Shrewsbury School

Cricket: Fourth Former George Panayi makes 1st XI debut

Thursday 13 June 2013

George Panayi George Panayi (Ch), who came from Lockers Park with an imposing record in prep school cricket, recently made his debut in the 1st XI, an exceptional honour for a fast bowler still only in the IVth Form. While precocious batsmen and deceptive spinners have often been promoted, it must be rare, if not unique, for one so young to be given the first over.

Tall for his age, George looked the part as he ran in, the more so when his fourth ball had one of the Myerscough College openers caught behind. Jubilation! Success again in the next over, with a smart caught and bowled; in the third, he unleashed a wicked bouncer that forced a simple catch in the gully, and when he hit the off stump in his fourth over, the opposition were 8 for 4. Suddenly the modest Shrewsbury total looked sufficient for victory.  There can have been few, if any, more effective contributions from a newcomer.

Does he bat? A highest score this season of 119* tells its own story.

Martin Knox

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