[Week 14] Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIStalybridge St. Paul’s claim another victory with a 5fer9 for Ned Woodman.

With Stalybridge St. Paul’s psychologically dropping points last week due to a bye week, it was important to get a victory under their belt to stop the now two teams above us in the league table pulling further away, and for a while today it looked like it just wasn’t happening for us, starting with Brian losing the toss again, which unlike the game the week before last didn’t please him, and being put into bat.

With Mike Whitworth seemingly still carrying the back injury that he had against Offerton, it was just 15 minutes into the innings that saw him chip a ball over the keepers head into the welcoming hands of one of the youngsters on Chapel’s team, Harry Beal, his replacement James Beswick eyes lit up briefly as a ball from another of the young Chapel-en-le-Frith lads, Jack Gyte came towards him, only for him to see it glide under his bat to dismiss him a couple of minutes after Mike, Alex Wilde who opened with Mike did his efficient steady job as per usual but could only see 7 when he was caught of spinner Toby Phipps, Stu Nock came in at number 4, and despite being at the crease for over half an hour, the on-the-spot bowling from their Captain John Theyer and young Toby pegged him down for just 12 runs.

At this stage Stalybridge we now had just 30 runs and were already 20 overs into the game, and it was looking fairly grim to be truthful, but the arrival of Tony Mooney at five saw a dramatic turn around, his effortless boundaries effectively turned the tide of the match, and despite his partners Ant Hunter (11), an angry Pete  Coxon (7) and Maurice Barber (20) being dismissed around him, Tony’s 42 not out (and Ned’s single ball 1) saw Stalybridge finish their 45 overs with a more palatable 114/7, still not a massive figure, but better than the 73/6 we were at with 10 overs to go, though it could all have gone differently, given Tony was given out  not long into his innings, stumped in a bizarre fashion, given by the square-leg umpire long after the ball should have been deemed dead, thankfully, common sense prevailed, and the decision was over turned.

Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 22nd July 2017.

Having bowled them out at the reverse fixture at the beginning of the season for 90, we were aware that is wasn’t impossible, but given Chapel had knocked up 289/4 just two weeks previous, we knew it all hinged on a few getting a key wickets, primarily in John Theyer and Chris Pike, so it was when the captain, Theyer coming in at number 5, despite being dropped on 3 was caught behind on just 12 from Pete Coxon, and Chapel now 44/4, an audible cheer from the Stalybridge players helped raise their game, Pike came in next however couldn’t get much purchase with the bat due to the excellent bowling from Ned Woodman (5 for 9 off 12) and a decent recovery from Pete Coxon (who had a poor start, I’m sure he’ll agree conceding 12 in his first over, but finished 2-29), and his removal at 62/7, again caught behind, this time from Ned saw the last of the batters, and left only the bowlers to try and see out the game, with the rain threatening, the Duckworth Lewis kept being just 5-10 runs ahead of where Chapel were currently, I was glad to see the 3 remaining batsmen dismissed with just 5 additional runs finishing on 67 before the heavens opened not long after.

Another mention has to go to Alex Wilde, who pulled off a cracking over-shoulder catch close to the boundary to see off my scoring counter-part’s dad Lee Storer.

Final result: Stalybridge win by 49 runs.

I’d link to the scorecard, but I’m annoyed at CricHQ moving the goalposts yet again this week, with what people can and can’t view, so f*ck ’em.

More disturbingly, it appears at some point during the 1sts win over Chapel’s in the home fixture, some scrote robbed £60 from the wallet of one of the Stalybridge players, if by any remote possibility you’re reading this, I hope your fingers fall off you thieving bastard.

Next week, Stalybridge 2nd’s play host to Compstall, who, like Chapel did at the beginning of the season, gave us a tricky game at their place.

 

[Week 12] Offerton CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI2nds back to winning ways, but it wasn’t a walk in the park.

The second half to the season began, unsurprising like the first, with Offerton the opposition, after losing the toss to stand-in captain Dave Scholes, Brian Stone‘s team were told to field, and I’ve never seen him happier to lose the toss in my life.

The Offerton openers, Karl Martin and Steve Pickles were pegged in quite effectively by Stalybridge’s James Beswick and Maurice Barber, but neither bowler could make their hard work pay with a wicket until the last ball of the 9th over when a peach of a ball from Barber almost took the middle stump out of the ground, dismissing Martin for 7, and Offerton on 15, his partner managed to last another 15 minutes before being caught at silly point by Tony Mooney off a Beswick delivery.

The arrival of Faz Hussain replacing Maurice saw another quick wicket with No. 3 Imran Sohail caught on the boundary off an awful delivery (sorry Faz) by Beswick; it’s true what they say, ‘sh*t balls get you wickets‘, but he went on to complete 9 overs for just 31 runs, so it’s not all bad, when Pete Coxon took Bez’s place in the attack, you could see that the opening game where he took 7 wickets was playing on the captain’s mind, who was dismissed for a duck just two balls after Pete’s first scalp of Simon Kirkham, Pete took two more wickets over the space of 8 overs with Halimi on 15 caught behind, and then Suban Ahmad out LBW on 5, with 10 overs left, Offerton were now 61 for 7, and a repeat of the first game where we bowled them (albeit a 10 man side) out for 79, looked on the cards.  Andy Thomas however had other ideas, and proceeded to put another 31 runs on the board for the home side, despite running out No 9, Tony Davies (3) in a what seemed a fool-hardy attempt to get back on strike for the next over, he did manage to steady the ship, and helped Offerton into 3 figures, before JJ Smith deemed him deliberately putting pad in the path of ball, and sent him back to the dressing room LBW, his replacement Liam Smith could only last 4 more balls in that over before Maurice swung another lovely ball in, to see the home side all out for 113.

Offerton CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 8th July 2017

After the break, a visibly injured Mike Whitworth and Alex Wilde took to the field, but with Offerton manoeuvring to switch the ends of the bowling attack of Andy Thomas and Suban Ahmad, saw Steve Pickles come in for a single over and his looping, slow ball must seem like it’s Christmas for batters, but it was one such delivery that saw Alex ping one to the boundary, only to be picked out of the air by the expectant Karl Martin, the next two Stalybridge batters, Khalid Akram and James Beswick had similar innings, with Khalid getting bowled by Ahmad for 13 off 25 deliveries, and James’ C&B by Imran Sohail for 14 off 26, Stalybridge were now on just 56 runs, and were 5 wickets down, and only 15 overs into a maximum of 50.

Andy Thomas, much like in the batting innings, put in a decent bowling performance, netting just the 1 wicket of Anthony Hunter, for his 12 overs, he only conceded 20 runs but Pete Coxon punished his final delivery lumping the ball for a six towards the pavillion,

The return of Steve Pickles however, coming back in the 25th over saw Pete Coxon’s eyes light up for the high-lofted delivery, but only saw it lift up and over his head to the welcoming hands of the keeper, seeing him dismissed for 21, and Stalybridge now 87-7, with Keith Bowers caught the next ball by Liam Smith saw Stalybridge staring imminent defeat in the mouth.

Thankfully Faz Hussain who had come in at 7 following Ant Hunters dismissal and Maurice Barber coming in at No. 9 had the wisdom to realise Stalybridge still had as many overs left as had already gone to get just 27 more runs, and proceeded to take each subsequent delivery on its merit, not taking the bait of the fielders urging them to finish it off quick, and slowly added runs and a the odd boundary where it deemed safe to do so, though that didn’t stop Faz putting a dent in Steve Pickles (3-13) figures, to end the match in style, hitting a big six to finish 114-8 in a very close and excellent game of cricket, on a glorious summers day.

Returning to Stalybridge saw us able to watch the 1sts suitably demolish Offerton’s 1sts with a 5-fer for Rob Mallet, beating them by 125 runs after putting 246 on for the visitors to chase in the opening innings. (They also need to get someone to give me a proper match report so it’s not just an afterthought to the 2nds team report.)

Next week sees a break for Stalybridge with a bye, but the following week sees us back on the road to Chapel-en-le-Frith, who gave us another close game at the start of the season.

Final result: Stalybridge win by 2 wickets, and the scorecard, if you can be arsed to sign into CricHQ, now that they’ve made it compulsory to do so, thereby removing the option to embed it into this website (bloody ar*eholes!), can be viewed here.

Well, you could if their servers hadn’t crapped out yet again.

[Week 11] High Lane CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIStalybridge suffer first defeat of season to strong bowling attack.

In a crucial 1st verses 2nd match, it was the opposition home side that took the spoils, starting by winning the toss and putting Stalybridge into bat, the day went from bad to worse from that point forward with the dismissal of Mike Whitworth in the second over with just 5 runs on the board, with his partner at the opposite end, Alex Wilde caught behind surviving another 10 overs before being caught behind by the most toxic keeper I’ve had to endure at 2nds level cricket, it was Whitworth’s dismissal however that saw Khalid Akram come in at three, who was Stalybridge’s top scorer on 35, taking plenty of abuse from the home side fielders for whatever reason, before being bowled by Sikander Kalifa, with Stalybridge now 5 wickets down, with only 62 on the board and just 26 overs complete.

I could see how the above could be seen as sour grapes, but it isn’t intended that way, I’d expect that sort of “banter” at a Division 1 match,  or against a side with previous history, but it’s not needed at this level, but despite their temperament, their bowling couldn’t be faulted, it was probably the best bowling performance Stalybridge 2nds have faced in a long time, and they punished us with it, bowling the remaining batsmen out for just 82, the ball that bowled Pete Coxon for example was just perfect; with a 4-29 from Saad Malik and 3-11 from Sikander Kalifa.

After the interval, the misery continued, with an excellent batting performance from captain Naseem Sheikh, who almost managed to secure maximum points for his team, which would have seen them top the table, before being given LBW 6 runs from victory, finishing on 25, and his long standing partner at the opposite end with No. 3, Irfan Khalik, racked up 51 to win the game for the home side from just 53 deliveries with 5 fours and 3 sixes, two of which ended in the canal I think!

There were a couple of dropped catches by the Stalybridge fielders, Pete Coxon having to endure two of his deliveries dropped in the same over, but it wouldn’t have made an impact on the outcome of the match.

So while it was only 1 point for Stalybridge today, it was an important one, as it means we’re tied on points with High Lane, and I think we remain in the top spot in division 4 for at least another week, but I’ll let Ian Halford work that lot out, until we are again on the road to the ground affectionately known as the swamp, Offerton.

High Lane CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 1st July 2017

In more positive news, it was a gloriously sunny day, a shock after the weather we’ve endured all week, and the 1sts saw victory against High Lane’s 1sts, beating them by 9 wickets.

Final result: High Lane win by 8 wickets, full scorecard available here.