Courtesy of Fishy!
It was the first game of the season,
first game without him with tattoos.
The pressure was all on James Brady
whose interest is still only booze.
We played in a fly infested hell hole,
against a team with not much on show,
with newcomers Nockers and Phil,
and return of the ‘student’ big Joe.
Brady and Gaz got things rolling,
the wee man mixing his pace,
then Jamie got in on the act,
and Offerton just weren’t at the race.
All out for just short of the ton,
a few more than probably deserved,
and with our collapsible line up,
the skipper was rightly unnerved.
But fear not we have a new stalwart,
for Phil was there all the way through,
Adam was in there for a short while,
but he looked like the one on debut.
Winky came in to push things,
wafting for an over or two,
but soon he found his rhythm,
and the bowlers weren’t sure what to do.
A big victory, a win by 9 wickets,
maximum points on week one;
no doubts we’ll face tougher tests,
but a very efficient job done.
Result: Stalybridge 1sts win by 9 wickets.
The 2nds opening game of the season started in almost perfect fashion.
Stalybridge’s captain, Brian Stone, won the toss and decided he’d like a bat to hopefully maximise points in the event of a win, with all the wet weather hopefully behind us (yeah right), the opening game for the 2’s of the 2017 season was uncharacteristically warm, with the sun causing a little problem for the thankfully still working scoreboard, whose usage looked in doubt before the game, when the moron who built it forgot the wifi password he’d set up to connect to it! Mea Culpa!
Opening the batting was Danny Collins and Alex Wilde, the latter soaking up the Offerton bowling attack quite nicely finishing on 31, though the young keeper for Offerton Cian Simpson took the next three wickets with a stumping and two catches, with Khalid Akram causing a bit of a stir with his dig at the officials for his dismissal with the stumping, yeah let’s not do that Khalid!
With the arrival of newly crowned “MVP” (wtf?) Pete Coxon he managed to add on the day’s top score with 38 before being dismissed, with the overs ticking down, Stalybridge managed to see out their overs with a respectable 159 for 9.
After tea, the bowling attack of James Beswick and newcomer Maurice Barber managed to keep the run rate down very well, but failed to dislodge the resilient Offerton number 1 Pickles and number 3 Kirkham, it took again the introduction of Pete ‘MVP’ Coxon to slowly dismantle the Offerton ten men, racking up great opening game figures of 7 for 21!!!
The game finished Stalybridge winning by 81 runs taking 18 points; well done lads, and the full match-card can be viewed here.
With next week being a bye, Stalybridge 2’s next match is again at home this time hosting Chapel-en-le-Frith on May 6th.
With the 2017 Season almost upon us, with all the calamities that will entail with the new electronic scoring, the pitch is almost ready for battle, thanks to the support of people like Stuart Barnes, Keith Bowers and everyone else who’ve put in a shift getting the ground shipshape.
But it’s the Juniors who will be benefitting from the hard work first, with their training sessions commencing the night before the season starts, on Friday 21st April at 6:30pm, all newcomers welcome in the U9’s and U11’s age groups.
Also a note to remind parents of the upcoming ECB All Stars Cricket sessions to be held at Stalybridge St. Paul’s starting on the 24th of May, just £5 per session. See the post immediately below this one for more details and information on how to sign your child up.