After the narrow defeat last week at the hands of Old Glossop, Stalybridge 2nds were looking to make amends at Pott Shrigley, a location set in infamy for this scorer’s son, who was run-out without facing a ball on the previous visit to this ground back at the tail end of 2019.
With Brian winning the toss, he elected to bowl, and opening bowlers Madussar Bashir and Ajeet Kaintura kept the run rate to around 3 an over, and for the first 14 overs, with just the one wicket to show for it though, a big air shot by Andy Tomenson (19) taken by Jordan Elliott at point, off Ajeet’s delivery to see the hosts 34-1.
Ned Woodman replaced ‘Muddy’ after his 6th over, and Tilak Bhojani came in for Ajeet after his eighth, but that 17th over was to be Tilak’s only one of the day, after suffering with a shoulder injury prior to last week’s fixture, he made the longest single over I have personally witnessed, with fourteen deliveries, consisting of 7 wides, 1 no-ball, 1 run and 5 dot balls, though that said, the 9 runs conceded in that over is still a lot less than a couple of the overs tallies last week.
His replacement, Gary Sandiford hadn’t picked up a ball since playing 5 matches in 2018 after having his first child, yet it was almost as if he hadn’t been away, picking up his first wicket just five balls in, with a faint nick off opener Mark Dean (19) who up to that point had been picking up some tidy singles, to keeper Keith Bowers‘s welcoming gloves, Pott Shrigley were now 56-2.
Four overs later and Gary had the over of his career dismissing Pott Shrigley’s captain Ian Tomenson (19), then Steve Barlow (3) and James Samarji (0) for his hattrick and 5fer, leaving the hosts stunned on 80-7.
He took one more wicket and probably should have had another after two dropped catches to finish his session 6-18 off 8. “Bowled Gary“.
Special mention for Jordan Elliott’s 2nd catch of the day, a ground level ‘worldy‘ to see Shrigley’s keeper Jonathan Dixon dismissed for 3 off Madussar (2-16) before Muddy completed the rout to see the hosts 86 AO.
After the interval, Stalybridge, after losing 4 wickets for 50 runs, decided slow and steady was the order of the day, picking up runs when offered and needing just 1.5 RPO for the majority, and other than a single over, where Tilak thought he needed to try and slog the left-handed captain’s deliveries, his remainder of his innings alongside stalwart Tony Mooney (9*) was a measured approach, taking a boundary when offered, then smartly blocking out the rest, finally hitting a 4 to see Stalybridge win by 6 wickets and 13.4 overs to spare.
Well done everyone, everything seemed to click into place today, the fielding was great, the batting efficient and the bowling sublime.
Final result and Scorecard: Stalybridge CC 2nd XI win by 6 wickets.