[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI vs Chapel-en-le-Frith 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIWell, it’s 5pm and the game’s been over 55 minutes already, and only 81 runs scored over both innings on a glorious sunny afternoon.

Captain, Brian Stone, doing his usual sleight of hand and winning the toss, put a weakened Chapel-en-le-Frith team in to bat with 4 juniors, and with only the 4th ball of the game Mudi racked up the first of seven wickets conceding just 14 runs over eight overs.

With 4 wickets down with only 10 runs on the board, the rout had already begun, including two catches from my son Jordan, the second of which, the better, over his shoulder moving at pace.

With just 40 runs on the board, and Joan rushing to get the tea’s out, the thoughts were now to not concede more than one wicket, to ensure maximum points, thankfully, that is what we managed, with openers Alex Wilde and Rick Parry, putting 29 on the scoreboard, before James Beswick replaced Rick to help put the remaining 12 runs on with 8.

Result: Stalybridge win by 9 wickets.

Score card: 20160604-Stalybridge-St-Pauls-2nd-XI-Chapel-en-le-Frith-2nd-XI

[Week 6] Stalybridge St Paul’s vs Offerton

Stalybridge St Paul’s hosted Offerton on Saturday hoping to pick up from their previous home win.

Having lost the toss and being invited to bat, openers Adam Harwick and Daniel Collins soon set about the bowling as they gave Stalybridge a solid start with a 69 partnership. Following the demise of Harwick (40) and Collins (35), a typical Stalybridge mid-order collapse ensued with only Khalid Akram (26) getting into double figure. No. 9 Mike Mallett ensured Stalybridge passed 200 however with some powerful hitting, as he smashed 52 not out, meaning the target was set at 218 to win.

Mallett picked up where he had left off with the bat by picking up 4 wickets, as Offerton limped to 61 all out.

Stalybridge 2nds also picked up a 4 wicket win at Offerton to jump up a few places in the table. Muddy Bashir finishing with 5 wickets.

This week Stalybridge travel to Chapel-en-le-Frith with the 2s hosting the same opposition. 2nds then travel to New Mills in the cup on Sunday.

[Week 5] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI

10_light_rain_shower_dayFor the 3rd time this season, the weather has a detrimental affect on our game, with the home match against Birch Vale & Thornsett 2nd XI being abandoned in the second innings.

The match started 35 minutes late due to the rain, reducing the overs to 41 apiece, after Captain-for-the-day, vice captain James Beswick won the toss and put Birch Vale into bat, everything seemed to be going well, with the visitors 2 wickets down for 2 runs, when their young keeper #4 Kallis Hyde joined captain Tim Johnson at the crease, who over the next 27 overs put 62 runs between them on the board, with the fall of the captain at 64, and Kallis falling just one run short of his half-century, being caught at midwicket by Madussar Bashir, with the visitors at that point then 83-5, the innings came to a fairly swift conclusion, with the remaining batsmen managing just 14 additional runs, to end the innings all out for 97.

With tea complete, and grey skies overhead, Stalybridge’s Chris Gledhill and Jordan Elliott enter the field, needing 98 to win, both dismissed in short order, captain Beswick is bowled for 12, and Faz Hussain and Nathan Lowe being the last of the Stalybridge contingent to take the field, when the rain starts in-ernest, both captains convene and come to the decision to abandon the match with just 50 minutes of the innings played.

Next week, the 2s make the short journey to Offerton, weather permitting, without their intrepid scorer and match reporter, so don’t expect a report for that match, or at best a terse “x won”; see y’all in two weeks for the back-to-back Saturday & Sunday matches between Chapel-en-le-Frith and high-flying New Mills.

Result: Rain Affected Draw.

Match Scorecard: 20160521-Stalybridge St Pauls 2nd XI-Birch Vale & Thornsett 2nd XI

[Week 4] Stalybridge St Paul’s 1st XI vs Charlesworth

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 1st XIStalybridge St Paul’s finally had their first home game of the season on Saturday as they entertained Charlesworth.

Having won the toss again, an easy decision was made to bat first, with the wicket and ground looking as good as ever, as Stalybridge hoped to continue their slow improvement of form with the bat.

Adam Harwick answered the call for somebody to ‘stick-around’ as he produced a very steady 56 opening up, with most others chipping in around him. Khalid Akram (23) and Mike Mallett (27 not out) helping out to allow Stalybridge to set 175 for 7, a tricky but certainly chaseable total.

Charlesworth’s reply got off to the worse possible start as they were soon 1 for 3 and 27 for 5. A couple of healthy partnerships however left them still in the game, and even looked favourites at one point as batters 8 and 9 nudged the score to 140. However, a couple of late James Brady wickets meant Charlesworth fell just 8 runs short. Brady eventually finishing with 4 for 43.

Stalybridge 2nds fell to a heavy defeat away at Compstall.

This Saturday sees the 1sts  visit Birch Vale looking to avenge the cup defeat with the 2nds hosting the same opposition.

[Week 4] Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIWell, it seems that the sunny weather only benefits the games played at home, having just watched the 1sts get their first win of the season, at home, after a short trip over Werneth Low to Compstall, to witness a resounding defeat to two batsmen, the opener Ravi Patel, who batted the full 45 overs putting 114 on the board with seventeen 4s & two 6s, and number 4, bowler Vinny Clark, who managed an equally impressive 67, between them a one hundred and sixty three partnership.

Compstall CC vs 2nd XI – 14th May 2016

In reply, if you can call it that, facing a 12 year old opening bowler, (the only bowler we’re likely to face smaller than Gary Sandiford) playing his second game for the Compstall 2nds (although he does also play for Cheshire and bowled really well), Stalybridge over the next 28 overs only managed to put 78 runs on the board, with top scorers James Brady and our Jordan hitting the heady heights of 12, showing how effective our batting was.

In fact, the only bit of excitement during our innings was the threat of one of the lambs off the field behind the ground getting through the fence, and watching as a couple of people tried to rescue it.

And a reminder, that this coming Tuesday afternoon, the club host the final rounds of the Tameside Schools Kwik Cricket competition, and I’ve been asked to say “anyone free to assist (in serving behind the bar, umpiring, helping to prepare/clear away would be welcomed”, more details in the original post.

Match Score Sheet:
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[Week 3] Stalybridge St Paul’s 1st XI vs Woodley and Birch Vale

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 1st XIStalybridge St Paul’s made the short trip to Woodley on Saturday as the weather finally allowed for a guaranteed game.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, regular wickets fell all through the innings as Stalybridge’s shot selection left a lot to be desired. Only a brief Rob Mallett blast of 22 managed to nudge the score past hundred, which left Stalybridge with only a glimmer of hope.

A few early-innings wicket in Woodley’s reply showed a bit of fight but 105 was way too low a total as Woodley passed their target with 4 wickets down.

1st XI vs Birch Vale CC – 8th May 2016

On Sunday, Stalybridge then travelled to Birch Vale in the first round of the cup. A more-spirited batting display meant Stalybridge set 153, with opener Harwick (26), Barnes (20), and a 50 partnership between Brownhill (23) and Mike Mallett (27).

In reply, Stalybridge had Birch Vale struggling at 60 for 5, Gary Sandiford standing out with 3 quick wickets. Vale’s two veteran batters then got together however and pushed the run-rate up to expertly guide them to victory in a game that looked like it was going to be very tight at drinks. Another defeat but certainly positive signs as Stalybridge slowly get into the swing of things.

In contrast. Stalybridge 2nds showed the 1sts how it was done with 2 victories, over Buxworth on Saturday and Birch Vale on Sunday. Ant Hunter scoring 33, veteran Pete Coxon and Bashir picked up 3 wickets each. This was followed by another comprehensive victory in the cup on Sunday. This time Coxon picked up 4 wickets with Chris Gledhill also chipping in with 4 including a 3 wicket maiden.

This Saturday sees the 1st finally at home vs Charlesworth, with the 2nds travelling to Compstall. 1.30 start.

[Week 3] Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI vs Buxworth 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIStalybridge 2nds opened the batting after losing the toss to a 10 man Buxworth, with a solid Mike Brownesque performance from Anthony Hunter, with 33 runs from 99 deliveries, before the rest of the team collapsed with just Gary Sandiford and Keith Bowers making double figures (just) with 17 and 11 respectively, leaving Brian Stone’s men’s innings 6 runs short of a batting point, mainly down to a good bowling performance from Buxworth’s young bowler Marcus Page who bowled a respectable 4-26 in 10 overs.

With just 94 on the board, it looked an unlikely task to take anything from the match, but with said bowler Page having to drop out of their batting, Buxworth were subsequently reduced to nine men, which, between Mudi Bashir (3-14 5M 10O), Pete Coxon (3-21 6M 10O), Gary Sandiford (1-4 1M 2O) and Faz Hussain (1-0 1M 1.3O) managed to knock over in short order keeping Buxworth to a innings total of just 59, with only Ken Bradbury and Alan Reynolds making double figures for the Derbyshire side with 18 and 11 between them.

The 2nds next match is tomorrow when they play the rescheduled Hawke Trophy match against Birch Vale and Thornsett CC again at home, who incidentally are the same team they’ll be playing at the next home game two weeks from now, with Compstall CC away in-between on the 14th.

Match score sheet:
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[Week 2] High Lane 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI

13_heavy_rain_shower_nightWell, much like the opening cup fixture weekend, both the 1st’s and 2nd’s games against High Lane are off, due to the “pisswetthrough-iness” as our resident Twa Twitterati might say.

Ah well, I’m sure it was just a ploy by 2nd Team Captain Brian Stone, who wasn’t looking forward to having a game where I wasn’t available to score.

Well, roll on Week 3 – with 2nd’s hopefully playing host to Buxworth and the 1st’s travelling to deepest, darkest Woodley.

[Week 1] – Hayfield CC 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 1st XIStalybridge St Paul’s started their adventure into the Derbyshire and Cheshire league with a trip to the beautiful little ground of Hayfield.

Skipper Richard Wright won the toss and decided to bat on a surprisingly hard wicket considering the previous week’s weather, with Stalybridge hoping to take advantage of the small boundary. Advantage was not really taken however as the innings ended on 169 which seemed well short of a competitive total on such a small ground. Wright (28), Richard Wilde (24), debutant Khalid Akram (39) and Jamie Brownhill (21) all made starts but both a failure to convert these starts into higher scores and combined with a late-order collapse, meant Stalybridge were a touch disappointed. The runs were on the board however which did give at least a glimmer of hope.

Hope however was short-lived as the impressive Hayfield opener quickly got to grips with the bowling and hit a quickfire 70. This took the game away from Stalybridge very early on, which also wasn’t helped by losing opening bowler Fish with a suspected torn hamstring, as Hayfield eventually passed the total with the loss of just one wicket.

Stalybridge 2s also slipped to defeat by 10 runs v Whaley Bridge. Pete Coxon picked up 4 wickets, with Faz Hussain and Ant Hunter making 30-odd with the bat.

A slightly disappointing start but the first season in a new league is always going to be a learning curve and it at least felt very refreshing not travelling home from the depths of Cheshire. Stalybridge 1sts are at home this Saturday (1.30) vs High Lane with the 2nds facing the same opposition.

 

[Week 1] – Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI vs Whaley Bridge 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIThe 2nds opened the new campaign at home on a sunny but bitterly cold afternoon with a narrow defeat to a 10 man Whaley Bridge 2nd XI, failing to overcome their opening innings  score of 174 all out, by reaching just 163 before the final wicket of Graham Stone’s questionable LBW decision that saw a bruise just below his hip be deemed low enough to warrant his departure.

Having scored for the club for just over 4 1/2 years without a “retired injured” before, it was therefore appropriate that there’d be two in one game, with both Whaley Bridge’s David Lomax, and Stalybridge’s Faz Hussain both having to leave the field, only to return later on when fit, as there doesn’t seem to be any provision in the rulebook for having a runner.

Notable batting performances from Whaley Bridge’s keeper Michael Madden and bowler Ivan Heathcote with 60 and 51 respectively, while Staly’s Pete Coxon managed 37 as their top scorer.

Pete also topped Stalybridge’s bowling performance, with 4 wickets for 34 runs, but Whaley Bridge’s Colin Wild improved on that in the second innings with 4 wickets for just 9 runs, both over the maximum twelve overs.

The only other thing of note, was the dubious counting skills of the pavilion end umpire, who by his own admission was scoring his first game of cricket ever, but had eleven overs with 7 balls played, one of which was 8 balls long, but perhaps that could be attributed to the returning ball from the opposite end that bowler Pete Coxon directed onto the umpires nose!

The updated league table can be viewed here or on the DCCL website directly, and the 2nds next match involves a short trip up the A6 against High Lane CC’s 2nd XI.

Match score sheet:
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