HEAVENS KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW

STALYBRIDGE ST PAUL’S cc 1st XI v DOVE HOLES cc 1st XI 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,

[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.

[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.

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

Compstall washout saves Stalybridge getting whitewashed. The weather once again played a pivotal role in the cricket this past weekend, and for once it worked in our favour. Before I begin, I want to wish our 2nd XI captain, Brian Stone a speedy recovery from his extensive surgery last week, get well soon Boss! With Brian out of action, Steve Monks was at the helm again, and upon winning the toss it was deemed the best decision to put the home-side into bat, on a wet uncovered track following extensive rain fall, not an unreasonable idea. I arrived about and … Continue reading “[Week 7] Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI”

[Week 2] Buxworth CC – 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St Pauls CC – 2nd XI

Stalybridge bowling attack demolish youth heavy Buxworth. Sorry for the delay in getting this written, I can honestly say I fully expect further weekly missives to be just as equally slow in their arrival, as I’ve just realised how much work Hazel Grove’s Ian Halford put in behind the scenes collating the results online each week, across not only the (then) six adult divisions, but the numerous junior leagues also, after taking on the role of looking after just the senior divisions and cup results, at 1:30 on Sunday morning, I was still trawling through match reports, which coupled with … Continue reading “[Week 2] Buxworth CC – 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St Pauls CC – 2nd XI”

New Season, same 💩 weather

The new season kicked off today in typical fashion, with, at the time of writing, seventeen of the twenty-two games across all divisions confirmed abandoned due to the rain, with the 1sts away at Buxworth called off early morning. The 2nds game against Offerton got underway 30 minutes late, and managed 10 overs before the rain restarted, and the players were brought back off the field, another 30 minutes was endured in the changing rooms watching the drizzle come down, before it was decided we’d take an early tea, in the hope it would stop in the meantime. Unfortunately, after … Continue reading “New Season, same 💩 weather”