[Week 16] Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIMudi gets a 5fer in his last game for Stalybridge and Bez has a decent knock.

Being the club-man that I am, I chose to spend my birthday not with my football team Stalybridge Celtic, celebrating a 1-0 win on their opening game of the new season (mainly because they were in Boston, Lincs. tbh) but with my cricketing buddies again in deepest Derbyshire, on a lovely summers day, chilling out in a little stone and wood hut for a few hours.

Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 6th August, 2016

The game started, with Brian and his magic coin winning the toss and electing to bat, at a sedate pace, with the same openers from last week, but a moment of indecision saw Alex Wilde taking the option of being run-out sparing Mike Whitworth at the other end, last weeks big scorer Joe Robinson came in but sent one skywards to be caught by Ashley Sharp; his dismissal saw the arrival of James Beswick who saw off the rest of the Stalybridge innings 66 not out, while the rest of the Stalybridge batsmen came and went, with only Madussar Bashir hitting 35 from 17 deliveries being notable, his first 7 balls being . 6 6 . . 6 6 peppering the cows in the adjacent field, with Brian Stones “dubious” LBW decision, (I’m sure he’ll show you the bruise on his abdomen if you ask nicely), Stalybridge’s innings came to an end just 7 runs short of maximum batting points on 193.

After tea (double helping of cream and strawberry scones – ommnom), Birch Vale suffered early wickets with both opening batsmen falling before the 3rd over, but the arrival of RAF PE Instructor Ashley Sharp, with a bat that had more middle than me, saw the major threat Birch Vale had to offer, and it was blatantly obvious to all present that his removal would be key to the result, thankfully the steady hands of keeper Mike Whitworth got his first of three catches from Mudi with the faintest of nicks off Sharp’s tree trunk bat on 31, to the delight of the Stalybridge contingent. Once he was gone, it was just 11 runs and 5.3 overs before the remaining 5 wickets fell to Messrs. Bashir (6-27) and Beswick (4-42) ending the host side’s innings on 74, really pleased Mudi got his 5fer, as it is his last game for Stalybridge St. Paul’s as he starts a new job with British Gas on Monday, we all wish you well matey, you’ll be missed (though not by his opposition no doubt), and I’m sure you’ll be welcome back anytime.

So we headed back to Stalybridge for a few tins just in time to see the 1sts beating Birch Vale’s 1sts in the corresponding home fixture.  Well done lads.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 119 runs.

Match scorecard: Birch Vale & Thornsett 2nd XI-Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI.