Well, much like the opening cup fixture weekend, both the 1st’s and 2nd’s games against High Lane are off, due to the “pisswetthrough-iness” as our resident
Twa Twitterati might say.
Ah well, I’m sure it was just a ploy by 2nd Team Captain Brian Stone, who wasn’t looking forward to having a game where I wasn’t available to score.
Well, roll on Week 3 – with 2nd’s hopefully playing host to Buxworth and the 1st’s travelling to deepest, darkest Woodley.
Stalybridge St Paul’s started their adventure into the Derbyshire and Cheshire league with a trip to the beautiful little ground of Hayfield.
Skipper Richard Wright won the toss and decided to bat on a surprisingly hard wicket considering the previous week’s weather, with Stalybridge hoping to take advantage of the small boundary. Advantage was not really taken however as the innings ended on 169 which seemed well short of a competitive total on such a small ground. Wright (28), Richard Wilde (24), debutant Khalid Akram (39) and Jamie Brownhill (21) all made starts but both a failure to convert these starts into higher scores and combined with a late-order collapse, meant Stalybridge were a touch disappointed. The runs were on the board however which did give at least a glimmer of hope.
Hope however was short-lived as the impressive Hayfield opener quickly got to grips with the bowling and hit a quickfire 70. This took the game away from Stalybridge very early on, which also wasn’t helped by losing opening bowler Fish with a suspected torn hamstring, as Hayfield eventually passed the total with the loss of just one wicket.
Stalybridge 2s also slipped to defeat by 10 runs v Whaley Bridge. Pete Coxon picked up 4 wickets, with Faz Hussain and Ant Hunter making 30-odd with the bat.
A slightly disappointing start but the first season in a new league is always going to be a learning curve and it at least felt very refreshing not travelling home from the depths of Cheshire. Stalybridge 1sts are at home this Saturday (1.30) vs High Lane with the 2nds facing the same opposition.
The 2nds opened the new campaign at home on a sunny but bitterly cold afternoon with a narrow defeat to a 10 man Whaley Bridge 2nd XI, failing to overcome their opening innings score of 174 all out, by reaching just 163 before the final wicket of Graham Stone’s questionable LBW decision that saw a bruise just below his hip be deemed low enough to warrant his departure.
Having scored for the club for just over 4 1/2 years without a “retired injured” before, it was therefore appropriate that there’d be two in one game, with both Whaley Bridge’s David Lomax, and Stalybridge’s Faz Hussain both having to leave the field, only to return later on when fit, as there doesn’t seem to be any provision in the rulebook for having a runner.
Notable batting performances from Whaley Bridge’s keeper Michael Madden and bowler Ivan Heathcote with 60 and 51 respectively, while Staly’s Pete Coxon managed 37 as their top scorer.
Pete also topped Stalybridge’s bowling performance, with 4 wickets for 34 runs, but Whaley Bridge’s Colin Wild improved on that in the second innings with 4 wickets for just 9 runs, both over the maximum twelve overs.
The only other thing of note, was the dubious counting skills of the pavilion end umpire, who by his own admission was scoring his first game of cricket ever, but had eleven overs with 7 balls played, one of which was 8 balls long, but perhaps that could be attributed to the returning ball from the opposite end that bowler Pete Coxon directed onto the umpires nose!
The updated league table can be viewed here or on the DCCL website directly, and the 2nds next match involves a short trip up the A6 against High Lane CC’s 2nd XI.
Match score sheet:
20160423-Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-Whaley Bridge 2nd XI