[Week 18] Newton CC 1st XI vs Stalybridge CC 1st XI

Last day shenanigans ends up with season’s 2nd top score and a 100+ partnership. With the usual 1st XI scorer otherwise pre-disposed, I was asked to score the 1st’s final fixture of the 2021 season, at Newton, much to the annoyance of my missus, given today was our wedding anniversary. Captain Adam Smith-Harwick won the toss and chose to have a bat, deciding to rip the usual batting order up, and started with Tilak Bhojani and Jacob Dooley, Tilak survived just two deliveries before being bowled on his 3rd, with just a single run to his name, Jacob faired a … Continue reading “[Week 18] Newton CC 1st XI vs Stalybridge CC 1st XI”

Chairmans XI vs Presidents XI & Defibrillator Fund Raising

I’ve just had the pleasure of scoring my first ‘100’ game and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty weird, and at times frantic to score, and that’s when I know 95% of the players!!! As the weekend’s festivities continue well into the evening, much to the annoyance of a certain Transcendental Astrologer over on Chester Avenue, my post is here to say thank you to all involved in organising this weekend’s activities in aid of raising funds towards purchasing a defibrillator to be held at the ground in the hope of never needing to be used to help someone who … Continue reading “Chairmans XI vs Presidents XI & Defibrillator Fund Raising”

[Week 15] Stalybridge CC 2nd XI vs Buxworth CC 2nd XI

Rain stops play, Duckworth-Lewis-Stern wanted. With what was supposed to be the final game of the season (which is now next week, due to last Saturday’s COVID related rearranged fixture against Tintwistle), I was back in the ‘Tiki hut’ after a couple of weeks absence, as Stalybridge host Buggy. As you’ve come to expect by now, Brian Stone won the toss, but at the time no rain was expected until late into the afternoon, so with a couple of new additions to the squad, he elected to put Buxworth into the field, and give some batting time to those who … Continue reading “[Week 15] Stalybridge CC 2nd XI vs Buxworth CC 2nd XI”

[Week 11] Stalybridge CC 2nd XI vs Hollingworth CC 2nd XI

Madussar Bashir bowls career best against Hollingworth on a bloody hot day! I thought last week’s was a good game up at Dinting for Brian Stone‘s men, but where last week it was a combined team effort of batting and bowling, today was all about one man, Madussar Bashir. After uncharacteristically losing the toss, Brian’s team were put into the field by Hollingworth’s captain Simon Lee, given how Ravi batted last week, and the subsequent destruction of their batting line-up, it was probably for the best, all things considered. With his first two overs a maiden, Muddy opened his account … Continue reading “[Week 11] Stalybridge CC 2nd XI vs Hollingworth CC 2nd XI”

[Week 10] Dinting CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge CC 2nd XI

Victory at last, comes in an emphatic manner! After a little heavy rain first thing in the morning, the smallish outfield at Dinting was slick, and well prepared, so batting first was the order of the day when Brian customarily won the toss. Stuart Nock alongside Ravi Patel put on a 26 run opening partnership before Nock, not long after smacking a massive six over the score-hut I was stationed in, was caught at long-on for 15 despite the bowler’s front foot a good six inches over the line, a error not penalised on at least five other times by the … Continue reading “[Week 10] Dinting CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge CC 2nd XI”

Disgusting news to report

Please find below an abridged copy of a message posted to the club’s internal WhatsApp group by club Chairman Phil Hammond. 🙁 Hi guys. I am absolutely devastated to tell you all that last night (Sunday) the club was broken into. Myself and Paul (Whitworth) have spoken to Ashton CSI and the investigation will continue. We are going to go down to the police station shortly. We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that all June’s cash takings and the raffle money has been taken from the safe. <redacted paragraph> More to follow Phil Hammond Whoever has done this, may the … Continue reading “Disgusting news to report”