Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

3 Lions on a shirt2nds lose 7th consecutive match, but it doesn’t matter because IT’S COMING HOME!

With the league agreeing to matches starting at 9:30am so people can get back to watch the England quarter-final match against Sweden at 3pm, it was an early start for Brian Stone’s men, on yet another gloriously sunny day, I almost forget what it’s been like the last few years, where cricket season has been synonymous with monsoon season, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts hey?

After losing the toss again, (which in itself is almost mirroring the match result compared with last season), Stalybridge were put into the field to watch for two hours as opener Joe Wilkinson and number 3, Mike Halton took everything the Stalybridge bowlers could throw at them, and pepper them comfortably to the boundary finishing on 71 and 61 apiece, with a little cameo from Joe Hall with 20 and Charlie Higson with 21 at 2 and 4 respectively, the annoying thing is as per previous matches, the bowlers were let down by the fielding, with Wilkinson dropped on 14, Halton dropped on 6, and Higson dropped on 1, if Stalybridge are to start getting positive results in matches in the latter half of this season, the catching has to improve.

Once the top four were dismissed however, Stalybridge were left with just 8 overs remaining, but they worked on their momentum, and took 5 of the remaining 6 wickets before Hazel Grove completed their 45 exactly 3 hours after start of play, finishing on 241.

After tea (or is it lunch as it’s only 12:30?), again it was Joe Wilkinson who, after doing the damage with the bat, in the opening innings, did a similar number on Stalybridge with ball, by taking the first 3 wickets before the 10th over and only 35 runs on the board.

Of the Stalybridge batting order, it was only Stephen Monks who can hold his head high today, with just a little over an hour at the midday sun crease, before being taking a faint nick, being caught behind on 41, and electing to walk, as the umpire had no idea.

With his removal the remaining wickets fell shortly after, with only Ajeet Kaintura joining him by reaching double figures before being cleanly bowled by that young man again Joe Wilkinson, to claim his 5th Stalybridge scalp of the day to end with a five-fer for just 16 runs in 8 overs, claiming victory for the home side, with Stalybridge St. Paul’s finishing on 109 AO.  Not bad for a lad that was in doubt apparently after falling in the bath this week!!!

Referring back to the umpire, for a man whose job it is to be able to count to six, he made myself and my co-scorer’s life hell as he has done on each other occasion we’ve had the misfortune to have him umpire for us, in Hazel Grove’s innings there were two eight ball overs, and at least TEN 7 ball overs, and as per usual those extra balls 90% of the time generated runs for the home side, the Stalybridge innings was worse still, he seemed to fail time after time to know when the over was well.. over, but this time, it had one of the Hazel Grove spectators shouting out after the sixth ball, if it looked like he was going to allow another, not that would have increased our score, but still frustrating.

So, by 2:35pm, Stalybridge St. Paul’s had lost, and it was a leisurely *cough* drive back to catch England vs Sweden, I only missed 5 minutes!! Well done, let’s see who we face for the Semi’s mid-week. *edit* Croatia apparently.

Well done also to the 1sts who notched up their 7th win of the season, beating Hollingworth at home for maximum points.

Final result: Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI win by 132 runs, full scorecard available here. once Hazel Grove have uploaded it.

Next week sees the two’s on the road again, when the opposition with be Old Glossop, for now, enjoy the sun and relish in England’s victory.

[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Dinting CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge fail to capitalise on strong middle-order recovery after poor start, to fall at final hurdle and lose by 5 runs.

With Brian skiving off to watch Lionel Ritchie, the task of captaining the 2nds was handed to Steve Monks, who performed admirably in the face of adversity, having also been lumbered with the keeper’s gloves, with usual keeper Mike Whitworth being taken hostage by the 1sts, and upon losing the toss, Dinting put the home side in the field.

Dinting openers, Captain, Matt Coleman and Ryan Townsend plodded along nicely, and managed and 83 partnership deep into the innings, before Coleman was given LBW just short of his half-century, on 43 off Ahmed Hyatt, his replacement, Jarrod Massey managed to push the score to 140 to be Stalybridge’s 5th wicket, before being bowled by Mahurice Barber to finish on 34, but not before Steve Monks had to be replaced as keeper with a suspected broken finger, which gave him a little more freedom to handle the captaincy, and Dinting were able to add just 23 more runs before seeing out their 45 overs with 8 wickets dismissed, though it has to be said, Stalybridge need to work on their catching, as I counted at least 6 again.

An over into the Stalybridge innings, the heavens opened and with just two runs on the board, centurion from the last match Stu Nock was given LBW for a duck (sorry Stu, I originally had you down as 1 run, but it was a leg-bye) as the last ball of the spell, and everyone was brought off the field for a little under 40 minutes reducing the overs by 2, while the rain proceeded to soak the outfield, where in the first innings balls were skidding to 4’s with ease, similar balls from the Stalybridge batsmen were coming to a halt 5-10 feet from the boundary, and were soon 4 wickets down with only 38 runs to their name, but Khalid Akram who came in at number 3, managed to steady the ship for a long time, and put on a good partnership with a broken fingered Steve Monks, before being caught by Jarrad Massey after punting a ball over the bowler, Ryan Townsend’s head, to finish on 41, and Stalybridge on a more respectable 104-5.

With Steve Monk’s dismissal a little while after at 116-7 at the hands of Jarrad Massey’s 5th wicket of the day, Stalybridge had about 15 overs left to get 48 runs,  and despite Maurice Barber getting 21, and Pete Coxon 19*, Stalybridge fell just short, by losing the 3 final wickets, at the hands of club stalwart Adam Harwick’s nephew, Daniel, 5 runs short of Dinting’s total with 4 overs to spare, to suffer a heartbreaking when victory seemed likely.

More annoyingly for me personally, the scoreboard I built again suffered from dodgy outputs, mid-game, meaning I had turn it off and revert back to to the manual board, I think due to it taking a massive bang at the beginning of the day, presumably loosening some wiring inside.

Anyways.. Final result and scorecard: Dinting CC 2nd XI win by 5 runs.

[Week 6] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge put in a good batting performance, unfortunately Birch Vale put in a great one.

Stalybridge lost the toss, and were put into the field, and immediately into the innings, Birch Vale opener Steve Burns showed how he was going to conduct his time at the crease, with 13 runs from the single over, he had hit his half-century after facing just 25 deliveries, and added the next 50 to hit his century just after 58, despite getting the second opener out for 6, his replacement Alex Wood more than made up for Ollie Wyatt’s cheap dismissal off Krunal Bhatt, by being the next to hit a ton, before being caught close to the boundary on 102 by Jordan Elliott for the first of Ajeet Kaintura’s four wickets, but the damage was already done by this point, Birch Vale were now a decent 294/3, which on this ground is a winning score in its own right.

The next three wickets just added another 5 runs, but 8, 9 and 10 all managed to put another 89 runs + extras between them, and Birch Vale completed their overs with a huge score of 389/9.

Despite knowing a win was impossible, it didn’t stop Stalybridge at least having a go, and whilst the opening overs were a bit slow, with Stalybridge hitting 33 runs in the same number as Birch Vale hit 100, the arrival of Khalid Akram to join Stu Nock at the crease, after Alex Wilde was caught and bowled by Birch Vale’s captain Jack Linskey (who you would have thought had just gotten the winning wicket, given his exultant shout, and the aggressive way he threw the ball at the ground after catching it, but hey ho), allowed Stalybridge to start accumulating runs,  by the 15th over Birch Vale started giving their fringe bowlers a go, knowing they weren’t in any danger of being caught, but more importantly it gave the batsmen a chance to get their eye in and get some runs.

The next 22 overs saw Stu and Khalid build up a  very respectable 137 partnership, before Khalid was caught of a Steve Burns delivery, to end on 40,  with Stu Nock now on a dead 100, and Stalybridge’s total now 174, it was just a case of seeing out the remaining 8 overs and try to try and get another 26 runs to get maximum batting points, with the aid of Steve Monks at the other end, and Birch Vale for the first time in all my watching cricket, giving ALL 11 players a bowl, (which plays havoc with score books, ya bastards!), Stu managed to add another 39 runs to his score, to carry the bat and end Stalybridge’s innings on 229 for just 2 wickets.

Great knock Nock! (Who’s there?)

Bowlers wanted, please apply Gorse Hall Road cricket ground – hey it worked after the Old Glossop match, I can but try.  Joking aside, good reply to a massive up-hill battle lads, on any other day, 229/2 is a winning result on this home field, and with some tighter bowling, we should be able to get back to last season’s winning form.

Final result and scorecard: Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI win by 160 runs.

[Week 5 ] Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Ask and ye shall receive! #1 son (and some others) secure Stalybridge 2nd’s first win of the season. #biased

Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 2nd June 2018

The game started off slow, with Brian winning the toss, and choosing to put Compstall into bat, as the Stalybridge bowling attack of Ned Woodman and Ajeet Kaintura kept the run rate to a minimum, with the home side on 56/1 at drinks, however once their overs were done, (or took a break with 3 remaining in Ned’s case), the Compstall #3, Ravi Patel started accelerating through the gears, and was able to take the total up to a respectable 134/3 before being caught by Ajeet for the first of  Ahmed Hayat’s four wickets of the afternoon.

With Ravi’s removal, a number of other wickets fell soon after, but Compstall were able to add another 26 runs before completing their 45 overs to finish the innings 160 for 8 wickets to take us to tea.

Despite getting into lumber last season for this, I’ve got to reiterate how damned good the teas at Compstall are, full marks to all involved in putting on that damned fine spread! #Rebel

Given our previous weeks deficiencies as far as batting is concerned, it was great to see our opener Stu Nock put a 43 on the board, with Alex Wilde (8) and Khalid Akram (17) at the opposite end, before being bowled by the biggest front-foot no-ball, literally six inches beyond the line, no doubt my opposite number Megan Carter must have been bored by my constant moaning about the no-balls, but it must have been equally frustrating for Stu when I told him. 🙂 #DodgyUmpires

Like Compstall, Stalybridge started off slowly, and were only 5 runs ahead of where Compstall were at drinks, on 61/1, and for a long time were a fair ways behind the required run-rate, it looked like their very economical bowling was going to leave Stalybridge total about 40-50 runs short, but in the same way that Ravi upped the score with his innings, once their main bowling unit was exhausted, it was Stalybridge’s turn to turn up the heat.

The start of the 31st over at 82/2 and with just 14 overs to go, the team needed to double what they had obtained up to that point, and it saw the introduction of number 4, Mike Whitworth and with Stu Nock’s dismissal three balls later, number 5, Jordan Elliott,

Over the next 11 overs, the pair put in an excellent performance, with a brilliant 81 partnership with Mike shouting out instructions and putting on 26 runs and Jordan putting in a career best 52 hitting the ball below for 4 to secure his first half-century for the club, and Stalybridge’s first win of the season.

Well done everyone, but especially well done from me, to my son Jordan for that knock. #ProudDad

Jordan Elliott hits first club half-century to secure Stalybridge’s first win of the season.

Stalybridge’s next match sees us at home, where the opposition will be Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI.

Final result and scorecard: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 7 wickets.

[Week 4] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Old Glossop CC 2nd XI

Batters wanted, please apply Gorse Hall Road cricket ground.

I’ve been trying to come up with some excuse as to why we just got so soundly beaten by Old Glossop, too windy, not used to playing on a sunny day, leaves on the line, etcetera, etcetera; but no, we got beat today because the team as a whole can’t bat, that’s easy for me to say, as someone whose never held a bat on a cricket field, sitting on the sidelines week-in, week-out, but Old Glossop had some decent batters, their opener Jamie Cannon, was only 4, or was it 6 or 2 overs short of carrying the bat for his team, finishing on 67, and they had five others in double figures, whereas we had just one batter reach over 10 runs, that’s pretty shambolic, I’m sorry to have to say.

We’re still ok at bowling though, Ahmed Hayat got 4 wickets, and freshly  returned from a year off Garry Sandiford got 3, but again Old Glossop had a very well oiled bowling attack, with each of their 5 bowlers taking two wickets apiece, and I fully expect them to be top of the table come the end of the season, but that doesn’t detract from our own failings.

With that in mind, I need to apologise to the team for buggering up the scoring towards then end of their bowling innings, where it fluctuated between 9, 8, 7, 5 and 4 overs left like it was being made up on the spot, I learned that I shouldn’t try to watch the test match on my phone, while trying to juggle scoring, updating the scoreboard, and switching between WIFI’s every couple of overs to update the online score card mid-game.

Next up, the team head over Werneth Low where the opposition will be Compstall.

Final result and scorecard: Old Glossop CC 2nd XI win by 128 runs.

[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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