[Week 15] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Compstall CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIBatters bowled well, bowlers bowled well, the opposition… well…

Despite being turned over by 118 runs at their place at the start of the season, the return fixture was a massively one-sided affair in the opposite direction.  After losing the toss and being put into bat, openers Mike Whitworth and Alex Wilde were aggressive from the outset, with Mike being caught behind for 51 from 54 balls,  and Alex with 31 from 55, but the introduction of returning Joe Robinson with Mike’s dismissal put another 73 runs on the board; it was during Joe’s innings that he belted a cover drive, which captain Neil Cooper foolishly tried to catch, and injured his thumb in the process, causing him to leave the field for 20 or so overs to recuperate. Coupled with 24 from Pete Coxon and 18 a-piece from Mike Hatton and Mudi Bashir, saw the home side finish their 45 overs with a commanding lead of 238 for 7 wickets.

The aggression didn’t subside after tea (lovely btw Gaz’s missus) when the bowlers coming out full on samosas and chicken tikka, with Pete Coxon taking just 5 balls of his first over to start the visitors demise with the dismissal of #2 batsman Dave Carne, but had to wait until the 10th over before taking the next wicket of fellow opener Jarrod Ince; from that point forward however, it was just a rout with Compstall unable to form a lasting partnership, and with the young bowler James Chew’s removal on 21, it took Madussar Bashir and Pete Coxon just 5 more overs to dismantle the remaining batting order, with 7 batsmen falling for 0 runs, finishing with just 6 more runs to end up 27 all out.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s win by 211 runs.

Match scorecard: Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-Compstall 2nd XI

[Week 14] Buxworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIMike Brown and Alex Wilde give opening batsman masterclass and Faz gets a 5fer.

After getting lost in a little cul-de-sac because Google Maps thought Buxworth Cricket Club was at the top of it (something I’ve contacted them about, and is fixed already), we arrived at the ground just as Brian was losing the toss, and was put into bowl, and by ‘eck it’s a small ground, surrounded by some beautiful Derbyshire scenery.

Buxworth 2nds vs Stalybridge 2nds: 23rd July 2016
Buxworth 2nds vs Stalybridge 2nds: 23rd July 2016

Mudi Bashir looked to be back in the form he was lacking last week, taking two early wickets, but with the fall of the first brought their captain Mike Edwards onto the field, who made a couple of decent partnerships, with the next couple of batsmen, before being caught by Mudi for Faz Hussain’s first wicket, and with his dismissal just having gotten his half-century with 56, it appears Buxworth didn’t have a plan B, as the rest fell to the combined bowling attack of Faz, Pete Coxon and finally Mudi getting the 10th wicket to see Buxworth all out for 140, by my estimation probably 30-40 short of a par for that ground, what was funnier was Faz not being aware that he’d gotten a 5th wicket, he completely forgot he got the catch from Mudi too, so was pretty buzzing that he’d got his 5fer, well done mate.

After what appeared to be the shortest (albeit lovely) tea’s in history, but perhaps that was the Stella keeping time, it was time for Stalybridge to bat, and for the next 29.3 overs Mike Brown and Alex Wilde took everything the Buxworth bowlers could throw at them, and proceeded to pepper the short boundaries with Mike hitting 9 fours and 5 sixes, his first clearing the Buxworth pavilion, and two others hitting the houses just beyond the grounds’ wall finishing on 86 from 88 balls, and Alex completing the innings with a four, his eighth of his innings to end on 40 with just one more delivery than Mike at 89 balls, for Stalybridge to get the maximum 20 points.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds win by 10 wickets and 4 runs.

Match scorecard: Buxworth 2nd XI-Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI

[Week 13] Stalybridge St. Pauls 2nd XI vs High Lane 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIWith some stirling work getting the ground in a state where there could be a game on, for the first time in a month, Brian Stone won the toss, and put 10 man (later to be 11) High Lane into bat, with opener Chris Simpson in the crease for 50 minutes, being dismissed for 11, to say it was a slow start would be an understatement, however his removal brought youngster Patrick Firth into bat, who despite being dropped three times, all during Faz Hussains bowling overs, managed a decent 64 runs to bring the pace up a good amount, to finish with H Anjan and Z Choudhary with 30 and 20 not out each to end the innings 174 for 5, unfortunately the Stalybridge bowlers were having an off-day, with only Pete Coxon putting in a notable performance with 2-29 off his regulation twelve (though he missed out on his hat-trick that had been waiting to be played for 4 weeks).

The same two ending batters opened the bowling for High Lane, but it was their main batsman Patrick Firth (2-25) and fellow spin bowler Mark Short (4-45) who frustrated the Stalybridge batsmen, keeping the run rate below 3 an over for the majority of the game, when 7 was needed, though the debutant Krunal Bhatt managed a last ditched battle at the end with Mark Connolly (who hit a 6 for crying out loud!) returning for the first time this season with 28 and 17 not out respectively; another notable mention for Pete Coxon’s 30 off 32.

In the end though, due to a combination of reasons, primarily the on-the-spot bowling from Firth and Short, but 6 dropped catches would be definitely high on the blame scale, Stalybridge unfortunately couldn’t make up the needed runs to catch High Lane, finishing 15 short, ending 159 for 7.

IMG_1572I wouldn’t like to be keeper Anthony Hunter though, greeting his missus with this on his return home, on her birthday no-less…

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Result: High Lane CC 2nd XI win by 15 runs.

Match scorecard: 20160716-Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-High Lane 2nd XI