Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June 21 -22, 2014 | Staten Island & Amwell AWAY

Over the weekend of June 21 – 22, 2014, the PCC traveling team visited, first, Staten Island Cricket Club, to play on their Walker Park field, and then moved on to New Jersey to play Amwell Valley Cricket Club.

Staten Island claims to be the oldest continuously playing (though not the oldest) cricket club in the United States. The first match at their Walker Park was played on July 5, 1886. Maybe the weight of all that history was too much for them, but their players’ approach to the start time turned out to be aspirational at best, so that we had plenty of time to admire the surroundings before we actually got started. We played twelve-a-side, because the two teams agreed to share four British investment bankers interning in New York who were looking for a game. One of the pair assigned to us turned out to be a very effective fast bowler, but, despite his efforts and some tight bowling by Adrian Stanley and Riz Ishmael, Staten Island amassed a total of 186 off 30 overs. Our response was significantly undermined when we lost two of our best batsmen in the first over, but a fine innings by Adrian Stanley and some late order fireworks from Mark Marsan got us to a respectable 131 before we were all out in 26 overs. Other events of note were Chip Butler almost reaching double figures and an impressive traveling debut by Rachel Stein, our female representative on the team.

The following day we went to the Amwell Valley club, which is notable for playing on one of the very few all-turf wickets on the East Coast which they have lovingly constructed over the course of the last four years. We had a somewhat different complement for this game because we were unable to persuade some of the heroes of the prior day to join us, and so we required help from Amwell to make up numbers. But we did end up with a rather remarkable 9-year old who was one of our better bowlers. The opening pair for Amwell, who are their best batsmen, put on a lot of runs to begin with, but we were then able to constrain the later order batsmen (Andy Bhattacharya being particularly effective) and limit Amwell to 171 runs off 30 overs. When we batted, we were never close to the required run rate and, as we pressed, wickets started to fall regularly. Riz Ishmail stayed in for a long time, amassing 22 runs, and Clive Anderson, at the bottom of the order, reached the same total somewhat quicker through a series of hearty swings. Chip Butler was unable to repeat his heroics of the prior day, but Rachel Stein proved herself to be a capable close-in fielder, albeit at the cost of battered shins. Eventually we capitulated with 123 runs off 27 overs.

But the two losses could not detract from the enjoyment of two days of cricket in beautiful weather with two extremely hospitable and genial host teams. We look forward to return matches against each team on our home ground in the fall.

[With gratitude from our traveling captain, Clive]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PCC's Pace-Attack getting in their pre-festival cardio workout

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Update on the PCC Great Lawn

As expected, the PCC Board apparently voted last evening to proceed with the addition to the squash building with construction to begin no later than March 1st. The building itself will impinge on our beloved Great Lawn and the larger construction site associated with it certainly will. This will have implications for our cricket playing. We'll see what that means as time goes on. This will not keep us from playing cricket.

Monday, October 28, 2013

PCC vs. Greenwich, Saturday, October 26

It was a dark and stormy night ... no, that's not right. It was just getting dark and cold and blowing like stink. Winter is coming - and this is the last cricket weekend until spring. On Saturday, despite Mark's 40 not out, Greenwich (augmented by Chip, Geo and Steve from PCC) put PCC away 224 - 161. Greenwich also did their best to assist with 34 extras.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Halifax Cup surrendered to Merion in a nail-biter (Merion 157, PCC 155)

On a gorgeous fall day, PCC fought right down to the end but came up just short in the battle for the Halifax Cup. Roger had a spectacular day with 4 wickets (3 catches and one stumped). Fred was our most economical bowler with 2.33 over 6 overs! High scorers: Riz (50, not out), George (29) and Mark (25).