[Week 1] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 1st XI vs Dinting CC 1st XI

Well to say it’s been an odd year so far, would be an understatement, but you don’t need me to tell you that.

After a 3 1/2 month delay, the cricket season finally commenced in the Glossop Glass and Glazing sponsored Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League, though Stalybridge St. Paul’s like a number of other clubs in the league are only fielding a 1st XI in this 9 week reduced season, and the opening fixture for new joint-Captain Mike Whitworth‘s newly promoted team to the top flight division was to face winners of Division 1 last season Dinting.

I’m not aware that the players have managed to train other than in nets for two or three sessions before the pandemic landed, so it was hardly surprising for the team to be a little rusty, as indicated by the top order not managing to break double figures before opener Richard Wright who having watched three of his partners be dismissed for ducks at the hands of Dinting’s Ryan Stringer, thumped a ball for six over the fence onto Gorse Hall Road, only to be dismissed himself in the next delivery bowled by Stringer.

Saadulah Jelani had not long since replaced #3, Mike Whitworth, and he with exception of Stuart Barnes (11) was the only player  to put any dent in the score, managing to creep just past his half century to reach 52 before being dismissed by Dinting’s Captain Greg Harwick in the last ball of the 30th over.

And he won’t thank me for it, but it was an unfortunate return to the club for Madussar Bashir, who had had a 4 year hiatus due to work and a new family, by surviving just a single delivery before being caught and bowled by the opposition Captain.

Without Saad’s contribution, it would have been a very dire situation, but Stalybridge St. Paul’s ended their innings all out for 94.

After the quick turn-around due to lack of tea’s, it looked like Dinting were going to see off that total in short order, getting to 42 before the first loss of wicket in Max Coleman and 3 runs later his fellow opener Phil Jones (no not that one) both at the hands of Jacob Dooley.

Stalybridge’s Jamie Brownhill took 4 more wickets, before Dinting managed to win with Ryan Stringer hitting a four to end the innings 98 for 6 in 29.3 overs.

Next Saturday sees the 1s away to Hayfield, when I should have been sunning myself in Spain, but Jet2 have just cancelled my flights. FU Jet2.

Final result and full score-card: Dinting CC win by 4 wickets.