[Week 22] Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XILast day blues and end of season piss up.

The 2016 season came to an end yesterday, with both teams playing Hazel Grove, 2nds away to league champions, Brian won the toss and decided we’d have a bowl, personally, given neither team had anything to play for, and given their obvious strong nature, I’d have had a bat, to get home to the bar earlier, but hey ho. šŸ™‚

Despite their usualĀ opening batter, who apparently gets their runs, dropping himself down the order, the opening pair still managed a commendable 66 partnership before Wilkinson was bowled by Pete Coxon, but it was his opposite numberĀ Chris Cooke’s sessionĀ with #4 Forsythe that saw the damage done, knocking up a 151 partnership before being run-out on 135, this after being dropped twice, once on 63 and again on 99!!!

Having already used EIGHT bowlers, Brian decided enough was enough and put himself into bowl, getting himself two wickets in the process, before they completed their 45 overs ending on 266 for 7.

Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI - 17th Sept 2016
Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 17th Sept 2016

An ok’ish tea came and went, and Stalybridge’s innings ticked by at a slow pace until Joe Robinson and new arrival Phil Hammond took the field, with Joe managing a reasonable 55 while the next 4 batsmen came and went, but it wasn’t enough, the target was too big a hurdle, and Stalybridge 2nds’ opening season in the DCCL came to an end on 147 for 7 in fifth position in the league, better luck next year!

With that, it was back to the club for end of season piss-up, with the noticeable and vastly commented on absence of “let’s go to Uppermill” James Beswick, the night descended into a drunken stupor, with vague recollections of karaoke and jagerbombs, but gods, look at this monstrosity!

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[Week 21] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Mottram CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIBeaten by a better team on the day.

With a win required in both remaining matches, and a low scoring draw required from the Hollingworth vs High Lane match, there was very little chance that we would clinch a promotion spot, and with a bulk of players absent to watch the Manchester derby (which City won if you weren’t aware :), it seemed doubly unlikely, so it’s not surprising that we weren’t firing on all cylinders, with only Mike Whitworth (53), Pete Coxon (23) batting decently, though I have to give credit to Jordan Elliott for his tail end performance, before being run out by Captain Brian Stone;Ā due toĀ a middle-order collapse, I felt we were about 20-30 runs short of a defensible target, how wrong I was…

After the break, the Mottram opening partnership ofĀ Adam Hilton (45) and Stuart Swann (87) proceeded to knock Stalybridge’s 137 off between them in under 25 overs.

On the upside, today saw the introduction of the electronic scoreboard I’ve been working on the last couple of months, and it worked brilliantly, and was well received by all, I’d like to put on record the immense help with the design and instructions of the board by Westbury onĀ Severn CC’s Ian Nice, and the massive help by colleagues at The Stamford Group, Darren Whipp, Dewi Jones, Steve Wyatt and Neil Lewis who did the lumber and metal work. Ā Cheers guys!

SSPCC Electronic Scoreboard

So, yay me!!! šŸ™‚

Result: Mottram win by 10 wickets.

Scorecard:Ā 20160910-stalybridge-st-pauls-cc-2nd-xi-mottram-2nd-xi

[Week 20] Hollingworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Much like our previous scheduled fixture, Saturday’s match against promotion favouritesĀ Hollingworth fell foul to the lovely British summer weather, albeit this week without a single ball being bowled, something I believe was the case across all four divisions of the DCCL, with only two games left in the season, it is looking increasingly unlikely that we’ll manage to clinch the remaining promotion spot, but as we face 3rd place Mottram for our final home match of 2016 next week, and 2nd place Hollingworth play 4th place High Lane, it hopefully makes for an exciting end of season away-day at confirmed Division 4 Champions Hazel Grove CC on the 17th, who will hopefully be resting after their successful campaign; congratulations to them.

Either way, hopefully next Saturday will see the arrival of the electronic scoreboard I’ve been building over the summer, just in time to be shut away a week later for the winter once I find somewhere that’s big enough to house it.