Stalybridge win by 1 wicket in a tense fashion, after bowling Chapel out for 90 in 30 overs.
In an uncustomary turn of events, Brian lost the toss and Chapel elected to bat, on a chilly Saturday, with 15 minutes gone, Chapel had lost both opening batsmen to dubious LBW’s, and it was only another 15 minutes before the next wicket fell the same way, though from where I was sat, was a little more clear-cut, but youngster Toby Phipps managed to stay at the crease with Chapel captain John Theyer well over an hour each to help steady their innings, it was only with their dismissals that Stalybridge managed to keep the runs below 100 bowling them out for 90 in 30 overs, in part due to three cracking catches, from Alex Wilde, Khalid Akram and Maurice Barber.
After another decent Tea, the Chicken Tikka sarnies were lovely Joan :), Stalybridge came out all full of expectation of knocking that off before the food had settled, and despite losing opener Danny Collins 15 minutes in, Alex and Khalid stayed in nearly 45 minutes, it still looked a forgone conclusion, but then the customary middle-order collapse occurred, and by the 16th over, Staly were only just ahead in the run-rate, losing three more wickets in the 22nd over to young spinner Phipps, needing 17 runs with 3 wickets remaining, it was definitely a case of ‘squeeky-bum time’, with just 4 runs required, the final batsman captain Brian Stone comes to the crease, and it’s down to him and Jordan Elliott to see out the remaining 4 runs in a nervy fashion for all watching, giving Stalybridge 2 wins out of 2, but still chasing the pack in the league table due to missing a game last week, but that’ll even itself out over the duration I’m sure.
The scorecard from the match can be viewed here.
Next week sees the 2nds make a visit over the hills into Compstall.