STALYBRIDGE ST PAUL’S cc 1st XI v DOVE HOLES cc 1st XI
Following what appeared to be a promising start, we went into bat in the rain chasing 102. The fact that we managed to bat for 2 hours in the conditions against a very good bowling attack was a credit to the lads who hung around.
Winning the toss, Mike Whitworth put the visitors into bat on a soft wicket. Opening bowlers James Brady and Jacob Dooley kept their openers quiet, the latter’s 2 opening overs both maidens. In the 8th over the youngster claimed his first wicket followed by another in the 12th as Dove Holes had laboured to 12/2.
Normally, I would move on from this, but that second wicket fell due to a catch from Richard Wright. What a catch! As Bagshaw had launched Dooley’s delivery towards the long off boundary it looked only to be a question of if it was a 4 or a 6. Our opening batsmen set off running to his left and picked the right time to dive, holding on to the ball with one hand. Fantastic. I am sure going off his celebration that he is going to dine out on this one for a while.
This brought the late arriving Gilbride to the crease. When he departed 9 overs later caught off Adam Harwick’s bowling the score had moved on to 71, a partnership of 59, Gilbride notching up 43 of that tally. It was a match winning performance. Adam (3-47) and Jamie Brownhill (2-27) continued to chip away at the middle order, claiming another 5 wickets for 20 runs. As the rain started to fall, it was left to Jacob Dooley to wrap up the last 2 wickets to leave him with excellent figures of 4 for 10.
After the innings break was extended due to the rain we got back underway, though I don’t think it stopped completely until the game had been won by the visitors. Gilbert and Critchlow opened the bowling for Dove Holes with devastating effect. Wright and Saadullah Jelani fell to consecutive balls at the end of Gilbert’s second over to leave us 4/2. He repeated the feat of 2 wickets with 2 balls shortly afterwards to dispatch Joe Robinson and Brady and the scoreboard showed 6/4.
Harwick fell to Critchlow shortly afterwards and at 12/5 the situation looked worse than the weather. Especially as the visitor’s bowlers were only halfway through their allotted overs. Credit must go to Whitworth and Brownhill for staying together 11 overs and putting on 17 which in the worsening conditions and against such a good attack was a great effort. Unfortunately, once Whitworth went for 10 the rest of the line-up went the same way as those earlier and things were wrapped up with us finishing at 37 all out.
Not the greatest afternoon but some positives can be taken, especially in the field and with our bowling. Time to regroup and move on. Next week we are on the road at New Mills, if anybody can make the trip to the Peak District I know the lads would appreciate your support.
Final result and full score-card: Dove Holes won by 64 runs.