After impressing bowling session, 2nds make harder work of batting innings, but still manage to claim victory over Hazel Grove CC 2nds.
After what seems an eternity, (a month and 4 days to be petty), Brian Stone’s men were back on home ground, and after a week of torrential downpours, today’s match wasn’t a guaranteed event, but it did, and Brian won the toss and chose to put Hazel Grove into bat, stating he believed the ground would dry out over the course of the match, and the damp outfield would help prevent many unnecessary boundaries.
And he was correct in his thinking, with only 4 deliveries for the visitors reaching the boundary, three from opener and keeper, Steve Pigeon, and the other from captain Jake Bennett, coupled with some decent catching in the field, and good bowling figures from Ned Woodman, 2-19 off 12, 2-16 off 6 for Krunal Bhatt, 1-7 off 8 from Maurice Barber, 3-22 off 12 for Ahmed Hyatt, and 3-13 in 3.1 overs, from habitual stand-in Faz Hussain, saw Hazel Grove frustrated at the crease, and only able to put 91 runs on the board.
It could have been so much better too, with Hazel Grove 6 wickets down for 40 runs, but for a 46 run partnership between George Billingham and Jake Bennett, the latter of which was the final wicket to fall in Hazel Groves innings.
A chase of 91 in theory isn’t a great task , but that’s not the Stalybridge way this season, but between opener’s Stu Nock’s 20, Steve Monks 17, and Alex Wilde carrying the bat to finish on 21, the home side weathered the bowling attack, some of which from the Hazel Grove youngsters has to be said was excellent, to cross the finish line with 5 wickets and 13 overs to spare, but it felt like we made hard work of it.
That said, it’s great to have another win under our belt, well done lads, and well done to the 1sts also, who saw off Hollingworth to cement their place at the top of their division with an eighth consecutive victory.
Next week, the 2’s are at home again, when the opposition will be Old Glossop, who Hayfield apparently bowled out for 54 today; then the following day, it’s the second of our two games that weekend, back up Mottram Road, to Dinting Cricket Club.
Final result at score-card: Stalybridge win by 5 wickets.