[Week 6] Stalybridge St Paul’s vs Offerton

Stalybridge St Paul’s hosted Offerton on Saturday hoping to pick up from their previous home win. Having lost the toss and being invited to bat, openers Adam Harwick and Daniel Collins soon set about the bowling as they gave Stalybridge a solid start with a 69 partnership. Following the demise of Harwick (40) and Collins (35), a typical Stalybridge mid-order collapse ensued with only Khalid Akram (26) getting into double figure. No. 9 Mike Mallett ensured Stalybridge passed 200 however with some powerful hitting, as he smashed 52 not out, meaning the target was set at 218 to win. Mallett … Continue reading “[Week 6] Stalybridge St Paul’s vs Offerton”

[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] Stalybridge St Paul’s 1st XI vs Charlesworth

Stalybridge St Paul’s finally had their first home game of the season on Saturday as they entertained Charlesworth. Having won the toss again, an easy decision was made to bat first, with the wicket and ground looking as good as ever, as Stalybridge hoped to continue their slow improvement of form with the bat. Adam Harwick answered the call for somebody to ‘stick-around’ as he produced a very steady 56 opening up, with most others chipping in around him. Khalid Akram (23) and Mike Mallett (27 not out) helping out to allow Stalybridge to set 175 for 7, a tricky but … Continue reading “[Week 4] Stalybridge St Paul’s 1st XI vs Charlesworth”

[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 1st XI vs Woodley and Birch Vale

Stalybridge St Paul’s made the short trip to Woodley on Saturday as the weather finally allowed for a guaranteed game. Having won the toss and elected to bat, regular wickets fell all through the innings as Stalybridge’s shot selection left a lot to be desired. Only a brief Rob Mallett blast of 22 managed to nudge the score past hundred, which left Stalybridge with only a glimmer of hope. A few early-innings wicket in Woodley’s reply showed a bit of fight but 105 was way too low a total as Woodley passed their target with 4 wickets down. On Sunday, … Continue reading “[Week 3] Stalybridge St Paul’s 1st XI vs Woodley and Birch Vale”

[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”