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