After last week’s 68 run defeat to Hazel Grove in the Hawke Trophy, it was always going to be a tough ask to turn that around against league leaders Dove Holes.
Winning the toss, Stalybridge Captain, Brian Stone opted for the only decision of batting on another glorious afternoon in sunny Dukinfield, but openers Alex Wilde and Jordan Sherwin couldn’t make any headway against the precision bowling from Cory Flint and Kevin Waterhouse, and both were dismissed by the end of the 7th over, with just 9 runs to show for it, but that was only the start of it, by the start of the 13th over, Stalybridge had been reduced to just 4 wickets remaining, for a score of just 15!
I was telling people we were in danger of collapsing for less than our lowest score that I remembered of 26, but having gone back through the historical data, I can’t see where I conjured that total for, and with the rest of the wickets falling to Messrs Flint and Waterhouse (excepting the run-out of Martin Hatton), Stalybridge managed to surpass that milestone (or should that read millstone?) but it only took until the 23rd over for Cory Flint to claim his 6th wicket of the day in Ned Woodman, to see his figures 6-18, ending Stalybridge’s innings with a dismal 40 run total.
The umpires were obviously keen to keep the proceedings to a minimum, as they had everyone back in the field 5 minutes after commencing the interval. Dove Holes were equally keen to finish the job quickly, commencing their innings with a four just in front of my scorebox with the opening ball. Realistically, it was only a matter of when, rather than if the visitors would claim their 7th win in as many league games and despite Madussar Bashir and Martin Hatton picking up a consolation wicket apiece, it took just 13 overs for Dove to knock the 40 runs off, ending 41-2.
Thankfully, the 2s score of 40 is NOT the worst that I can find, today was however only one run better than the game away at Kerridge (Bollington) on the 30th April 2005, when chasing 76, they were all out for 39, though Brian’s son Graham claims an even worse defeat to the hands of Bowden Vale CC for just 22; Urgh.
Final result and scorecard: Dove Holes CC 2nd XI win by 8 wickets.
Next week the opponents will be Broadbottom, at their ground… Oh joy.
Another gloriously sunny day in the heart of the Peak District, on a day our 1sts game was postponed due their opposition having a positive COVID test result in their camp, despite the late notification, we hope everyone involved at New Mills are ok.
With Brian taking another day off, it was down to Stu Nock to once again take the reins, and as is often the case when Brian isn’t handling the toss, Chapel’s skipper John Theyer won it and put Stalybridge into bat.
Youngsters Lucas Hurrell and Aiden Theyer opened the bowling and were economical with their bowling, with Hurrell taking the first scalp of Jordan Elliott in the 5th over with some fumbling from Captain Theyer, to be rescued by his slip fielding partner Lee Storer to see the visitors 17/1.
Stalybridge didn’t really get going and were losing a wicket every 2 overs or so after, but as is often the case, it was the introduction of the captain to bowl (5-13 / 7) that brought the bulk of the wickets, the first of which of Stalybridge’s keeper Mike Hatton with a close LBW decision from Umpire Imran that was to spark a testy exchange between batsman and umpire, which bubbled over into the 2nd innings almost bringing Mr Sohail sending M Hatton junior off the field for dissent, thankfully this didn’t happen, but with the middle order and tail-enders not reaching double figures with the exception of Ned Woodland‘s 11*, it left Stalybridge all out for 79 in just 26 overs.
After the interval it was the job of the bowlers to try and rescue the match, and despite Muddy taking an early wicket of Max Newiss with a full toss taking the bails, Chapel’s wicket-keeper Stuart Barton, who already had had an excellent time behind the wickets played some excellent shots to the boundary in his hour at the crease putting a big dent in the required total with 43 in 54 deliveries.
It was with 21 runs required at the end of the 14th over that Martin Hatton brought back after not playing more than two games in about 6 years, took his two wickets of Ted Bradley and Mark Wagstaffe back-to-back, that started a glimmer of hope for the visitors; with Barton falling in the following delivery, it looked like an unlikely collapse could be on, but Muddy’s further two wickets (4-35 / 10.2) couldn’t stop the inevitable, and Chapel’s Lucas Hurrell (8*) pushed the ball over the boundary to see the home side victorious 81/6.
Final result and scorecard: Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI win by 4 wickets.
Next week sees the 2s hosting Hazel Grove for the second time in a month, this time in the second round of the Kudos Drinks sponsored Hawke Trophy, hopefully with a better result than the first visit, where Hazel Grove took the spoils with a 7 wicket win.
Narrator: It wasn’t a better result.