Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI

Birch Vale regular frustrates Stalybridge once again.

For the last game of the 2018 Season, Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds were at home, hosting Birch Vale & Thornsett for the second time this season, and much like the game on the 9th of June, Stalybridge lose the toss, and are put into the field by the opposition.

Opener Anthony Hayward  was ticking along nicely before being caught by Steve Monks from Mark Connelly for 29 off 29 deliveries, his replacement Rob Barrett (1) lasted just 9 balls before looping Ned Woodman’s ball gently back into his welcoming hands.

And this is where it started going downhill for the home side.  Steve Burns in similar form to his previous visit to Gorse Hall Road acted as the anchor to the Birch Vale attack, and although he started slower than back in June, he was still able to notch up the 30 required (according to his missus, everyone else thought it was 11, but she was adamant) to pass the magnificent milestone of 1000 runs in a season in all formats of the game, fairly comfortably.  Congratulations Steve.

With his half-century out of the way, and suitably settled at the crease, he started punishing the weary Stalybridge bowlers, doubling Ahmed Hyatt’s figures up to that point in one over, with a single and three sixes, the next over was unfortunately equally as bad for Mark Connolly, with three fours, a six and a single to retain the strike.

The last ball of Birch Vale’s 45 overs was another six for Mr Burns, his 5th of the day, narrowly(ish) missing being caught on the boundary after looping his shot over bowler Jordan Elliott’s head, to finish personally on 125 not out, and Stalybridge set a target of 217 to win.

During the interval, Chairman Nigel Corless gave a speech that praised and thanked Joan Broadbent, who after over 10 years of service to the club, in preparing teas, as an integral member of the committee, and responsible for looking after one of the club’s major income streams, the function room in addition to her late husband Barry,  has decided to step down and enjoy her retirement.  Nigel then proceeded to present Joan with two engraved glass goblets in recognition of her service.  (p.s. best home teas of the season, thanks from me too Joan).

Joan Broadbent receives gift from Chairman Nigel Corless on behalf of the club in recognition of over ten years service to the club and retirement from duty.

After the break,  Stalybridge started the batting well, with the home side staying ahead of the curve for the first 15 overs or so, with Stuart Nock (24) and Alex Wilde (34) initially then with Stuart seemingly changing his batting stance having his bails removed by Josh Barrett, Khalid Akram (47) at the crease, but both started slowing down, with the change of bowling to George Johnson and Anthony Hayward.  With the required run rate now just above six and half an over, it was of no joy to finally see the albeit expected introduction of that man again… Steve Burns (3-32), who like on previous occasions then proceeded to frustrate the batsmen with his deliveries, and despite Tony Mooney (23*) carrying the middle order, there wasn’t enough strike left in the squad to win the day, though it didn’t help that Peter Coxon had to retire after suffering a recurrence of his calf injury whilst bowling in the opening innings.

Stalybridge still managed to finish their 45 overs on 175, a decent score on any other day, but like I said in my report following their first visit this season, “Stalybridge put in a good batting performance, unfortunately Birch Vale put in a great one.”

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Presentations and Race Night held later in the function room, and special thanks to shirt sponsors Candolim for generously providing the food for the evening.

Candolim Indian Restaurant: 71 Mottram Road, STALYBRIDGE. Cheshire. SK15 2QP

Also, thanks to Ajeet Kaintura for your time at the club this season while on work placement in the UK, hopefully you’ve had as much enjoyment as you’ve given to others during your stay, and have many fond memories of your time with us on your return to India after Christmas.

Final result and score-card of the 2018 campaign: Birch Vale and Thornsett CC 2nd XI win by 41 runs.

See you back in 2019 for more fun and frivolity, but before then league will be hosting their annual Presentation Evening, at the Alma Lodge in Stockport on Friday 9th November, at £30 a head where you can see newly promoted and Division 3 Champions, Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI receive their awards, with a guest speaker and comedian Mike Farrell.

Championes, Championes, Olé Olé Olé!

It is with great pleasure and pride, that I can declare the Stalybridge St. Paul’s Cricket Club 1st XI as Champions of Division 3 of the Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League.

With only one more game left in the season, after yesterday’s rained off fixture against Pott Shrigley, and 2nd place Birch Vale game against Chapel-en-le-Frith also rained off, it leaves us with enough points, should we lose to Birch Vale in the final fixture of the season without earning a point, to ensure our place at the top of the table as champions.

Well done to everyone involved, the lads went out for a celebratory ‘couple’ of drinks last night, but the main celebrations take place next Saturday, for the end of season presentations and race-night.

If you want to come along, please send me a message on o792o o56659, so we can add you to the list.

Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Old Glossop CC 2nd XI (home) & Dinting CC 2nd XI (away)

Two games in two days, see defeat on both occasions for the 2nds, but a completely different set of results.

At the beginning of the season, when we played Old Glossop, my report stated I thought they’d be top of the league come the end, and with two games left after today, they’re currently 23 points ahead of 2nd place Hayfield, with a result still to be declared, so I wasn’t expecting a great deal out of yesterday’s result, especially given today’s match was against Dinting, who were a place above us in the table, and therefore seemingly a “six pointer”

Old Glossop completing their 45 overs, for the loss of just 3 wickets, put 188 on the target board, after Brian lost the toss and put the home side into the field, with opener Jamie Cannon putting on 43 before given out LBW for the first of Peter Coxon’s two wickets, but it was Andy Dwyer coming in at number 4 that did the damage for the visitors, who managed to finish on 83 not out.

After the interval, Stalybridge were unable to mount any meaningful attack, with only Steve Monks hitting 30, though Krunal Bhatt was looking good until being paired with habitual “run-out partner” Brian Stone, saw him, unsurprisingly run-out on 22.

With Brian Stone finally caught with just three balls left in the innings, the home side ended 60 runs short of victory.

Final result and scorecard: Old Glossop CC 2nd XI win by 59 runs.

Just a day later, and the 2’s were the visitors to Dinting for the second time in a month, though this time without the benefit of this scorer’s son, who hit 52 in that game, and is at the time of writing sunning himself on a beach in Spain, the git!

In a similar vein to yesterday, Brian won the toss, and put his team in the field, but in stark contrast, today’s bowling was absolutely excellent, once opener Brandon Stonehouse was dismissed, after putting 41 on the board in just 30 balls, the remaining wickets fell like flies, with nobody else topping fellow opener 1st Team player, Rudi Leibenberg’s 13.

Ned Woodman was denied his 5fer, firstly by dropping a diving catch off his own bowling, which would have been amazing, and secondly having a catch over-ruled by umpire J.J. Smith as a no-ball, but still finished his bowling session 4-12 off just 7 overs, but it was Ajeet Kaintura who took plaudits for the visiting bowling attack, with 6 wickets for just 14 runs conceded, the last of which completing Dinting’s innings of just 73 runs by snapping the bails in half, and sending them 20 feet behind the stumps.

Ajeet Kaintura with his snapped bail showing his 6-14 against Dinting CC 2nd XI -02/09/2018.

Victory was there for the taking, Stalybridge had 66 overs to get 74 runs.

Unfortunately, just as Stalybridge had exploited this seeming bowling track, so too were the home side able to capitalise on it.

Just before the end of the opening over, opener Stu Nock was dismissed for a duck, not the start the visitors wanted, but the first of five such scores, it would turn out.  Rudi Leibenberg was just placing them on the toes of the batsmen and umpire Smith was happy to slowly stick his finger in the air and declare it L.B.W.

Stalybridge hadn’t even reached the start of their regulation 45 overs, and were nine wickets down for TWENTY EIGHT runs, just ¾ of an hour into their innings, staring at the biggest defeat for the 2’s I can remember (which to be fair doesn’t mean much given my memory), but Mark Connolly coming in to partner captain Brian Stone gave the away side a glimmer of hope, by doing what the rest couldn’t and that was to avoid the LBW trap, and slowly started to put runs on the board, with the tension rising, it looked like Stalybridge were going to be able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, managing to stay at the crease for as long as the rest had taken to get out, exactly 45 minutes, but with the final ball of his 12 overs, and 10 runs short of the target, Leibenberg took the off-stump out of the ground with a bullet of a delivery, to dash the visitor’s excitement, and secure victory for Dinting, a good effort though Mark, unlucky lad.

Final result and scorecard: Dinting CC 2nd XI win by 9 runs.

In better news, the firsts won both of their games this weekend, today’s against Charlesworth and Chisworth on the final ball of the innings, and guarantee promotion to Division 2 next season, but are still short of the points score guaranteed to secure championship status.  Well done to Jamie Brownhill’s lads.

The final two games for the 2nds see a visit to the best teas in the league at Compstall next Saturday, and then a home match against Birch Vale for the final game of the 2018 campaign on the 15th.