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.
Just a couple of pictures from the photographic group that use the facilities on a Thursday, attending the match between Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC and Dinting CC for the semi-final of the Bissenden Cup.
Tense 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.
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.
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.
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.
Stalybridge St Paul’s finally had their first home game of the season on Saturday as they entertained Charlesworth.
Having won the toss again, an easy decision was made to bat first, with the wicket and ground looking as good as ever, as Stalybridge hoped to continue their slow improvement of form with the bat.
Adam Harwick answered the call for somebody to ‘stick-around’ as he produced a very steady 56 opening up, with most others chipping in around him. Khalid Akram (23) and Mike Mallett (27 not out) helping out to allow Stalybridge to set 175 for 7, a tricky but certainly chaseable total.
Charlesworth’s reply got off to the worse possible start as they were soon 1 for 3 and 27 for 5. A couple of healthy partnerships however left them still in the game, and even looked favourites at one point as batters 8 and 9 nudged the score to 140. However, a couple of late James Brady wickets meant Charlesworth fell just 8 runs short. Brady eventually finishing with 4 for 43.
Stalybridge 2nds fell to a heavy defeat away at Compstall.
This Saturday sees the 1sts visit Birch Vale looking to avenge the cup defeat with the 2nds hosting the same opposition.
Stalybridge St Paul’s made the short trip to Woodley on Saturday as the weather finally allowed for a guaranteed game.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, regular wickets fell all through the innings as Stalybridge’s shot selection left a lot to be desired. Only a brief Rob Mallett blast of 22 managed to nudge the score past hundred, which left Stalybridge with only a glimmer of hope.
A few early-innings wicket in Woodley’s reply showed a bit of fight but 105 was way too low a total as Woodley passed their target with 4 wickets down.
On Sunday, Stalybridge then travelled to Birch Vale in the first round of the cup. A more-spirited batting display meant Stalybridge set 153, with opener Harwick (26), Barnes (20), and a 50 partnership between Brownhill (23) and Mike Mallett (27).
In reply, Stalybridge had Birch Vale struggling at 60 for 5, Gary Sandiford standing out with 3 quick wickets. Vale’s two veteran batters then got together however and pushed the run-rate up to expertly guide them to victory in a game that looked like it was going to be very tight at drinks. Another defeat but certainly positive signs as Stalybridge slowly get into the swing of things.
In contrast. Stalybridge 2nds showed the 1sts how it was done with 2 victories, over Buxworth on Saturday and Birch Vale on Sunday. Ant Hunter scoring 33, veteran Pete Coxon and Bashir picked up 3 wickets each. This was followed by another comprehensive victory in the cup on Sunday. This time Coxon picked up 4 wickets with Chris Gledhill also chipping in with 4 including a 3 wicket maiden.
This Saturday sees the 1st finally at home vs Charlesworth, with the 2nds travelling to Compstall. 1.30 start.
Stalybridge St Paul’s started their adventure into the Derbyshire and Cheshire league with a trip to the beautiful little ground of Hayfield.
Skipper Richard Wright won the toss and decided to bat on a surprisingly hard wicket considering the previous week’s weather, with Stalybridge hoping to take advantage of the small boundary. Advantage was not really taken however as the innings ended on 169 which seemed well short of a competitive total on such a small ground. Wright (28), Richard Wilde (24), debutant Khalid Akram (39) and Jamie Brownhill (21) all made starts but both a failure to convert these starts into higher scores and combined with a late-order collapse, meant Stalybridge were a touch disappointed. The runs were on the board however which did give at least a glimmer of hope.
Hope however was short-lived as the impressive Hayfield opener quickly got to grips with the bowling and hit a quickfire 70. This took the game away from Stalybridge very early on, which also wasn’t helped by losing opening bowler Fish with a suspected torn hamstring, as Hayfield eventually passed the total with the loss of just one wicket.
Stalybridge 2s also slipped to defeat by 10 runs v Whaley Bridge. Pete Coxon picked up 4 wickets, with Faz Hussain and Ant Hunter making 30-odd with the bat.
A slightly disappointing start but the first season in a new league is always going to be a learning curve and it at least felt very refreshing not travelling home from the depths of Cheshire. Stalybridge 1sts are at home this Saturday (1.30) vs High Lane with the 2nds facing the same opposition.