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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]



Archived match reports 

You can read earlier, and prior season, match reports online in our archive too.



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