Charlesworth & Chisworth CC vs Stalybridge CC

Stalybridge’s catching improves, but still needs a bit of work.

With another glorious week’s sunshine, leading up to the weekend, it came as no shock that Saturday again threatened thunderstorms and downpours, with the 1st up at good-friends Charlesworth & Chisworth.

Charlesworth’s captain David Wood won the toss and put themselves into bat, presumably to try and force a quick game so he could enjoy his Daughter’s dance thing, or whatever it was. 🙂

James Brady and Jacob Dooley opened the bowling for the visitors, and it was Dooley who was to claim first blood, with an edged catch to captain & keeper Mike Whitworth in the 6th over of Aaron Bardsley, followed by his replacement, ex-Stalybridge player Monksie, plumb LBW for 10, after surviving two dropped catches in the slips.

Before Brady and Dooley were swapped out for Jamie Brownhill and Gary Sandiford, Charlesworth’s keeper Nick Bennett in at number 3 was run-out by a direct throw from Stuart Barnes, to put the hosts 31/3, though from where we were sat, it looked like he was not only safe, but beyond the sticks already, but who are we to complain?

After a few more successful catches by the keeper, by the start of the 21st over, Charlesworth were teetering on collapse sitting at 51/6, but Steve Leech who had come in at number 5, started to find his rhythm, and started slowly accumulating runs, before being comfortably caught by Rob Mallett on 30.

The hosts were only able to add another 23 runs to their tally when their captain was deemed to have edged behind on his first ball at the crease, (earning him this week’s Golden Duck award), to the again welcoming hands of Mike for the last of Kevin Dooley‘s wickets with impressive figures of 3-12, and again to the chagrin of the home-side; they weren’t best pleased with the umpiring to say the least.  Charlesworth were all out for 104 in 38.1 overs. Compared with the previous two weeks, it was clear the team had put in some catching practice, though by my reckoning, I still counted five drops, though the captain led the charge taking five behind the stumps, well done Michael.

After the break, opener Rob Mallett looked likely to carry the bat, staying at the crease selectively picking his shots for almost an hour and 50 minutes, before finally succumbing to Gareth Evans delivery caught at third-slip by John Wardle for 37, and the visitors closing in on the target of 105 on 90/4.

Rob Mallett scores 37 to help bring home the win.

Kevin Dooley in at 5 was the other standout batsman for Stalybridge, who contributed 10 runs in a 24 run partnership with Mallett, and another 10 runs to finish the innings not out on 20, but it was to be opening bowler James Brady’s single, solitary run that was to secure victory with 4 wickets and 8.2 overs to spare.

Special mention has to go to the Charlesworth helpers, I had more coffee, and offers of drinks than across the whole of the league combined so-far, a massive thank you for your excellent hospitality, ladies and gents. 👍

Final result and scorecard: Stalybridge CC win by 4 wickets.
(If you’re interested, there are now ‘Wagon Wheels’ of shots for both innings under the statistics tab).

Next week, sees the 1s on the road again, when the hosts will be Chapel-en-le-Frith, who today beat High Lane by 5 wickets chasing down a similar total as ourselves, of 108.

Stalybridge CC 1st XI vs Hollingworth CC 1st XI

Stalybridge cling on, to secure victory despite continuing fielding frailties.

All the way through this game, from the 10th over onwards in the first innings, I was preparing this report with the words of Sir Winston echoing in my ears.

With the threat of rain on the cards, it was little surprise, that to maximise achievable points, that upon winning the toss, Stalybridge Captain, Mike Whitworth put the seemingly weakened Hollingworth into bat, one that looked to pay off instantly with the quick dismissal of Mohammed Akram, four balls into the first over, and the removal of ex-Stalybridge player Khalid Akram in the seventh, both for a duck

However, #2 Waqar Qureshi began his innings took no notice of his opposite partners falling around him, and survived his first dropped catch at the start of the 10th over on 19, and Hollingworth 31/2, another partner in Sean aka Katie Morris fell without scoring a run just 6 balls later, but in the 13th over, Waqar was dropped a second time, this time on 29, with the drop’ee walking in a bit too much to see if glance over his shoulder, but the visitors were only 36/3 so it’s all good.

At drinks, Hollingworth had lost another two wickets and were now a still reputable score (as far as Stalybridge were concerned at least) of 54/5.

One ball into the 25th saw Qureshi dropped once more, on 40, and four overs later for a 4th time, on 47, it all started to feel like a definite case of:Ah shit, here we go again.

By the time he was finally bowled by Kevin Dooley towards the end of the 38th over, he had managed to put a total of 72 runs on the board, and his 48 run partnership with Rehmat Khan at the other end (23 & 25 respectively), putting Hollingworth on unlikely score of 115/8.  Khan, caught behind on 32 after another ok partnership of 27, this time with Max Carter (17) was the visitors final loss, and they completed their allotted 45 overs to finish 152/9.

After the interval, Stalybridge’s innings started in almost identical fashion to Hollingworth’s, with opener Rick Wright deemed LBW in the 3rd delivery of the innings on naught.

With fellow opener Rob Mallett falling for just 5 in the 7th over, Hollingworth started to grow in confidence, and volume… Captain Mike Whitworth tried steadying the ship alongside Richard Wilde, who was knocking some lovely balls around the field, with a partnership of 35 before Richard was caught at extra-cover by the first of Khalid Akram’s three catches, *sorry Khalid, it’s been pointed out I am wrong in my previous comment, attributing some unpleasantness to you so have removed it, and offer my apologies*, it put pressure on the home side.

It wasn’t until Stalybridge lost their Captain on 29 with 16 overs to go, with the score at 104/7 that Gary Sandiford took to the crease, with a cameo partnership of 17 balls and 10 runs with James Brady before Brady was replaced by Jamie Brownhill after being caught in the first delivery of  Mohammed Akram’s second bowling spell.

With plenty of overs left to play, and the required run-rate of under 3, needing now just 36 to win Sandiford took control of the match, picking his shots as necessary, alternating the strike and hitting the boundary with relative calm, while everyone watching on is getting more and more excitable, with the total nearing completion.

With six overs to go, Sandiford on 48, and Stalybridge requiring just 4 runs to win, I’m sure the collective Stalybridge supporting crowd, along with myself could have throttled him when he decided he’d take an uncharacteristic and equally unnecessary swing and launched the ball over long-off, into the welcoming hands of ex-teammate Khalid, with just Jacob Dooley to come at #11, it threatened to look like another case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, thankfully with the last ball of the over that saw Gary caught, Brownhill edged the ball round the corner, and his fellow teammates and home supporters willed the ball to the boundary for the win.

Next week, hopefully the team will be working on their catching practice in training, after the 10 or so drops today, before they head to Charlesworth & Chisworth, who lost away today to Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Final result and scorecard: Stalybridge win by 1 wicket.

Pott Shrigley CC 1st XI vs Stalybridge CC 1st XI

Stalybridge Cricket ClubStalybridge left victory slip through their fingers at Pott Shrigley.

I’ll get this out the way first, you don’t drop an opener on 2, 6, 35 and 38, who then goes on to score 58 and deserve to win (though the one on 38 runs would have been a worldy of a catch as it sailed over the bowler’s head).

Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Captain Mike Whitworth‘s opening pair of Adam Smith-Harwick (16) and Rob Mallett (35) got off to a good start, putting on a 32 partnership before a audibly frustrated Adam, was caught off James Bridgeford at the end of the 9th, Mike replaced him, and Rob at the other end continued to apply pressure, seeing the visitors hit 50 in the 12th over, though immediately after, the run-rate started to drop steadily, with the introduction of Andrew Matheson, whose deliveries down the leg-side frustrating his opposition, taking Mallett for an absolute peach of a catch by Ryan Anderson-Fitter, two balls into the 24th over.

Pott Shrigley CC 1st XI vs Stalybridge CC 1st XI – Div 1 – 11th June 2022

Whitworth continued ticking over the runs, and survived the falls of Mike Hatton (0), (who spent more time knocking in his new bat than he did using it :), Kevin Dooley (10) and Tilak Bhojhani (19) before succumbing to LBW to see the visitors 120-6.

19 off Stuart Barnes and 16 off Gary Sandiford at 7 and 8 respectively were the only contributions of note after that, and the innings completed on the last ball of the regulation 45, when Sandiford was run-out by Pott’s Captain Jon Buckley trying for a second run, to finish up 159 all out.

After the interval, it could have gone a lot differently, had #1 batsman, Ryan Anderson-Fitter been caught when he was on two runs, with his opposite number being bowled 4 balls later for a duck, or again, had he not been fumbled with an ABSOLUTE dolly of a catch on six runs, or again on 35, or an over or two later on 38, but instead, he went on to put on 28 runs in a 50 run partnership with #3 Andrew Hart (17 b. Gary Sandiford) and 24 in a 45 run partnership with Seth Mawhinney (20 b. Kevin Dooley), before finally being bowled for James Brady’s 2nd wicket on 58, and the hosts 102-4 needing the same number to win, with 23 1/2 overs to do it in.

Despite the best efforts of the bowlers, it only took the combined efforts of Captain, Jon Buckley (18), and Andrew Matheson (29) (with a brief cameo from Tom Coates (5) in between, and Shaun Wilson (4*) and Steve Barlow (2*) after) just 9 more overs to complete the rout, to finish to the chants of “come on the red, come on the red”, to see the ball trickle to the boundary just in front of the pavilion with almost 3 overs to spare.

Final result and scorecard: Pott Shrigley won by 3 wickets.

Next week, the 1sts will play host to Hollingworth having just 1 win in the season, who today were bowled out for 95 chasing a total of 105 against Chapel-en-le-Frith.