For the 3rd time this season, the weather has a detrimental affect on our game, with the home match against Birch Vale & Thornsett 2nd XI being abandoned in the second innings.
The match started 35 minutes late due to the rain, reducing the overs to 41 apiece, after Captain-for-the-day, vice captain James Beswick won the toss and put Birch Vale into bat, everything seemed to be going well, with the visitors 2 wickets down for 2 runs, when their young keeper #4 Kallis Hyde joined captain Tim Johnson at the crease, who over the next 27 overs put 62 runs between them on the board, with the fall of the captain at 64, and Kallis falling just one run short of his half-century, being caught at midwicket by Madussar Bashir, with the visitors at that point then 83-5, the innings came to a fairly swift conclusion, with the remaining batsmen managing just 14 additional runs, to end the innings all out for 97.
With tea complete, and grey skies overhead, Stalybridge’s Chris Gledhill and Jordan Elliott enter the field, needing 98 to win, both dismissed in short order, captain Beswick is bowled for 12, and Faz Hussain and Nathan Lowe being the last of the Stalybridge contingent to take the field, when the rain starts in-ernest, both captains convene and come to the decision to abandon the match with just 50 minutes of the innings played.
Next week, the 2s make the short journey to Offerton, weather permitting, without their intrepid scorer and match reporter, so don’t expect a report for that match, or at best a terse “x won”; see y’all in two weeks for the back-to-back Saturday & Sunday matches between Chapel-en-le-Frith and high-flying New Mills.
Result: Rain Affected Draw.
Match Scorecard: 20160521-Stalybridge St Pauls 2nd XI-Birch Vale & Thornsett 2nd XI