[Bissenden Cup 1/4 Final] Hazel Grove 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI

Tense 2 wicket victory sees firsts through to semi-final of Bissenden Cup. Making this up as I go along, so bear with me. Hazel Grove opened the batting with Rick Burke and Nick Hayward, the latter however was quickly dismissed in the second over, bowled from 2nds loanee Maurice Barber, with just 3 on the board, however his partner was able to survive another twenty five overs, managing to just reach his half-century before being caught behind by keeper Joe Robinson from a slow delivery from Jamie Brownhill, the hosts now on 87-4. Captain Geoff Noden managed to steady the … Continue reading “[Bissenden Cup 1/4 Final] Hazel Grove 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI”

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

Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nds make it 8 wins in 8 played. Staly captain Brian Stone uncharacteristically lost the toss, and was put into bat by his opposite number Marc Thompson, which Brian predicted would happen anyway, because he wanted to bowl. With Mike Hatton still drunk from his weekend in Amsterdam, which he was still in at 5am this morning, and another fielder missing with Tony Mooney unaware he was scheduled to play because of a WhatsApp miscommunication, Faz Hussain got the call to replace him, but then Tony turned up too, so hey, 12 players, thankfully Tony decided to … Continue reading “[Week 10] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Whaley Bridge CC 2nd XI”

[Week 9] Hadfield St. Andrews 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI

Stalybridge continue their unbeaten run at Hadfield St. Andrews CC. On a glorious sunny afternoon, just up the road in Hadfield, Stalybridge captain Brian Stone loses the toss, and is put into bat, a decision he was happy about, as that’s what he’d planned to do anyway, but with 3 wickets down less than 45 minutes into the match and only 27 runs on the board, it looked like Stalybridge 2nds run of wins might be in doubt, with a super catch from one of Hadfield’s youngsters, Jack Clegg, to take Alex Wilde at point, bringing James Beswick into play, … Continue reading “[Week 9] Hadfield St. Andrews 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI”

[Week 8] Water water everywhere, so the players have a drink!

The 1sts were away at Hazel Grove and 2nds at home to Buxworth, well that was the plan, but unfortunately the wet weather put play to that idea, so a number of the players went out on the lash, and got hammered instead. God help us all.. Weather permitting, next week see the 1sts host Newton, and the 2nds travel to Hadfield St Andrews.

[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Charlesworth & Chisworth CC 2nd XI

2nds put weakened Charlesworth to the sword, continuing their unbeaten run. Captain Brian Stone returned from his jollies, so it was unsurprising to hear he’d won the toss, and elected to put Charlesworth into bat, given the strength of the bowling attack we had available, and the fact Charlesworth were reduced to 9 men; hopefully young Master Valentine is ok after being taken to hospital, ill last night. With Charlesworth losing 5 wickets in close succession, with just 16 runs on the board after almost 12 overs, it was looking like a rout was on the cards, however the arrival of Steve Marren … Continue reading “[Week 7] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Charlesworth & Chisworth CC 2nd XI”