As we arrived at Newton CC for our Glossop Glass and Glazing sponsored Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League Division One match even the relatively short journey of just over 2 miles appeared to be a wasted one due to the rain. With everyone consulting a number of apps on their phones, Richard Wright had bravely predicted it would stop raining at 1. He was out by about 15 minutes or so, but good going sir.
We got underway shortly before 1.30 in a reduced overs game of 36 per side, Wrighty continuing his good day with a boundary in the opening over. Following what looked to be a promising start we lost both openers in consecutive over to leave us at 21/2, a pattern that followed as Saadullah Jelani (27) and Joe Robinson (20) looked to have settled in for us.
Unfortunately, the promising start of being 60/4 failed to materialise into a more promising score as we lost our last 6 wickets for 22 runs. A target of 83 did not look to be enough against the league leaders on their home turf. Captain Mike Whitworth’s rallying cry in the break between innings of “Let’s make it difficult for them” proved to be prophetic beyond even Richard Wright’s weather forecasting.
Opening bowler James Brady sent out a warning shot claiming his first victim with his second ball. Newton started to threaten to run away with the game before bowling changes started that final turn of the tide. Jamie Brownhill claimed the second wicket with his third ball and from 35/1 to 39/3 following Jacob Dooley claimed his first victim in the space of 4 overs had not only made our opponents think, their runs had started to dry up too. In his next 2 overs the youngster claimed another victim, 50/5, Jacob was flying in. Jamie got back in the act in the next over without any score being added. We had claimed 5 wickets for 15 runs.
After his fantastic opening spell at the opposite end where James Brady had not got the rewards his work had deserved, he came back into the attack. Second ball, he did it again! 59/7. Jamie got his third wicket and at 68/8 an unlikely victory looked to be within our grasp. Brady got the 9th wicket in the next over, again clean bowled, 1 wicket to claim the win, but the hosts only required 14 too.
Newton were getting closer; a huge 6 brought them to within 4 as Brady started his 9th and what would be his final over, wrapping things up with his 4th wicket, and the victory was ours by 2 runs. A fantastic team effort. Jamie (3-29) and Jacob (3-17) were both fantastic performances, but the final mention must go to James Brady (4-13), he was on fire, bowling all of his victims.
Next week we welcome Dove Holes to Gorse Hall Road, come along and support the lads.
Final result and full scorecard: Stalybridge St. Paul’s win by 2 runs.