchor the innings.  In fact he'd finish the run-chase in style - in just the fourteenth over - stroking Ul-haq for a maximum to see the Panthers across the finish line: 84 for 2, Ali Raza Qazi 46*, and Osama Baig 12*.  Thank you, and good-night, and eight-wicket win, and Victoria sent back to the "other park" licking their wounds, and to prepare to regroup to fight another day.  


A good win therefore, giving the Evening League leaders "a doing" as they say round these parts.  And, played on another gorgeously warm August evening.  #Toffee  [Scorecard]   


Panthers win in the wee derby [posted 24/08/21] 

It was Evening League derby night tonight as the Panthers made short trip to "Albert Park" to take on Langside.  In the field first the Panthers restricted their hosts to just 95 for 8 in their innings, a good bowling performance that saw - wait for it,..... - just 6 runs conceded in wides.  Ahmed-Raza Hanif helped himself to a "4-for", with four other bowlers taking a wicket each.  Saad Salim, who took one of those other four wickets was particular frugal, returning figures of 4-1-11-1.  In their reply, the Panthers ran out straight-forward winners, chasing down 96 in just seventeen overs, Balawal Fahim (30*) and Amaan Ramzan (29*) continuing their good seasons with their bats to see the side home.  [Scorecard]   


Panthers suffer first loss in the Sunday League [posted 15/08/21] 

It was Poloc versus West of Scotland, part 3 today, at "Shawholm", as the two clubs clashed for the third time in two days.  Going in to today's 40-overs-a-side Sunday League match the side's had one win a-piece, Poloc having secured the "W" at "Hamilton Crescent" yesterday, whilst Partick came out on top against Shawholm on the southside.  That game had been a run-fest, and today's match would be no different, to see 927 runs scored on the same deck inside 32 hours.  First to use the track were the Panthers who'd post 232 for 7, a big total centering on an unbeaten 77 from Balawal Fahim, with support from Amaan Ramzan (41), and a cameo from Osama Baig (21).  43 wides also helped boost the score, but this shouldn't take away from the individual knocks noted.  233 to win therefore, a good run-chase if it was to be successful.  


And, unfortunately for the Panthers it was successful!  Contributing to the visitors' run-chase were 28 runs in wides, much less than they'd been recipients of, but still the difference between winning and losing.  If only.....  But, back to the second innings.  After a couple of early breakthroughs, the Panthers bowlers toiled in search of a third, the third wicket partnership eventually being ended when it had reached 139.  Deshmukh (70) was separated from his long-time batting partner Collins, James Cathcart getting him to hole out to Hunnain Sohail.  But Collins continued on, apparently unpreturbed by having new teammates at the other end.  And there were a few: Machana, Kaushik, and Marriott-Laurie all came-and-went, adding just 10 between them as a few jitters set in, before the visitors' skipper Farndale (4*) strolled out to join Collins (72*) to see his side safely across the finish line.  233 for 6, and a four-wicket win.  For the Panthers - as would be expected - the bowling figures were, in the main, 18 Certificate, but James Cathcart did grab a "3-for" amidst the carnage, and Hunnain Sohail's 8-1-35-0 were the most economical figures returned.  [Scorecard


Panthers continue their good Sunday League form [posted 01/08/21] 

In today's re-arranged Sunday League clash at "The Tryst" against the Stenhousemuir, the Panthers kept their good 40-over form going with a convincing 107-run win over their Larbert hosts.  Batting first the side posted 223 for 7, a total based around Saad Salim's half century (52), and good contributions from Balawal Fahim (47*) and Andrew Mallichan (39), the latter continuing his Saturday form.  Ehsan Rafiq, who opened with Adil Munir (1), also chipped in with 23 before being run out.  223 for 7 was a challenging target to set the Stennie batters, and so the side went in to the break in good heart. 


And that confidence would prove justified as they quickly made in-roads in to the Stenhousemuir batting line-up.  31 for 3 saw the home side immediately behind the eight ball, with Haroon Khan doing most of the damage.  He'd finish with 3 for 40, with Saad Salim adding to his batting heroics with 3 for 11, bowling first change.  There were also a brace of wickets a-piece for Ehsan Rafiq (2 for 17), and Connor Browne (2 for 6), as the Panthers pressed home their early advantage, and bowled out their opponents in the 27th over, for just 116.  A good win, and good for a few batters to spend time in the middle.  [Scorecard]  


Panthers get past Victoria in the Sunday League [posted 25/07/21] 

The Panthers ensured it wouldn't be a winless weekend with a one-wicket win over Victoria in the Sunday League today at "Shawholm".  In what, perhaps was not unexpectedly, a rollickingly rumbustious affair, the Panthers dismissed their visitors from "Bellahouston Park" for 161 in under 35 overs, after being asked to bowl first.  The wickets were shared around, with two each for Mudassar Khan, Saad Salim, Hamaad Anwar, Awace Ahmed, and Hunnain Sohail.  Set 162 to win the Panthers would eventually sneak home with just the one wicket in hand, with Saad Salim (9*) and Hamaad Anwar (10*) holding their nerves to see their side home in the 36th over.  The run-chase had, however, looked far less "in doubt" earlier on the innings after a reasonable start from skipper Hunnain Sohail (16), Adil Munir (19), and Osama Baig (37).  But then a middle order collapse, with Humza Baig, Hasan Malik, and Sarfraz Malik mustering just 8 runs between them to see the result swing back in to the balance.  Mudassar Khan - batting at seven - then steadied the ship as he got in to the twenties, however when he was dismissed for 23, and Irfan Hanif came-and-went for 1, it was down to the tail.  But, fortunately, Awace Ahmed (11), at nine, then Saad Salim and Hamaad Anwar, at ten and Jack, had just enough to secure the "W".  So, back-to-back Sunday League wins that sees the Panthers three-from-three in the league thus far.  [Scorecard]  


The Panthers make it a two-from-three weekend [posted 18/07/21] 

East Renfrewshire were the visitors to "Shawholm" today, taking on the Panthers in th Sunday League.  Batting first after winning the toss, the Panthers used their full allocation of overs, posting 212 for 7.  Balawal Fahim (69) continued his rich vein of form, and was supported by Ali Raza Qazi (66) who was up against his former club.  Murtaza Syed also chipped in with a cameo 27, batting at five, as the Panthers set their visitors 213 to win.  And East Renfrewshire very nearly go what they wanted, falling just 3 runs short of their target, to see the Panthers win by 2 runs.  The wickets were shared around, but Saad Salim's 3 for 35 was the standout bowling performance, including the key dismissal of the visitor's skipper Ahad (49).  Zaki Tariq also completed impressive back-to-back performances on his debut weekend of cricket for the club, returning figures of 7-0-25-2 opening the bowling in tandem with Saad Salim.  [Scorecard]


Win in the Evening League over Renfrew [posted 06/07/21] 

The Panthers got off the mark in the Evening League this evening, with a five wicket win over Renfrew at "Shawholm".  In the field first, the Panthers restricted their visitors to 132 for 7, with Calum James turning his arm over to great effect, returning figures of 4-0-21-2.  Abdullah Malik, with 2 for 24, was the other home bowler to take a brace of wickets.  In the reply, the side got off to a good start, with Calum James likely cememting a MoTM performance, adding 32 at the top of the order to his bowling display.  His innings included five 4s.  Three other Panthers batters got in to double figures, with Mudassar Khan top-scoring amongt this trio, with 27 batting at five.  Balawal Fahim (17) and skipper Hunnain Sohail (18*) were the other two batters to get past 10.  The winning post was reach in the twentieth, and final over, the Panthers finishing 133 for 5.  So a decent win, on a better night after the recent rains.  [Ed': a win it might've been, but the Panthers did still concede 21 runs in wides, yes, that ol' chestnut.....]  [Scorecard]


Panthers exit Greenwood Cup [posted 01/07/21] 

The Panrthers were dumped out of the Greenwood Cup this evening by Motherwell, as the club's curse of being unable to bowl straight again came back to haunt a side.  Batting first, the visitors from Lanarkshire amassed 144 for 9 in their twenty,.....sorry make that 23 overs, as the Panthers' bowlers somehow contrived to gift 21 runs in wides, bowling eighteen individual wide deliveries!  That was three extra overs for Motherwell to face, so the total cost of the Panthers' waywardness with the pink sphere was far more than 23.  Ouchay!  readers might think the wide problem's been exaggerated, but tonight's 21 wides took the total conceded by senior Poloc teams in competitive fixtures this season to over 250!  That's in just sixteen competitive matches!  And ten of the sixteen matches were T20s!  It really is hard to win when you're giving your opponent a 16-run start.  Anyway, back to this evening's match: amidst the wide bowling there was a hat-trick, extraordinarily enough.  This rare sight was delivered by Saad Salim as he dismissed three visiting batters at the tail-end of the first innings.  Motherwell, batting first, had posted 144 for 9.


Needing 145 to win, the Panthers got off to great start, with Calum James slaying the Motherwell attack all round "Shawholm".  He raced to 41 from just 23 deliveries before his opening partnership with Hunnain Sohail was ended.  56 for 1.  At the halfway mark the Panthers were still "up" with the rate, at 73 for 2.  Zakir Siddiqui (2) had been the second batter to depart, leaving Hunnain Sohail with his third partner.  Hunnain would bat through for an unbveaten 50 (46), but could really accelerate as the run-rate slowed in the second ten overs of his side's reply.  And in the final analysis, the Panthers would finish 132 for 5, and a defeat by 12 runs.  12 runs, or just about half the wides conceded.  They really do kill you.  So another cup exit, and another case of what might have been, with some harikiri thrown in.....   [Scorecard]


Evening League opener ends in defeat [posted 22/06/21] 

Tonight saw the start of the 2021 Evening League, the Panthers travelling to "New Anniesland" to take on Glasgow Accies CC.  After the toss, it was the home side who were batting first.  And for Accies, opener Duncanson-Ward (40) would provide the ballast for the first innings total, as he batted almost as long as his name takes to spell out!  And he was well supported by Shaikh (51), batting at four, who scored an unbeaten half century.  Three wickets were taken by the Panthers, two for Abdullah Malik, and one for skipper Abdul Malik, the two also taking turns at 'keeping wicket!  128 for 3 was the final score, with Saad Salim's bowling figures of 4-0-15-0 being the most economical.  129 to win therefore. 


The Panthers' run-chase never really threatened to be a successful one however, and after openers Hunnain Sohail (24) and Hasan Rafiq (25) had departed, aside Ehsan Rafiq (10) who batted at five, none of the other batters would reach double figures.  100 for 8 was all that could be mustered, to see the side fall 29 runs shy of their target.  [Scorecard]



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