[Bissenden Cup 1/4 Final] Hazel Grove 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 1st XITense 2 wicket victory sees firsts through to semi-final of Bissenden Cup.

Making this up as I go along, so bear with me.

Hazel Grove opened the batting with Rick Burke and Nick Hayward, the latter however was quickly dismissed in the second over, bowled from 2nds loanee Maurice Barber, with just 3 on the board, however his partner was able to survive another twenty five overs, managing to just reach his half-century before being caught behind by keeper Joe Robinson from a slow delivery from Jamie Brownhill, the hosts now on 87-4.

Captain Geoff Noden managed to steady the rot though, putting another 32 on the score-sheet, before being bowled by James Beswick, with Mike Holtom being dismissed 9 balls later, with the total at 126, it fell to Number 6, Dominic Nunn and Luke Bennett to see out the remaining 9 overs, managing to put an additional 34 runs on to see the hosts finish their overs 160-6.

The start for Stalybridge after the break almost mirrored Hazel Groves, with Alex Wilde dismissed very early into his innings, and his partner Adam Harwick putting on the runs at the other end, Mike Hatton managed to contribute 20 runs to their 61 run partnership, but his dismissal, and subsequent duck for captain Rick Wright, brought Joe Robinson into bat, who was able to stay at the crease while his partners came and went, with only Phil Hammond able to break into double figures out of the next four batsmen, so it was left to Joe to finish the innings in style with two fours then a typical Joe style slog to hit a six to take Stalybridge over the winning line and into the Semi-final of the Bissenden Cup.

Well done lads, full score-card available here:

[Week 10] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Whaley Bridge CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIStalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds make it 8 wins in 8 played.

Staly captain Brian Stone uncharacteristically lost the toss, and was put into bat by his opposite number Marc Thompson, which Brian predicted would happen anyway, because he wanted to bowl.

With Mike Hatton still drunk from his weekend in Amsterdam, which he was still in at 5am this morning, and another fielder missing with Tony Mooney unaware he was scheduled to play because of a WhatsApp miscommunication, Faz Hussain got the call to replace him, but then Tony turned up too, so hey, 12 players, thankfully Tony decided to sit out and did a long stint umpiring at square-leg, before sitting down to watch the match; cheers Tony.

Openers Mike Whitworth and Alex Wilde did a great job soaking up the Whaley bowling attack, both nearly an hour and half each at the crease, with Alex ticking along with the singles,  and letting Mike getting the runs at the other end before Alex was bowled with 93 on the board, Mike was only a couple of overs behind him before being dismissed LBW, with a very respectable 61.

Khalid was caught a few balls later, with Danny Collins and Mike Hatton, managing another 10 overs or so both getting into double figures, MVPete Coxon did well putting another 25 on the board taking the total to 176, but we couldn’t quite reach maximum batting points, as the overs ticked to 45 ending the innings 184 for 8, possibly our top score of the season, I cba checking, but special mention has to go to second highest scorer “Extras” with a whopping 37 with 13 byes, 7 leg-byes, 16 wides and a no-ball.

Ten-man Whaley Bridge opened with Mike Madden and Peter Crowley, the former was someone we knew was getting big scores, with an average of 107 so I am told, so it was imperative to make him the primary target of the opening bowling attack of Ned Woodman and Maurice Barber, he however had other ideas, doggedly staying at the crease for an hour and 40 minutes, but being denied runs by some excellent bowling and fielding, so it was his dismissal at 66-3 for just 23 runs, caught by an absolutely amazing diving catch from Ned off a Pete Coxon delivery, which saw a collective sigh of relief from the Stalybridge contingent, his partner for the most of his innings Will Weston lasted a couple more overs before being bowled this time by Ned and caught by Pete on 24.  Captain Marc Thompson came in at number 5 and saw out the innings being last man dismissed on 31, finishing their innings all out for 112, giving Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds their 8th consecutive league win of the season.

Despite the excellent fielding today, two points of note have to be mentioned, an absolute dolly of a drop from Faz Hussain, which would have seen danger-man Mike Madden out 4 overs earlier than he actually was, and the circus-style barrel roll from Mike Hatton, to stop a ball going for 4.

Next week sees the 2’s travel half a mile up the A6 to (as of today at least) second in the league High Lane, to hopefully put pay to their “we refuse to lose” motto.

Final result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 72 runs, score-card available here. (presuming CricHQ pull their fingers out and fix their obviously overloaded servers).

[Week 9] Hadfield St. Andrews 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI

Stalybridge continue their unbeaten run at Hadfield St. Andrews CC.

On a glorious sunny afternoon, just up the road in Hadfield, Stalybridge captain Brian Stone loses the toss, and is put into bat, a decision he was happy about, as that’s what he’d planned to do anyway, but with 3 wickets down less than 45 minutes into the match and only 27 runs on the board, it looked like Stalybridge 2nds run of wins might be in doubt, with a super catch from one of Hadfield’s youngsters, Jack Clegg, to take Alex Wilde at point, bringing James Beswick into play, who for the last couple of weeks has been carrying a side strain, but he put that well and truly behind him, playing for a little over two hours in the sweltering midday sun.

James Beswick celebrates (almost) after getting his half-century.

With 82 runs and just three balls left in the innings, it was a shame to see him bowled out, but given he should really have been stumped on 5, which the keeper fumbled, he can’t have many complaints, Stalybridge complete their 45 overs with 172 on the board, and two wickets to spare, with a decent bowling performance from Hadfield skipper Mike Hockey with 4 wickets for just 21 runs in 11 overs.

After the ‘mid-innings break with no-name‘, Hadfield lost their first wicket of Johnny Gabriel on the first ball, with a plumb LBW delivery from Ned Woodman, and Maurice Barber claimed his first of three scalps just 11 balls later, with Hadfield still with only 1 run on the board.  The arrival of Christian Eyre at No. 4 looked to be their danger-man, and his dismissal at the clumsy usually-safe hands of keeper Mike Hatton, and subsequent catch off the rebound by Brian Stone for just 3 runs and 7 total on the scoreboard cemented the collapse, with only Jack Clegg (10) and Tom Bradbury (11*) managing to break into double figures, seeing Hadfield all out for 35 in 19 overs.

Hadfield St. Andrews CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 17th June 2017.

Stalybridge hope to keep their streak going when they host Whaley Bridge next Saturday to make it 8 wins out of 8 matches played.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 137 runs, with scorecard available here.


[Week 8] Water water everywhere, so the players have a drink!

The 1sts were away at Hazel Grove and 2nds at home to Buxworth, well that was the plan, but unfortunately the wet weather put play to that idea, so a number of the players went out on the lash, and got hammered instead.

God help us all..

Weather permitting, next week see the 1sts host Newton, and the 2nds travel to Hadfield St Andrews.

[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Charlesworth & Chisworth CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI2nds put weakened Charlesworth to the sword, continuing their unbeaten run.

Captain Brian Stone returned from his jollies, so it was unsurprising to hear he’d won the toss, and elected to put Charlesworth into bat, given the strength of the bowling attack we had available, and the fact Charlesworth were reduced to 9 men; hopefully young Master Valentine is ok after being taken to hospital, ill last night.

With Charlesworth losing 5 wickets in close succession, with just 16 runs on the board after almost 12 overs, it was looking like a rout was on the cards, however the arrival of Steve Marren helped restore some pride, along with Andy Kirk later, adding 20 and 17 apiece, however resident Cockney Sparra’ Ned Woodman was too good for the visitors, taking 6 of the 8 wickets, Maurice Barber taking one, before Pete Coxon bowled the last wicket to see Charlesworth finish 56 all out, in 24.3 overs.

Having been soundly chastised for mentioning how good the teas were at Compstall, with Joan unfortunately taking that as a slight at our own, which was genuinely not my intention, I won’t be making further comment on the quality or lack thereof of future grounds’ teas.

After the break in proceedings Danny Collins and Alex Wilde took to the crease, but Danny was deemed out LBW despite his belief he’d made contact with the bat just 5 minutes later, and it was then down to Alex and No. 3 James Beswick to see out the rest of the innings, to only see Alex bowled middle stump with just two runs needed for the win, denying maximum points, the remaining score was duly claimed by Mike Hatton with a boundary a couple of balls later.

So it’s 6 wins out of 6 for Stalybridge’s 2nds, with another home match next Saturday against Buxworth, who are the team with the most runs scored and equally most runs scored against in the league.

Before that however, tomorrow the 1st will host New Mills 1sts in the 2nd round of the Glossop Glass and Glazing sponsored Bissenden Cup, with the 2nds unfortunately forfeiting their Hawke Trophy fixture due to lack of numbers.

Final result: Stalybridge win by 8 wickets, full score-card available here.