Long day in Hayfield sees a circus themed carnival, riot police, and ultimately defeat for Stalybridge’s 2nd XI.
Despite the roadworks heading up to Glossop and road closures due to Hayfield Carnival, the last of the Stalybridge squad arrived at the ground with 10 minutes to spare before the match was due to start, the same can’t be said of the umpires, who completely failed to materialise.
Stalybridge won the toss, and elected to bowl, and with the early removal of opener Andy Oldfield on 21, who hit 86 in week 1 against Hazel Grove, and his replacement James Jobling for a duck, it looked like a great start to the match for the visitors, however the arrival of Dave Aldridge was to prove a thorn in the Stalybridge teams’ side, being dropped no less than FOUR times, the first of which would have seen him dismissed for 25, and would probably seen a different outcome to the match, but he was allowed to keep going, dropped catch after dropped catch until he was finally caught on the short boundary by Stu Nock from a Nedd Woodman delivery, coincidentally he too finished on 86 like Oldfield against Hazel Grove. The only other batsman of note for Hayfield was Max Richardson who finished on 29, although the damage had already been done by Aldridge, and by the fielding team’s inability to catch, and the home side were all out for 173, with two overs to go.
*edit* Special mention has to go to Pete Coxon, who got five wickets for 41 runs. Sorry Pete for initially forgetting this.
After tea, Mike Whitworth, at least looking less stressed than he was in the previous match against Tintwistle, put a partnership of 47 on the board alongside fellow opener Stu Nock (who was also dropped twice, on 11 and 22, before being caught the next ball, so it’s not just us who can’t catch), before being dismissed on 24 to be replaced by Khalid Akram, who plodded nicely along through six partners coming and going, before being bowled by the man who caused the damage in the opening innings, Dave Aldridge, on 61; his innings wasn’t without incident however, Peter Coxon would have run Khalid out on 41 with his first ball faced, but the fielder took the bails off without the ball in his hands, which may have messed with Pete’s head, as he was out LWB in the next delivery, and he also caused Captain Brian Stone to have to sacrifice himself to a run-out in a call that should never have been a run.
All the while this is going on, there was a massive fight kicking off in the Royal Hotel car-park next to the ground, between a large groups of rival youths, which prompted the arrival of two police cars and a riot van. Fun times in a quaint Derbyshire village.
However, with Khalid’s removal, with 144 on the board, only two batsmen remaining and 30 runs required, it seemed like a lost cause, but there was still 9 overs remaining, and although the tail-enders, Nedd Woodman, Ajeet Kaintura and Ahmed Hayat managed to give hope by adding another twenty runs to the total, each run seemingly bringing us closer and closer to victory, it was not meant to be, as the game was finally lost when Ajeet got a little giddy after hitting a six and decided to run on a dangerous ball, which saw his opposite batter run out, that’s not to blame Ajeet for the loss, the game should probably have been won in the opening innings, and other players need to improve their batting in the field, given we appear to be very bowler heavy now, but there was still 40 balls still to be played, and only 10 runs required.
Anyways, it was only the first league game, and there’s still 17 more to be played, so there’s still plenty of time.
Next Saturday sees the first of back-to-back home games for the 2nds, where the opponents will be Hazel Grove who have lost both of their opening games.
Final result: Hayfield CC 2nd XI win by 9 runs, full scorecard available here.