[Week 3] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI

2nd XI suffer 3rd consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of Hazel Grove (and some might suggest the umpire, I’ve been told, many many people, bigly mistakes they say, I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s just what I hear.).

It all started with captain Brian Stone losing the toss, and his opposite number Jake Bennett put the home side into the field, though it looked like Stalybridge had the run of Hazel Grove, making short work of the lower batting order, taking the first four wickets with the visitors on just 36 runs.  When spin bowler Jordan Elliott takes the fifth wicket they have only added 5 more runs, and is looking dangerous, conceding just seven runs by his third over, when the ball slips out of his hand as he looses the ball and the umpire declares (correctly) a no-ball and informs him and Brian that he has to leave the bowling attack, due to dangerous play (incorrectly) .  What should have happened, and he later apologised for after firstly I pointed out to him the MCC Cricket Law (41.6.3 if you care) that states he should have been given a warning, and secondly again by league secretary Ian Halford after the match.  His removal meant a complete change to the bowling attack had to occur, and is seen by some as being a pivotal moment in the match.

It was at this point that Mark Baker had only just entered the field, and whether having the spinner on would have made a difference or not, it was definitely destabilising and it allowed Mark to see out the rest of the innings finishing 59 not out, and 99 more runs between himself and the rest of the pack, the only notable other batsman was captain Jake Bennett, who came in at 11, apparently due to carrying a knock, who put on 22 before being bowled by Robocop Tony Mooney.

That said, Ajeet Kaintura had a good spell bowling getting a 5fer conceding just 14 runs, well bowled Ajeet.

Going from being 55-8 with something like 20 overs to go, to 140 all out, with only 2 overs remaining and the incident with the umpire definitely played on the minds of the home players, as there was some definitely solemn faces at the interval, which carried over into their batting innings, with the only one over in the first 7 conceding any runs, with 4 wickets lost before the home side hit 30, it was instantly evident that a collapse was incoming, and unlike our fielding last week, where we couldn’t catch a cold, Hazel Grove’s Joe Wilkinson caught 3 decent catches in the field, to take out Alex Wilde, Khalid Akram and Keith Bowers, with little to no batting talent left in the side, the match just petered out to expectant defeat, with none of the eleven able to muster a run score above 16.  The other annoying thing which put son Jordan in an even fouler mood was he was given out (correctly) ONE ball after a no-ball decision was made against the bowler which was at shoulder height (not above head like Jordan’s was), and the umpire chose not to penalise the player in a consistent manner.

*edit* It’s just been confirmed to me by captain Brian Stone that in addition to Jordan being removed from the bowling attack, the umpire also blocked Steve Monks and Khalid Akram from bowling also, following No-Ball decisions against them, further crippling the Stalybridge bowling options, however that doesn’t change the fact that we still need an improved batting line-up.

In stark contrast to last season, where Brian’s men could seemingly do no wrong, and the weather was awful, the start of this season has seen the distinct opposite, absolutely glorious weather, but poor performances out on the pitch.

In better news, the 1sts had a cracking game away at Hollingworth, with Rob Mallet hitting 85, and Joe Robinson breaking recent-time club batting record with 165 not out, seeing Jamie Brownhill’s men see a very impressive 169 run win after finishing their innings on 338.

This video is of Joe hitting 150 en-route to his 165.  Well done lad.

Ah well, better luck next week, when the opposition visiting Gorse Hall Road will be Old Glossop, who at time of writing were sitting in second place in the table.

Final result: Hazel Grove win by 57 runs, full score card available here.

[Week 2] Hayfield CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Long day in Hayfield sees a circus themed carnival, riot police, and ultimately defeat for Stalybridge’s 2nd XI.

Despite the roadworks heading up to Glossop and road closures due to Hayfield Carnival, the last of the Stalybridge squad arrived at the ground with 10 minutes to spare before the match was due to start, the same can’t be said of the umpires, who completely failed to materialise.

Stalybridge won the toss, and elected to bowl, and with the early removal of opener Andy Oldfield on 21, who hit 86 in week 1 against Hazel Grove,  and his replacement James Jobling for a duck, it looked like a great start to the match for the visitors, however the arrival of Dave Aldridge was to prove a thorn in the Stalybridge teams’ side, being dropped no less than FOUR times, the first of which would have seen him dismissed for 25, and would probably seen a different outcome to the match, but he was allowed to keep going, dropped catch after dropped catch until he was finally caught on the short boundary by Stu Nock from a Nedd Woodman delivery, coincidentally he too finished on 86 like Oldfield against Hazel Grove.  The only other batsman of note for Hayfield was Max Richardson who finished on 29, although the damage had already been done by Aldridge, and by the fielding team’s inability to catch, and the home side were all out for 173, with two overs to go.

*edit* Special mention has to go to Pete Coxon, who got five wickets for 41 runs.  Sorry Pete for initially forgetting this.

After tea, Mike Whitworth, at least looking less stressed than he was in the previous match against Tintwistle, put a partnership of 47 on the board alongside fellow opener Stu Nock (who was also dropped twice, on 11 and 22, before being caught the next ball, so it’s not just us who can’t catch), before being dismissed on 24 to be replaced by Khalid Akram, who plodded nicely along through six partners coming and going, before being bowled by the man who caused the damage in the opening innings, Dave Aldridge, on 61; his innings wasn’t without incident however, Peter Coxon would have run Khalid out on 41 with his first ball faced, but the fielder took the bails off without the ball in his hands, which may have messed with Pete’s head, as he was out LWB in the next delivery, and he also caused Captain Brian Stone to have to sacrifice himself to a run-out in a call that should never have been a run.

All the while this is going on, there was a massive fight kicking off in the Royal Hotel car-park next to the ground, between a large groups of rival youths, which prompted the arrival of two police cars and a riot van.  Fun times in a quaint Derbyshire village.

However, with Khalid’s removal, with 144 on the board, only two batsmen remaining and 30 runs required, it seemed like a lost cause, but there was still 9 overs remaining, and although the tail-enders, Nedd Woodman, Ajeet Kaintura and Ahmed Hayat managed to give hope by adding another twenty runs to the total, each run seemingly bringing us closer and closer to victory, it was not meant to be, as the game was finally lost when Ajeet got a little giddy after hitting a six and decided to run on a dangerous ball, which saw his opposite batter run out, that’s not to blame Ajeet for the loss, the game should probably have been won in the opening innings, and other players need to improve their batting in the field, given we appear to be very bowler heavy now, but there was still 40 balls still to be played, and only 10 runs required.

Anyways, it was only the first league game, and there’s still 17 more to be played, so there’s still plenty of time.

Next Saturday sees the first of back-to-back home games for the 2nds, where the opponents will be Hazel Grove who have lost both of their opening games.

Final result: Hayfield CC 2nd XI win by 9 runs, full scorecard available here.

Tintwistle CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – Hawke Trophy

Well, it’s two weeks later than it should have been, but finally the 2018 season was gotten underway with the seconds away at Tintwistle in the first round of the Hawke Trophy, with a couple of new faces, and a few very old ones 🙂 Brians XI lost the toss, and were put into bowl, presumably so that Tintwistle could have as much batting practice as possible with the upcoming season, it was a glorious sunny day, hopefully the first of many in the weeks to come, but the heat took its toll on the Stalybridge men, who fumbled a couple of seemingly easy catches and standout batting performances from opener Mark Lilley with 58 and number 3, Richard Harris with 62 and a 33 not out from captain Simon Barrow took the opening innings from the home side to 207 for 5 wickets, a daunting figure for the bowler heavy away squad.

With Mike Whitworth looking like he felt the world was on his shoulders from the get go, his aggressive stance to try and put a dent in the target saw him dismissed 20 minutes into his innings, the same can be said for the majority of players coming in after him, knowing that there was a big figure to chase, and so needed to go big or go home, it was the latter unfortunately that was the case, primarily down to spin bowler Josh Hutton’s 4-21 figures.

Stuart Nock had his best batting match that I’ve seen him play, but his 31 over 90 minutes, was not enough to help the Stalybridge bed in partner for him who could get the runs, with only Steve Monks (11) and Pete Coxon (10) able to break double figures.

That said, it was a game I wasn’t expecting a lot from, against higher league opposition, and new lad Ajeet Kaintura (or Ace Ventura as I like to call him) put a decent bowling session in, as did Maurice Barber, once he overcame is no-ball spell at the beginning of the match, but couldn’t do much to stop the Tintwistle attack.

I managed to stream the match live, which can be seen on SSPCC’s  periscope page, if you’re bored and looking  for something to put you to sleep, and unfortunately I doubt it shows the ranting and raving of one of the clubs neighbours after Khalid jumped their fence into their garden to retrieve a ball just hit for six, but you can but hope.

So, it’s concentrate on the league, which begins in earnest next week when the 2nds are on the road again, this time at the tiny ground that is Hayfield.

Onwards and upwards lads.

Final result: Tintwistle CC 2nd XI win by 118 runs, and the scorecard can be found here.

Countdown to Season 2018

With just 8 weeks to go before the start of the new season, Tuesday night nets have been underway for the last couple of weeks, so it was time to prepare the website for the new season also; with the league’s move away from CricHQ after just one season due to poor service, and them apparently entering into receivership, it meant the return to Play-Cricket, the ECB’s own back-end system for fixtures and stats, this meant a whole new learning curve for me, to learn how to to integrate their data using JSON directly into our site, meaning the 1st XI and 2nd XI league tables are now generated on the fly from live data. The fixture lists are now searchable, so you can now see when you’re playing a particular team, or who on what date, as well as linking to the relevant fixture information on the Play-Cricket website, if needed.

I’ve made preparations for preparation for full detailed scorecards to be viewable, which is something CricHQ initially provided at the beginning of their usage, but kiboshed about half way through the season, an example of the new page is viewable here. which was the last game we played in the Cheshire Cricket Alliance, and last to use Play-Cricket back then.

In addition, I’ve signed up to Periscope, and depending on phone reception and electricity, I’ll try and live-stream video of matches I score at, depending on whether anyone cares or not. 🙂

And finally, presuming there’s somewhere a bit more scoreboard friendly this season, I’ve got another geeky thing to unveil for home match-day scoring.

In the mean-time, there’s a new app to download on your phones for live coverage of matches, so delete the CricHQ one you have, and head on over to your relevant app-store to get ECB Play Cricket Live.

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Who says the close season is quiet…

With the new season still 5 months away, and the Ashes Tour, only just underway, you’d expect it to be all quiet at Chez Staly, but apparently not.

At the AGM 2 weeks ago, it’s a pleasure to announce the outgoing vice-captain Jamie Brownhill has been dumped with the job of elected to 1st team captain, congratulations, and good luck in the new role.

His first task was to work with kit partner Icon Sports, in creating an online store for all things SSPCC, I’ll be integrating it into this site, but in the meantime, you can visit it here.

*edit* I couldn’t integrate their catalogue into our page, as they don’t utilise the secure HTTPS web standard, which is a bit odd for a shopping site, but hey-ho, so I’ve just created a link to it in the menu at the top of the page.

The fixtures for next season were also announced today, and as above, I’ve updated the fixtures pages for the upcoming season, here’s the 1sts’ games, and this page has the 2nds fixtures.  Mr Brownhill’s men open the new campaign hosting Charlesworth who finished just one place above Stalybridge in the 2017 season, and the seconds head up Mottram Road to face Dinting, who finished 4th from bottom of Division 3 this year, but with the restructuring of the divisions now join Stalybridge 2nds in the newly created Division 5.

Enjoy the Ashes, come on @EnglandCricket stuff the Aussies, have a good Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 14th November is the date for the Stalybridge St. Paul’s Cricket Club annual general meeting.

If you’re available at 7:30pm for an hour or so, please make the effort and show your support by attending the clubs AGM in the players pavilion, discussing what is happening in the background at your club, and what is expected in the season ahead.

Members should have already received a copy of the agenda and the secretary’s report, but if you haven’t, you can view it here.

Stalybridge St. Paul’s’ ECB Clubmark renewed

Following the hard work of Club Secretary, Ian Hodgson and others within the club, yesterday we received the following email from the ECB confirming our Clubmark Accreditation had been renewed.

 

 

“We are delighted to write and confirm that following a review of your ECB Clubmark online file, your accreditation has been confirmed. Congratulations to all those involved at your club for this achievement and for all that they do to promote cricket locally. Having a network of sustainable clubs is vital for the future of the game and achieving Clubmark status shows that you and your volunteers are at the forefront of this.

Congratulations again on becoming an ECB Clubmark club.

Regards,
England & Wales Cricket Board”

Well done all.

[Week 22] Stalybridge St. Paul’s not against High Lane

Stalybridge 2’s season ends on a damp note.

With only two games lost all season, it’s a bit frustrating to end the season as runners up, especially given the effort by Keith Bowers and Pete Coxon to try and get the final game of the season on, the weather has, to be brutally honest been fecking awful, had today’s game against High Lane gone ahead, I genuinely believe this post would be completely different, despite theirs being one of the only two defeats the seconds have sufferers all season, they have pretty much imploded in the last couple of weeks and we were looking at a wholly depleted opponent full of kids.

That said, credit to Birch Vale who only needed a point once we had announced our game off, still tried to finish the season on a positive note against Chapel-en-le-Frith, trying to fight the elements and get a game on to win not by default, but had to call it off at 4:30, congratulations to them.

Echoing the second team as a whole, it was equally disappointing to see Pete Coxon miss out on the bowling award by one wicket, despite having a much better average and three games fewer that Chapel’s youngster Toby Phipps.  Not that I’m bitter typing this up 3 sheets to the wind in the Hunters before a number of us go for an end of season piss-up erm curry.

Ah well roll on 2018!  When the seconds start promoted from the 4th division to the 5th (wtf?)

Have a good Christmas, New Year etc.

And damn it Ned was gonna get an 8fer!!!

 

 

 

 

[Week 20] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Hadfield St. Andrew’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIIt’s been a month since our last game, with two games rained off, and an abandonment, but some-how, we started the day top of division 4, whether that’s due to not all games being reported or not, I have no idea, but it was perhaps just the impetus the 2’s needed with just 3 games left in the season on a gloriously sunny September afternoon.

Captain Brian Stone won the toss, as per usual (really folks, check that coin), and put the visitors Hadfield into bat.

It was 25 minutes into the match before the first wicket of Captain Ric Ball, caught behind for 9 by the acrobatic Mike Whitworth, with a diving backwards catch at something like 120mph (well that’s what it looked like to me), his opposite number Gavin Snowball staying at the crease for another hour and half while the next five Hadfield batsmen came and went.  It was his dismissal on 28 with the visitors on 56, by a peach of a delivery from Ned Woodman, which was the turning point in the innings, and the remaining four wickets fell in quick succession for just 5 additional runs, seeing Hadfield all out for 61.

Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Hadfield St. Andrew’s CC 2nd XI – 2nd September 2017

After tea, the message was ‘there’s no rush, there’s 62 overs to get 62 runs’, hoping for maximum points, which required losing at most, one wicket in reply, that wicket however came just 10 minutes into the game, with 2nd opener Alex Wilde being given out edge behind to the keeper, to say he was displeased at the decision, is an understatement, throwing his bat off the field in disgust, certain he hadn’t hit the ball, but had clipped his pad instead, with our Get Out of Jail Free used up, it was down to fellow opener Mike Whitworth celebrating his 40th Birthday on Tuesday with a party at the club this evening, and James Beswick coming in at #3, unfortunately Mike facing the first delivery of Gavin Snowball, just got under the ball, and it spun upwards, and back into the welcoming hands of the bowler, ending his innings on 18.

With the arrival of Khalid Akram at #4, the home side required 32 to win, with just 6.2 overs down out of 62, you’d think he’d have played it safe, and just taken the simple runs where possible, but nope, ping! ping! ping! getting dropped twice, once when he was on 15 just shy of the boundary, and secondly with just 2 runs required left in the game by a dolly of a ball just behind the bowlers head.

The win, when it finally did come was disappointingly to a wide ball,  which saw James finish 17* and Khalid on 22* and Stalybridge take 19 points from the day, finishing 62/2 winning by 8 wickets in 18.2 overs.

With just two games to go, next week sees the 2’s head to Whaley Bridge.

 

[Week 16] Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIBad day at the office see 2nds fall to heavy defeat.

After all the heavy rain over the last couple of weeks, it was good to be finally back at a cricket ground without the threat of a downpour looming, the sun was out, and it was a lovely clear day looking over Kinder Scout; that’ll do, you can stop reading now, it’s done.

Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 5th August 2017

Coming off the strip smiling, it was immediately apparent that the toss had been won by Stalybridge’s captain Brian Stone, who decided he’d like to have the team bowl at the hosts, which with the openers Will Freeman and Oliver Wyatt dismissed for just 4 and 1 respectively seemed a good decision.  Alex Wood coming in at three had other ideas, putting 37 on the board in the hour he was at the crease, before being bowled by an on-the-day grumpy James Beswick, his 2nd of three wickets he’d take.

Andy Haywood coming in at 5 managed 16, and Andrew Given at 7 put another 28 runs on the board for the home side, but was bowled cleanly by Faz Hussain, for his third of four dismissals for just 19 runs, the remaining wicket of youngster Harvey Lee fell to Faz again for just 1 run, leaving Mohamed Wasseem on 4* just 8 minutes after arriving at the ground, and leaving the home side 1 point shy of their second batting point, all out for 124.

After the “interval break in proceedings”, Stalybridge came out all suitably buoyed by the score, knowing that 124 was presumably a below-par score for a ground with a number of short boundaries, despite having a make-shift team due to a number of holidays, with the cheap dismissals of the openers Alex Wilde and Anthony Hunter, it fell to James Beswick to try and put Stalybridge back on course, and in spite of his 23 runs, he was back in the changing room after half an hour, and it was at that point Stalybridge’s batting collapsed in earnest, with Chairman Nigel Corless called in to help dismissed by an LBW decision that had the loudest edge that only the umpire seemed to not hear, for a duck with Stalybridge now 27/3, it took just over an hour for the rest of the team to be caught, bowled or run out for just another 40 runs on the board, with the final wicket being an equally dubious thick edged LBW of Jordan Elliott who was apologised to by the Birch Vale bowler, who realised he’d hit it, but had to appeal, because they knew the umpire wanted to get away early, as was suitably rewarded for it.

Both teams were playing with a depleted squad today, but it was the home team who capitalised on the handicap, and if Stalybridge are going to keep their title hopes alive, it will require a much improved batting performance going forward, it can’t all fall to a quality bowling attack.

Final result: Birch Vale win by 57 runs.