The 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!
Match score sheet:
20160423-Stalybridge St Pauls CC 2nd XI-Whaley Bridge 2nd XI