[Week 5] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI

For the 3rd time this season, the weather has a detrimental affect on our game, with the home match against Birch Vale & Thornsett 2nd XI being abandoned in the second innings. The match started 35 minutes late due to the rain, reducing the overs to 41 apiece, after Captain-for-the-day, vice captain James Beswick won the toss and put Birch Vale into bat, everything seemed to be going well, with the visitors 2 wickets down for 2 runs, when their young keeper #4 Kallis Hyde joined captain Tim Johnson at the crease, who over the next 27 overs put 62 runs … Continue reading “[Week 5] Stalybridge St. Paul’s CC 2nd XI vs Birch Vale & Thornsett CC 2nd XI”

[Week 4] Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI

Well, it seems that the sunny weather only benefits the games played at home, having just watched the 1sts get their first win of the season, at home, after a short trip over Werneth Low to Compstall, to witness a resounding defeat to two batsmen, the opener Ravi Patel, who batted the full 45 overs putting 114 on the board with seventeen 4s & two 6s, and number 4, bowler Vinny Clark, who managed an equally impressive 67, between them a one hundred and sixty three partnership. In reply, if you can call it that, facing a 12 year old opening bowler, (the … Continue reading “[Week 4] Compstall CC 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI”

[Week 3] Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI vs Buxworth 2nd XI

Stalybridge 2nds opened the batting after losing the toss to a 10 man Buxworth, with a solid Mike Brownesque performance from Anthony Hunter, with 33 runs from 99 deliveries, before the rest of the team collapsed with just Gary Sandiford and Keith Bowers making double figures (just) with 17 and 11 respectively, leaving Brian Stone’s men’s innings 6 runs short of a batting point, mainly down to a good bowling performance from Buxworth’s young bowler Marcus Page who bowled a respectable 4-26 in 10 overs. With just 94 on the board, it looked an unlikely task to take anything from … Continue reading “[Week 3] Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI vs Buxworth 2nd XI”

[Week 2] High Lane 2nd XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI

Well, much like the opening cup fixture weekend, both the 1st’s and 2nd’s games against High Lane are off, due to the “pisswetthrough-iness” as our resident Twa Twitterati might say. Ah well, I’m sure it was just a ploy by 2nd Team Captain Brian Stone, who wasn’t looking forward to having a game where I wasn’t available to score. Well, roll on Week 3 – with 2nd’s hopefully playing host to Buxworth and the 1st’s travelling to deepest, darkest Woodley.

[Week 1] – Hayfield CC 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI

Stalybridge St Paul’s started their adventure into the Derbyshire and Cheshire league with a trip to the beautiful little ground of Hayfield. Skipper Richard Wright won the toss and decided to bat on a surprisingly hard wicket considering the previous week’s weather, with Stalybridge hoping to take advantage of the small boundary. Advantage was not really taken however as the innings ended on 169 which seemed well short of a competitive total on such a small ground. Wright (28), Richard Wilde (24), debutant Khalid Akram (39) and Jamie Brownhill (21) all made starts but both a failure to convert these … Continue reading “[Week 1] – Hayfield CC 1st XI vs Stalybridge St. Paul’s 1st XI”

[Week 1] – Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI vs Whaley Bridge 2nd XI

The 2nds opened the new campaign at home on a sunny but bitterly cold afternoon with a narrow defeat to a 10 man Whaley Bridge 2nd XI, failing to overcome their opening innings  score of 174 all out, by reaching just 163 before the final wicket of Graham Stone’s questionable LBW decision that saw a bruise just below his hip be deemed low enough to warrant his departure. Having scored for the club for just over 4 1/2 years without a “retired injured” before, it was therefore appropriate that there’d be two in one game, with both Whaley Bridge’s David … Continue reading “[Week 1] – Stalybridge St. Paul’s 2nd XI vs Whaley Bridge 2nd XI”