Massive 6 & 8 partnership for away side sees unlikely victory for Brian Stone’s men.
It was an early start with Stalybridge 2s on the road to league leaders Hadfield St. Andrew’s, and I was running late; when I arrived with 15 minutes to start, returning captain Brian Stone had already won the toss and put Hadfield into bat, on a bloody hot day, and scoring on my own, I scrabbled to get ready in what could only be described as a green house, it was frikkin’ boiling in that score-hut. 🙂
Hadfield opened with Johnny Gabriel and captain Rick Ball, with the former falling towards then end of the 5th over, bowled by Alan Dale with the home side on 16.
Rick’s partnership with Ian Morton coming in at #3 ended thirty minutes later in the 14th, when Ahmed Hayat got the first of his 2 wickets to bowl Ian for 10, bringing in keeper John Nicholson who at the home fixture in week 3 hit 105* in their 158 run victory, so it was with great relief when Ahmed got his second, just under 20 minutes later bowling John for just 16, and 5 balls later in the 19th over Mark Connolly (3-33) got an equally important wicket in their skipper on 24 caught at forward square-leg by Adil Zaman, the home side now 63-4 with twenty six overs to go.
The visitors had to wait another 13 overs and 27 runs before Jacob Dooley (3-23) took the first of his 3 wickets to bowl #6 Alex Smith for 18.
Chris Trantor coming in to replace Smith did an good job seeing out the last 14 overs, while his remaining partners came and went before finishing 22 not out, with the hosts all out for 134, with just two balls left in the innings.
First ball after tea, and disaster struck with opener Keith Bowers claiming his 3rd of the season when Hadfield’s captain Rick Ball (3-20) took the first of his 3 wickets, and took his second 3 overs later to dismiss fellow opener Jordan Elliott for 1.
Mike Hatton coming in at #3 did a job trying to stem the tide, but was frustrated by his partners falling around him before he himself was deemed LBW and was sent back to the dressing room on 22, and the visitors five wickets down and only 29 runs to show for it after 14 overs, with a humiliating defeat looking highly likely.
His final partner however Adil Zaman (who hadn’t meant to play after taking a nasty blow to his big toe in the last match), coming in at six, began the start of a phenomenal innings lasting 2 hours 19 minutes initially with Mike, then captain Brian Stone who too was given LBW on 8.
Brian’s dismissal with 25 overs left to play, brought in Stalybridge’s other hero of the day in Alan Dale who over the next hour and half, between the pair of them put on an incredible display of picking and choosing the right balls to play and what to soak up.
Adil happily absorbed the pressure at one end, while Alan picked up the runs at the other, despite being dropped twice, and was unlucky to miss out on his first half-century, but still notched up a career best of 45 not out, while Adil must have been knackered after spending all that time in the heat to earn his 24 runs off 109 deliveries to see Stalybridge pick up a very welcome but unexpected victory to win 136-6.
Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI lose tense low-scoring match by two wickets.
On probably the warmest cricketing day of the season so-far, being put into bat after losing the toss was in theory a good choice, the batting track however had other ideas…
With 2nd XI Captain Brian Stone still recovering from his operation, though thankfully up and about, with him up watching the T20 match mid-week, it was down to Steve Monks again to command the troops, a task I’m sure he wasn’t particularly enjoying with the loss of 4 wickets for just 30 runs, with Elliott (2), Hatton (1), Nock (19) and Monksie (2) himself the casualties before the end of the 14th over.
By the middle of the 33rd over, the remaining six wickets had been dismissed for just 28 more, bringing the home side’s innings to an end 58 all-out, the standout performance came from the visitors Captain John Theyer who took 4 wickets for just 14 runs.
To say teas were a sombre affair for Monks’ men, would be an understatement, it probably didn’t help that the club had been struggling with electrical issues all day, and no-one could have a brew until 5 minutes before they were due to go back out.
Youngster Jacob Dooley took the first scalp, by bowling John Theyer in the sixth over, with Mark Connolly picking up the first of his wickets in the seventh, when Theyer’s replacement Tristan George was caught by Jacob, who also took the next wicket with an excellent direct-hit run-out from point, with just leg-stick to aim at, to dismiss a decidedly unimpressed Lucas Hurrell; tremendous throw lad.
The Stalybridge bowlers were having a great day, keeping the run rate down, Ahmed Hayat at one stage being 2 for none, when 2nd opening Stuart Barton was dismissed LWB on 10 runs in the 12th over, the visitors were now 5 wickets down on 35 runs, and started twitching, and started raising the hopes of a dramatic turn-around for the home-side, despite Chapel needing just 24 more runs.
Unfortunately Stalybridge, despite managing to take another three wickets, couldn’t push their bowling any better to gain the win, and a four from Lee Storer in at #9 was enough to see Chapel over the line to take claim victory.
I think most expected to be back in the changing rooms half an hour after tea, having had the score knocked off for little to no wickets by the team second in the league, but the same dead track that had plagued the home side did a similar job for the visitors, making what seem likely to be a one-sided affair into a more enjoyably close match.
Last week, I was too lazy to do a report, but the match at Offerton finished in a rain affected draw, with Stalybridge 143-9 after 45 overs and Offerton finishing 71-7 in a reduced 33 over 2nd innings.
Next week sees the 2’s at league leaders Hadfield St. Andrew’s Sports Club Cricket Club, who are still on target of fulfilling my opening match prediction of them winning Division 5.
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 hour before the game was due to be played, and within minutes it was teeming it down, and continued for the next 50 minutes, though you wouldn’t believe it from this picture, taken just after starting.
With a break in the inclement weather, the game managed to start on-time, with father and son partnership in Ravi and Josh Patel opening the batting, as has been the case for as many games I’ve seen played against Compstall.
Obviously, having a stable one and two at the crease week in, week out has a positive effect on the pair, as they were quickly running between the sticks on every possible opportunity, with a near perfect symmetry, they reached their 100 partnership in a little over 90 minutes, with Ravi on 43 and Josh on 44, at which point the father decided it was time to crack on, and by the time they had reached 150, less than 30 minutes later, Ravi was now on 79 to Josh’s 57.
Young Jacob Dooley, was first to strike for the visitors, earning keeper Keith Bowers his first catch in the role to dismiss Josh on 75, and the home side a now respectable 172-1 with just 8 overs to go; his father was next to fall five overs later, after notching up another 50+ partnership with Josh’s replacement on an impressive 132 off a-run-a-ball 131, caught scrambling up the hill immediately in front of the score-box by Matthew Harrop off Ahmed Hayat‘s delivery, to see Compstall 226-2.
Matthew got Stalybridge’s final wicket of Compstall’s innings in the final over to see Vinny Clark bowled for 7 runs, leaving keeper Chris Sullivan at the other end not-out on 22 from just 11 balls and Compstall completing their innings 256-3 wickets.
In all that, there had been a 20 minute break in play, due to rain, and during the interval the rain began again in earnest, with everyone, glued to their mobile phones sharing various weather app reports of how long this spell was going to last etc.
Once play re-commenced it was in the 6th innings that Stalybridge received their only wicket loss with the score just 8 when Stuart Nock was cleanly bowled by Vinny Clark for just 6 runs. Keith Bowers at the other end and Krunal Bhatt replacing Nock only had enough time to put another 23 runs on the board before the rains returned with a vengeance, this time not to be denied, bringing an expected two hours delay with it, the captains and the umpires agreed that further wait was pointless, and the game abandoned, giving Stalybridge an additional 7 points and denying Compstall 8 points that neither team really deserved.
Assuming the weather changes, which it isn’t looking likely with a current 60% chance of rain predicted, Stalybridge will be on the road for the 3rd week in succession for some reason, in midges Hell, more commonly known as Offerton.
p.s. Sorry for these getting later and later, it’s hard juggling the time to do with the league stats, and even harder when there’s little positively to give me incentive.
Poor batting and decisions not going in Stalybridge’s favour gives Charlesworth & Chisworth comfortable victory.
I’ll state for the record now, poor officiating either by the inability to hear edges caught behind, the inability to count to 6 regularly or inability to see when a ball is hitting a leg plumb smack-bang in the middle of someone’s middle stick is not what lost us the game today, it certainly didn’t help, but it was the simple fact that for the 2nd week running we haven’t had more than three batsmen reach double figures, and only one in those two matches exceed 30 runs, and it matters not who you’re playing, if they haven’t won a match in 30 years, if you’re not putting runs on the board, then you’re going to have a bad time.
With Stalybridge’s captain Brian Stone losing the toss, Charlesworth had their first opportunity this season to put their opposition into bat, and with the match underway, it wasn’t until the 8th over that Stalybridge notched up their first run of the day, it doesn’t get more exciting than that!
With Alex Wilde putting his usual dogged shift in, there was unfortunately no-one at the other end willing to put runs on the board, and after 90 minutes, Alex was bowled for just 15 runs by a work colleague of mine, David Sargeant, who’s probably going to make my life hell after the Champions League result, as he’s also a Liverpool supporter.
With only two others in the Stalybridge batting line-up reaching double figures, Krunal Bhatt (17) and Old Iron-Knees Mooney (27) it was little wonder that the visitors crawled over the line completing their overs with a total of just 88-8.
Not to take anything away from the C&C bowlers, they performed admirably, with opener Steve Marren completing 11 overs with figures of 3-11.
After tea, despite having a low target to aim for, the bowling attack helped in a small part, to make up for the lack in batting, by restricting Charlesworth’s batters to similarly lowish figures, but a number of key wickets were not given when on two occasions audible edges weren’t given when caught behind, as the umpire in question is deaf as a post, and as I left the field, one of our bowlers was obviously incensed when he told me that one of the comments he got from the umpire was “if you had appealed properly, I’d have given him out”!!! What was he supposed to do, wave semaphore flags?
But hey ho, everyone has bad decisions go their way, so I reiterate the point that had we batted decently, it wouldn’t have been an issue.
On the upside, my dog was completely knackered when we got home, after spending the full day in the open air, so there’s that I guess.
You may, if you’re actively reading these missives of mine, note that I neglected to post one for last week’s fixture against Hollingworth, this was a conscious decision made due to a number of players being down following a poor game, and I didn’t want to add my impending negativity to their suffering, however a week has since passed, and it is my solemn duty to present the following to Keith Bowers in recognition for back to back ‘goldens’. Sorry bud.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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 the problems with the PlayCricket scorer app login system during match day, highlighted to me the amount he did for the league.
With that out of the way, on with the game at hand; Stalybridge started the day top of the league with a massive one point lead over the rest of the division due to managing to scrape two wickets before being rained of last week, when everyone else had been called off beforehand.
After losing the toss, and being put in the field, Ned Woodman was quick to put a dent in the Buxworth attack, taking three wickets with just 38 runs on the board, the last breaking a blossoming partnership between Ian Walker and youngster Ross McCormack, who impressed me with his deft flick of the bat to get a lot of power for seemingly little effort, and whilst newly joined Tilak Bhojani huffed and puffed at the other end, he was unable to make his bowling impact the opposition, which brought another new face to the Stalybridge bowling attack, Saad Jelani, who set his stall out immediately, dismissing Ross with his opening ball, and his replacement Sam Cooper 5 balls later to finish his first over in a Stalybridge shirt, with a 2 wicket maiden, not a bad start.
With five wickets down and only 44 on the score board, Ahmed Hyatt replaced Ned bowling from the base of the slope, and managed to take the next wicket with an acrobatic slip catch from captain Brian Stone to the amazement of all, not due to the nature of the catch, but how he managed not to break his hip in the process with his advancing years. 😉 With Saad taking his third and final wicket of the home side’s wicket-keeper Nick Adams LBW, which to my eye looked like he edged it (but who am I to complain?), Buxworth were well and truly on the ropes at 56-7; when Ned returned to earn his 5fer first almost taking the middle stump out of the ground to dismiss Dylan Moore, then secondly forcing longstanding SSPCC stalwart Stuart Barnes into a great instinctive catch at midwicket, to dismiss Buxworth captain Richard Millward, and it was only a few balls later that Tilak Bhojani got his just rewards for his earlier hard work, bowling Daniel Lacey to see the hosts finish their innings on just 80 runs, 23 of which were extras.
Stalybridge commenced their innings after tea with Alex Wilde and my son Jordan, who after a couple of decent boundaries, missed a straight defensive shot to be replaced by keeper Mike Hatton, who after smacking his first ball to the boundary, hit his second into the welcoming hands of Tom Moss at long on; denying Stalybridge the maximum possible 20 points (more on that in a moment).
It was the arrival of Stephen Monks (31*) at number 4 with Stalybridge 28-2, coupled with the steady hands of opener Alex Wilde (29*) who carried the bat at the other end, that saw the pair notch up a excellent 56 partnership to complete the rout in just 17.3 of the 62 overs available.
Well done lads, it meant we ended the day where we started, albeit joint leaders with Hadfield St. Andrew’s, who despite batting second, like Stalybridge and bowling out their opposition with the same two losses of wickets as Stalybridge earned an additional point for the maximum 20, for allowing their opposition to reach 100 before bowling them out, which in my eyes seemingly punishes a team for playing better… Not that I’m bitter.
Hey ho! Anyway, next week, see’s Brian’s squad play host to … Hadfield St. Andrews; weather permitting of course.
Final result and scorecard here: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 8 wickets.
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 tea, the outfield was still getting wetter by the constant light rain, and the Umpires and Captains came to the conclusion that enough was enough, and the match was abandoned, with Offerton finished 27 for 2 in 10 overs.
Those two wickets were enough for the home side to pick up 1 fielding point, and finish Match-day 1, top of Division 5. 😀
Next week’s abandoned match is scheduled for Buxworth away, today’s scorecard, for what it is, is available here.