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Saturday 7th May

posted 9 May 2011, 14:13 by Mike Madden
1st XI v Woodley (home)

Once again we rely on the text from the league website...

Woodley continue to impress after annihilating Whaley Bridge. Woodley travelled to Whaley and the home team were bowled out for just 83. Pete Coffey took 4-47, and A Chadwick 5-25. Woodley struggled to reach the required target and it was left to Jamie Kay with 37 to secure the points as Woodley finished on 84-5. 

Although this was a comprehensive defeat, Eddie was surprisingly jovial in the pub afterwards.

2nd XI v Compstall (away)

It is a while since any of us have played at Compstall, and we were quite looking forward to it despite the rain. Compstall's giant sheep and giant bench seem to have been replaced by a giant cover, which kept the wicket dry apart from a few spillages when it was being removed. Compstall won the toss and chose to bat, a surprising decision with the arc of water just outside off stump. Colin Wild opened up and removed the Compstall captain in the first over, though at the other end Fid struggled. Nige Morten played like a demon behind the sticks, in fact it was almost like having a real wicketkeeper after some of the recent displays there. Colin got his second wicket, and like the first it was clean bowled, to have Compstall reeling at 23 for 2. Peter Crowley came into the attack and got a favourable lbw decision, then Gibbo took a return catch to remove the other opener. When Nige took a sharp stumping (yes that's right, a stumping) off Gibbo, the home side were 70 for 5, but the score eased past 100 before Nick Howe took a good catch off Gibbo, thanks to Scholesy changing the field. Unfortunately, when Scholesy tried the same trick off his own bowling a succession of fours ensued, broken only by the occasional six. Fid took a catch to give Scholesy some reward, then Gibbo took his fourth wicket when captain MMM held on to an over the shoulder skyer, but only after no one else stepped up to claim it. Colin finished off the tail with two clean bowled victims, the second of which seemed to be a no ball after it hit the top of the stumps on the full, especially as the batsman was only just bigger than the stumps himself. With the total on 125 all out Whaley were confident, particularly after such a fine display in the field. Gibbo was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 19, whilst Colin finished with 4-30. Peter and Scholesy took a wicket each for 24 and 30 respectively, whilst Fid could only manage 5 overs for 18. MMM and Peter opened against a hostile attack. They seemed to have weathered the storm until Peter played a magnificent forward defensive and held his pose. On reflection, the fact that his off stump had been removed probably meant that it wasn't as good a shot as first thought, and Peter was gone for 5. MMM was surprisingly given out lbw for 17, then Nick Howe smote his way to 3 with some lusty blows, most of which got nowhere near the ball, but they did serve to intimidate the opposition. Jake continued where he left off last week with some classy shots, aided by the uncompromising Scholesy. When Jake went for 30 with the score on 83 there could have been a panic, but Anthony Rowntree got off the mark with a six to ease the nerves. He was eventually out for 12, then it was left to Shawy to hold up his end whilst Scholesy took centre stage. The showman timed his winning stroke to perfection, and although we only wanted one to win, a misfield gave us a four, taking Scholesy to a wondrous unbeaten 50. The 5 wicket victory gained maximum points, and sees the unfancied Bridge riding high in second place in the table.