[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Dinting CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge fail to capitalise on strong middle-order recovery after poor start, to fall at final hurdle and lose by 5 runs.

With Brian skiving off to watch Lionel Ritchie, the task of captaining the 2nds was handed to Steve Monks, who performed admirably in the face of adversity, having also been lumbered with the keeper’s gloves, with usual keeper Mike Whitworth being taken hostage by the 1sts, and upon losing the toss, Dinting put the home side in the field.

Dinting openers, Captain, Matt Coleman and Ryan Townsend plodded along nicely, and managed and 83 partnership deep into the innings, before Coleman was given LBW just short of his half-century, on 43 off Ahmed Hyatt, his replacement, Jarrod Massey managed to push the score to 140 to be Stalybridge’s 5th wicket, before being bowled by Mahurice Barber to finish on 34, but not before Steve Monks had to be replaced as keeper with a suspected broken finger, which gave him a little more freedom to handle the captaincy, and Dinting were able to add just 23 more runs before seeing out their 45 overs with 8 wickets dismissed, though it has to be said, Stalybridge need to work on their catching, as I counted at least 6 again.

An over into the Stalybridge innings, the heavens opened and with just two runs on the board, centurion from the last match Stu Nock was given LBW for a duck (sorry Stu, I originally had you down as 1 run, but it was a leg-bye) as the last ball of the spell, and everyone was brought off the field for a little under 40 minutes reducing the overs by 2, while the rain proceeded to soak the outfield, where in the first innings balls were skidding to 4’s with ease, similar balls from the Stalybridge batsmen were coming to a halt 5-10 feet from the boundary, and were soon 4 wickets down with only 38 runs to their name, but Khalid Akram who came in at number 3, managed to steady the ship for a long time, and put on a good partnership with a broken fingered Steve Monks, before being caught by Jarrad Massey after punting a ball over the bowler, Ryan Townsend’s head, to finish on 41, and Stalybridge on a more respectable 104-5.

With Steve Monk’s dismissal a little while after at 116-7 at the hands of Jarrad Massey’s 5th wicket of the day, Stalybridge had about 15 overs left to get 48 runs,  and despite Maurice Barber getting 21, and Pete Coxon 19*, Stalybridge fell just short, by losing the 3 final wickets, at the hands of club stalwart Adam Harwick’s nephew, Daniel, 5 runs short of Dinting’s total with 4 overs to spare, to suffer a heartbreaking when victory seemed likely.

More annoyingly for me personally, the scoreboard I built again suffered from dodgy outputs, mid-game, meaning I had turn it off and revert back to to the manual board, I think due to it taking a massive bang at the beginning of the day, presumably loosening some wiring inside.

Anyways.. Final result and scorecard: Dinting CC 2nd XI win by 5 runs.

[Week 6] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge put in a good batting performance, unfortunately Birch Vale put in a great one.

Stalybridge lost the toss, and were put into the field, and immediately into the innings, Birch Vale opener Steve Burns showed how he was going to conduct his time at the crease, with 13 runs from the single over, he had hit his half-century after facing just 25 deliveries, and added the next 50 to hit his century just after 58, despite getting the second opener out for 6, his replacement Alex Wood more than made up for Ollie Wyatt’s cheap dismissal off Krunal Bhatt, by being the next to hit a ton, before being caught close to the boundary on 102 by Jordan Elliott for the first of Ajeet Kaintura’s four wickets, but the damage was already done by this point, Birch Vale were now a decent 294/3, which on this ground is a winning score in its own right.

The next three wickets just added another 5 runs, but 8, 9 and 10 all managed to put another 89 runs + extras between them, and Birch Vale completed their overs with a huge score of 389/9.

Despite knowing a win was impossible, it didn’t stop Stalybridge at least having a go, and whilst the opening overs were a bit slow, with Stalybridge hitting 33 runs in the same number as Birch Vale hit 100, the arrival of Khalid Akram to join Stu Nock at the crease, after Alex Wilde was caught and bowled by Birch Vale’s captain Jack Linskey (who you would have thought had just gotten the winning wicket, given his exultant shout, and the aggressive way he threw the ball at the ground after catching it, but hey ho), allowed Stalybridge to start accumulating runs,  by the 15th over Birch Vale started giving their fringe bowlers a go, knowing they weren’t in any danger of being caught, but more importantly it gave the batsmen a chance to get their eye in and get some runs.

The next 22 overs saw Stu and Khalid build up a  very respectable 137 partnership, before Khalid was caught of a Steve Burns delivery, to end on 40,  with Stu Nock now on a dead 100, and Stalybridge’s total now 174, it was just a case of seeing out the remaining 8 overs and try to try and get another 26 runs to get maximum batting points, with the aid of Steve Monks at the other end, and Birch Vale for the first time in all my watching cricket, giving ALL 11 players a bowl, (which plays havoc with score books, ya bastards!), Stu managed to add another 39 runs to his score, to carry the bat and end Stalybridge’s innings on 229 for just 2 wickets.

Great knock Nock! (Who’s there?)

Bowlers wanted, please apply Gorse Hall Road cricket ground – hey it worked after the Old Glossop match, I can but try.  Joking aside, good reply to a massive up-hill battle lads, on any other day, 229/2 is a winning result on this home field, and with some tighter bowling, we should be able to get back to last season’s winning form.

Final result and scorecard: Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI win by 160 runs.

[Week 5 ] Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Ask and ye shall receive! #1 son (and some others) secure Stalybridge 2nd’s first win of the season. #biased

Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 2nd June 2018

The game started off slow, with Brian winning the toss, and choosing to put Compstall into bat, as the Stalybridge bowling attack of Ned Woodman and Ajeet Kaintura kept the run rate to a minimum, with the home side on 56/1 at drinks, however once their overs were done, (or took a break with 3 remaining in Ned’s case), the Compstall #3, Ravi Patel started accelerating through the gears, and was able to take the total up to a respectable 134/3 before being caught by Ajeet for the first of  Ahmed Hayat’s four wickets of the afternoon.

With Ravi’s removal, a number of other wickets fell soon after, but Compstall were able to add another 26 runs before completing their 45 overs to finish the innings 160 for 8 wickets to take us to tea.

Despite getting into lumber last season for this, I’ve got to reiterate how damned good the teas at Compstall are, full marks to all involved in putting on that damned fine spread! #Rebel

Given our previous weeks deficiencies as far as batting is concerned, it was great to see our opener Stu Nock put a 43 on the board, with Alex Wilde (8) and Khalid Akram (17) at the opposite end, before being bowled by the biggest front-foot no-ball, literally six inches beyond the line, no doubt my opposite number Megan Carter must have been bored by my constant moaning about the no-balls, but it must have been equally frustrating for Stu when I told him. 🙂 #DodgyUmpires

Like Compstall, Stalybridge started off slowly, and were only 5 runs ahead of where Compstall were at drinks, on 61/1, and for a long time were a fair ways behind the required run-rate, it looked like their very economical bowling was going to leave Stalybridge total about 40-50 runs short, but in the same way that Ravi upped the score with his innings, once their main bowling unit was exhausted, it was Stalybridge’s turn to turn up the heat.

The start of the 31st over at 82/2 and with just 14 overs to go, the team needed to double what they had obtained up to that point, and it saw the introduction of number 4, Mike Whitworth and with Stu Nock’s dismissal three balls later, number 5, Jordan Elliott,

Over the next 11 overs, the pair put in an excellent performance, with a brilliant 81 partnership with Mike shouting out instructions and putting on 26 runs and Jordan putting in a career best 52 hitting the ball below for 4 to secure his first half-century for the club, and Stalybridge’s first win of the season.

Well done everyone, but especially well done from me, to my son Jordan for that knock. #ProudDad

Jordan Elliott hits first club half-century to secure Stalybridge’s first win of the season.

Stalybridge’s next match sees us at home, where the opposition will be Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI.

Final result and scorecard: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 7 wickets.