Well, it’s two weeks later than it should have been, but finally the 2018 season was gotten underway with the seconds away at Tintwistle in the first round of the Hawke Trophy, with a couple of new faces, and a few very old ones 🙂 Brians XI lost the toss, and were put into bowl, presumably so that Tintwistle could have as much batting practice as possible with the upcoming season, it was a glorious sunny day, hopefully the first of many in the weeks to come, but the heat took its toll on the Stalybridge men, who fumbled a couple of seemingly easy catches and standout batting performances from opener Mark Lilley with 58 and number 3, Richard Harris with 62 and a 33 not out from captain Simon Barrow took the opening innings from the home side to 207 for 5 wickets, a daunting figure for the bowler heavy away squad.
With Mike Whitworth looking like he felt the world was on his shoulders from the get go, his aggressive stance to try and put a dent in the target saw him dismissed 20 minutes into his innings, the same can be said for the majority of players coming in after him, knowing that there was a big figure to chase, and so needed to go big or go home, it was the latter unfortunately that was the case, primarily down to spin bowler Josh Hutton’s 4-21 figures.
Stuart Nock had his best batting match that I’ve seen him play, but his 31 over 90 minutes, was not enough to help the Stalybridge bed in partner for him who could get the runs, with only Steve Monks (11) and Pete Coxon (10) able to break double figures.
That said, it was a game I wasn’t expecting a lot from, against higher league opposition, and new lad Ajeet Kaintura (or Ace Ventura as I like to call him) put a decent bowling session in, as did Maurice Barber, once he overcame is no-ball spell at the beginning of the match, but couldn’t do much to stop the Tintwistle attack.
I managed to stream the match live, which can be seen on SSPCC’s periscope page, if you’re bored and looking for something to put you to sleep, and unfortunately I doubt it shows the ranting and raving of one of the clubs neighbours after Khalid jumped their fence into their garden to retrieve a ball just hit for six, but you can but hope.
So, it’s concentrate on the league, which begins in earnest next week when the 2nds are on the road again, this time at the tiny ground that is Hayfield.
Onwards and upwards lads.
Final result: Tintwistle CC 2nd XI win by 118 runs, and the scorecard can be found here.