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Week 2 report

posted 2 May 2011, 01:49 by Mike Madden
In the absence of anything official - this is what the league said about the firsts...

Charlesworth are joint leaders after beating Whaley Bridge at home. Charlesworth batted first and scored 189 all out off 44 overs. Runs were shared around with P Littlewood top scoring with 35. The pick of the Whaley bowlers was D Marchington with 4-29. Whaley struggled as wickets fell at a steady rate through out the innings, Dave Wood 3-26 and J Wardle 3-16 proved more than a handful, and Whaley were bowled out for 153. 

2nd XI v Charlesworth (home)

On the day before this fixture we were at times down to six players, but by hook or by crook we ended up with eleven, and what an eleven. The captain marched out to the centre with the opposing captain and the umpires, and cringed slightly when the coin came down in his favour. It was a tough decision, but on a bone hard pitch and a sunny day he stuck the opposition in to bat. Memories of 400+ at Buxworth last season sprang to mind, but with our batting, if we had taken first knock the game could have been over by 2.30. Jake Drayson was once again playing football so we would have to start with 10, and at 1.20pm Harry Bold had not put in an appearance. By coincidence, our president and printer David Cadwallader was performing the annual unveiling of the club handbooks, and he suddenly developed a spring in his step. "My kit is in Buxton but I could go and get it," he suggested, ignoring the fact that his last competitive match was probably more than ten years ago. When his suggestion was taken up he was off, but he only needed to go as far as Scholesy's house as our resident chef kindly donated his kit to the rejuvenated batsman. So we took to the field with nine men, but Caddy soon joined us, and Jake was not too far behind, though he missed the early drama. John "Stan" Stanway, signed from Chapel just that morning, took the second over and got a wicket with his first ball as Sam Slack held a good catch. Meanwhile, Caddy interrupted play by chasing his hat round the field for a while. In the fifth over Colin Wild got the other opener to sky one to the returning Anthony Rowntree, and Charlesworth were 4-2. Colin claimed another three victims to make the score 56 for 5, but then the visitors staged a recovery. Whaley were briefly down to 10 men as Caddy chased his hat into the field adjacent to the ground. Stan went behind the stumps and missed a couple of chances, whilst Mike Madden and Jake Drayson both misjudged skyers. There were suggestions that Colin and Gibbo both refused catches, and it was quite a relief when MMM took a catch off Stan. TR just missed the chance to catch the Charlesworth captain, but when the ball spun back to him it should have been an easy run out. Unfortunately the ball thought otherwise, and legbreaked past the Whaley keeper. TR redeemed himself with a catch behind the stumps off Stan, then Colin chipped in with two more dismissals, one a return catch, to give him figures of 6-26. John Stanway had a highly creditable 3-62, whilst Fid (0-22) and Gibbo (0-45) completed the bowling attack. 167 for 9 was probably a lot more than it could have been, and there would be a huge reliance on Whaley's top order if we were to get anywhere near. Caddy had been swirling his arm and looking confident earlier on in the day, but now he settled for the number 8 spot, and a significant spot it proved to be. MMM chanced his arm and got away with it early on, but TR was caught for 6, and Sam proved that moving from 10 to 3 in the space of a week was a bit too much as he was bowled for 4. Jake Drayson came in at 4, and immediately looked at home. He stroked the ball well, ran his captain ragged, and the pair took the score past 100. MMM completed a valiant 50, then disaster struck as he slipped and ran himself out for 63. Jake continued to impress, but Anthony Rowntree went for 2 and Whaley were 120 for 4. Nick Heys played an uncharacteristic swashbuckling innings of 10, then Jake went for a marvellous 42 as Whaley reached 146 for 6, with Stan and Caddy now at the crease. Older heads such as Clayton said that the game was now over and we would not lose another wicket, and when Caddy stroked one through mid off for four our confidence grew. Stan played his part in reaching 13 not out, but it was fittingly left to our president to pull the winning 4 as he also finished on 13 not out. After the poor effort last week, chasing down 167 was certainly a confidence booster, and with Caddy itching to get his own kit out of mothballs, who knows what the rest of the season will bring?