[Week 21] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Mottram CC 2nd XI

Beaten by a better team on the day. With a win required in both remaining matches, and a low scoring draw required from the Hollingworth vs High Lane match, there was very little chance that we would clinch a promotion spot, and with a bulk of players absent to watch the Manchester derby (which City won if you weren’t aware :), it seemed doubly unlikely, so it’s not surprising that we weren’t firing on all cylinders, with only Mike Whitworth (53), Pete Coxon (23) batting decently, though I have to give credit to Jordan Elliott for his tail end performance, … Continue reading “[Week 21] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Mottram CC 2nd XI”

[Week 20] Hollingworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Much like our previous scheduled fixture, Saturday’s match against promotion favourites Hollingworth fell foul to the lovely British summer weather, albeit this week without a single ball being bowled, something I believe was the case across all four divisions of the DCCL, with only two games left in the season, it is looking increasingly unlikely that we’ll manage to clinch the remaining promotion spot, but as we face 3rd place Mottram for our final home match of 2016 next week, and 2nd place Hollingworth play 4th place High Lane, it hopefully makes for an exciting end of season away-day at confirmed … Continue reading “[Week 20] Hollingworth CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI”

[Week 18] Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

The weather dealt Staly’s 2nds a large blow to their promotion chances, with just 5 weeks and 4 games to go in the season, todays against 2nd to bottom Chapel-en-le-Frith was a must win to ensure Brian Stone’s men were to keep in contention for a promotion spot, with 3rd place Hollingworth playing 4th place Mottram, two of the three teams we’ll have to face before the season ends, with top of the table Hazel Grove being the last day of the season. A fifteen minute delay to the start of the game meant both teams would start 2 overs … Continue reading “[Week 18] Chapel-en-le-Frith CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI”

[Week 17] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Offerton CC 2nd XI

2nd XI’s 4th consecutive win keeps push for promotion on track, and Bez stays ’til the end. With Brian doing his usual sleight of hand with the coin-toss, he put Stalybridge into bat to try and maximise points, being a point behind Mottram CC at the start of the day, who don’t play today due to the odd number of teams in the league, despite a slow start, with only 26 runs on the board after 15 overs, albeit down a decent performance from both openers, it was the introduction of James Beswick at #4 that made the difference to the … Continue reading “[Week 17] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Offerton CC 2nd XI”

[Week 16] Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI

Mudi gets a 5fer in his last game for Stalybridge and Bez has a decent knock. Being the club-man that I am, I chose to spend my birthday not with my football team Stalybridge Celtic, celebrating a 1-0 win on their opening game of the new season (mainly because they were in Boston, Lincs. tbh) but with my cricketing buddies again in deepest Derbyshire, on a lovely summers day, chilling out in a little stone and wood hut for a few hours. The game started, with Brian and his magic coin winning the toss and electing to bat, at a … Continue reading “[Week 16] Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI”

[Week 15] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Compstall CC 2nd XI

Batters bowled well, bowlers bowled well, the opposition… well… Despite being turned over by 118 runs at their place at the start of the season, the return fixture was a massively one-sided affair in the opposite direction.  After losing the toss and being put into bat, openers Mike Whitworth and Alex Wilde were aggressive from the outset, with Mike being caught behind for 51 from 54 balls,  and Alex with 31 from 55, but the introduction of returning Joe Robinson with Mike’s dismissal put another 73 runs on the board; it was during Joe’s innings that he belted a cover drive, … Continue reading “[Week 15] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Compstall CC 2nd XI”