[Week 4] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Old Glossop CC 2nd XI

Batters wanted, please apply Gorse Hall Road cricket ground.

I’ve been trying to come up with some excuse as to why we just got so soundly beaten by Old Glossop, too windy, not used to playing on a sunny day, leaves on the line, etcetera, etcetera; but no, we got beat today because the team as a whole can’t bat, that’s easy for me to say, as someone whose never held a bat on a cricket field, sitting on the sidelines week-in, week-out, but Old Glossop had some decent batters, their opener Jamie Cannon, was only 4, or was it 6 or 2 overs short of carrying the bat for his team, finishing on 67, and they had five others in double figures, whereas we had just one batter reach over 10 runs, that’s pretty shambolic, I’m sorry to have to say.

We’re still ok at bowling though, Ahmed Hayat got 4 wickets, and freshly  returned from a year off Garry Sandiford got 3, but again Old Glossop had a very well oiled bowling attack, with each of their 5 bowlers taking two wickets apiece, and I fully expect them to be top of the table come the end of the season, but that doesn’t detract from our own failings.

With that in mind, I need to apologise to the team for buggering up the scoring towards then end of their bowling innings, where it fluctuated between 9, 8, 7, 5 and 4 overs left like it was being made up on the spot, I learned that I shouldn’t try to watch the test match on my phone, while trying to juggle scoring, updating the scoreboard, and switching between WIFI’s every couple of overs to update the online score card mid-game.

Next up, the team head over Werneth Low where the opposition will be Compstall.

Final result and scorecard: Old Glossop CC 2nd XI win by 128 runs.

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