[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

[Week 14] Buxworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIMike Brown and Alex Wilde give opening batsman masterclass and Faz gets a 5fer.

After getting lost in a little cul-de-sac because Google Maps thought Buxworth Cricket Club was at the top of it (something I’ve contacted them about, and is fixed already), we arrived at the ground just as Brian was losing the toss, and was put into bowl, and by ‘eck it’s a small ground, surrounded by some beautiful Derbyshire scenery.

Buxworth 2nds vs Stalybridge 2nds: 23rd July 2016
Buxworth 2nds vs Stalybridge 2nds: 23rd July 2016

Mudi Bashir looked to be back in the form he was lacking last week, taking two early wickets, but with the fall of the first brought their captain Mike Edwards onto the field, who made a couple of decent partnerships, with the next couple of batsmen, before being caught by Mudi for Faz Hussain’s first wicket, and with his dismissal just having gotten his half-century with 56, it appears Buxworth didn’t have a plan B, as the rest fell to the combined bowling attack of Faz, Pete Coxon and finally Mudi getting the 10th wicket to see Buxworth all out for 140, by my estimation probably 30-40 short of a par for that ground, what was funnier was Faz not being aware that he’d gotten a 5th wicket, he completely forgot he got the catch from Mudi too, so was pretty buzzing that he’d got his 5fer, well done mate.

After what appeared to be the shortest (albeit lovely) tea’s in history, but perhaps that was the Stella keeping time, it was time for Stalybridge to bat, and for the next 29.3 overs Mike Brown and Alex Wilde took everything the Buxworth bowlers could throw at them, and proceeded to pepper the short boundaries with Mike hitting 9 fours and 5 sixes, his first clearing the Buxworth pavilion, and two others hitting the houses just beyond the grounds’ wall finishing on 86 from 88 balls, and Alex completing the innings with a four, his eighth of his innings to end on 40 with just one more delivery than Mike at 89 balls, for Stalybridge to get the maximum 20 points.

Result: Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds win by 10 wickets and 4 runs.

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

[Week 13] Stalybridge St. Pauls 2nd XI vs High Lane 2nd XI

Stalybridge St. Paul's CC 2nd XIWith some stirling work getting the ground in a state where there could be a game on, for the first time in a month, Brian Stone won the toss, and put 10 man (later to be 11) High Lane into bat, with opener Chris Simpson in the crease for 50 minutes, being dismissed for 11, to say it was a slow start would be an understatement, however his removal brought youngster Patrick Firth into bat, who despite being dropped three times, all during Faz Hussains bowling overs, managed a decent 64 runs to bring the pace up a good amount, to finish with H Anjan and Z Choudhary with 30 and 20 not out each to end the innings 174 for 5, unfortunately the Stalybridge bowlers were having an off-day, with only Pete Coxon putting in a notable performance with 2-29 off his regulation twelve (though he missed out on his hat-trick that had been waiting to be played for 4 weeks).

The same two ending batters opened the bowling for High Lane, but it was their main batsman Patrick Firth (2-25) and fellow spin bowler Mark Short (4-45) who frustrated the Stalybridge batsmen, keeping the run rate below 3 an over for the majority of the game, when 7 was needed, though the debutant Krunal Bhatt managed a last ditched battle at the end with Mark Connolly (who hit a 6 for crying out loud!) returning for the first time this season with 28 and 17 not out respectively; another notable mention for Pete Coxon’s 30 off 32.

In the end though, due to a combination of reasons, primarily the on-the-spot bowling from Firth and Short, but 6 dropped catches would be definitely high on the blame scale, Stalybridge unfortunately couldn’t make up the needed runs to catch High Lane, finishing 15 short, ending 159 for 7.

IMG_1572I wouldn’t like to be keeper Anthony Hunter though, greeting his missus with this on his return home, on her birthday no-less…





Result: High Lane CC 2nd XI win by 15 runs.

Match scorecard: 20160716-Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-High Lane 2nd XI

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

13_heavy_rain_shower_nightWith only 15 balls faced, the heavens opened and despite having a new outfield fitted over the winter, and massive drainage works done at the same time, it still wasn’t enough to stop the duck ponds forming on the outfield, the blocked drains on the covers didn’t help causing a large overspill onto the track during the second spell of rain, so with little chance of the pitch drying out after tea (another good one btw – with paté!) was called early, the umpire made the decision to abandon the match.

Mottram CC 2nd XI 25.06.2016
Mottram CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI – 25.06.2016


Result: Match Drawn.

[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:
20160514-Compstall 2nd XI-Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI

[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.