Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI

Birch Vale regular frustrates Stalybridge once again.

For the last game of the 2018 Season, Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds were at home, hosting Birch Vale & Thornsett for the second time this season, and much like the game on the 9th of June, Stalybridge lose the toss, and are put into the field by the opposition.

Opener Anthony Hayward  was ticking along nicely before being caught by Steve Monks from Mark Connelly for 29 off 29 deliveries, his replacement Rob Barrett (1) lasted just 9 balls before looping Ned Woodman’s ball gently back into his welcoming hands.

And this is where it started going downhill for the home side.  Steve Burns in similar form to his previous visit to Gorse Hall Road acted as the anchor to the Birch Vale attack, and although he started slower than back in June, he was still able to notch up the 30 required (according to his missus, everyone else thought it was 11, but she was adamant) to pass the magnificent milestone of 1000 runs in a season in all formats of the game, fairly comfortably.  Congratulations Steve.

With his half-century out of the way, and suitably settled at the crease, he started punishing the weary Stalybridge bowlers, doubling Ahmed Hyatt’s figures up to that point in one over, with a single and three sixes, the next over was unfortunately equally as bad for Mark Connolly, with three fours, a six and a single to retain the strike.

The last ball of Birch Vale’s 45 overs was another six for Mr Burns, his 5th of the day, narrowly(ish) missing being caught on the boundary after looping his shot over bowler Jordan Elliott’s head, to finish personally on 125 not out, and Stalybridge set a target of 217 to win.

During the interval, Chairman Nigel Corless gave a speech that praised and thanked Joan Broadbent, who after over 10 years of service to the club, in preparing teas, as an integral member of the committee, and responsible for looking after one of the club’s major income streams, the function room in addition to her late husband Barry,  has decided to step down and enjoy her retirement.  Nigel then proceeded to present Joan with two engraved glass goblets in recognition of her service.  (p.s. best home teas of the season, thanks from me too Joan).

Joan Broadbent receives gift from Chairman Nigel Corless on behalf of the club in recognition of over ten years service to the club and retirement from duty.

After the break,  Stalybridge started the batting well, with the home side staying ahead of the curve for the first 15 overs or so, with Stuart Nock (24) and Alex Wilde (34) initially then with Stuart seemingly changing his batting stance having his bails removed by Josh Barrett, Khalid Akram (47) at the crease, but both started slowing down, with the change of bowling to George Johnson and Anthony Hayward.  With the required run rate now just above six and half an over, it was of no joy to finally see the albeit expected introduction of that man again… Steve Burns (3-32), who like on previous occasions then proceeded to frustrate the batsmen with his deliveries, and despite Tony Mooney (23*) carrying the middle order, there wasn’t enough strike left in the squad to win the day, though it didn’t help that Peter Coxon had to retire after suffering a recurrence of his calf injury whilst bowling in the opening innings.

Stalybridge still managed to finish their 45 overs on 175, a decent score on any other day, but like I said in my report following their first visit this season, “Stalybridge put in a good batting performance, unfortunately Birch Vale put in a great one.”

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Presentations and Race Night held later in the function room, and special thanks to shirt sponsors Candolim for generously providing the food for the evening.

Candolim Indian Restaurant: 71 Mottram Road, STALYBRIDGE. Cheshire. SK15 2QP

Also, thanks to Ajeet Kaintura for your time at the club this season while on work placement in the UK, hopefully you’ve had as much enjoyment as you’ve given to others during your stay, and have many fond memories of your time with us on your return to India after Christmas.

Final result and score-card of the 2018 campaign: Birch Vale and Thornsett CC 2nd XI win by 41 runs.

See you back in 2019 for more fun and frivolity, but before then league will be hosting their annual Presentation Evening, at the Alma Lodge in Stockport on Friday 9th November, at £30 a head where you can see newly promoted and Division 3 Champions, Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI receive their awards, with a guest speaker and comedian Mike Farrell.

Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Old Glossop CC 2nd XI (home) & Dinting CC 2nd XI (away)

Two games in two days, see defeat on both occasions for the 2nds, but a completely different set of results.

At the beginning of the season, when we played Old Glossop, my report stated I thought they’d be top of the league come the end, and with two games left after today, they’re currently 23 points ahead of 2nd place Hayfield, with a result still to be declared, so I wasn’t expecting a great deal out of yesterday’s result, especially given today’s match was against Dinting, who were a place above us in the table, and therefore seemingly a “six pointer”

Old Glossop completing their 45 overs, for the loss of just 3 wickets, put 188 on the target board, after Brian lost the toss and put the home side into the field, with opener Jamie Cannon putting on 43 before given out LBW for the first of Peter Coxon’s two wickets, but it was Andy Dwyer coming in at number 4 that did the damage for the visitors, who managed to finish on 83 not out.

After the interval, Stalybridge were unable to mount any meaningful attack, with only Steve Monks hitting 30, though Krunal Bhatt was looking good until being paired with habitual “run-out partner” Brian Stone, saw him, unsurprisingly run-out on 22.

With Brian Stone finally caught with just three balls left in the innings, the home side ended 60 runs short of victory.

Final result and scorecard: Old Glossop CC 2nd XI win by 59 runs.

Just a day later, and the 2’s were the visitors to Dinting for the second time in a month, though this time without the benefit of this scorer’s son, who hit 52 in that game, and is at the time of writing sunning himself on a beach in Spain, the git!

In a similar vein to yesterday, Brian won the toss, and put his team in the field, but in stark contrast, today’s bowling was absolutely excellent, once opener Brandon Stonehouse was dismissed, after putting 41 on the board in just 30 balls, the remaining wickets fell like flies, with nobody else topping fellow opener 1st Team player, Rudi Leibenberg’s 13.

Ned Woodman was denied his 5fer, firstly by dropping a diving catch off his own bowling, which would have been amazing, and secondly having a catch over-ruled by umpire J.J. Smith as a no-ball, but still finished his bowling session 4-12 off just 7 overs, but it was Ajeet Kaintura who took plaudits for the visiting bowling attack, with 6 wickets for just 14 runs conceded, the last of which completing Dinting’s innings of just 73 runs by snapping the bails in half, and sending them 20 feet behind the stumps.

Ajeet Kaintura with his snapped bail showing his 6-14 against Dinting CC 2nd XI -02/09/2018.

Victory was there for the taking, Stalybridge had 66 overs to get 74 runs.

Unfortunately, just as Stalybridge had exploited this seeming bowling track, so too were the home side able to capitalise on it.

Just before the end of the opening over, opener Stu Nock was dismissed for a duck, not the start the visitors wanted, but the first of five such scores, it would turn out.  Rudi Leibenberg was just placing them on the toes of the batsmen and umpire Smith was happy to slowly stick his finger in the air and declare it L.B.W.

Stalybridge hadn’t even reached the start of their regulation 45 overs, and were nine wickets down for TWENTY EIGHT runs, just ¾ of an hour into their innings, staring at the biggest defeat for the 2’s I can remember (which to be fair doesn’t mean much given my memory), but Mark Connolly coming in to partner captain Brian Stone gave the away side a glimmer of hope, by doing what the rest couldn’t and that was to avoid the LBW trap, and slowly started to put runs on the board, with the tension rising, it looked like Stalybridge were going to be able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, managing to stay at the crease for as long as the rest had taken to get out, exactly 45 minutes, but with the final ball of his 12 overs, and 10 runs short of the target, Leibenberg took the off-stump out of the ground with a bullet of a delivery, to dash the visitor’s excitement, and secure victory for Dinting, a good effort though Mark, unlucky lad.

Final result and scorecard: Dinting CC 2nd XI win by 9 runs.

In better news, the firsts won both of their games this weekend, today’s against Charlesworth and Chisworth on the final ball of the innings, and guarantee promotion to Division 2 next season, but are still short of the points score guaranteed to secure championship status.  Well done to Jamie Brownhill’s lads.

The final two games for the 2nds see a visit to the best teas in the league at Compstall next Saturday, and then a home match against Birch Vale for the final game of the 2018 campaign on the 15th.

Hayfield CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge compete hard in Hayfield, but take too long to mount a meaningful attack.

I missed my first game this season, two weeks ago, away at Dinting, due to being on holiday, and it was just my luck, that I’d miss our first win in eight games, and more-so the game where my son gets his 2nd half-century of the season, no commitment from some people !!  Though at least one person was pleased for my return, captain Brian Stone was thankful for a “proper” scorer, given the debacle of trying to get a decent scorecard for that match.  It’s nice to feel wanted :), anyways well done lads for that result.

Today however, we were facing a team pushing for the title, sitting in second position behind the team I predicted back in May to be top of the table at the end of the season, Old Glossop, so didn’t expect much out of the day, and was worried it was going to be a long day when Brian lost the toss and Stalybridge were put in the field.

Hayfield CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 18th August 2018

The first ball of the match set the early tempo, with Hayfield’s Andy Oldfield hitting the boundary wall with a deft flick to the right, and it wasn’t long before I heard one of the other Hayfield players predicting a score of 400, and in all honesty, I was a little concerned he would be right, on his 28th delivery he hit another four to put him on 45, and the folks around me were predicting a 30 ball 50, but next came a coaxing ball wider than the rest of the over from Peter Coxon and drew a much needed mistake, at least from Stalybridge’s point of view, from Oldfield who extended his reach and put the ball high into the air, and into the welcoming hands of Tony Mooney at deep square leg, giving Stalybridge their first wicket, with Hayfield on 56.

With his departure the run rate plummeted, but it was still another 31 runs before Coxon took his second wicket of youngster, but normally first-teamer Jacob Miller, while the home side’s second opener Joel Coverley plodded on slowly at the other end before being out on 34.

In a rare turn of events, catches were being taken by the Stalybridge side, who are sure to admit themselves have been sorely lacking in the field this season,  and with the exception of Harry Howarth, superbly bowled by Ahmet Hyatt, and Christian South, bowled by Krunal Bhatt, the other eight wickets by the visitors were caught in the field, giving four wickets for Krunal Bhatt, two for Pete Coxon and four for Ahmed Hyatt, though he definitely should have gotten his five-fer in his last over, but was ironically denied by two dropped catches.

With the exception of one over where Krunal was soundly thumped for 26, which saw Christian South hit his 50, despite getting a wicket in one of the deliveries, the bowling was vastly improved over previous matches, and Hayfield were all out for 187 with four overs remaining.

A very doable score it was decided, but perhaps 30 or 40 more than should have been in my opinion, given the start we had.

After tea, the start of Stalybridge’s innings didn’t go quite to plan, with the early dismissal of opener Stu Nock for 13, and it took fellow opener Alex Wilde almost until the 15th over before he progressed past two runs, while Maurice Barber opposite also took a while before adding to his total, which however, ended up a presentable 40 from 50 deliveries.

Stalybridge lost a couple more key wickets with the score in the 90’s, but then didn’t lose another, their 6th, until Keith Bowers was caught on 14, with 140 on the board, but with 9 overs remaining, with Stalybridge requiring another 48 runs for victory, the remaining players just could eke out the required run-rate to catch up, with only Tony Mooney at the other end finishing on 42 not out, before running out Ahmed Hyatt for his …

… for being ‘out’ without facing a ball.

It was, at least for me personally, the slow start, that contributed a big factor to the final result, but also losing three consecutive wickets for 9 runs, in the middle order, definitely didn’t help either, though it was great to see the big improvement in the field, both with the catching, and fielding in general, and the improvement in bowling, with Ahmed having (I think) his best figures since joining the club, with 4 for 27, though I have to also make special mention of Krunal’s diving (albeit failed) attempt to stop a ball going to the boundary, about 6 feet short and 2 seconds too early, sorry Krunal, but it was funny!

It was also great to hear the 1sts extend their lead at the top of Division 3, with victory over Chaple-en-le-Frith, well done lads, keep it up!

Next week sees the 2nds at home to mid-table Hazel Grove while the 1sts travel up the road to Hollingworth, presuming they make it past Mottram Road, which has been royally shit this week!

Final result and match scorecard: Hayfield CC 2nd XI win by 19 runs.

Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Anthony Haywood cent
ury and 5fer for Steve Burns seal victory for Birch Vale.

For the second week in a row, Stalybridge have won the toss, this time at the hands of Brian Stone, and put the opposition into bat, given our current form, and our propensity for our heads to drop when the opponents put a big score on the board, I’m much more inclined to think we’d be better suited to opening the batting, and seeing what we can put on, without worrying what they’ve set us.

However we started the bowling well, with 6 of the first 15 or so overs a maiden, with Ned Woodman having his first spell of 8 overs conceding just 15 runs, however, it was soon that balls were being delivered short and down the legs side, and the Birch Vale batsmen lapped them up, and were rapidly ramping up the over rate, peppering the boundary, firstly with Steve Burns (41), then more-so Anthony Hayward, normally a number six batter, but today slotted in at number 4, he knocked up his half-century in short-order, while his partners succumbed to 3 wickets for Mark Connolly and 2 for Maurice Barber, and he continued to coast comfortably to apparently his debut century, before being caught on 117 off “one of my worst balls of the day” from bowler Ned Woodman by Ajeet Kaintura, by which point Birch Vale were now 268-6; the innings was interrupted midway through, when a thunderstorm brought a downpour for half an hour, during which time the call was made to take an early tea and play resumed around 45 minutes after initially coming off.

Birch Vale vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s, before the heavens opened.

Haywood’s however was the last wicket to be taken by Stalybridge, with my fellow scorer Jamie’s dad David Platt finishing off the overs 32 not out, and Birch Vale on 288-6.

Having taken lunch tea early, it was a quick turn around to have Stalybridge into the crease, just 4 balls had been played when the umpire called for the ball to be changed, whether it wasn’t a new ball or it was damaged, I have no idea, but seemed strange.

Whereas Birch Vale were content to send the ball down the hill to the boundary, it seemed Stalybridge wanted to send everything in the opposite direction, into the banking and up the hill, it was one of these up hill slogs that saw the first wicket of Stu Nock (who I still owe a beer to, sorry bud), caught for 18, and Stalybridge on 25, with Maurice Barber, caught also just 2 runs later, it seemed like it was going to be a painfully short afternoon, but no sooner as Maurice was out, it seemed like the impetus opener Alex Wilde needed,  and he started to add runs to his tally along side Khalid Akram, by the time he was bowled, Stalybridge were now on a more respectable 75, and Khalid then started a partnership with Steve Monks, but unfortunately was given run-out in what can only be described as a “umpiring error”, for fear of censure, members of both sides insist he was safely home, but the umpire deemed him two foot outside safety and Stalybridge were now 95-4.

Keith Bowers has recently been picking up some decent batting performances, but he’ll not thank me for mentioning when he asked what the * next to his name in the WhatsApp chat was, it was because of his

Sorry Keith. 🙂

With Monksie falling fowl, sorry foul to the catcher on the hill, Neil Spedding, just five runs short of his half-century, the last of Stalybridge’s recognised batsman were all out,  and they were still 121 runs behind Birch Vale’s total, that however didn’t stop opening bowler Ned Woodman from making a decent batting cameo before being caught on 39, not long after initially being given out “caught behind”, despite the ball hitting him near his elbow before bouncing off to the keeper; thankfully despite a little petulant outburst of chucking his bat away, the Birch Vale players came to his defence and the umpire overturned his decision.

With just one wicket remaining Brian Stone was the last man left standing when Ahmed Hayat was cleaned bowled on the last ball off the innings, giving Steve Burns his 2nd of that over, and his 5th overall in the game.

A decent knock from a number of Stalybridge’s team, but not enough to overturn the big target set by Birch Vale, but plenty to proud of, even if it’s not the catching in the field (which was woeful again).

No pessimistic drivel from me after next week’s match you’ll be happy to read, when the 2nds are back on the road, this time up in Dinting, as I’ll hopefully be enjoying myself in sunny Alicante, you just can’t get the committed staff these days, and the following week, is a free week for the seconds, with High Lane not fielding a 2nd XI this season.

Final result and scorecard: Birch Vale and Thornsett CC 2nd XI win by 100 runs.

Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Compstall CC 2nd XI

2nds XI in a poor run of form, and continue to struggle to find a win.

For the second time this season, I neglected to post a report last week, and for that I apologise, after the defeat away to Old Glossop, I was in a foul mood, and just couldn’t bring myself to write one, I know there aren’t many who read my missives, but some of you do.

With that in mind, another week has passed, and another defeat, although I made an error in my last report against Hazel Grove, saying it was our 7th consecutive defeat, however it was only the 5th, the ACTUAL 7th came today, this time to current league tail-enders Compstall, you just can’t get the staff these days.

With Brian Stone away, the heavy mantle of captaincy fell on Steve Monk’s shoulders again, and despite winning the toss, the decision was made to put Compstall into bat, having won at their place six weeks ago, we knew well enough the dangers of the father and son team of Ravi and Josh Patel, but whereas we were able to get Josh out fairly cheaply on 8 last time, the same could not be said today, Ravi managed to stay at the crease for 2 hours straight before being bowled by Maurice Barber just 6 runs past his century, but Josh batted even more impressively by carrying the bat for the away side, seeing out all 45 overs and finished on 53*.

The only other to get runs for Compstall was Robert Bradley with 20, caught by Monksie off a Ned Woodman delivery, Compstall finished their overs with a big target for Stalybridge to chase of 198, with a loss of just 3 wickets.

After the interval, opener Stu Nock, was deemed LBW in the 3rd ball of the innings, and Khalid Akram bowled on 3 with just 18 runs on the scoreboard, Stalybridge were instantly put on the back foot, Stuart Barnes in at number four was our seemingly best hope to get back in the drivers seat, but despite his managing to hit 25 in just 18 deliveries, getting caught for John Abbot’s 3rd wicket meant almost certain defeat, my son Jordan who got the winning runs and 50 at the away fixture, hit a couple of decent balls straight to fielders, but his 5th saw it straight into the hands of Heath Stewart, off newly at the bowling attack Josh Patel.

Stalybridge are now 4 down with 46 runs, Steve Monks comes in to replace Jordan, and sees his partner, opener Maurice, out a few balls later, Monks tries his damnedest to keep us in the match, running quick singles and doubles with Keith Bowers (20), Ajeet Kaintura (8) and Ned Woodman (2), and manages an admirable 56 before being bowled, his effort meant Stalybridge were now a more reasonable 153, though with just one wicket remaining, it was a very tall order for Ahmed Hayat and Mark Connolly to see the home side to victory, which they were unfortunately unable to do, with Ahmed getting caught off the other Patel, Ravi, to see Stalybridge all out for 159, 39 runs short of Compstall’s total, both teams have now just one win all season, against each other.

Stalybridge 2nds match next Saturday is away at Birch Vale & Thornsett, currently sitting third in the table, and the constant search for a second win and the effort to lift the players and this scorer mood out of the doldrums will continue there.

The firsts won away again, this time at Pott Shrigley, so that is good news at least.

Final result and scorecard: Compstall CC 2nd XI win by 39 runs.

[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Dinting CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge fail to capitalise on strong middle-order recovery after poor start, to fall at final hurdle and lose by 5 runs.

With Brian skiving off to watch Lionel Ritchie, the task of captaining the 2nds was handed to Steve Monks, who performed admirably in the face of adversity, having also been lumbered with the keeper’s gloves, with usual keeper Mike Whitworth being taken hostage by the 1sts, and upon losing the toss, Dinting put the home side in the field.

Dinting openers, Captain, Matt Coleman and Ryan Townsend plodded along nicely, and managed and 83 partnership deep into the innings, before Coleman was given LBW just short of his half-century, on 43 off Ahmed Hyatt, his replacement, Jarrod Massey managed to push the score to 140 to be Stalybridge’s 5th wicket, before being bowled by Mahurice Barber to finish on 34, but not before Steve Monks had to be replaced as keeper with a suspected broken finger, which gave him a little more freedom to handle the captaincy, and Dinting were able to add just 23 more runs before seeing out their 45 overs with 8 wickets dismissed, though it has to be said, Stalybridge need to work on their catching, as I counted at least 6 again.

An over into the Stalybridge innings, the heavens opened and with just two runs on the board, centurion from the last match Stu Nock was given LBW for a duck (sorry Stu, I originally had you down as 1 run, but it was a leg-bye) as the last ball of the spell, and everyone was brought off the field for a little under 40 minutes reducing the overs by 2, while the rain proceeded to soak the outfield, where in the first innings balls were skidding to 4’s with ease, similar balls from the Stalybridge batsmen were coming to a halt 5-10 feet from the boundary, and were soon 4 wickets down with only 38 runs to their name, but Khalid Akram who came in at number 3, managed to steady the ship for a long time, and put on a good partnership with a broken fingered Steve Monks, before being caught by Jarrad Massey after punting a ball over the bowler, Ryan Townsend’s head, to finish on 41, and Stalybridge on a more respectable 104-5.

With Steve Monk’s dismissal a little while after at 116-7 at the hands of Jarrad Massey’s 5th wicket of the day, Stalybridge had about 15 overs left to get 48 runs,  and despite Maurice Barber getting 21, and Pete Coxon 19*, Stalybridge fell just short, by losing the 3 final wickets, at the hands of club stalwart Adam Harwick’s nephew, Daniel, 5 runs short of Dinting’s total with 4 overs to spare, to suffer a heartbreaking when victory seemed likely.

More annoyingly for me personally, the scoreboard I built again suffered from dodgy outputs, mid-game, meaning I had turn it off and revert back to to the manual board, I think due to it taking a massive bang at the beginning of the day, presumably loosening some wiring inside.

Anyways.. Final result and scorecard: Dinting CC 2nd XI win by 5 runs.

[Week 6] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge put in a good batting performance, unfortunately Birch Vale put in a great one.

Stalybridge lost the toss, and were put into the field, and immediately into the innings, Birch Vale opener Steve Burns showed how he was going to conduct his time at the crease, with 13 runs from the single over, he had hit his half-century after facing just 25 deliveries, and added the next 50 to hit his century just after 58, despite getting the second opener out for 6, his replacement Alex Wood more than made up for Ollie Wyatt’s cheap dismissal off Krunal Bhatt, by being the next to hit a ton, before being caught close to the boundary on 102 by Jordan Elliott for the first of Ajeet Kaintura’s four wickets, but the damage was already done by this point, Birch Vale were now a decent 294/3, which on this ground is a winning score in its own right.

The next three wickets just added another 5 runs, but 8, 9 and 10 all managed to put another 89 runs + extras between them, and Birch Vale completed their overs with a huge score of 389/9.

Despite knowing a win was impossible, it didn’t stop Stalybridge at least having a go, and whilst the opening overs were a bit slow, with Stalybridge hitting 33 runs in the same number as Birch Vale hit 100, the arrival of Khalid Akram to join Stu Nock at the crease, after Alex Wilde was caught and bowled by Birch Vale’s captain Jack Linskey (who you would have thought had just gotten the winning wicket, given his exultant shout, and the aggressive way he threw the ball at the ground after catching it, but hey ho), allowed Stalybridge to start accumulating runs,  by the 15th over Birch Vale started giving their fringe bowlers a go, knowing they weren’t in any danger of being caught, but more importantly it gave the batsmen a chance to get their eye in and get some runs.

The next 22 overs saw Stu and Khalid build up a  very respectable 137 partnership, before Khalid was caught of a Steve Burns delivery, to end on 40,  with Stu Nock now on a dead 100, and Stalybridge’s total now 174, it was just a case of seeing out the remaining 8 overs and try to try and get another 26 runs to get maximum batting points, with the aid of Steve Monks at the other end, and Birch Vale for the first time in all my watching cricket, giving ALL 11 players a bowl, (which plays havoc with score books, ya bastards!), Stu managed to add another 39 runs to his score, to carry the bat and end Stalybridge’s innings on 229 for just 2 wickets.

Great knock Nock! (Who’s there?)

Bowlers wanted, please apply Gorse Hall Road cricket ground – hey it worked after the Old Glossop match, I can but try.  Joking aside, good reply to a massive up-hill battle lads, on any other day, 229/2 is a winning result on this home field, and with some tighter bowling, we should be able to get back to last season’s winning form.

Final result and scorecard: Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI win by 160 runs.

[Week 5 ] Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Ask and ye shall receive! #1 son (and some others) secure Stalybridge 2nd’s first win of the season. #biased

Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 2nd June 2018

The game started off slow, with Brian winning the toss, and choosing to put Compstall into bat, as the Stalybridge bowling attack of Ned Woodman and Ajeet Kaintura kept the run rate to a minimum, with the home side on 56/1 at drinks, however once their overs were done, (or took a break with 3 remaining in Ned’s case), the Compstall #3, Ravi Patel started accelerating through the gears, and was able to take the total up to a respectable 134/3 before being caught by Ajeet for the first of  Ahmed Hayat’s four wickets of the afternoon.

With Ravi’s removal, a number of other wickets fell soon after, but Compstall were able to add another 26 runs before completing their 45 overs to finish the innings 160 for 8 wickets to take us to tea.

Despite getting into lumber last season for this, I’ve got to reiterate how damned good the teas at Compstall are, full marks to all involved in putting on that damned fine spread! #Rebel

Given our previous weeks deficiencies as far as batting is concerned, it was great to see our opener Stu Nock put a 43 on the board, with Alex Wilde (8) and Khalid Akram (17) at the opposite end, before being bowled by the biggest front-foot no-ball, literally six inches beyond the line, no doubt my opposite number Megan Carter must have been bored by my constant moaning about the no-balls, but it must have been equally frustrating for Stu when I told him. 🙂 #DodgyUmpires

Like Compstall, Stalybridge started off slowly, and were only 5 runs ahead of where Compstall were at drinks, on 61/1, and for a long time were a fair ways behind the required run-rate, it looked like their very economical bowling was going to leave Stalybridge total about 40-50 runs short, but in the same way that Ravi upped the score with his innings, once their main bowling unit was exhausted, it was Stalybridge’s turn to turn up the heat.

The start of the 31st over at 82/2 and with just 14 overs to go, the team needed to double what they had obtained up to that point, and it saw the introduction of number 4, Mike Whitworth and with Stu Nock’s dismissal three balls later, number 5, Jordan Elliott,

Over the next 11 overs, the pair put in an excellent performance, with a brilliant 81 partnership with Mike shouting out instructions and putting on 26 runs and Jordan putting in a career best 52 hitting the ball below for 4 to secure his first half-century for the club, and Stalybridge’s first win of the season.

Well done everyone, but especially well done from me, to my son Jordan for that knock. #ProudDad

Jordan Elliott hits first club half-century to secure Stalybridge’s first win of the season.

Stalybridge’s next match sees us at home, where the opposition will be Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI.

Final result and scorecard: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 7 wickets.

[Week 2] Hayfield CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Long day in Hayfield sees a circus themed carnival, riot police, and ultimately defeat for Stalybridge’s 2nd XI.

Despite the roadworks heading up to Glossop and road closures due to Hayfield Carnival, the last of the Stalybridge squad arrived at the ground with 10 minutes to spare before the match was due to start, the same can’t be said of the umpires, who completely failed to materialise.

Stalybridge won the toss, and elected to bowl, and with the early removal of opener Andy Oldfield on 21, who hit 86 in week 1 against Hazel Grove,  and his replacement James Jobling for a duck, it looked like a great start to the match for the visitors, however the arrival of Dave Aldridge was to prove a thorn in the Stalybridge teams’ side, being dropped no less than FOUR times, the first of which would have seen him dismissed for 25, and would probably seen a different outcome to the match, but he was allowed to keep going, dropped catch after dropped catch until he was finally caught on the short boundary by Stu Nock from a Nedd Woodman delivery, coincidentally he too finished on 86 like Oldfield against Hazel Grove.  The only other batsman of note for Hayfield was Max Richardson who finished on 29, although the damage had already been done by Aldridge, and by the fielding team’s inability to catch, and the home side were all out for 173, with two overs to go.

*edit* Special mention has to go to Pete Coxon, who got five wickets for 41 runs.  Sorry Pete for initially forgetting this.

After tea, Mike Whitworth, at least looking less stressed than he was in the previous match against Tintwistle, put a partnership of 47 on the board alongside fellow opener Stu Nock (who was also dropped twice, on 11 and 22, before being caught the next ball, so it’s not just us who can’t catch), before being dismissed on 24 to be replaced by Khalid Akram, who plodded nicely along through six partners coming and going, before being bowled by the man who caused the damage in the opening innings, Dave Aldridge, on 61; his innings wasn’t without incident however, Peter Coxon would have run Khalid out on 41 with his first ball faced, but the fielder took the bails off without the ball in his hands, which may have messed with Pete’s head, as he was out LWB in the next delivery, and he also caused Captain Brian Stone to have to sacrifice himself to a run-out in a call that should never have been a run.

All the while this is going on, there was a massive fight kicking off in the Royal Hotel car-park next to the ground, between a large groups of rival youths, which prompted the arrival of two police cars and a riot van.  Fun times in a quaint Derbyshire village.

However, with Khalid’s removal, with 144 on the board, only two batsmen remaining and 30 runs required, it seemed like a lost cause, but there was still 9 overs remaining, and although the tail-enders, Nedd Woodman, Ajeet Kaintura and Ahmed Hayat managed to give hope by adding another twenty runs to the total, each run seemingly bringing us closer and closer to victory, it was not meant to be, as the game was finally lost when Ajeet got a little giddy after hitting a six and decided to run on a dangerous ball, which saw his opposite batter run out, that’s not to blame Ajeet for the loss, the game should probably have been won in the opening innings, and other players need to improve their batting in the field, given we appear to be very bowler heavy now, but there was still 40 balls still to be played, and only 10 runs required.

Anyways, it was only the first league game, and there’s still 17 more to be played, so there’s still plenty of time.

Next Saturday sees the first of back-to-back home games for the 2nds, where the opponents will be Hazel Grove who have lost both of their opening games.

Final result: Hayfield CC 2nd XI win by 9 runs, full scorecard available here.

Tintwistle CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – Hawke Trophy

Well, it’s two weeks later than it should have been, but finally the 2018 season was gotten underway with the seconds away at Tintwistle in the first round of the Hawke Trophy, with a couple of new faces, and a few very old ones 🙂 Brians XI lost the toss, and were put into bowl, presumably so that Tintwistle could have as much batting practice as possible with the upcoming season, it was a glorious sunny day, hopefully the first of many in the weeks to come, but the heat took its toll on the Stalybridge men, who fumbled a couple of seemingly easy catches and standout batting performances from opener Mark Lilley with 58 and number 3, Richard Harris with 62 and a 33 not out from captain Simon Barrow took the opening innings from the home side to 207 for 5 wickets, a daunting figure for the bowler heavy away squad.

With Mike Whitworth looking like he felt the world was on his shoulders from the get go, his aggressive stance to try and put a dent in the target saw him dismissed 20 minutes into his innings, the same can be said for the majority of players coming in after him, knowing that there was a big figure to chase, and so needed to go big or go home, it was the latter unfortunately that was the case, primarily down to spin bowler Josh Hutton’s 4-21 figures.

Stuart Nock had his best batting match that I’ve seen him play, but his 31 over 90 minutes, was not enough to help the Stalybridge bed in partner for him who could get the runs, with only Steve Monks (11) and Pete Coxon (10) able to break double figures.

That said, it was a game I wasn’t expecting a lot from, against higher league opposition, and new lad Ajeet Kaintura (or Ace Ventura as I like to call him) put a decent bowling session in, as did Maurice Barber, once he overcame is no-ball spell at the beginning of the match, but couldn’t do much to stop the Tintwistle attack.

I managed to stream the match live, which can be seen on SSPCC’s  periscope page, if you’re bored and looking  for something to put you to sleep, and unfortunately I doubt it shows the ranting and raving of one of the clubs neighbours after Khalid jumped their fence into their garden to retrieve a ball just hit for six, but you can but hope.

So, it’s concentrate on the league, which begins in earnest next week when the 2nds are on the road again, this time at the tiny ground that is Hayfield.

Onwards and upwards lads.

Final result: Tintwistle CC 2nd XI win by 118 runs, and the scorecard can be found here.