[Week 3] Stalybridge CC 2nd XI vs Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI

In a match that probably shouldn’t have gone ahead, Stalybridge were put into bat by Hazel Grove after stand-in Captain Stuart Nock lost the toss in the pouring rain, that didn’t stop for the whole duration of the 1st innings and for over half of Hazel Grove’s.

It took almost 17 overs for the home side to put 25 runs on the board at the expense of 4 wickets, and things were looking grim. Resident Iron-Man Tony Mooney joined opener Alex Wilde and spent almost 50 minutes together at the crease doubling the tally before being bowled for 17 the hosts 57/5.

Alex finally succumbed for 24 on the 2 hour mark, immediately on the tails of Madussar Bashir (21)  caught by Grove’s captain Geoff Noden off Jack Miekle (5-13) for his 4th of the day, with Stalybridge 82/7.

It took another half hour before Miekle completed his 5fer, dismissing Keith Bowers for eight, a skyward shot caught comfortably by Grove’s wicketkeeper.

With the rain still teeming it down a soggy Stalybridge finished 93 all out with 2 balls left in the reduced 38 overs.

50 minutes later and the teams go back in the glorious sunshine, err pissing rain I mean.

Bowling openers Bashir and Jacob Dooley managed to prevent Hazel Grove from scoring  until mid-way through the fifth over, and they kept the pressure on a the way to the end of Jacob’s first session; but it wouldn’t be until the 13 over that Muddy would break the deadlock with a fine catch by Alex Wilde to see Luke Bennett heading back to the pavillion on 7, and the visitors 22/1.

Gary Sandiford was probably disappointed not to pick up a couple of wickets with 3 of his deliveries to break up the partnership of opener Andy Tomlinson and number 3 Charlie Higson, with the former dropped of his own delivery and the latter twice at point by Jordan Elliott, but he finally got his reward at the end of his 7th over, Tilak Bhojani catching Charlie Higson on 21, Grove 59/2 with 12 overs remaining.

With 8 overs to go, and the visitors needing just 21 the now hope of a abandonment vanished when the rain finally stopped albeit briefly.

With Tomlinson and Graeme Butcher at the crease, picking up the occasional boundary and quick singles when presented, it was only a matter of time before they finally knocked Stalybridge’s 93, with Butcher missing Madussar Bashir’s delivery and it sailing away for a 4 to end their innings with a winning score of 97/3.

Some decent bowling, but costly errors in the field led to the final result and scorecard of: Hazel Grove win by 7 wickets.

The 2’s next fixture sees the rearranged Hawke Trophy fixture tomorrow afternoon up in Tintwistle.


[Week 2] Pott Shrigley CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge CC 2nd XI

After the narrow defeat last week at the hands of Old Glossop, Stalybridge 2nds were looking to make amends at Pott Shrigley, a location set in infamy for this scorer’s son, who was run-out without facing a ball on the previous visit to this ground back at the tail end of 2019.

Pott Shrigley CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge CC 2nd XI - 01/05/2021
Pott Shrigley CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge CC 2nd XI – 01/05/2021


With Brian winning the toss, he elected to bowl, and opening bowlers Madussar Bashir and Ajeet Kaintura kept the run rate to around 3 an over, and for the first 14 overs, with just the one wicket to show for it though, a big air shot by Andy Tomenson (19) taken by Jordan Elliott at point, off Ajeet’s delivery to see the hosts 34-1.

Ned Woodman replaced ‘Muddy’ after his 6th over, and Tilak Bhojani came in for Ajeet after his eighth, but that 17th over was to be Tilak’s only one of the day, after suffering with a shoulder injury prior to last week’s fixture, he made the longest single over I have personally witnessed, with fourteen deliveries, consisting of 7 wides, 1 no-ball, 1 run and 5 dot balls, though that said, the 9 runs conceded in that over is still a lot less than a couple of the overs tallies last week.

His replacement, Gary Sandiford hadn’t picked up a ball since playing 5 matches in 2018 after having his first child, yet it was almost as if he hadn’t been away, picking up his first wicket just five balls in, with a faint nick off opener Mark Dean (19) who up to that point had been picking up some tidy singles, to keeper Keith Bowers‘s welcoming gloves, Pott Shrigley were now 56-2.

Ned picked up the next wicket of Shaun Wilson (8) with a tidy catch by Ajeet at point, and Robert Street was deemed LBW for a 2 ball duck to give Gary his 2nd wicket just 4 balls after Wilson.

Four overs later and Gary had the over of his career dismissing Pott Shrigley’s captain Ian Tomenson (19), then Steve Barlow (3) and James Samarji (0) for his hattrick and 5fer, leaving the hosts stunned on 80-7.

He took one more wicket and probably should have had another after two dropped catches to finish his session 6-18 off 8.  “Bowled Gary“.

Gary Sandiford 6-18
Gary Sandiford Hattrick and 6-18 off 8 overs.

Special mention for Jordan Elliott’s 2nd catch of the day, a ground level ‘worldy‘ to see Shrigley’s keeper Jonathan Dixon dismissed for 3 off Madussar (2-16) before Muddy completed the rout to see the hosts 86 AO.

After the interval, Stalybridge, after losing 4 wickets for 50 runs, decided slow and steady was the order of the day, picking up runs when offered and needing just 1.5 RPO for the majority, and other than a single over, where Tilak thought he needed to try and slog the left-handed captain’s deliveries, his remainder of his innings alongside stalwart Tony Mooney (9*) was a measured approach, taking a boundary when offered, then smartly blocking out the rest, finally hitting a 4 to see Stalybridge win by 6 wickets and 13.4 overs to spare.

Well done everyone, everything seemed to click into place today, the fielding was great, the batting efficient and the bowling sublime.

The next match for the 2’s will be away again next Saturday, when they face Tintwistle in the first round of the Hawke Trophy.

Final result and Scorecard: Stalybridge CC 2nd XI win by 6 wickets.

[Week 1] Stalybridge CC 2nd XI vs Old Glossop CC 2nd XI

A beautiful day, a new score-hut to work in and a cracking game of cricket to watch, what more can a scorer ask for? Well a win would have been nice, but no matter.

The 2021 campaign’s opening fixture was against 2020’s Division 3A winners Old Glossop, in Stalybridge 2nd’s first fixture since 14th September 2019, having not competed last season, and presumably like the majority of clubs across the country haven’t had more than two weeks’ practice to get ready for the match, so it was a pleasant surprise when having lost the toss, Brian Stone’s men were put into bat on a lovely track superbly prepared by Stuart Barnes and Keith Bowers over the winter and last couple of weeks.

Nothing interesting, just my new score-hut.

Stuart Nock and Alex Wilde opened the batting, with Alex soaking up the pressure and Stu ticking along the runs, with Alex given out LBW for 3, debutant Hur bin Tariq who had been showing promise with the ball in practice joined Stu at the wicket, unfortunately the partnership was not to last long as Hur stood steadfast in his crease as Stu hurtled towards him causing him to have to watch in dismay as he was casually run-out for 42 ending what looked like a comfortable batting session for ‘Nockers’.

Tilak Bhojani joined Hur after a brief visit by Adam Dooley, and the pair managed to see the score rise to 122-4 before Tilak was caught on the boundary by Andy King on 26.

With Hur bowled 2 runs before what would have been a debut half-century, by Old Glossop’s captain Darren Acomb (3-41), it left only the tail-enders with a little cameo from Ned Woodman at #8 putting 10 on, adding 24 additional runs to finish the innings on a respectable 158 AO.

After the short interval, Stalybridge took to the field and Madussar Bashir (1-27) and Ajeet Kaintura (3-24) opened the bowling, and despite pegging Old Glossop 44-3, the left-handed opener Jehrome Sagar had a nice 2 hours at the stumps absorbing the bowling pressure and adding runs when available only to be run-out by Hur off his own delivery after his opposite number Rob Barrow who himself had just narrowly avoided a run-out due to a poor fielding throw, never left his crease after knocking it back down the ground to the bowler, putting the visitors on 125-5.

Despite taking three further wickets for just 2 runs, Old Glossop capitalised on a poor fielding display throughout their innings, and with some very costly overs and boundaries where there shouldn’t have been, the 25 extras [ b (14), lb (5), w (3), nb (3)] were all the visitors needed to ensure victory on the second-to-last ball, finishing 159-9.

Although we lost, it was still a great game of cricket to watch, and a good indicator of how we can improve and also how well we did with so little preparation coming into the game, with next Saturday’s fixture away from home when the hosts will be Pott Shrigley.

Final result and scorecard: Old Glossop win by 1 wicket.