ECB All Stars Cricket at Stalybridge St. Paul’s

All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. The programme is delivered across England and Wales at over 1,500 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres. It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment.

All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.

An 8 week, 1 hour programme on Wednesday nights, starting on the 24th of May, at 6:30pm costs just £5 per session, payable in advance.

  • Emphasis on fun and being active
  • Focus on developing your child’s movement skills
  • Great first introduction to cricket
  • Safe and fully accredited
  • Valuable time with your kids – mums and dads are encouraged to take part too
  • Opportunities to meet England Cricket superstars
  • Easy online registration

Book your place.

Or view further information on the ECB All Stars Cricket Website.



DCCL Changes for 2017 and beyond…

On 15th December 2016, the Clubs of the Intersport Monkhouse Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League voted on the following Rule and Structure changes at an Extraordinary General Meeting:


Section 1 Rule Changes:
Rule 7
There will be no fines for teams failing to field a full XI or conceding games, instead a system of points deductions will be used (1 point per player missing, with 10 points from the First XI if a game is conceded by either side)

Rule 2
Management will have the discretion to be flexible about the requirements for League membership.  For example if a club were to approach the League with a view to joining but only had one senior side, Management could still enter into discussions with a view to offering them a place in the League if it was believed it would benefit the League in the long term.

Structure Changes:
Start Times
All matches will start at 1pm with the exception of the final 2 which will be 12:30

2nd XI Match Length
Clubs voted to keep fixtures at 45 overs per side (90 over matches)

Clubs voted to keep teas

T20 Competition
Clubs voted to introduce a formal, League run T20 Competition, matches to be held on Thursday evenings with a finals day

2018 League Structure
From 2018 the League will move to a Six Division system (3 Divisions of First XI, 3 of Second XI)

Other Endorsed Changes
The League can also confirm that a 12 over maximum for any one bowler per game will come into force across First XI cricket, mirroring the model used in Divisions 3&4 in recent seasons.

The Hawke Trophy will be voluntary in 2017

Any club wishing to talk to the League about joining should contact Ian Halford, League Secretary, on 07428 188 395 or via email.

[Week 22] Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XILast day blues and end of season piss up.

The 2016 season came to an end yesterday, with both teams playing Hazel Grove, 2nds away to league champions, Brian won the toss and decided we’d have a bowl, personally, given neither team had anything to play for, and given their obvious strong nature, I’d have had a bat, to get home to the bar earlier, but hey ho. 🙂

Despite their usual opening batter, who apparently gets their runs, dropping himself down the order, the opening pair still managed a commendable 66 partnership before Wilkinson was bowled by Pete Coxon, but it was his opposite number Chris Cooke’s session with #4 Forsythe that saw the damage done, knocking up a 151 partnership before being run-out on 135, this after being dropped twice, once on 63 and again on 99!!!

Having already used EIGHT bowlers, Brian decided enough was enough and put himself into bowl, getting himself two wickets in the process, before they completed their 45 overs ending on 266 for 7.

Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI - 17th Sept 2016
Hazel Grove CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 17th Sept 2016

An ok’ish tea came and went, and Stalybridge’s innings ticked by at a slow pace until Joe Robinson and new arrival Phil Hammond took the field, with Joe managing a reasonable 55 while the next 4 batsmen came and went, but it wasn’t enough, the target was too big a hurdle, and Stalybridge 2nds’ opening season in the DCCL came to an end on 147 for 7 in fifth position in the league, better luck next year!

With that, it was back to the club for end of season piss-up, with the noticeable and vastly commented on absence of “let’s go to Uppermill” James Beswick, the night descended into a drunken stupor, with vague recollections of karaoke and jagerbombs, but gods, look at this monstrosity!



[Week 21] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Mottram CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIBeaten by a better team on the day.

With a win required in both remaining matches, and a low scoring draw required from the Hollingworth vs High Lane match, there was very little chance that we would clinch a promotion spot, and with a bulk of players absent to watch the Manchester derby (which City won if you weren’t aware :), it seemed doubly unlikely, so it’s not surprising that we weren’t firing on all cylinders, with only Mike Whitworth (53), Pete Coxon (23) batting decently, though I have to give credit to Jordan Elliott for his tail end performance, before being run out by Captain Brian Stone; due to a middle-order collapse, I felt we were about 20-30 runs short of a defensible target, how wrong I was…

After the break, the Mottram opening partnership of Adam Hilton (45) and Stuart Swann (87) proceeded to knock Stalybridge’s 137 off between them in under 25 overs.

On the upside, today saw the introduction of the electronic scoreboard I’ve been working on the last couple of months, and it worked brilliantly, and was well received by all, I’d like to put on record the immense help with the design and instructions of the board by Westbury on Severn CC’s Ian Nice, and the massive help by colleagues at The Stamford Group, Darren Whipp, Dewi Jones, Steve Wyatt and Neil Lewis who did the lumber and metal work.  Cheers guys!

SSPCC Electronic Scoreboard

So, yay me!!! 🙂

Result: Mottram win by 10 wickets.

Scorecard: 20160910-stalybridge-st-pauls-cc-2nd-xi-mottram-2nd-xi

[Week 20] Hollingworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Much like our previous scheduled fixture, Saturday’s match against promotion favourites Hollingworth fell foul to the lovely British summer weather, albeit this week without a single ball being bowled, something I believe was the case across all four divisions of the DCCL, with only two games left in the season, it is looking increasingly unlikely that we’ll manage to clinch the remaining promotion spot, but as we face 3rd place Mottram for our final home match of 2016 next week, and 2nd place Hollingworth play 4th place High Lane, it hopefully makes for an exciting end of season away-day at confirmed Division 4 Champions Hazel Grove CC on the 17th, who will hopefully be resting after their successful campaign; congratulations to them.

Either way, hopefully next Saturday will see the arrival of the electronic scoreboard I’ve been building over the summer, just in time to be shut away a week later for the winter once I find somewhere that’s big enough to house it.

[Week 18] Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

10_light_rain_shower_dayThe weather dealt Staly’s 2nds a large blow to their promotion chances, with just 5 weeks and 4 games to go in the season, todays against 2nd to bottom Chapel-en-le-Frith was a must win to ensure Brian Stone’s men were to keep in contention for a promotion spot, with 3rd place Hollingworth playing 4th place Mottram, two of the three teams we’ll have to face before the season ends, with top of the table Hazel Grove being the last day of the season.

Rain, rain, go away…, and don’t come again, if you don’t mind!

A fifteen minute delay to the start of the game meant both teams would start 2 overs short, and Chapel only manage to field 8 players, a win, if the game completed seemed a very likely outcome, unfortunately the Derbyshire weather had other ideas, causing the game to be stopped after just 6 overs, and the stopwatch started; by 3:30, tea was called early, to hopefully allow a change in the rain, and all the while we were in-doors, the sun happily shone through the black clouds taunting us with sunny spells, but as 4 o’clock came round and the players took to the field, the heavens opened again, without a ball being played, bringing the players straight back off.

Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 20th August 2016

Knowing Stalybridge needed a result, the captains held on as long as possible, but with 21 overs now reduced for the home sides’ innings, and patience from the players rapidly dwindling, the umpire finally made the only possible decision and to call the game, leaving both sides with seven points each, and the vain hope the Hollingworth vs Mottram game finished in a similar manner.

Next week sees the 2nds with a break, due to the odd number of teams in the league, but the following week, an away trip to Hollingworth.

Result: Rain affected draw. 🙁


[Week 17] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Offerton CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XI2nd XI’s 4th consecutive win keeps push for promotion on track, and Bez stays ’til the end.

With Brian doing his usual sleight of hand with the coin-toss, he put Stalybridge into bat to try and maximise points, being a point behind Mottram CC at the start of the day, who don’t play today due to the odd number of teams in the league, despite a slow start, with only 26 runs on the board after 15 overs, albeit down a decent performance from both openers, it was the introduction of James Beswick at #4 that made the difference to the innings, managing to survive 27 overs to finish the innings 64 not out, the main other notable performance of the innings was from Extras, who managed 30, due to a large number of wide deliveries from the Offerton bowlers, with the full 45 overs complete, Stalybridge had put 183 on the board, for 6 wickets, with Offerton openers Karl Martin and Imran Solail, managing 2-40 and 0-23 respectively for their full 12 overs each.

Just four balls into the Offerton innings, James Beswick dismissed opening batsman Karl Martin for 0 and his opposite counterpart Jim Senior only survived 10 deliveries before suffering a massive back spasm, which saw him caught behind by keeper Joe Robinson, however 30 minutes later an ambulance had to be called for Jim, due to his being in such pain and unable to move, everyone in the the 2nds hope he’s ok, and wishes him a speedy recovery.

With nine straight maidens from Beswick and Pete Coxon, it took until the 10th over before bat touched ball to generate runs, the next 4 wickets fell to Pete Coxon in quick succession and a protracted batting performance from #3 Imran Solail was kept to just 13 runs from 80 balls, before being dismissed by Gary Sandiford,  but it was his final strike partner Tony Davies who contributed most to Offertons innings with 37 before being caught at slip by Alex Wilde, the visiting side then doggedly frustrated the Stalybridge bowlers hanging on for the remaining overs to finish the match 107 for 9 denying the home side maximum bowling points.

The result sees Stalybridge move up into second place in the league table, at least until next week, which sees them head back into deepest, darkest Derbyshire to take on Chapel-en-le-Frith.

I was hoping to have had the electronic scoreboard in place for the 2nd to last home game for the 2nds, but delays with the metal-work meant it will only get one game this season, before being put into storage.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI win by 76 runs.

Match scorecard: Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-Offerton 2nd XI

[Week 16] Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIMudi gets a 5fer in his last game for Stalybridge and Bez has a decent knock.

Being the club-man that I am, I chose to spend my birthday not with my football team Stalybridge Celtic, celebrating a 1-0 win on their opening game of the new season (mainly because they were in Boston, Lincs. tbh) but with my cricketing buddies again in deepest Derbyshire, on a lovely summers day, chilling out in a little stone and wood hut for a few hours.

Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 6th August, 2016

The game started, with Brian and his magic coin winning the toss and electing to bat, at a sedate pace, with the same openers from last week, but a moment of indecision saw Alex Wilde taking the option of being run-out sparing Mike Whitworth at the other end, last weeks big scorer Joe Robinson came in but sent one skywards to be caught by Ashley Sharp; his dismissal saw the arrival of James Beswick who saw off the rest of the Stalybridge innings 66 not out, while the rest of the Stalybridge batsmen came and went, with only Madussar Bashir hitting 35 from 17 deliveries being notable, his first 7 balls being . 6 6 . . 6 6 peppering the cows in the adjacent field, with Brian Stones “dubious” LBW decision, (I’m sure he’ll show you the bruise on his abdomen if you ask nicely), Stalybridge’s innings came to an end just 7 runs short of maximum batting points on 193.

After tea (double helping of cream and strawberry scones – ommnom), Birch Vale suffered early wickets with both opening batsmen falling before the 3rd over, but the arrival of RAF PE Instructor Ashley Sharp, with a bat that had more middle than me, saw the major threat Birch Vale had to offer, and it was blatantly obvious to all present that his removal would be key to the result, thankfully the steady hands of keeper Mike Whitworth got his first of three catches from Mudi with the faintest of nicks off Sharp’s tree trunk bat on 31, to the delight of the Stalybridge contingent. Once he was gone, it was just 11 runs and 5.3 overs before the remaining 5 wickets fell to Messrs. Bashir (6-27) and Beswick (4-42) ending the host side’s innings on 74, really pleased Mudi got his 5fer, as it is his last game for Stalybridge St. Paul’s as he starts a new job with British Gas on Monday, we all wish you well matey, you’ll be missed (though not by his opposition no doubt), and I’m sure you’ll be welcome back anytime.

So we headed back to Stalybridge for a few tins just in time to see the 1sts beating Birch Vale’s 1sts in the corresponding home fixture.  Well done lads.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI win by 119 runs.

Match scorecard: Birch Vale & Thornsett 2nd XI-Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI.

[Week 15] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Compstall CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIBatters bowled well, bowlers bowled well, the opposition… well…

Despite being turned over by 118 runs at their place at the start of the season, the return fixture was a massively one-sided affair in the opposite direction.  After losing the toss and being put into bat, openers Mike Whitworth and Alex Wilde were aggressive from the outset, with Mike being caught behind for 51 from 54 balls,  and Alex with 31 from 55, but the introduction of returning Joe Robinson with Mike’s dismissal put another 73 runs on the board; it was during Joe’s innings that he belted a cover drive, which captain Neil Cooper foolishly tried to catch, and injured his thumb in the process, causing him to leave the field for 20 or so overs to recuperate. Coupled with 24 from Pete Coxon and 18 a-piece from Mike Hatton and Mudi Bashir, saw the home side finish their 45 overs with a commanding lead of 238 for 7 wickets.

The aggression didn’t subside after tea (lovely btw Gaz’s missus) when the bowlers coming out full on samosas and chicken tikka, with Pete Coxon taking just 5 balls of his first over to start the visitors demise with the dismissal of #2 batsman Dave Carne, but had to wait until the 10th over before taking the next wicket of fellow opener Jarrod Ince; from that point forward however, it was just a rout with Compstall unable to form a lasting partnership, and with the young bowler James Chew’s removal on 21, it took Madussar Bashir and Pete Coxon just 5 more overs to dismantle the remaining batting order, with 7 batsmen falling for 0 runs, finishing with just 6 more runs to end up 27 all out.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s win by 211 runs.

Match scorecard: Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-Compstall 2nd XI