[Week 14] Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIStalybridge St. Paul’s claim another victory with a 5fer9 for Ned Woodman.

With Stalybridge St. Paul’s psychologically dropping points last week due to a bye week, it was important to get a victory under their belt to stop the now two teams above us in the league table pulling further away, and for a while today it looked like it just wasn’t happening for us, starting with Brian losing the toss again, which unlike the game the week before last didn’t please him, and being put into bat.

With Mike Whitworth seemingly still carrying the back injury that he had against Offerton, it was just 15 minutes into the innings that saw him chip a ball over the keepers head into the welcoming hands of one of the youngsters on Chapel’s team, Harry Beal, his replacement James Beswick eyes lit up briefly as a ball from another of the young Chapel-en-le-Frith lads, Jack Gyte came towards him, only for him to see it glide under his bat to dismiss him a couple of minutes after Mike, Alex Wilde who opened with Mike did his efficient steady job as per usual but could only see 7 when he was caught of spinner Toby Phipps, Stu Nock came in at number 4, and despite being at the crease for over half an hour, the on-the-spot bowling from their Captain John Theyer and young Toby pegged him down for just 12 runs.

At this stage Stalybridge we now had just 30 runs and were already 20 overs into the game, and it was looking fairly grim to be truthful, but the arrival of Tony Mooney at five saw a dramatic turn around, his effortless boundaries effectively turned the tide of the match, and despite his partners Ant Hunter (11), an angry Pete  Coxon (7) and Maurice Barber (20) being dismissed around him, Tony’s 42 not out (and Ned’s single ball 1) saw Stalybridge finish their 45 overs with a more palatable 114/7, still not a massive figure, but better than the 73/6 we were at with 10 overs to go, though it could all have gone differently, given Tony was given out  not long into his innings, stumped in a bizarre fashion, given by the square-leg umpire long after the ball should have been deemed dead, thankfully, common sense prevailed, and the decision was over turned.

Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 22nd July 2017.

Having bowled them out at the reverse fixture at the beginning of the season for 90, we were aware that is wasn’t impossible, but given Chapel had knocked up 289/4 just two weeks previous, we knew it all hinged on a few getting a key wickets, primarily in John Theyer and Chris Pike, so it was when the captain, Theyer coming in at number 5, despite being dropped on 3 was caught behind on just 12 from Pete Coxon, and Chapel now 44/4, an audible cheer from the Stalybridge players helped raise their game, Pike came in next however couldn’t get much purchase with the bat due to the excellent bowling from Ned Woodman (5 for 9 off 12) and a decent recovery from Pete Coxon (who had a poor start, I’m sure he’ll agree conceding 12 in his first over, but finished 2-29), and his removal at 62/7, again caught behind, this time from Ned saw the last of the batters, and left only the bowlers to try and see out the game, with the rain threatening, the Duckworth Lewis kept being just 5-10 runs ahead of where Chapel were currently, I was glad to see the 3 remaining batsmen dismissed with just 5 additional runs finishing on 67 before the heavens opened not long after.

Another mention has to go to Alex Wilde, who pulled off a cracking over-shoulder catch close to the boundary to see off my scoring counter-part’s dad Lee Storer.

Final result: Stalybridge win by 49 runs.

I’d link to the scorecard, but I’m annoyed at CricHQ moving the goalposts yet again this week, with what people can and can’t view, so f*ck ’em.

More disturbingly, it appears at some point during the 1sts win over Chapel’s in the home fixture, some scrote robbed £60 from the wallet of one of the Stalybridge players, if by any remote possibility you’re reading this, I hope your fingers fall off you thieving bastard.

Next week, Stalybridge 2nd’s play host to Compstall, who, like Chapel did at the beginning of the season, gave us a tricky game at their place.


[Week 12] Offerton CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI2nds back to winning ways, but it wasn’t a walk in the park.

The second half to the season began, unsurprising like the first, with Offerton the opposition, after losing the toss to stand-in captain Dave Scholes, Brian Stone‘s team were told to field, and I’ve never seen him happier to lose the toss in my life.

The Offerton openers, Karl Martin and Steve Pickles were pegged in quite effectively by Stalybridge’s James Beswick and Maurice Barber, but neither bowler could make their hard work pay with a wicket until the last ball of the 9th over when a peach of a ball from Barber almost took the middle stump out of the ground, dismissing Martin for 7, and Offerton on 15, his partner managed to last another 15 minutes before being caught at silly point by Tony Mooney off a Beswick delivery.

The arrival of Faz Hussain replacing Maurice saw another quick wicket with No. 3 Imran Sohail caught on the boundary off an awful delivery (sorry Faz) by Beswick; it’s true what they say, ‘sh*t balls get you wickets‘, but he went on to complete 9 overs for just 31 runs, so it’s not all bad, when Pete Coxon took Bez’s place in the attack, you could see that the opening game where he took 7 wickets was playing on the captain’s mind, who was dismissed for a duck just two balls after Pete’s first scalp of Simon Kirkham, Pete took two more wickets over the space of 8 overs with Halimi on 15 caught behind, and then Suban Ahmad out LBW on 5, with 10 overs left, Offerton were now 61 for 7, and a repeat of the first game where we bowled them (albeit a 10 man side) out for 79, looked on the cards.  Andy Thomas however had other ideas, and proceeded to put another 31 runs on the board for the home side, despite running out No 9, Tony Davies (3) in a what seemed a fool-hardy attempt to get back on strike for the next over, he did manage to steady the ship, and helped Offerton into 3 figures, before JJ Smith deemed him deliberately putting pad in the path of ball, and sent him back to the dressing room LBW, his replacement Liam Smith could only last 4 more balls in that over before Maurice swung another lovely ball in, to see the home side all out for 113.

Offerton CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 8th July 2017

After the break, a visibly injured Mike Whitworth and Alex Wilde took to the field, but with Offerton manoeuvring to switch the ends of the bowling attack of Andy Thomas and Suban Ahmad, saw Steve Pickles come in for a single over and his looping, slow ball must seem like it’s Christmas for batters, but it was one such delivery that saw Alex ping one to the boundary, only to be picked out of the air by the expectant Karl Martin, the next two Stalybridge batters, Khalid Akram and James Beswick had similar innings, with Khalid getting bowled by Ahmad for 13 off 25 deliveries, and James’ C&B by Imran Sohail for 14 off 26, Stalybridge were now on just 56 runs, and were 5 wickets down, and only 15 overs into a maximum of 50.

Andy Thomas, much like in the batting innings, put in a decent bowling performance, netting just the 1 wicket of Anthony Hunter, for his 12 overs, he only conceded 20 runs but Pete Coxon punished his final delivery lumping the ball for a six towards the pavillion,

The return of Steve Pickles however, coming back in the 25th over saw Pete Coxon’s eyes light up for the high-lofted delivery, but only saw it lift up and over his head to the welcoming hands of the keeper, seeing him dismissed for 21, and Stalybridge now 87-7, with Keith Bowers caught the next ball by Liam Smith saw Stalybridge staring imminent defeat in the mouth.

Thankfully Faz Hussain who had come in at 7 following Ant Hunters dismissal and Maurice Barber coming in at No. 9 had the wisdom to realise Stalybridge still had as many overs left as had already gone to get just 27 more runs, and proceeded to take each subsequent delivery on its merit, not taking the bait of the fielders urging them to finish it off quick, and slowly added runs and a the odd boundary where it deemed safe to do so, though that didn’t stop Faz putting a dent in Steve Pickles (3-13) figures, to end the match in style, hitting a big six to finish 114-8 in a very close and excellent game of cricket, on a glorious summers day.

Returning to Stalybridge saw us able to watch the 1sts suitably demolish Offerton’s 1sts with a 5-fer for Rob Mallet, beating them by 125 runs after putting 246 on for the visitors to chase in the opening innings. (They also need to get someone to give me a proper match report so it’s not just an afterthought to the 2nds team report.)

Next week sees a break for Stalybridge with a bye, but the following week sees us back on the road to Chapel-en-le-Frith, who gave us another close game at the start of the season.

Final result: Stalybridge win by 2 wickets, and the scorecard, if you can be arsed to sign into CricHQ, now that they’ve made it compulsory to do so, thereby removing the option to embed it into this website (bloody ar*eholes!), can be viewed here.

Well, you could if their servers hadn’t crapped out yet again.

[Week 11] High Lane CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIStalybridge suffer first defeat of season to strong bowling attack.

In a crucial 1st verses 2nd match, it was the opposition home side that took the spoils, starting by winning the toss and putting Stalybridge into bat, the day went from bad to worse from that point forward with the dismissal of Mike Whitworth in the second over with just 5 runs on the board, with his partner at the opposite end, Alex Wilde caught behind surviving another 10 overs before being caught behind by the most toxic keeper I’ve had to endure at 2nds level cricket, it was Whitworth’s dismissal however that saw Khalid Akram come in at three, who was Stalybridge’s top scorer on 35, taking plenty of abuse from the home side fielders for whatever reason, before being bowled by Sikander Kalifa, with Stalybridge now 5 wickets down, with only 62 on the board and just 26 overs complete.

I could see how the above could be seen as sour grapes, but it isn’t intended that way, I’d expect that sort of “banter” at a Division 1 match,  or against a side with previous history, but it’s not needed at this level, but despite their temperament, their bowling couldn’t be faulted, it was probably the best bowling performance Stalybridge 2nds have faced in a long time, and they punished us with it, bowling the remaining batsmen out for just 82, the ball that bowled Pete Coxon for example was just perfect; with a 4-29 from Saad Malik and 3-11 from Sikander Kalifa.

After the interval, the misery continued, with an excellent batting performance from captain Naseem Sheikh, who almost managed to secure maximum points for his team, which would have seen them top the table, before being given LBW 6 runs from victory, finishing on 25, and his long standing partner at the opposite end with No. 3, Irfan Khalik, racked up 51 to win the game for the home side from just 53 deliveries with 5 fours and 3 sixes, two of which ended in the canal I think!

There were a couple of dropped catches by the Stalybridge fielders, Pete Coxon having to endure two of his deliveries dropped in the same over, but it wouldn’t have made an impact on the outcome of the match.

So while it was only 1 point for Stalybridge today, it was an important one, as it means we’re tied on points with High Lane, and I think we remain in the top spot in division 4 for at least another week, but I’ll let Ian Halford work that lot out, until we are again on the road to the ground affectionately known as the swamp, Offerton.

High Lane CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 1st July 2017

In more positive news, it was a gloriously sunny day, a shock after the weather we’ve endured all week, and the 1sts saw victory against High Lane’s 1sts, beating them by 9 wickets.

Final result: High Lane win by 8 wickets, full scorecard available here.

[Bissenden Cup 1/4 Final] Hazel Grove 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 1st XITense 2 wicket victory sees firsts through to semi-final of Bissenden Cup.

Making this up as I go along, so bear with me.

Hazel Grove opened the batting with Rick Burke and Nick Hayward, the latter however was quickly dismissed in the second over, bowled from 2nds loanee Maurice Barber, with just 3 on the board, however his partner was able to survive another twenty five overs, managing to just reach his half-century before being caught behind by keeper Joe Robinson from a slow delivery from Jamie Brownhill, the hosts now on 87-4.

Captain Geoff Noden managed to steady the rot though, putting another 32 on the score-sheet, before being bowled by James Beswick, with Mike Holtom being dismissed 9 balls later, with the total at 126, it fell to Number 6, Dominic Nunn and Luke Bennett to see out the remaining 9 overs, managing to put an additional 34 runs on to see the hosts finish their overs 160-6.

The start for Stalybridge after the break almost mirrored Hazel Groves, with Alex Wilde dismissed very early into his innings, and his partner Adam Harwick putting on the runs at the other end, Mike Hatton managed to contribute 20 runs to their 61 run partnership, but his dismissal, and subsequent duck for captain Rick Wright, brought Joe Robinson into bat, who was able to stay at the crease while his partners came and went, with only Phil Hammond able to break into double figures out of the next four batsmen, so it was left to Joe to finish the innings in style with two fours then a typical Joe style slog to hit a six to take Stalybridge over the winning line and into the Semi-final of the Bissenden Cup.

Well done lads, full score-card available here:

[Week 10] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Whaley Bridge CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIStalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds make it 8 wins in 8 played.

Staly captain Brian Stone uncharacteristically lost the toss, and was put into bat by his opposite number Marc Thompson, which Brian predicted would happen anyway, because he wanted to bowl.

With Mike Hatton still drunk from his weekend in Amsterdam, which he was still in at 5am this morning, and another fielder missing with Tony Mooney unaware he was scheduled to play because of a WhatsApp miscommunication, Faz Hussain got the call to replace him, but then Tony turned up too, so hey, 12 players, thankfully Tony decided to sit out and did a long stint umpiring at square-leg, before sitting down to watch the match; cheers Tony.

Openers Mike Whitworth and Alex Wilde did a great job soaking up the Whaley bowling attack, both nearly an hour and half each at the crease, with Alex ticking along with the singles,  and letting Mike getting the runs at the other end before Alex was bowled with 93 on the board, Mike was only a couple of overs behind him before being dismissed LBW, with a very respectable 61.

Khalid was caught a few balls later, with Danny Collins and Mike Hatton, managing another 10 overs or so both getting into double figures, MVPete Coxon did well putting another 25 on the board taking the total to 176, but we couldn’t quite reach maximum batting points, as the overs ticked to 45 ending the innings 184 for 8, possibly our top score of the season, I cba checking, but special mention has to go to second highest scorer “Extras” with a whopping 37 with 13 byes, 7 leg-byes, 16 wides and a no-ball.

Ten-man Whaley Bridge opened with Mike Madden and Peter Crowley, the former was someone we knew was getting big scores, with an average of 107 so I am told, so it was imperative to make him the primary target of the opening bowling attack of Ned Woodman and Maurice Barber, he however had other ideas, doggedly staying at the crease for an hour and 40 minutes, but being denied runs by some excellent bowling and fielding, so it was his dismissal at 66-3 for just 23 runs, caught by an absolutely amazing diving catch from Ned off a Pete Coxon delivery, which saw a collective sigh of relief from the Stalybridge contingent, his partner for the most of his innings Will Weston lasted a couple more overs before being bowled this time by Ned and caught by Pete on 24.  Captain Marc Thompson came in at number 5 and saw out the innings being last man dismissed on 31, finishing their innings all out for 112, giving Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds their 8th consecutive league win of the season.

Despite the excellent fielding today, two points of note have to be mentioned, an absolute dolly of a drop from Faz Hussain, which would have seen danger-man Mike Madden out 4 overs earlier than he actually was, and the circus-style barrel roll from Mike Hatton, to stop a ball going for 4.

Next week sees the 2’s travel half a mile up the A6 to (as of today at least) second in the league High Lane, to hopefully put pay to their “we refuse to lose” motto.

Final result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 72 runs, score-card available here. (presuming CricHQ pull their fingers out and fix their obviously overloaded servers).

[Week 9] Hadfield St. Andrews 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI

Stalybridge continue their unbeaten run at Hadfield St. Andrews CC.

On a glorious sunny afternoon, just up the road in Hadfield, Stalybridge captain Brian Stone loses the toss, and is put into bat, a decision he was happy about, as that’s what he’d planned to do anyway, but with 3 wickets down less than 45 minutes into the match and only 27 runs on the board, it looked like Stalybridge 2nds run of wins might be in doubt, with a super catch from one of Hadfield’s youngsters, Jack Clegg, to take Alex Wilde at point, bringing James Beswick into play, who for the last couple of weeks has been carrying a side strain, but he put that well and truly behind him, playing for a little over two hours in the sweltering midday sun.

James Beswick celebrates (almost) after getting his half-century.

With 82 runs and just three balls left in the innings, it was a shame to see him bowled out, but given he should really have been stumped on 5, which the keeper fumbled, he can’t have many complaints, Stalybridge complete their 45 overs with 172 on the board, and two wickets to spare, with a decent bowling performance from Hadfield skipper Mike Hockey with 4 wickets for just 21 runs in 11 overs.

After the ‘mid-innings break with no-name‘, Hadfield lost their first wicket of Johnny Gabriel on the first ball, with a plumb LBW delivery from Ned Woodman, and Maurice Barber claimed his first of three scalps just 11 balls later, with Hadfield still with only 1 run on the board.  The arrival of Christian Eyre at No. 4 looked to be their danger-man, and his dismissal at the clumsy usually-safe hands of keeper Mike Hatton, and subsequent catch off the rebound by Brian Stone for just 3 runs and 7 total on the scoreboard cemented the collapse, with only Jack Clegg (10) and Tom Bradbury (11*) managing to break into double figures, seeing Hadfield all out for 35 in 19 overs.

Hadfield St. Andrews CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 17th June 2017.

Stalybridge hope to keep their streak going when they host Whaley Bridge next Saturday to make it 8 wins out of 8 matches played.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 137 runs, with scorecard available here.


[Week 8] Water water everywhere, so the players have a drink!

The 1sts were away at Hazel Grove and 2nds at home to Buxworth, well that was the plan, but unfortunately the wet weather put play to that idea, so a number of the players went out on the lash, and got hammered instead.

God help us all..

Weather permitting, next week see the 1sts host Newton, and the 2nds travel to Hadfield St Andrews.

[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Charlesworth & Chisworth CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI2nds put weakened Charlesworth to the sword, continuing their unbeaten run.

Captain Brian Stone returned from his jollies, so it was unsurprising to hear he’d won the toss, and elected to put Charlesworth into bat, given the strength of the bowling attack we had available, and the fact Charlesworth were reduced to 9 men; hopefully young Master Valentine is ok after being taken to hospital, ill last night.

With Charlesworth losing 5 wickets in close succession, with just 16 runs on the board after almost 12 overs, it was looking like a rout was on the cards, however the arrival of Steve Marren helped restore some pride, along with Andy Kirk later, adding 20 and 17 apiece, however resident Cockney Sparra’ Ned Woodman was too good for the visitors, taking 6 of the 8 wickets, Maurice Barber taking one, before Pete Coxon bowled the last wicket to see Charlesworth finish 56 all out, in 24.3 overs.

Having been soundly chastised for mentioning how good the teas were at Compstall, with Joan unfortunately taking that as a slight at our own, which was genuinely not my intention, I won’t be making further comment on the quality or lack thereof of future grounds’ teas.

After the break in proceedings Danny Collins and Alex Wilde took to the crease, but Danny was deemed out LBW despite his belief he’d made contact with the bat just 5 minutes later, and it was then down to Alex and No. 3 James Beswick to see out the rest of the innings, to only see Alex bowled middle stump with just two runs needed for the win, denying maximum points, the remaining score was duly claimed by Mike Hatton with a boundary a couple of balls later.

So it’s 6 wins out of 6 for Stalybridge’s 2nds, with another home match next Saturday against Buxworth, who are the team with the most runs scored and equally most runs scored against in the league.

Before that however, tomorrow the 1st will host New Mills 1sts in the 2nd round of the Glossop Glass and Glazing sponsored Bissenden Cup, with the 2nds unfortunately forfeiting their Hawke Trophy fixture due to lack of numbers.

Final result: Stalybridge win by 8 wickets, full score-card available here.

[Week 6] Hollingworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XII know I asked for an end to all these close games, but this is ridiculous.

Never trust a weatherman!  Since Wednesday, the forecast for today was showers all day with heavy thunderstorms, as as early as yesterday, the app on my phone was issuing a “yellow weather alert” for heavy downpours, needless to say, this is how Hollingworth looked not long into the game.  Martin, your app’s sh*t!

Hollingworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 27th May 2017

With the captain due back from his jollies at 3pm, and vice-captain still carrying an injury from last week, it fell to resident nut-job joker Mike Hatton to test his mettle with the captain’s arm-band, who proceeded to lose the toss, and Hollingworth decided to have a bat.

It only took until the end of the second over for the first casualty to fall, with M Osborn being caught quite neatly at slip by Alex Wilde from a Ned Woodman delivery, the next two batsmen lasted until the 5th and 8th over respectively, both caught by keeper Ant Hunter from Maurice Barber, but there was still only 18 runs on the board at this point.  Another two wickets fall soon after, the home side score tally was now 26-5; Hollingworth were in disarray, with the arrival of Waqar and Junaid, a glimmer of hope appeared, when they started settling into their rhythm, but Danny Collins put pay to that hope, dismissing them both before they could too settled, along with Jack Schofield two balls later, with 50 on the board, and eight wickets gone, it was only a matter of two additional overs and 7 more runs before the remaining batsmen were dismissed, again from deliveries from Danny Collins, giving him his 5fer, and ending his figures a very respectable 5-11 from just 3 overs,  and probably Maurice Barber’s best bowling since joining at the beginning of the season, to see him finish 4-14 from 7.  Well done both.

Both teams agreed to forego tea until after the match, and were quickly back on the pitch for the second innings, with a massive 71 overs in which to score 58 runs, the order of the day was “slow and steady”, it would have fallen to Jordan Elliott to open today had he not managed to land awkwardly, whilst trying to catch a sitter, picking up a broken finger for his troubles (well done Son), so instead it was Danny opening alongside Alex Wilde, Danny was dismissed LBW from Khan for 14, and was replaced by Khalid Akram, who obviously didn’t get the memo, and soon racked up 30 runs before going for the glory shot to win the match, only to be caught on the boundary, leaving opener Alex (15*) and stalwart Tony Mooney to get the 3 remaining required runs to win the match, and everyone was soon back on the round returning to the home ground to watch the 1sts play their match.

With that fifth consecutive victory, maintaining our 100% win rate in the season, it saw Stalybridge leapfrog Hollingworth at the top of the table, to take an 18 point lead, with a game in hand, hopefully, we can retain that momentum when we host current bottom of the league Charlesworth next Saturday.

*(weather permitting).

Final score: Stalybridge win by 8 wickets, scorecard available here.