Saturday 3rd XI (Knots) Season Review 2015



Only a year after gaining promotion to the Second Division of the Worcestershire County League, the Knots suffered the indignity of relegation, after only two victories and 15 defeats during the season, four games being abandoned. We gained just 130 points, 55 behind Enville, with just Malvern below us, compared to the champions Cookley's massive total of 358 points.


However, six games were lost by fewer than 20 runs or by one wicket; there were narrow defeats at Cookley and Feckenham; and we lost by four runs to Enville. If we had won that match and another one, we might have remained in the division.


No batsmen reached the divisional averages, not even the persevering captain Jamie Hall; whereas both Alex Reynolds and Zahir Zirab capured 18 wickets: Reynolds at 25.4 apiece, with a top performance of 5-85; and Zirab at 32.7 each, with a best haul of 3-38. Wicketkeeper Michael Perkins captured 15 victims, 13 of them caught, the fifth highest tally of victims in the division.


Abu Abdullah hit three half-centuries and bowled well before joining the 2nd XI; Tim Matthews, Karan Gangurde and Alex Lane all showed much promise; and Kit Smith (seam) and Sarah (spin) both contributed bravely, Sarah bowling for a time with a broken finger.


Jamie is very much looking forward to next season's challenge.

Saturday 2nd XI Season Review 2015



Led for the first time by the batsman and left-arm spinner Dominic Tuohey, the team had a number of capable deputies whenever Dominic, who had school commitments, was unavailable. Early availability among the players was not strong, and the team initially struggled in the Premier Division of the BDPCL, losing four consecutive early matches. However, as availability improved, the side's successes increased, and they finished the season in ninth position, despite a defeat, by three wickets, to champions Moseley on the final Saturday of the campaign. Harborne won six games, with one winning draw, but lost ten, with a further two losing draws, three games being abandoned.


We struggled to make 150 runs in an innings early in the season. In some respects the turning point was an encouraging victory over rivals Knowle & Dorridge (who were to finish in fifth place) in a win/lose game. K & D totalled 199-7 (Mo Rizwan 4-49) and we won by five wickets.


In the second half of the season all-rounder Alex Kirkpatrick was one of several players to make an impact. Baldev Raj scored 477 runs overall, and was exciting to watch as he scored quick runs in the lower middle order. Karan Bharaj, a promising young county batsman and off-spinner, hit 91 in a winning draw against West Bromwich Dartmouth; Dominic Tuohey made 70 in a thrilling victory by 18 runs at K & D; and Rizwan (5-48) and Tuohey (4-59) set up a fine victory by six wickets at Walmley, Greg Easter top-scoring with 49. And there were two victories over bottom side Barnt Green.


Abu Abdullah was among the young, promising seam bowlers, alongside Michael Keogh, who captured 5-34 at Brockhampton, and struck a straight six off the last ball of the innings, in a victory by 79 runs (Alex Kirkpatrick 57).


Dominic was grateful to the players for their support, after he took over from Alistair Lyttle, and he thanked the Hon Secretary for organising the umpires and umpiring often himself. He described the team as a "great group of players", but warned the club that work commitments would prevent him from captaining next year.

Saturday 6th XI Season Review 2015



Harborne's 6th XI finished 2015 in a respectable mid-table position, fifth out of ten, following a most eventful season. They won three games, with one winning draw, losing seven; a further three games were conceded by the opposition, one was tied, and three were abandoned.


There were two remarkable matches, by any standards. Harborne totalled 254 against Pedmore (Fareed Mohammed 90; Mike Harvey 32; Navid Anjum 30). They then bowled out Pedmore for just three runs, with Faheem Mohammed (younger brother of Fareed) capturing three wickets without conceding a run in six overs, and veteran Howard Clay capturing four wickets for three runs. One of the three runs was the result of a misfield by captain Navid Anjum. The Express & Star reported: "Skipper Paul Maley was left in total shock after witnessing his side's disastrous 251-run defeat against Harborne. Openers Andrew Smith and Paul Newey both had the ignominy of being Pedmore's top scorers, with one run each!" The newspaper ranked the total as the fifth lowest in cricketing history.


The game against runners-up Coombs Wood in May ended in a thrilling tie. Coombs Wood were bowled out for 82, with Phil Terry capturing five wickets. Requiring just three runs to win, a controversial run-out led to a Harborne collapse from 80-6 to 80-9, with our last man Asad Raza facing the bowling and needing three to win off two balls. In a tense atmosphere, he scored two from his first ball, but was bowled by the final delivery.


Navid Anjum scored 187 runs overall, and Will Clarke 171, his highest score 55. Howard Clay (seam) and Navid Anjum (spin) both took 11 wickets: Howard at an average of 15, 4-3 being his best performance; and Navid at 21.5, with a top haul of 4-44.

1st XI Season Review 2015

Harborne CC suffered a disappointing 2015 season, with both the Saturday 1st and 3rd XIs relegated in their leagues, but there was some slight compensation on Sundays: the 1st XI were league runners-up and cup winners.



Only two years after winning promotion to the First Division of the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League, a hugely disappointing campaign resulted in relegation, with just 173 points, 31 below Wellington, who survived, and 24 more than Oswestry, who finished at the bottom.


With the same format as last year, half the games - those at the beginning and the end of the season - were played as 50 overs win/lose matches, and the other half as 55 overs games with the option of a draw. We managed just five victories (one, a winning draw) all season, but lost 13 games, with just three abandoned.


In his first season at the helm, captain Andrew Lloyd lamented the loss of four players (including former captain Raj Sen, who moved to Leicestershire). He thought that seven or eight victories would have guaranteed survival. New overseas batsman Shehan Fernando started the season well, but too often failed to capitalise after his early runs. A talented player, he was our second highest run-scorer with 585 from 20 innings, averaging 32.5, with an entertaining 106 against Himley his top score, one of two centuries.


Tom Arnold led our batsmen with 637 runs at 42.4, and hit a magnificent 184 at Attock, the majority of his runs coming in the second half of the season when he opened the batting. Andy Lloyd scored 427 runs at 30.5, his best performance an unbeaten 132 against Smethwick, one of his two centuries for the club. Guriq Randhawa (331 runs), Darren Franklin (295), John Pemberton (268) and Jimmy Clifford (235) all offered support.


Spinner Dominic Badger took 22 wickets at 41.3, his best haul being 3-28; Darren Franklin's off-spin produced 21 wickets at 26.7 (best 3-39); and opening bowler George Land, who was injured at a crucial point in the season, captured 20 at 29.7 (best 4-49). Tom Arnold and Humais Butt, both with seam, each took 18; Tom's wickets cost 31.1 each (best 4-24) and Humais's 27.2 each, and he captured 5-61 against Old Hill. He, too, was injured, early in the season. Andy Lloyd's leg-breaks did not have the same impact as last year: his nine wickets cost a respectable 31.8 runs each, though, and he once took 4-45. Another bowler to capture four in an innings, Sean Rebbetts (4-54), was not available for most of the season, unfortunately.




The team finished 2015 as runners-up to Knowle & Dorridge in Division One of the Warwickshire Sunday League, having been champions in 2014. We won the John Whitehouse Trophy for only the second time in our history, after an exciting final at Attock, a memorable finale to an otherwise disappointing season.


The match at K & D in August proved decisive to our championship ambitions. The hosts, traditionally strong at their Station Road fortress, overtook our total of 231 in 39.5 overs (Alex Kirkpatrick 59) with seven wickets to spare, in just 33.1 overs, after an opening stand of 95.


Previously, we had beaten Attock at home by 104 runs, after totalling 308-6, thanks to centuries by Tom Arnold and captain Andrew Lloyd. And K & D, who totalled 223-5 at Old Church Avenue, were dispatched by six wickets, Lloyd, Fernando, John Pemberton and Jimmy Clifford all contributing with the bat.


We ended the season on 66 points, just four fewer than the champions, with nine victories and two defeats (the same statistics as K & D), but we suffered two abandonments to their one. Our second defeat was at third placed Coventry & NW, having previously defeated them twice, in league and cup, a case of one game too many, perhaps. Midland Lankans were beaten by nine wickets in the cup semi-final, at Harborne.


In the cup final, at Attock, Guriq Randhawa took 4-39 with his off breaks as the hosts were dismissed for 260 in 39.1 overs. Fine batting by Shehan Fernando (85), opener Jimmy Clifford (56), George Land (41), Guriq (an unbeaten 30) and Lloyd (27) ensured a thrilling victory by four wickets with just two balls remaining. Shehan gained a cup-winners' man of the match award after his final Sunday game for Harborne.


Saturday 5th XI (Nomads) Season Review 2015



The Nomads began their campaign at Birlingham, where they lost to the eventual runners-up by 74 runs. Undaunted, the season unfolded promisingly, with several close victories and a narrow losing draw, two runs short of the target, at Blakedown against Hagley. At Romsley, Answer Mahmood produced "the performance of the season", hitting 132 off 75 balls, enabling us to reach our target of 206-3 with eight overs to spare. (He moved to London shortly afterwards.) The return game against Highley at Richmond Hill Road produced an exciting draw, with the totals level at 254 (Junayd Iqbal 5-30 and 42; Hamza Naeem 76; Josh Ray 45).


At Highley, centurions Justin McMillan and Usman Sajid added 255 for the fourth wicket in a total of 326-4. Justin was struck high on his pad, and the bowler appealed. Hamza, who was umpiring, lifted up his finger to the sky. A disbelieving Justin, who had reluctantly walked all the way back to the pavilion, had to be recalled by Hamza, who explained that he was pointing to the sky to signify that the ball was "too high". A winning draw was the reward, with the hosts nine wickets down and 80 runs short.


A creditable third place finish in Division Six of the WCL was the result of six victories and a winning draw, producing 201 points, 19 behind Birlingham, but 54 fewer than champions Cutnall Green. Hamza headed our batting with 268 runs at 38; Justin McMillan made 219 at 31; Matt Manning 189 at 63; and Fareed Mohammed 191 at 21.2. Captain Akram Farook led the bowlers with 21 wickets at 16.3 apiece, once capturing 5-23; Junayd Iqbal took eight at 7.9; and Sukhi Bharaj six at 11.3.

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