Panthers go down in the Sunday League

Renfrew were the opposition for the third game in two days today as the Renfrewshire club visited “Shawholm” in the Sunday League.  After two wins by concession, the Panthers were pleased to be actually on the park, and were batting first after the toss.  Connor Browne (5) and Osama Baig (11) opening.  After a cautious start, that saw the pair put on 24 for the opening wicket, they were separated, allowing Abdullah Rana (4) to get to the middle.  However 24 for 1 quickly became 28 for 2, then 35 for 3, as the visitors make good inroads in to the Panthers‘ batting line-up.  And it really wasn’t until the last of the top four, Jack Cannon (6), had departed to allow Hunnain Sohail and Sufian Ali to bat together did any momentum start to be built.  Sohail would stroke a measured 30, including three 4s, supporting Ali, who would go on to top-score with 58 (63).  Ali’s innings saw him notch up six boundaries, and provide the base for a potentially defendable total.  But there’d be no big push to the Panthers‘ innings as the last five batters mustered just 11 off their bats, and the side were bundled out for 167.  In fact had it not been for 42 runs in extras, the Panthers would’ve been planning for early journeys home.  167 all out, meaning Renfrew needed 168 in their 40 overs for the win.

And 168 was what the visitors would reach, in just 32 overs.  However the eventual four-wicket win, with eight overs in hand, maybe doesn’t tell the whole story.  Like in the Panthers‘ innings, many of the Renfrew batters struggled, seven batters failing to get past 16, and four scoring less than 5.  However opener Hussain couldn’t be budged, and his unbeaten 84 (103) was, ultimately, the difference between the sides, with – again as in the first innings – extras contributing a healthy chunk of the total scored.  34 runs were conceded by the Panthers‘ bowlers in the 32 overs bowled – just imagine if that had been single figures.  [Scorecard]