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Death Of The Cup

posted 7 May 2016, 23:42 by Mike Madden
Two weeks after the frozen tundra of Stalybridge we now faced a double weekend in sweltering tropical storms. Saturday saw the firsts travel up the road to sultry Dove Holes (Google it - I bet you wont find 'sultry' and 'Dove Holes' used in the same sentence) and came away with another spanking. The seconds thrived under new captain Marc Thompson, with the ex skipper recording another 50, whilst his opening partner limped off injured after 15 overs, scoring precisely 0. Ivan couldn't follow up his previous knock, but Reuben and Tommo put together a good stand. Rob Hill and Russ Wild kept things ticking over, but NE Morten was somewhat sawn off by his erstwhile partner in crime Nick Latham. Will Weston and Charlie Kitchen added useful knocks, and we closed on 166 for 8 - a competitive total on a track that had a bit of everything. The High Lane reply started in bizarre fashion. Their opener decided to smash everything, but one drive struck an unsuspecting Dave Lomax (he of the 15 overs for 0) and ricocheted into the stumps at the bowlers end. His opening partner and captain was run out, and that sparked an interesting run chase. Long gone are the days of steadily building an innings. This lot would have put T20 to shame as they tried to win inside 10 overs. Colin was having none of it, taking four wickets in two hostile spells. Will Weston chipped in with a wicket and could have had more, then Reuben came into the attack and settled matters. He took four wickets aided by catches from Will Weston and Rob Hill, whilst Charlie Kitchen showed promise in his one over that was a maiden. High Lane slumped from 40-4 to 53 all out, and Whaley are up into the heady heights of 3rd place. Sadly we have a bye next week before the local derby against Buxworth on cup final day. However, the captain and VC have opted to play cricket rather than to head to Wembley, first team take note!

Sunday should see the Bissenden and Hawk Trophy matches, but we have been unable to raise a second team. although to be fair the first team does quite resemble a second XI. We had the awkward task of calling to cancel, but the league secretary confirmed that we were not the first and probably would not be the last. Will we finally get a change to the format? Only time will tell, but the writing is clearly on the wall for at least the second XI ko.

We also failed to fulfil an Under 17s fixture for very different reasons. A significant proportion of the team were playing football, and succeeded in winning their league, so I guess it was all worthwhile!

Fortunately player availability is a short term problem at Whaley Bridge, and within the next few weeks we should be able to welcome back Harry Bold, Ben Stones, and several of our Under 17s. There is even talk of Gibbo making a comeback once he sorts out his water retention. Not sure what he is going to do with his potato retention though.