2nd XI suffer 3rd consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of Hazel Grove (and some might suggest the umpire, I’ve been told, many many people, bigly mistakes they say, I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s just what I hear.™).
It all started with captain Brian Stone losing the toss, and his opposite number Jake Bennett put the home side into the field, though it looked like Stalybridge had the run of Hazel Grove, making short work of the lower batting order, taking the first four wickets with the visitors on just 36 runs. When spin bowler Jordan Elliott takes the fifth wicket they have only added 5 more runs, and is looking dangerous, conceding just seven runs by his third over, when the ball slips out of his hand as he looses the ball and the umpire declares (correctly) a no-ball and informs him and Brian that he has to leave the bowling attack, due to dangerous play (incorrectly) . What should have happened, and he later apologised for after firstly I pointed out to him the MCC Cricket Law (41.6.3 if you care) that states he should have been given a warning, and secondly again by league secretary Ian Halford after the match. His removal meant a complete change to the bowling attack had to occur, and is seen by some as being a pivotal moment in the match.
It was at this point that Mark Baker had only just entered the field, and whether having the spinner on would have made a difference or not, it was definitely destabilising and it allowed Mark to see out the rest of the innings finishing 59 not out, and 99 more runs between himself and the rest of the pack, the only notable other batsman was captain Jake Bennett, who came in at 11, apparently due to carrying a knock, who put on 22 before being bowled by
Robocop Tony Mooney.
That said, Ajeet Kaintura had a good spell bowling getting a 5fer conceding just 14 runs, well bowled Ajeet.
Going from being 55-8 with something like 20 overs to go, to 140 all out, with only 2 overs remaining and the incident with the umpire definitely played on the minds of the home players, as there was some definitely solemn faces at the interval, which carried over into their batting innings, with the only one over in the first 7 conceding any runs, with 4 wickets lost before the home side hit 30, it was instantly evident that a collapse was incoming, and unlike our fielding last week, where we couldn’t catch a cold, Hazel Grove’s Joe Wilkinson caught 3 decent catches in the field, to take out Alex Wilde, Khalid Akram and Keith Bowers, with little to no batting talent left in the side, the match just petered out to expectant defeat, with none of the eleven able to muster a run score above 16. The other annoying thing which put son Jordan in an even fouler mood was he was given out (correctly) ONE ball after a no-ball decision was made against the bowler which was at shoulder height (not above head like Jordan’s was), and the umpire chose not to penalise the player in a consistent manner.
*edit* It’s just been confirmed to me by captain Brian Stone that in addition to Jordan being removed from the bowling attack, the umpire also blocked Steve Monks and Khalid Akram from bowling also, following No-Ball decisions against them, further crippling the Stalybridge bowling options, however that doesn’t change the fact that we still need an improved batting line-up.
In stark contrast to last season, where Brian’s men could seemingly do no wrong, and the weather was awful, the start of this season has seen the distinct opposite, absolutely glorious weather, but poor performances out on the pitch.
In better news, the 1sts had a cracking game away at Hollingworth, with Rob Mallet hitting 85, and Joe Robinson breaking recent-time club batting record with 165 not out, seeing Jamie Brownhill’s men see a very impressive 169 run win after finishing their innings on 338.
This video is of Joe hitting 150 en-route to his 165. Well done lad.
Ah well, better luck next week, when the opposition visiting Gorse Hall Road will be Old Glossop, who at time of writing were sitting in second place in the table.
Final result: Hazel Grove win by 57 runs, full score card available here.