[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.

Countdown to Season 2018

With just 8 weeks to go before the start of the new season, Tuesday night nets have been underway for the last couple of weeks, so it was time to prepare the website for the new season also; with the league’s move away from CricHQ after just one season due to poor service, and them apparently entering into receivership, it meant the return to Play-Cricket, the ECB’s own back-end system for fixtures and stats, this meant a whole new learning curve for me, to learn how to to integrate their data using JSON directly into our site, meaning the 1st XI and 2nd XI league tables are now generated on the fly from live data. The fixture lists are now searchable, so you can now see when you’re playing a particular team, or who on what date, as well as linking to the relevant fixture information on the Play-Cricket website, if needed.

I’ve made preparations for preparation for full detailed scorecards to be viewable, which is something CricHQ initially provided at the beginning of their usage, but kiboshed about half way through the season, an example of the new page is viewable here. which was the last game we played in the Cheshire Cricket Alliance, and last to use Play-Cricket back then.

In addition, I’ve signed up to Periscope, and depending on phone reception and electricity, I’ll try and live-stream video of matches I score at, depending on whether anyone cares or not. 🙂

And finally, presuming there’s somewhere a bit more scoreboard friendly this season, I’ve got another geeky thing to unveil for home match-day scoring.

In the mean-time, there’s a new app to download on your phones for live coverage of matches, so delete the CricHQ one you have, and head on over to your relevant app-store to get ECB Play Cricket Live.

App Store logo Google Play logo

Who says the close season is quiet…

With the new season still 5 months away, and the Ashes Tour, only just underway, you’d expect it to be all quiet at Chez Staly, but apparently not.

At the AGM 2 weeks ago, it’s a pleasure to announce the outgoing vice-captain Jamie Brownhill has been dumped with the job of elected to 1st team captain, congratulations, and good luck in the new role.

His first task was to work with kit partner Icon Sports, in creating an online store for all things SSPCC, I’ll be integrating it into this site, but in the meantime, you can visit it here.

*edit* I couldn’t integrate their catalogue into our page, as they don’t utilise the secure HTTPS web standard, which is a bit odd for a shopping site, but hey-ho, so I’ve just created a link to it in the menu at the top of the page.

The fixtures for next season were also announced today, and as above, I’ve updated the fixtures pages for the upcoming season, here’s the 1sts’ games, and this page has the 2nds fixtures.  Mr Brownhill’s men open the new campaign hosting Charlesworth who finished just one place above Stalybridge in the 2017 season, and the seconds head up Mottram Road to face Dinting, who finished 4th from bottom of Division 3 this year, but with the restructuring of the divisions now join Stalybridge 2nds in the newly created Division 5.

Enjoy the Ashes, come on @EnglandCricket stuff the Aussies, have a good Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 14th November is the date for the Stalybridge St. Paul’s Cricket Club annual general meeting.

If you’re available at 7:30pm for an hour or so, please make the effort and show your support by attending the clubs AGM in the players pavilion, discussing what is happening in the background at your club, and what is expected in the season ahead.

Members should have already received a copy of the agenda and the secretary’s report, but if you haven’t, you can view it here.

Stalybridge St. Paul’s’ ECB Clubmark renewed

Following the hard work of Club Secretary, Ian Hodgson and others within the club, yesterday we received the following email from the ECB confirming our Clubmark Accreditation had been renewed.



“We are delighted to write and confirm that following a review of your ECB Clubmark online file, your accreditation has been confirmed. Congratulations to all those involved at your club for this achievement and for all that they do to promote cricket locally. Having a network of sustainable clubs is vital for the future of the game and achieving Clubmark status shows that you and your volunteers are at the forefront of this.

Congratulations again on becoming an ECB Clubmark club.

England & Wales Cricket Board”

Well done all.

League Tables Now Available

Corrected the link to the league tables, which were still showing the old DCCL website tables, so you should be able to find the current status of both the 1st and 2nd XI on the FIXTURES>LEAGUE TABLES link at the top of the page.

The 2nd XI currently shows us with 10 points, rather than the correct 18, the league secretary is aware, and will be fixing in the next 24 hours.

ECB All Stars Cricket at Stalybridge St. Paul’s

All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. The programme is delivered across England and Wales at over 1,500 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres. It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment.

All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.

An 8 week, 1 hour programme on Wednesday nights, starting on the 24th of May, at 6:30pm costs just £5 per session, payable in advance.

  • Emphasis on fun and being active
  • Focus on developing your child’s movement skills
  • Great first introduction to cricket
  • Safe and fully accredited
  • Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too
  • Opportunities to meet England Cricket superstars
  • Easy online registration

Book your place.

Or view further information on the ECB All Stars Cricket Website.



DCCL Changes for 2017 and beyond…

On 15th December 2016, the Clubs of the Intersport Monkhouse Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League voted on the following Rule and Structure changes at an Extraordinary General Meeting:


Section 1 Rule Changes:
Rule 7
There will be no fines for teams failing to field a full XI or conceding games, instead a system of points deductions will be used (1 point per player missing, with 10 points from the First XI if a game is conceded by either side)

Rule 2
Management will have the discretion to be flexible about the requirements for League membership.  For example if a club were to approach the League with a view to joining but only had one senior side, Management could still enter into discussions with a view to offering them a place in the League if it was believed it would benefit the League in the long term.

Structure Changes:
Start Times
All matches will start at 1pm with the exception of the final 2 which will be 12:30

2nd XI Match Length
Clubs voted to keep fixtures at 45 overs per side (90 over matches)

Clubs voted to keep teas

T20 Competition
Clubs voted to introduce a formal, League run T20 Competition, matches to be held on Thursday evenings with a finals day

2018 League Structure
From 2018 the League will move to a Six Division system (3 Divisions of First XI, 3 of Second XI)

Other Endorsed Changes
The League can also confirm that a 12 over maximum for any one bowler per game will come into force across First XI cricket, mirroring the model used in Divisions 3&4 in recent seasons.

The Hawke Trophy will be voluntary in 2017

Any club wishing to talk to the League about joining should contact Ian Halford, League Secretary, on 07428 188 395 or via email.

[Week 21] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Mottram CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIBeaten by a better team on the day.

With a win required in both remaining matches, and a low scoring draw required from the Hollingworth vs High Lane match, there was very little chance that we would clinch a promotion spot, and with a bulk of players absent to watch the Manchester derby (which City won if you weren’t aware :), it seemed doubly unlikely, so it’s not surprising that we weren’t firing on all cylinders, with only Mike Whitworth (53), Pete Coxon (23) batting decently, though I have to give credit to Jordan Elliott for his tail end performance, before being run out by Captain Brian Stone; due to a middle-order collapse, I felt we were about 20-30 runs short of a defensible target, how wrong I was…

After the break, the Mottram opening partnership of Adam Hilton (45) and Stuart Swann (87) proceeded to knock Stalybridge’s 137 off between them in under 25 overs.

On the upside, today saw the introduction of the electronic scoreboard I’ve been working on the last couple of months, and it worked brilliantly, and was well received by all, I’d like to put on record the immense help with the design and instructions of the board by Westbury on Severn CC’s Ian Nice, and the massive help by colleagues at The Stamford Group, Darren Whipp, Dewi Jones, Steve Wyatt and Neil Lewis who did the lumber and metal work.  Cheers guys!

SSPCC Electronic Scoreboard

So, yay me!!! 🙂

Result: Mottram win by 10 wickets.

Scorecard: 20160910-stalybridge-st-pauls-cc-2nd-xi-mottram-2nd-xi