[Week 4] Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge 2nd’s recover from last week’s battering to dominate Hazel Grove.

With Brian on one of his 37 annual holidays, it was down to Vice Captain Stephen Monks to manage the team’s visit to Hazel Grove, and upon winning the toss and putting his side into bat, opening with the same pair as has started previously this season Alex Wilde and Jordan Elliott.

Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI - 18/05/2019
Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 18/05/2019

With Alex given LBW in the 11th over, with 18 on the board, runs (and deliveries for that matter) were a slow in coming, Stu Nock back with the 2s for the first time this season, put 13 on the board while Jordan at the other end ticked along at the other end, adding 8 himself before Stu was caught by Martin Hodson off a Steve Pigeon slow ball.

Once stand-in captain Monks came in at number 5, it was time for Stalybridge to start the attack in earnest, with both he and Jordan at the other end running at every opportunity that presented itself, and they put an exceptional 82 partnership before Monks was caught for 39 with a blinding catch from 13 year old Oliver Hodson, to see the visitors on 121-4.  Jordan was bowled by ex-High Lane player Stuart Roscoe, unfortunately one run shy of his half-century, just 7 runs later; unlucky son.

With the majority of the bowling attack worn down, Tilak Bhojani was able to capitalise on a number of easier deliveries to help boost the Stalybridge score-card, and should have been out when on 13, after being dropped, and on 34 after being dropped and 58, after being dropped, ultimately finishing 63 not-out  Go buy a lottery ticket lad!

Tilak was able to see out the 45 overs but Stalybridge ended up 8 wickets down with the final wickets being the last two balls of the innings, with Hazel Grove captain Jake Bennett (4-42) setting himself up for a hat-trick ball for his next match, by first getting a stumping of Ahmed Hayat (11) then with the final ball, earning Keith Bowers the first…of the season.  Sorry Keith, has to be done. 🙂  The visitors finished 211-8.

After tea, we saw some of great bowling from Ahmed Hayat and Saad Jelani who both managed to bag 3 wickets apiece for just 30 and 29 runs respectively, between them bowling each of the first five wickets for just 50 runs, with only Steve Pigeon in that number putting up any resistance with 14 runs, with Mark Connolly (2-12 off 6) picking up two caught wickets from Stuart Nock and Jordan Elliott, and captain Jake Bennett in at #8 being the only other Grove player to reach double figures with a side-topping 27, it was left to Adil Zaman with equally impressive figures of 2-16 off 8.4 overs to see him off and the home side all out for 95.

Next week sees Brian back from golfing, if he can get back in the team after today’s excellent all-round performance, when the visitors to Gorse Hall Road will be Hollingworth 2s.

And not a mention of Manchester City’s massive 6-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup Final in sight. 🙂

Final result and score-card: Stalybridge St. Paul’s win by 2 wickets and 116 runs.

[Week 3] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Hadfield St. Andrew’s Sports CC 2nd XI

Congratulations to the League Champions for the 2nd year running.

No, obviously I’m not making a sneaky jibe about my other club Manchester City who have just done the same, as that would be unprofessional and puerile of me, and I’m obviously better than that, I am of course speaking about Hadfield St. Andrew’s who mid-way through their innings, despite it being only the 3rd match of the season, I proclaimed to anyone around me at the time would be top of the league come the 14th of September, after topping Division 6 last year.

The toss was taken and won by the home side, and Captain, Brian Stone put Hadfield into bat, openers Rick Ball and Jonny Hollingworth took no time to start racking up a score putting on 43 before Mark Connolly earned a catch from Adil Zaman at backward square-leg to dismiss Hollingworth.

With a break brought on by the rain, everyone was brought off for 45 minutes until rain playing tricks on the home players, allowing them to get the covers off, just to start up again, forcing a hasty re-cover, with the delay 4 overs were deducted from the 2nd innings.

The Hadfield skipper Ball was next to fall with the visitors on 80, again to the hands of Adil, but this time from Ahmed Hyatt, who also took the next in bowling Michael Hockey, soon to be followed at the other end by Connoly bowling Ian Morten.

His replacement, Hadfield’s keeper, John Nicholson at number 5, is where it starting going wrong for the home side, Nicholson was able to soak up anything the Stalybridge bowlers threw at him, and was comfortably hitting the boundary on 17 occasions (14-4s & 3-6s) to rack up an unbeaten 105 while all but the last Hadfield batter being dismissed, as they completed their 45 overs 238-9.

After tea, with the high score playing on people’s minds, a few wild shots were taken and greatfully caught in the field for the first three wickets falling for 51 runs, the idea of catching the total was now a pipe dream, and it fell to the remaining batsmen to try and salvage a draw, which drew ire and the visitors according to some of the returning batsmen.

It was Hadfield’s captain Richard Ball who did the bulk of the damage, with an excellent tally of 6 wickets for just 8 runs in 10.3 overs, that saw Hadfield destroy Stalybridge for just 80 runs, with 4 overs to go, denying the home side what would have been an honestly undeserved 7 “rain affected draw” points, and ensured the visitors the maximum 20 for the second week running.

With the strength in both batting and bowling, I stand behind my prediction that they will be atop the table come the end of the season.

Next Saturday sees another Cup Final match for the 2nds, this time down the A6 when the hosts will be Hazel Grove, with Stephen Monks taking the reigns with Brian Stone who this week narrowly escaped the dreaded Golden Duck taking one of his 30 annual holidays, to go golfing.

Final result and score-card: Hadfield St. Andrew’s Sports Club CC 2nd XI win by 158 runs.

2019 Season Fixtures Announced

Yesterday (13th March), the fixtures for the 2019 season were announced, the initial matches of the newly sponsored Glossop Glass and Glazing Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League (try saying that after a couple of pints) to be held on the 27th April, where the 1sts starting their newly promoted Division 2 campaign on the road to Buxworth and the 2nds at home hosting Offerton.

2019 Fixtures lists for both squads can be found under the Fixtures and Tables menu item at the top of the page.

The full fixture list for ALL teams across the full five divisions can be downloaded in .pdf format here.

We are still waiting for the League to update the Play-Cricket website with 2019 divisions and fixtures, so the tables pages are still referencing last years’ information.

*edit* League tables now ready to correctly show 2019 information.

Winter Nets and Comedy Night at Stalybridge St. Paul’s

While we’re waiting for the fixtures to be announced, Club Captain, Jamie Brownhill wants to let everyone know that Winter Nets in preparation for the upcoming season will start on Tuesday 19th February, at Top Cricket in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Training will take place between 8 and 9 o’clock, all welcome, anyone interested can contact Jamie direct on o792o o56659.

In addition to this, I’ve been advised the club has organised a comedy evening, on Friday 12th April at 7:30pm, to be held in the downstairs Function Room, with two acts on the evening, James Livingstone; comedian and magician, and another comedian Edy Hurst.

This is a fund raising evening for the club, with prices for tickets to follow for this highly entertaining duo, please help support the club and please contact Chairman, Nigel Corless direct for further information and to book tickets on o7752 897623.


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.

Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI

After impressing bowling session, 2nds make harder work of batting innings, but still manage to claim victory over Hazel Grove CC 2nds.

After what seems an eternity, (a month and 4 days to be petty), Brian Stone’s men were back on home ground, and after a week of torrential downpours, today’s match wasn’t a guaranteed event, but it did, and Brian won the toss and chose to put Hazel Grove into bat, stating he believed the ground would dry out over the course of the match, and the damp outfield would help prevent many unnecessary boundaries.

Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI – 25th August 2018.


And he was correct in his thinking, with only 4 deliveries for the visitors reaching the boundary, three from opener and keeper, Steve Pigeon, and the other from captain Jake Bennett, coupled with some decent catching in the field, and good bowling figures from Ned Woodman, 2-19 off 12, 2-16 off 6 for Krunal Bhatt, 1-7 off 8 from Maurice Barber, 3-22 off 12 for Ahmed Hyatt, and 3-13 in 3.1 overs, from habitual stand-in Faz Hussain, saw Hazel Grove frustrated at the crease, and only able to put 91 runs on the board.

It could have been so much better too, with Hazel Grove 6 wickets down for 40 runs, but for a 46 run partnership between George Billingham and Jake Bennett, the latter of which was the final wicket to fall in Hazel Groves innings.

A chase of 91 in theory isn’t a great task , but that’s not the Stalybridge way this season, but between opener’s Stu Nock’s 20, Steve Monks 17, and Alex Wilde carrying the bat to finish on 21, the home side weathered the bowling attack, some of which from the Hazel Grove youngsters has to be said was excellent, to cross the finish line with 5 wickets and 13 overs to spare, but it felt like we made hard work of it.

That said, it’s great to have another win under our belt, well done lads, and well done to the 1sts also, who saw off Hollingworth to cement their place at the top of their division with an eighth consecutive victory.

Next week, the 2’s are at home again, when the opposition will be Old Glossop, who Hayfield apparently bowled out for 54 today; then the following day, it’s the second of our two games that weekend, back up Mottram Road, to Dinting Cricket Club.

Final result at score-card: Stalybridge win by 5 wickets.

Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

3 Lions on a shirt2nds lose 7th consecutive match, but it doesn’t matter because IT’S COMING HOME!

With the league agreeing to matches starting at 9:30am so people can get back to watch the England quarter-final match against Sweden at 3pm, it was an early start for Brian Stone’s men, on yet another gloriously sunny day, I almost forget what it’s been like the last few years, where cricket season has been synonymous with monsoon season, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts hey?

After losing the toss again, (which in itself is almost mirroring the match result compared with last season), Stalybridge were put into the field to watch for two hours as opener Joe Wilkinson and number 3, Mike Halton took everything the Stalybridge bowlers could throw at them, and pepper them comfortably to the boundary finishing on 71 and 61 apiece, with a little cameo from Joe Hall with 20 and Charlie Higson with 21 at 2 and 4 respectively, the annoying thing is as per previous matches, the bowlers were let down by the fielding, with Wilkinson dropped on 14, Halton dropped on 6, and Higson dropped on 1, if Stalybridge are to start getting positive results in matches in the latter half of this season, the catching has to improve.

Once the top four were dismissed however, Stalybridge were left with just 8 overs remaining, but they worked on their momentum, and took 5 of the remaining 6 wickets before Hazel Grove completed their 45 exactly 3 hours after start of play, finishing on 241.

After tea (or is it lunch as it’s only 12:30?), again it was Joe Wilkinson who, after doing the damage with the bat, in the opening innings, did a similar number on Stalybridge with ball, by taking the first 3 wickets before the 10th over and only 35 runs on the board.

Of the Stalybridge batting order, it was only Stephen Monks who can hold his head high today, with just a little over an hour at the midday sun crease, before being taking a faint nick, being caught behind on 41, and electing to walk, as the umpire had no idea.

With his removal the remaining wickets fell shortly after, with only Ajeet Kaintura joining him by reaching double figures before being cleanly bowled by that young man again Joe Wilkinson, to claim his 5th Stalybridge scalp of the day to end with a five-fer for just 16 runs in 8 overs, claiming victory for the home side, with Stalybridge St. Paul’s finishing on 109 AO.  Not bad for a lad that was in doubt apparently after falling in the bath this week!!!

Referring back to the umpire, for a man whose job it is to be able to count to six, he made myself and my co-scorer’s life hell as he has done on each other occasion we’ve had the misfortune to have him umpire for us, in Hazel Grove’s innings there were two eight ball overs, and at least TEN 7 ball overs, and as per usual those extra balls 90% of the time generated runs for the home side, the Stalybridge innings was worse still, he seemed to fail time after time to know when the over was well.. over, but this time, it had one of the Hazel Grove spectators shouting out after the sixth ball, if it looked like he was going to allow another, not that would have increased our score, but still frustrating.

So, by 2:35pm, Stalybridge St. Paul’s had lost, and it was a leisurely *cough* drive back to catch England vs Sweden, I only missed 5 minutes!! Well done, let’s see who we face for the Semi’s mid-week. *edit* Croatia apparently.

Well done also to the 1sts who notched up their 7th win of the season, beating Hollingworth at home for maximum points.

Final result: Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI win by 132 runs, full scorecard available here. once Hazel Grove have uploaded it.

Next week sees the two’s on the road again, when the opposition with be Old Glossop, for now, enjoy the sun and relish in England’s victory.

[Week 4] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Old Glossop CC 2nd XI

Batters wanted, please apply Gorse Hall Road cricket ground.

I’ve been trying to come up with some excuse as to why we just got so soundly beaten by Old Glossop, too windy, not used to playing on a sunny day, leaves on the line, etcetera, etcetera; but no, we got beat today because the team as a whole can’t bat, that’s easy for me to say, as someone whose never held a bat on a cricket field, sitting on the sidelines week-in, week-out, but Old Glossop had some decent batters, their opener Jamie Cannon, was only 4, or was it 6 or 2 overs short of carrying the bat for his team, finishing on 67, and they had five others in double figures, whereas we had just one batter reach over 10 runs, that’s pretty shambolic, I’m sorry to have to say.

We’re still ok at bowling though, Ahmed Hayat got 4 wickets, and freshly  returned from a year off Garry Sandiford got 3, but again Old Glossop had a very well oiled bowling attack, with each of their 5 bowlers taking two wickets apiece, and I fully expect them to be top of the table come the end of the season, but that doesn’t detract from our own failings.

With that in mind, I need to apologise to the team for buggering up the scoring towards then end of their bowling innings, where it fluctuated between 9, 8, 7, 5 and 4 overs left like it was being made up on the spot, I learned that I shouldn’t try to watch the test match on my phone, while trying to juggle scoring, updating the scoreboard, and switching between WIFI’s every couple of overs to update the online score card mid-game.

Next up, the team head over Werneth Low where the opposition will be Compstall.

Final result and scorecard: Old Glossop CC 2nd XI win by 128 runs.

[Week 3] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI

2nd XI suffer 3rd consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of Hazel Grove (and some might suggest the umpire, I’ve been told, many many people, bigly mistakes they say, I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s just what I hear.).

It all started with captain Brian Stone losing the toss, and his opposite number Jake Bennett put the home side into the field, though it looked like Stalybridge had the run of Hazel Grove, making short work of the lower batting order, taking the first four wickets with the visitors on just 36 runs.  When spin bowler Jordan Elliott takes the fifth wicket they have only added 5 more runs, and is looking dangerous, conceding just seven runs by his third over, when the ball slips out of his hand as he looses the ball and the umpire declares (correctly) a no-ball and informs him and Brian that he has to leave the bowling attack, due to dangerous play (incorrectly) .  What should have happened, and he later apologised for after firstly I pointed out to him the MCC Cricket Law (41.6.3 if you care) that states he should have been given a warning, and secondly again by league secretary Ian Halford after the match.  His removal meant a complete change to the bowling attack had to occur, and is seen by some as being a pivotal moment in the match.

It was at this point that Mark Baker had only just entered the field, and whether having the spinner on would have made a difference or not, it was definitely destabilising and it allowed Mark to see out the rest of the innings finishing 59 not out, and 99 more runs between himself and the rest of the pack, the only notable other batsman was captain Jake Bennett, who came in at 11, apparently due to carrying a knock, who put on 22 before being bowled by Robocop Tony Mooney.

That said, Ajeet Kaintura had a good spell bowling getting a 5fer conceding just 14 runs, well bowled Ajeet.

Going from being 55-8 with something like 20 overs to go, to 140 all out, with only 2 overs remaining and the incident with the umpire definitely played on the minds of the home players, as there was some definitely solemn faces at the interval, which carried over into their batting innings, with the only one over in the first 7 conceding any runs, with 4 wickets lost before the home side hit 30, it was instantly evident that a collapse was incoming, and unlike our fielding last week, where we couldn’t catch a cold, Hazel Grove’s Joe Wilkinson caught 3 decent catches in the field, to take out Alex Wilde, Khalid Akram and Keith Bowers, with little to no batting talent left in the side, the match just petered out to expectant defeat, with none of the eleven able to muster a run score above 16.  The other annoying thing which put son Jordan in an even fouler mood was he was given out (correctly) ONE ball after a no-ball decision was made against the bowler which was at shoulder height (not above head like Jordan’s was), and the umpire chose not to penalise the player in a consistent manner.

*edit* It’s just been confirmed to me by captain Brian Stone that in addition to Jordan being removed from the bowling attack, the umpire also blocked Steve Monks and Khalid Akram from bowling also, following No-Ball decisions against them, further crippling the Stalybridge bowling options, however that doesn’t change the fact that we still need an improved batting line-up.

In stark contrast to last season, where Brian’s men could seemingly do no wrong, and the weather was awful, the start of this season has seen the distinct opposite, absolutely glorious weather, but poor performances out on the pitch.

In better news, the 1sts had a cracking game away at Hollingworth, with Rob Mallet hitting 85, and Joe Robinson breaking recent-time club batting record with 165 not out, seeing Jamie Brownhill’s men see a very impressive 169 run win after finishing their innings on 338.

This video is of Joe hitting 150 en-route to his 165.  Well done lad.

Ah well, better luck next week, when the opposition visiting Gorse Hall Road will be Old Glossop, who at time of writing were sitting in second place in the table.

Final result: Hazel Grove win by 57 runs, full score card available here.