2nds 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.