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Darren Crompton's Teeth!

posted 1 Aug 2015, 07:16 by Mike Madden
Well, sat here on a Saturday afternoon is not good. We have to do it in 3 weeks time as that is our 'bye' week, but today we have no game because Chapel could not field a side. We have our own selection problems, with injuries, YNot and shopping, but it must have hurt a passionate Milly to have to ring up last night and let me know they only had 7 men. The league will no doubt impose a fine, but what effect will that have? Its not likely to attract more cricketers to Chapel, and therein lies the problem. Chapel School don't have a particularly active cricket section, and there is the draw of Buxworth, Whaley Bridge and Dove Holes. Is Neil Shaw's prediction about to come true earlier than expected? I certainly hope not - and hopefully this is a one off YNot affected situation.

At the last home game we had professional tea makers, in that Ed Kitchen's partner Kelly has her own delicatessen in Glossop. She did a wonderful job, for the second time this season, and she is already booked in for the last match - note to self - bowl first and bat down the order. It is always good to recruit tea ladies - first team should take note - and hands off!

One thing that all players should be aware of is that the tea ladies (and gentlemen) volunteer for their duties, and it is good manners to thank them for their efforts, and to take your plates back when you have finished. Its not rocket science, and if you don't treat them like skivvies they are far more likely to turn up for another tour of duty.

The Under 15s lost narrowly in the final at Hazel Grove, and I do not intend to go into the whys and wherefores of team selection, post match post mortems and inappropriate comments, that has been dealt with elsewhere, and rightly so. In all of the rhetoric a lot of good work can be overlooked, and I would like to give credit that is clearly due to the efforts of Reuben Cutts, Andrew Gibson and Elliot Simmonds for their involvement with the juniors this year. It is easy for myself to turn up and help out every week, I have two youngsters playing at different age groups, but these three manage teams for no other reason than the love of cricket and the desire to see their teams succeed.

A blast from the past appeared this week - in the form of this clip from Alex Tweddle. Darren Crompton lost there teeth! Didn't affect his looks much.

Tomorrow sees the Under 17s play in finals day at Whaley Bridge. Hawk Green are involved in the National Village Cricket competition, and we were only too happy to step in as hosts having already qualified as southern champions. Unfortunately the day clashes with YNot, and we have at least five players there that are adamant that they are not coming back to play. However, we are still hopeful, and we will field a team whatever! We have match winners in abundance, and if one or two of them come to the party we will be in with a good chance. Win, lose or rained off we will at least be able to cater for the teams and spectators, with bacon and sausages butties in the morning followed by chilli in the afternoon. We could even have music - as we secured a licence this week.

Dave Cartledge reached 50 last month, and to commemorate this achievement Dove Holes awarded him his own parking spot, as if its not already difficult enough for visitors to park at Dove! I wonder what other clubs might give to their long serving members? Perhaps New Mills could give Pete Fletcher a gold urinal, Buxworth could give Johnno a personalised roller, and at Whaley Bridge, as Caddy pores over the current club handbook, we could provide him with an electronic proof reader.

Speaking of which, the six a side was inevitably rained off, again, and for once it was gratifying to see the rain pour down all afternoon,endorsing the controversial decision.