“Fantastic win”, says Penrith hat-trick hero Osborne

Date: Friday 20th July 2018

PENRITH put in one of their best batting performances for some time and skipper Jonathan Osborne bowled his first hat-trick in a “fantastic win” at Leyland.

Batting second, Penrith won by seven wickets in a pulsating Northern Premier Cricket League clash, after hitting 213 for three in reply to the Lancashire side’s 211 for seven.

Captain Osborne (pictured) grabbed a hat-trick off the last three balls of the innings and said it was just “one of those things” — Leyland were out to get runs; three catches went up and all were caught.

He added that it was also nice to add the hat-trick to the two wickets he had already taken, making a five-wicket haul.

However, the Penrith captain was not 100 per cent happy with how his team bowled and fielded.

“It was a difficult wicket to bat on as it was quite dry, with the ball popping up off a length,” he said.

Two of Leyland’s top order batsmen, Tom Reece and professional

Umar Waheed, showed how the wicket should be played, scoring 56 and 91, respectively, for a second wicket partnership of 136, before each succumbed to the bowling of Greg Hall.

In reply, Penrith professional Ashwin Hebbar earned his money again with an unbeaten century and built up an excellent partnership of 166 with wicket keeper Alister Craig, who, Osborne said, batted tremendously and described it as his best batting performance of the season. “He deserved a century as much as Ash did,” said Osborne.

Hebbar, who did exactly what a professional should do and held the innings together, was then joined by Greg Cameron, following the quick run out of Greg Hall, who chipped in with a couple of sixes to help get Penrith over the line with a knock of 25 not out.

“It was the best batting performance for a long time from Penrith,” said Osborne.

For today’s match away to top-of-the-table Netherfield, Penrith are unable to call on the services of Henry Marshall and Mark Osborne, but Nicky Burns is back and former Netherfield and Cumberland spinner Richard Ellwood will be coming in. However, Marshall will be available for Penrith’s league cup game at Chorley tomorrow.

Osborne hopes the momentum generated by Penrith having won their last two games on the bounce can continue.

“Netherfield are top and it’s going to be difficult, but we believe we can beat anyone if the players play to the best of their ability. It would be nice to knock them off the top spot,” Osborne added.

l Penrith II managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Trimpell at Tynefield Park in Division II of the Westmorland League. The home side was cruising — having restricted the visitors to 150 with Dan Morland bowling well to land a five-wicket haul for just 15 runs — and were 128 for three before collpasing to 148 all out — three runs short of a winning total.

Former first team captain Kriss McLean, with a knock of 52 on his return for Penrith, had looked on course to help steer the side to victory before the wheels fell off the home side’s innings.

Today the seconds are at home to Bare.