On a beautiful day for cricket in sunny Dukinfield, Stalybridge Captain Brian Stone won the toss against a youth heavy New Mills, putting the visitors into bat, and it wasn’t long until 2nd bowling opener Ajeet Kaintura (sorry Ajeet!) struck in the 4th over, bowling Alex Bellis for 1, seeing the opposition 2/1.
It didn’t get much better for the visitors with the bowlers claiming a wicket approximately 1 per 2.5 overs with only their captain Philip Jackson and Alex Shaw reaching double figures with 11 and 15 respectively, due to some quality bowling from Madussar Bashir (3-10 / 8), Ajeet Kaintura (3-10 / 12) who is unfortunately due to fly back to India cutting his season short; stay safe buddy, and Ned Woodman (2-12 / 6), with cameos from spinners Jordan Elliott (1-1 / 2) and Tony (The Fly) Mooney (1-1 / 0.3) wrapping up the tail-enders to see New Mills dismissed for 52 runs in just 28.3 overs despite some comical fielding at times, as was evident in the 2 seconds after the above image was taken.
Stalybridge’s innings was shorter still with the home side knocking off the total in exactly 10 overs for the loss of just opener Stuart Nock, to be seen out by Michael Hatton peppering the boundary to put 37 on in 35 deliveries, and fellow Manchester City supporter Jordan Elliott (12) carrying the bat at the other end sealing the victory for the home side, finishing the match 54/1.
Hopefully this scorer’s and many of the Stalybridge players’ evening will be as equally enjoyable when the afore mentioned Manchester City face Chelsea in the UEFA Champion’s League Final; Good luck guys 🍌. Well f*ck.
Next week sees the 2s at Chapel-en-the-Frith who lost their first game of the season today to league leaders Dove Holes for a 2nd vs 4th match.
Final result and scorecard: Stalybridge CC 2nd XI win by 9 wickets.