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.

[Week 5] Newton CC 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 1st XI

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.

[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.

[Week 11] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – Pott Shrigley CC 2nd XI

Good day, both teams won, 1sts beat Old Glossop by 6 wickets and 2nds  beat Pott Shrigley by 7 wickets with Alex Wilde (51*) carrying the bat, and Tony Mooney with 80* his highest total since beating Wilmslow Wayfarers back in 1981 when he scored 84*.

(So not a career best like you thought).

Then some of us went for a club curry afterwards at shirt sponsors:

Candolim Curry Night – 6th June 2019

Sorry, too busy to write a proper one.

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.

[Bissenden Cup 1/4 Final] Hazel Grove 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 1st XITense 2 wicket victory sees firsts through to semi-final of Bissenden Cup.

Making this up as I go along, so bear with me.

Hazel Grove opened the batting with Rick Burke and Nick Hayward, the latter however was quickly dismissed in the second over, bowled from 2nds loanee Maurice Barber, with just 3 on the board, however his partner was able to survive another twenty five overs, managing to just reach his half-century before being caught behind by keeper Joe Robinson from a slow delivery from Jamie Brownhill, the hosts now on 87-4.

Captain Geoff Noden managed to steady the rot though, putting another 32 on the score-sheet, before being bowled by James Beswick, with Mike Holtom being dismissed 9 balls later, with the total at 126, it fell to Number 6, Dominic Nunn and Luke Bennett to see out the remaining 9 overs, managing to put an additional 34 runs on to see the hosts finish their overs 160-6.

The start for Stalybridge after the break almost mirrored Hazel Groves, with Alex Wilde dismissed very early into his innings, and his partner Adam Harwick putting on the runs at the other end, Mike Hatton managed to contribute 20 runs to their 61 run partnership, but his dismissal, and subsequent duck for captain Rick Wright, brought Joe Robinson into bat, who was able to stay at the crease while his partners came and went, with only Phil Hammond able to break into double figures out of the next four batsmen, so it was left to Joe to finish the innings in style with two fours then a typical Joe style slog to hit a six to take Stalybridge over the winning line and into the Semi-final of the Bissenden Cup.

Well done lads, full score-card available here:

[Week 8] Water water everywhere, so the players have a drink!

The 1sts were away at Hazel Grove and 2nds at home to Buxworth, well that was the plan, but unfortunately the wet weather put play to that idea, so a number of the players went out on the lash, and got hammered instead.

God help us all..

Weather permitting, next week see the 1sts host Newton, and the 2nds travel to Hadfield St Andrews.

Offerton 1sts vs Staly 1sts

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 1st XICourtesy of Fishy!




It was the first game of the season,
first game without him with tattoos.
The pressure was all on James Brady
whose interest is still only booze.
We played in a fly infested hell hole,
against a team with not much on show,
with newcomers Nockers and Phil,
and return of the ‘student’ big Joe.
Brady and Gaz got things rolling,
the wee man mixing his pace,
then Jamie got in on the act,
and Offerton just weren’t at the race.
All out for just short of the ton,
a few more than probably deserved,
and with our collapsible line up,
the skipper was rightly unnerved.
But fear not we have a new stalwart,
for Phil was there all the way through,
Adam was in there for a short while,
but he looked like the one on debut.
Winky came in to push things,
wafting for an over or two,
but soon he found his rhythm,
and the bowlers weren’t sure what to do.
A big victory, a win by 9 wickets,
maximum points on week one;
no doubts we’ll face tougher tests,
but a very efficient job done.

Result: Stalybridge 1sts win by 9 wickets.

[Week 6] Stalybridge St Paul’s vs Offerton

Stalybridge St Paul’s hosted Offerton on Saturday hoping to pick up from their previous home win.

Having lost the toss and being invited to bat, openers Adam Harwick and Daniel Collins soon set about the bowling as they gave Stalybridge a solid start with a 69 partnership. Following the demise of Harwick (40) and Collins (35), a typical Stalybridge mid-order collapse ensued with only Khalid Akram (26) getting into double figure. No. 9 Mike Mallett ensured Stalybridge passed 200 however with some powerful hitting, as he smashed 52 not out, meaning the target was set at 218 to win.

Mallett picked up where he had left off with the bat by picking up 4 wickets, as Offerton limped to 61 all out.

Stalybridge 2nds also picked up a 4 wicket win at Offerton to jump up a few places in the table. Muddy Bashir finishing with 5 wickets.

This week Stalybridge travel to Chapel-en-le-Frith with the 2s hosting the same opposition. 2nds then travel to New Mills in the cup on Sunday.