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Saturday 15th September – Match Sponsor – Alan Batt Estate Agents

 

Standish 1st XI played Astley & Tyldesley 1st XI at the Green Lane ground in the final match of the season.  In the last meeting between these 2 sides Standish won with a thrilling end after needing 71 runs from 42 balls.  Standish won the toss and put A & T into bat.  A & T started well as Standish literally threw everything at them.  Eventually opener A Booth was trapped lbw and the A & T pro J Cutt didn’t last long either, being caught at point for just 6.  A & T opener J McDougal hit 98 before being caught at backward square leg by a diving Jack Heaton who managed to scoop the ball of the tips of grass.  Nick Smith kept wicket very capably for the second week in succession.  A & T went on to score a total of 214 for 7 from their 48 overs with the A & T middle order contributing a very useful 70 runs, Sam Heeley took 5 for 82 from 23 overs.  Once again and for the last time this season a sumptuous Standish cricket tea was served up before Standish began the chase.  Nick Smith was promoted to opener but sadly didn’t last long and didn’t trouble the scorers.  Usman Khushnood hit 35 with Zulqanain Khan 21 before Sam Heeley came to the crease with Ammar Baig at the other end.  Sam & Ammar put together a very useful partnership and swung the match to Standish’s favour.  Ammar struggled at first but dug in as he went on to hit 45, Sam was given lbw on 34 with Standish needing 60 runs from approx 60 balls.  Nauman Khushnood who put A & T to the sword in the last match only managed 8 and Arshad Khan 13 before Jack Heaton was out for 0.  The balance had swung back towards A & T.  James Bazeley was caught & bowled for 6.  Chris Gunn and Paul Woodend saw out the last 7 balls as Standish finished 23 runs short of the target.

 

Standish 2nd XI travelled to across the borough to A & T 2nd XI at Gin Pit Village.  Standish won the toss and put A & T in to bat.  Standish started well bowling opener A Chapman for 0, whilst R Cox was run out for 4.  As with the A & T 1st XI the middle order scored all the runs as A & T reached 186 all out in the 43rd over.  Noman Salim took 3 for 37 from 10 overs and Jacob McCarthy 3 for 9 off 2.4 overs.  Standish openers Rob Hart 16 & Gary Hadfield 12 started slow with A & T bowling tight and sadly were the only 2 batsmen to score double figures as A & T dismissed Standish for 61.

 

 

Saturday 8th September – Match Sponsor – Standish Property Maintenance

 

Standish CC 1st XI travelled to Elton in Bury to take on Elton CC 1st XI.  Both captains agreed that Elton would bat first on a beautiful day for a game of cricket.  Elton pro Chris Read was playing due to a ban, but Standish were fielding a weakened team themselves.  Elton openers D Murray & M Gowers got Elton off to great start.  D Murray hit is maiden century for Elton 1st XI and was finally stumped by Nick Smith on 112.  M Gowers hit 74 and J Ashworth a quick fire 39 as Elton posted a first innings total of 257.  Tea was taken before Standish came out to bat.  Ammar Baig was bowled for 0 in the first over.  Usman Khushnood hit 33 before being bowled.  Zulqanain Khan also hit 33 and Sam Heeley 31 but the weakened team and the size of the target was too great for Standish.   Standish were finally all out for 128 in the 39th over.  The highlight of the day was Usman Khusnood’s 33 taking him past 500 runs for the season.

 

Standish 2nd XI played Elton CC 2nd XI at the home of Standish CC on Green Lane.  Standish won the toss and put Elton into bat.  The Standish opening bowlers made short work of the Elton opening batsmen.  Chris Gunn bowled opener J Scully for 0.  C Roberts made just 13 before being caught.  Chris Gunn then struck again having D Gowers caught for just 2 before Jack Ashurst had O Norris caught for 4.  Elton were 33 for 4 and in trouble.  D Fenton steadied the ship with 46 assisted by C Murray 26 and P Donnelly 29 as Elton went on to post 212 for 8 from their 48 overs, Jack Ashurst was the pick of the Standish bowlers with 4 for 47.  Another fine Standish tea was taken before Standish set about chasing the target.  Opener Peter Walder hit 52 whilst Gary Edwards was lbw for 11,  James Bazeley scored 40 before being caught and bowled.  Standish were 130 for 3 and looked well on course to make the 213 required to win with plenty of batting still to come.  Sadly an all too familiar Standish batting collapse ensued with 7 wickets taken for just 34 runs.  Standish managed just 159 all out in the 45th over, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory after such a fine start.

 
 

Sunday 2nd September – Match Sponsor – Standish Print Co.

 

Standish 1st XI played Spring View 1st XI for the last time in the BDCA at Green Lane, as Spring View head for the The Liverpool Cricket Competition League next season.  Standish batted first in a 39 over match, and it didn’t start well.  Opener Usman Khushnood was caught 2nd ball for 0 and Andy Hill not long after for 2.  Zulqarnain Khan 21 and Ammar Baig 30 steadied the ship for Standish before Spring View bowler Salman Nazar claimed 4 wickets in 4 balls.  The Standish lower order offered some resistance posting a total of 112 for 9, Salman Nazar recorded figures of 8 for 52 from 20 overs.  Once again another excellent Standish tea was served up before Spring View went out to bat.   Once again Standish dug deep and took early wickets.  Spring View opener Sean Brooks was out for 1 bringing the Spring View pro and captain of Karachi, A Ur-Rehman to the crease, Rehman hit 30 before being caught.  Overs were ticking away and Standish were giving everything in search of victory, some excellent fielding and catches saw Spring View 7 down.  Finally the last over with 6 runs required from 6 balls.  Opener Lewis Matthews 63* hit a 6 on the first ball of the over and the winning runs after being dropped 4 times earlier in his innings.  It was an enthralling match to watch.

 

Standish 2nd XI travelled across Wigan to play Spring View 2nd XI.  Spring View won the toss and put Standish in to bat.  Openers Peter Walder 16 and Nick Smith 20 seemed to be cruising before Peter Walder was caught followed by Nick Smith the very next ball.  Steve Critchley hit 18 before being bowled with Gary Hadfield at the opposite end 17 also bowled before Jack Heaton 15 was bowled in the middle order.  Paul Woodend came in at number 7 and punished some loose bowling before being given lbw after hitting the ball, very sportingly Spring View called Woodend back to the crease where he went on to hit 28 and top score.  Standish were all out for 123 in the 37th over.  Spring View opened their innings with youngster John Richardson who hit an unbeaten 36, only surpassed by C Higham 37 as Spring View hit the winning runs in the 36th over.

 

 

Saturday 1st September – Match Sponsor – Standish Print Co.

 

Standish 1st XI travelled away to play Little Hulton 1st XI on a bright summers afternoon in September!!  Standish won the toss and batted first with only 5 team members present at the ground for the 12.30 early start.  Andy Hill and Sam Heeley opened the batting and battled to score against tight bowling.  Andy Hill fell for 6, Sam went on to top score with 16 as Standish were bowled out for just 56 in the 28th over, Nisar Patel of Little Hulton took 7 wickets for 30 runs in 13.5 overs.  The captains agreed to play through and take a late tea so Little Hulton went straight in to bat.  C Barlow and the Little Hulton pro J Umega opened the batting and neither lasted long with Barlow caught for 1 and the pro 0.  Little Hulton were 3 for 2 in the 2nd over.  Number 3 batsman for Little Hulton Nisar Patel hit a quick fire 37 before being caught.  Number 4 J Halliday scored before being caught and bowled by Sam Heeley.  Standish were giving it everything trying to defend such a small score but it was never enough as Little Hulton passed the target in the 14th over.

 

Standish 2nd XI played the reverse fixture against Little Hulton 2nd XI at the Green Lane ground.  Standish won the toss and batted first.  Openers Nick Smith 19 and Ian Fielding 10 got Standish off to a decent start but, they were the only Standish batsmen to hit double figures, as Standish 2nd XI emulated the 1st team being bowled out for just 47 in the 23rd over.  Could the 2nd team do what the 1st team couldn’t??  After another fine Standish tea, Little Hulton came out to bat.  J Howell and C Nuttall opened and seemed to have the measure of Standish before an epic batting collapse.  Little Hulton were 18 for 0 and all out for 36 !! in 14 overs.  Steve Critchley took 7 for 17 in 7 overs and guided Standish to victory in a very low scoring match.

 

 

Saturday 25th August – Match Sponsor – FX Leisure

 

Standish CC 1st XI welcomed local rivals Adlington CC 1st XI to the Green Lane ground.  Adlington currently in second place in the league 2 points behind Daisy Hill won the toss and put Standish in to bat.  The match was reduced to 43 overs per side.  Once again the Standish innings didn’t get off to the best start with opener Arshad Khan LBW for just 1.  Usman Khushnood hit his 4th 50 of the season scoring 55 before being caught.  Zulqarnain Khan & Sam Heeley both scored 20 as Standish reached 117 for 6 from their 43 overs on a difficult wicket, Majid Majeed for Adlington took 5 for 29.  Another superb Standish tea was served before Adlington commenced their innings.  Adlington opener C Lee was run out for 0 by a superb piece of fielding by Standish captain Sam Heeley before the heavens opened and put an end to the match, with the score on 4 for 1.  It would have been an interesting game had the rain stayed away.  Good Luck to Adlington in their quest to win the league.

 

Standish 2nd XI travelled to Adlington to take on Adlington CC 2nd XI, once again the weather prevented any play and the match was abandoned leaving the points to be shared.

 

 

Saturday 18th August - Match Sponsor – Zeera Indian Takeaway

 

Standish CC 1st XI travelled to play Daisy Hill CC 1st XI on yet another wet Saturday afternoon.  Standish won the toss and with one eye on the weather put Daisy Hill into bat.  Daisy opener M Chilton was caught by Nick Smith for just 4 off the bowling of Arshad Khan after facing 22 balls.  The other opener M Wood top scored with 68 as Daisy Hill went on to post a target of 193 from their 43 overs.  Standish bowlers Sam Heeley took 3 wickets for 108 and Arshad Khan 2 wickets for 78.  The Standish innings didn’t start well with Ammar Baig dismissed for just 1 after 11 balls, and Zulqarnain Khan was dismissed for 0, closely followed by Sam Heeley for 3, Arshad Khan top scored with 31 as Standish were bowled out for 112.  Daisy bowlers Stephen Hodgkinson took 4 for 46 and Amjid Khan 3 for 34.

 

Standish CC 2nd XI hosted Daisy Hill CC 2nd XI at the Green Lane ground.  Standish won the toss and put Daisy in to bat.  Daisy openers Darren Sale 23 & Adam Coulston 17 and Jason Dunning 23 scored any runs of note as Daisy were bowled out for 99 in the 41st over.  Steve Critchley took 6 for 23, Jack Heaton 2 for 10 and Andy Fox & Elliot Chapman a wicket each.  Another fine Standish cricket tea was provided before Standish set about the chase.  The chase didn’t start well as opener Jack Heaton was out for 1 however, Mike Hadfield went on to hit an unbeaten 52* with Steve Critchley at the other end scoring 35 before being caught.  Tom Proe finished off the job with 9* in just the 21st over.

 
 

Saturday 11th August – Match Sponsor – Suzanne Dennis Optometrist

 

Standish 1st XI entertained Flixton CC 1st XI at the home of Standish CC on Green Lane.  Flixton won the toss and batted first.  A weakened Standish side due to late cry off’s struggled for bowlers and even Sam Heeley struggled after the first ball of the day a no ball, was hit for six.  Opener Luke Perry hit 85 but this was surpassed by Anton Beckford as he went on to hit 200 and take the league record for the highest amateur 1st XI score in a match.  Flixton finished on 374 for 6, Usman Khushnood took 5 for 141 and Sam Heeley 1 for 142.  The Standish tea was delightful and well needed by some of the Standish players who had been chasing leather for 48 overs.  Standish had a huge task on their hands to get anything from the match and it didn’t start well with opener Muhammad Saqib bowled for 0, Zulqarnain Khan hit 63 supported by Usman Khushnood 38 and Sam Heeley 18, as Standish made inroads into the huge target required.  Jack Heaton hit 26* as wickets tumbled at the other end.  Standish were bowled out for 214 with 5 balls to spare passing by the opportunity of 2 bonus points for not being out.

 

Standish 2nd XI had to embarrassingly concede their match to Flixton CC 2nd XI due to 1st XI cry off’s taking players from the team.

 

 

Saturday 4th August – Match Sponsor – Wigan Beer Company

 

Standish 1st XI hosted top of the league Edgworth CC 1st XI at the Green Lane ground.  Standish won the toss and batted first, but it did not start well at all with both openers out for 0, Sam Heeley hit just 10 and Nauman Khushnood 12 before Rob Cobley added to the ducks.  Arshad Khan top scored with 18 as Standish were bowled out for 68 in the 32nd over.   In total there were 6 ducks, Liam Watkinson Edgworth’s professional and son of ex Lancashire player Mike Watkinson took 6 wickets for 29 runs and M Shore 4 for 38.  Once again an excellent Standish tea was provided before the Edgworth innings.  The Standish bowlers had their work cut out to keep the Edgworth batsmen under pressure but, Edgworth also struggled to bat on what was a good wicket.  Openers A Dickson went for 2 and, N Hallows 4.  Liam Watkinson top scored with only 16 as the Edgworth wickets continued to fall.  A Mills for 3, A Marsden for 3, J Lambert 0, Mike Watkinson 3 and S Lord 4.  Edgworth did however pass the target in the 29th over for the loss of 8 wickets.  Arshad Khan 4 for 27 and Sam Heeley 4 for   4 for 45 shared the wickets.

 

Standish 2nd XI made the torturous journey to Edgworth to play Edgworth CC 2nd XI.  Standish won the toss and batted first, although the batting performance emulated that of the 1st XI.  4 ducks and a top score of 20 by Steve Critchley saw Standish bowled out for just 58.  J Lea and R McNaughton both took 3 wickets for a combined 24 runs and J Brookes and T Caine took 2 wickets each for a total of 14 runs.  After tea Edgworth came out to bat with openers S Ivers 23* and D Thornton 25* knocking the runs off with ease in the 13th over, rounding off a terrible weekends cricket for Standish CC.

 

 

Sunday 29th July – Match Sponsor – Springfield Portable Buildings

 

Standish 1st XI crossed the borough to play Atherton CC 1st XI.  Having rained heavily over night the start was delayed until 3pm whilst the pitch was prepared, and the match reduced to 35 overs per side.  Standish won the toss and put Atherton into bat hoping the rain would stay away and the conditions improve.  The Standish bowlers Arshad Khan and Sam Heeley bowled to their field and restricted Atherton to only 102 for 8 from their 35 overs sharing 4 wickets a piece, supported by some excellent fielding.  It had been a while since Standish had beaten Atherton and surely 102 was not enough, or was it ??  Opener Arshad Khan was caught for 10 and Zulqarnain Khan given LBW first ball followed shortly by Nauman Khushnood for just 4 as Standish crashed to 23 for 3 in the 16th over.  Sam Heeley came in and tried to steady the ship before Atherton’s overseas player Jamar Griffith stuck again taking 3 wickets in one over for 0 runs, reducing Standish to 47 for 6.  M Gallagher bowling at the other end soon joined in and Standish were 47 for 7 in the blink of an eye.  A partnership between Sam and Jack Ashurst pushed the score 73 before Sam was given lbw on 37.  Standish finished on 80 for 9 from their 35 overs with Jamar Griffith taking 5 for 28 for Atherton.

 

Standish 2nd XI played Atherton CC 2nd XI at the Standish CC home ground on Green Lane.  The weather had also affected the start of the 2nd team game just like the 1st team game a 3pm start with reduced overs would be the order of the day.  A 10 man Standish won the toss and batted first scoring just 95 all out in the 30th over.  A lavish Standish tea had been taken before the start of play so it was straight round at the mid-way point of the match.  Atherton didn’t start well and lost wickets early and found themselves 46 for 5 putting the match in the balance for both sides.  Eventually Atherton came through to hit the winning runs in the 21st over.

 

 

Saturday 28th July – Match Sponsor – Springfield Portable Buildings

 

Standish 1st XI welcomed Golborne CC 1st XI to the Green Lane ground on a perfect day for cricket and for once the wicket was dry.  In the meeting between these two sides earlier in the season Standish won with ease, would it be the same this time??  Standish won the toss and put Golborne in to bat, although it was only the 2nd over before Standish opening bowler and captain Sam Heeley took the first wicket of C Vesey for 0 followed by number 3 for 5 in the 8th over with the score on 10.  It looked as if the Standish bowling attack would once again be too much for Golborne.  Dave Dempster came to the crease at number 4 and after a shaky start scored 73 before being run out and opener J Carr 55 was caught by Arshad Khan as Golborne posted a healthy 185 for 6 from their 48 overs.  Again another wonderful Standish cricket tea was provided before the Standish innings on a wicket that was definitely made for batting, however it didn’t start well as Ammar Baig was given out caught behind for 1.  Zulqarnain Khan came in at number 3 and built a 100 run partnership with opener Usman Khushnood before being run out for 48, Usman Khushnood went on to get his 3rd fifty of the season with 51 before being caught.  Nauman Khushnood hit 46 accompanied by Sam Heeley 27* who hit the winning runs as Standish scored 189 for 4 in the 39th over and did the double over Golborne.

 

Standish 2nd XI travelled to Golborne to play their 2nd XI.  Standish won the toss and batted first, opening with Andy Hill and Jack Heaton.  Jack Heaton was caught on 4 bringing Rob Cobley into bat.  Andy hit 56 and Rob 72 with Jack Ashurst contributing a useful 27 as Standish posted a sizeable first innings total of 212 for 6 from their 48 overs, Benjamin Lyon was the pick of the Golborne bowlers with 3 for 51.  Golborne also lost wickets early with opener David Szostok caught for 2 and Benjamin Lyon bowled by Rob Cobley for 7 as Standish put themselves in a commanding position.  Only Jamie Hillidge with 37 before being caught managed runs as Golborne were dismissed for 93 losing by 119 runs, completing the double for both Standish teams this weekend.

 

Saturday 21st July – Match Sponsor – Chadwicks Fine Food Emporium

 

Standish 1st XI made the short journey to play Blackrod to play Blackrod 1st XI.  For once the weather was perfect for cricket and hopefully Standish could win back to back games and do the double over local rivals Blackrod.  Standish won the toss and batted first, opener Usman Khushnood hit a superb 43 and captain Sam Heeley 50* as Standish posted a modest total of 144 for 8 from their 48 overs.  Thusendra De Zoysa, Blackrod’s pro took 4 for 38 and A Bhojani 4 for 79.  Standish had beaten Blackrod in the previous meeting so this had all the hallmarks of a good cricket match.  This time Blackrod would take the spoils as the eased to victory in only the 33rd over with Thusendra De Zoysa scoring an unbeaten 57*.

 

Standish 2nd XI played the reverse fixture against Blackrod 2nd XI at Green Lane.  Blackrod won the toss and put Standish in to bat, it didn’t start well for Standish as opener Nick Smith was caught first ball of the match for a diamond duck.  Rob Cobley top scored with 36 and a very uncultured 28 from Elliot Chapman pushed Standish to a very average 116 all out in only the 36th over.  P Dickinson and A Lawless both took 4 wickets for Blackrod.  Once again a scrumptious Standish tea was provided before Blackrod came out to bat.  Blackrod opener P Wheeler scored 65 accompanied by Zack Burton 38* as Blackrod cruised to victory in the 34th over with 120 for 2.  Standish used 7 bowlers in pursuit of wickets with Andy Fox & Elliot Chapman taking a wicket each.  

 

 

Saturday 14th July – Match Sponsor – Stores Direct

 

Standish CC 1st XI played Darcy Lever CC 1st XI at the home of Standish CC on Green Lane.  The weather in the week leading up to the match was awful in fact in was a credit to the Standish grounds staff that the match was played.  Darcy Lever won the toss and put Standish in to bat in a match reduced to 44 overs.  Lack of practice over the past few weeks due to the weather and damp wickets has been showing across the league for weeks now, and today would be no different when Usman Khushnood was dismissed for 0 in only the second over of the match. In fact it was a tail of low scores with the exception of captain Sam Heeley 41* and Arshad Khan 28 how between them scored more than half the teams total as Standish posted 130 for 7 from their 48 overs.  After another fabulous Standish cricket tea it was Darcy Lever’s turn to bat.  The Standish bowling attack led by Arshad Khan was too hot to handle as he recorded figures of 19.1 overs 5 maidens 7 for 39, tearing through the Darcy Lever batting line up, Sam Heeley also did his bit with the ball taking 2 for 54 as Standish bowled Darcy Lever out for 120 in the 39th over.

 

Standish CC 2nd XI travelled to Darcy Lever to take on Darcy Lever 2nd XI.  Again the grounds staff at Darcy Lever must be credited as the ground was playable, although the weather did not look promising.  Standish won the toss and put Darcy Lever in to bat, and bat they did.  Darcy Lever got off to a flying start only losing their first wicket for 88 and reached the sizeable total of 234 for 4 from 48 overs.  It was a sad tale of dropped catches, 10 in total before Jack Ashurst showed how to do it with a caught and bowled.  W Hopkinson for Darcy Lever had more than 9 lives whilst at the crease including being dropped on 49, it was not to be repeated on 99 as his luck finally ran out and he was caught by Mike White at mid wicket.  The Standish innings followed the fielding display and at best was poor, only Steve Critchley 13, Mike Hadfield 11 and Tom White 11* scored double figures as Standish were dismissed for just 81.  Ex 1st XI opening bowler C Burke took 6 for 34 and S Mahmood 3 for 14 in a crushing defeat for Standish.

 
 

Saturday 7th July – Match Sponsor – Craig Savage

 

Standish CC 1st XI travelled to the north of Bury to take on Walshaw CC 1st XI.  After the deluge of rain on Friday 6th July it seemed incredible that any cricket would be played in the league but a dry bright start to Saturday meant play was possible.  Standish won the toss and put Walshaw in to bat on a damp wicket that would surely only improve as the day went on.  Walshaw got off to a flying start and were 40 for 1 in no time, and 94 for 2 before the Standish bowling attack got going.  Arshad Khan claimed 6 for 53 including his second hatrick of the season in his 14th over and Toqeer Ul Hassan 4 for 60, the pair claiming all 10 wickets between them.  J Mocke hit 98 for Walshaw as they were bowled out for 159 in the 32nd over.   Standish struggled in reply with only Zulqarnain Khan 11 making double figures as Standish were dismissed for just 52, D Foy with 7 for 17 doing the damage with the ball.

 

Standish CC 2nd XI faced Walshaw CC 2nd XI in the reverse fixture at the Green Lane ground.   After winning the toss Standish put Walshaw in to bat, was it a strategic move as the forecast said rain about 5pm or was it foresight as another superb Standish tea lay in wait??  Standish bowled well restricting Walshaw to just 120 all out in the 47th over with Jack Heaton 3 for 11, Jack Ashurst 3 for 24 and Steve Critchley 12 overs 8 maidens 2 for 11 being the most economical bowler, only A Mortimer for Walshaw 35 with a significant contribution, although it took him 76 balls and 100 minutes to get them.  The Standish reply emulated the 1st team batting performance with only Mike Hadfield 24 troubling the scorers as Standish were dismissed for just for 73 in the 33rd over.

 

 

Sunday 1st July – Match Sponsor – Alan Batt Estate Agents

 

Standish CC 2nd XI travelled to Edgworth for a cup match for the second Sunday in row knowing there would be a result whatever the weather.  The ground was wet and the forecast not good until mid afternoon, everyone wanted to know would we play or would it be a bowl off ??  Tea was taken at 3.30 pm before a ball was bowled, the pitch was inspected again and the umpires and captains agreed to start at 4.30 pm in a 24 over match.  Edgworth won the toss and batted first reaching 123 for 5 from their 24 overs, once again Andy Fox was the pick of the Standish bowlers with 2 for 15.  With tea already taken it was straight round and the turn of Standish to bat.  It was a slow start for Standish and the early dismissal of Jack Heaton for just 2 didn’t help.  Andy Hill came to the crease and scored 26 as wickets fell around him, Paul Woodend came in at 7 and scored 20 trying to keep up with an ever increasing run rate.  Standish fell short of the target scoring 101 all out on the last ball of the innings.  Trevor Caine for Edgworth took 3 for 19 and J Brooks 3 for 20.   

 
 

Saturday 30th June - Match Sponsor – Alan Batt Estate Agents

 
Standish CC 1st XI made the trip to the other side of Wigan to play Astley & Tyldesley CC 1st XI on a very wet Saturday afternoon at the end of June.  A & T won the toss and batted first in a game reduced to 26 overs per side due to the inclement weather.  From the word go the Standish opening bowlers Arshad Khan & Sam Heeley set about the A & T batting line up with only J Cutt A & T’s Professional,  S Hope & H Patel reaching double figures with 21, 22 & 17 respectively, as A & T were restricted to 100 from their 26 overs.  Sam Heeley took 5 for 59 and Arshad Khan 4 for 38.  In reply it looked as if A & T were going to repeat the Standish bowling performance as the Standish opening batsmen Ammar Baig went for 2 and Usman Khushnood for 10 closely followed by Zulqarnain Khan for 2.  In came Nauman Khushnood at number 4 and set about dismantling the A & T bowling attack almost single handedly scoring 51 in no time with 6 sixes, Nauman was supported at the end by Sam Heeley the Standish captain who scored an unbeaten 27 as Standish went on to win the game in the 25th over.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI hosted top of the league Astley & Tyldesley CC 2nd XI at the Green Lane ground which was a picture 30 minutes before play was due to start until a very heavy shower soon made it look more like a lake at that set the tone for the rest of the day.  Play did eventually get under way at 2.30 with the match reduced to 41 overs.  Standish batted first and opener Jack Heaton was dismissed with the 3rd ball of the game for 0.  Nick Smith & Mike Hadfield battled on in terrible conditions on a difficult wicket before Mike Hadfield was dismissed for 13 closely followed by Nick Smith for 13.  Several more heavy showers interrupted play before an early tea was taken.  After another delightful tea Standish had only 15 overs remaining meaning a 29 over game.  Only Elliot Chapman 29 & Gary Hadfield 19 troubled the scorers as Standish were dismissed for 99.  N Barnes was the pick of the A & T bowlers with figures of 4.1 overs 3 for 8 although P Finch also took 3 for 40.  Further heavy showers made batting and bowling very difficult for both sides.  A & T went into bat needing 100 to win off 29 overs.  Standish bowler Paul Woodend struck first dismissing A Walker for 8 and then P Cox for 1, but sadly it was not enough as A & T passed the target in the 18th over for the loss of 5 wickets.  Both teams played their part in what were at times difficult conditions.
 
Sunday 24th June - Match Sponsor – Standish Property Maintenance Services

 

Standish CC 1st XI played Elton CC 1st XI for the second day in a row but this time in the Cross Cup Competition.  For the second day on the trot Elton won the toss and put Standish in to bat.  There were a couple of player changes from Saturday’s game and a different order for some players however, this didn’t seem to have the desired effect as opener Andy Hill for 2 followed by Joe Fielding for 10, captain  Sam Heeley was lbw first ball and Ammar Baig only managed 1 run.  The tail sadly offered little resistance as Standish were bowled out for 114 in the 45th over, only Usman Khushnood who came in at number 3 and scored more than half the team’s runs with a superb 66 could cope with the Elton bowling attack.  In reply Elton didn’t get off to a good start losing opener John Ashworth for just 2 and pro Chris Read for 14 it looked as if another close game was on the cards however Elton had other ideas.  M Gowers edged and scrapped his way to 51 before being caught behind off the bowling of Toqeer Hassan and J Stone 23 put Elton in a commanding position.  Elton lost 4 wickets in the chase and passed the target in the 35th over again.
 
 
Saturday 23rd June - Match Sponsor – Standish Property Maintenance Services
 
Standish CC 1st XI hosted Elton CC 1st XI at the Green Lane ground which was in remarkable condition considering the deluge of rain the previous day.  Elton won the toss and put Standish in to bat.  Standish started terribly being reduced to 1 for 0 with the loss of opener Ammar Baig without scoring closely followed by Usman Khushnood the other opener for 2 leaving the score on 2 for 6.  The middle order rallied with Zulqarnain Khan hitting 38, Nauman Khushnood 21, Muhammad Saqib 18 and Sam Heeley 14 to push the score on to 126 for 8 from 46 overs, S Filkins was most economical with the ball for Elton taking 3 for 36 from 16 overs.  After another fantastic Standish cricket tea Elton also got off to a poor start with big hitter John Ashworth bowled for 4 by Arshad Khan who recorded very tidy bowling figures of 16.1 overs 5 for 36.  Elton’s top and middle order also rallied with M Gowers 26, C Read 31 and P Lomax 30 taking on towards the target.  A close game was on the cards as Elton wickets fell as Standish built pressure on a weakened visiting team.  Finally Elton passed the target in the 35th over finishing on 130 for 8.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI made the arduous journey to Elton CC to take on their 2nd XI.  Standish won the toss and with a very young team including 7 juniors, batted first.  Opener Nick Smith 21 and top order Jack Ashurst 19 hit more than half the teams runs as with 7 extras Standish were bowled out for just 84 in the 42nd over, the highlight of the day was Martin Smith’s debut for the season followed by swallow dive after clipping the ball off his legs and setting off for a run.  A Donnelly 3 for 13 and A Roughley 3 for 20 did the damage with the ball.  In reply it only took Elton 20 overs to pass the target for the loss of just 2 wickets.
 
 
Sunday 17th June – Match Sponsor – FX Leisure

 

Standish CC 1st XI travelled to Springview CC to take on their 1st XI.  Once again this season the weather meant a full game could not be played and a 36 over match was played.  Springview won the toss and put Standish in to bat.  Openers Ammar Baig and Usman Khushnood once again got Standish off to a good start before Khushnood was bowled on 28. Batsmen 3, 4 and 5 for Standish managed 12 runs between them before Joe Fielding 10* and Andy Hill 10* saw out the overs.  Standish managed 133 from their 36 overs with Ammar Baig hitting 53 before being run out, S Nazar recorded tidy figures of 10 overs 4 for 17.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI played Springview CC 2nd XI in the reverse fixture.  Springview won the toss and put Standish into bat. The Standish top order performed well with Jack Heaton 27, Chris Gunn 34, and Mike Hadfield 44 helping the team on to a total of 192 for 8.  K James was the pick of the Springview bowlers with 4 for 49.  In reply Springview opener G Rudd was dismissed for 5 by the bowling of Andy Fox who recorded very economical figures of 12 overs 1 for 18.  All the Standish bowlers played a part in taking wickets with Nick Smith taking 3 for 24, Jack Heaton 2 for 16 and Steve Critchley, Gary Edwards and Chris Gunn all taking 1 wicket, as Springview fell short of the required total by 21 runs.
 
 
Saturday 16th June – Match Sponsor - FX Leisure
 
Standish CC 1st XI welcomed Little Hulton CC 1st XI on a wet day to the Green Lane ground. After a delayed start Standish who won the toss put Little Hulton into bat. Only 7.2 overs were bowled when rain put an end to any further action with Little Hulton 12 for 1.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI travelled to Little Hulton but the ground was declared unfit and to play
 
 
Saturday 9th June - All matches cancelled due to weather
 
 
Saturday 2nd June Match Sponsor – Zeera Takeaway
 
Standish CC 1st XI hosted Daisy Hill 1st XI at the Green Lane ground.  Despite the weather forecast the ground was good and the match started on time with Daisy Hill winning the toss and putting Standish into bat.  Standish never got out of the blocks losing opener Ammar Baig for just 4 in the 2nd over, followed closely by Joe Fielding for 2.  Only Zulqarnain Khan managed to score double figures with 34 as Standish collapsed to 69 all out.  Daisy Hill only used 2 bowlers A Khan taking 6 wickets for 42 and S Hodgkinson 4 for 22.  Daisy Hill hit the target of 70 runs in just the 12th over for the loss of 3 wickets, Daisy Hill batsman J Wilde 40*.  Standish used 3 bowlers, ex Daisy Hill player Arshad Khan 6 overs none for 32, Sam Heeley 4 overs 1 for 21 and Toqeer Ul Hassan 1.3 overs 2 for 18.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI travelled across the borough to face Daisy Hill 2nd XI.  After winning the toss Standish put Daisy Hill in to bat, Paul Woodend opened the bowling with a maiden over followed by the first of 2 wicket maidens, reducing Daisy Hill to 30 for 2, and bringing S Pendlebury to the crease who hit 88 in 42 overs supported by N Stanley who hit 51 on a wicket that was liable to do anything.  Daisy Hill finished their innings on 224 for 9 with Paul Woodend recording figures of 12 overs 2 for 23, Chris Gunn 7 overs 2 for 30, and Jack Ashurst 8 overs 2 for 48, Steve Critchley and Tom White both took a wicket each.  After tea the rain came and the restart was delayed by an hour and the target reduced to 185 for 36 overs.   In reply Standish lost opener Nick Smith for just 9 bringing Jack Heaton 24 to the crease with Captain Steve Critchley 25 in a useful partnership worth 36 runs before Steve Critchley was run out.  Jack Ashurst was next in adding a useful 15 to the score before Paul Woodend came in to hit 27 and top score.  In the end the target was too big and Standish finished on 127 for 6 earning a valuable 2 points for not being bowled out.
 
 
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Standish CC 1st XI travelled to Flixton in Manchester to take on Flixton CC 1st XI.  Standish won the toss and went in to bat.  Usman Khushnood who has opened the batting for Standish all season was trapped lbw in the first over and that set the tone for the rest of the Standish top order.  Only opener Ammar Baig 72 and Zulqarnain Khan 35 troubled the scorers as Standish went on to post a total of 160, with Flixton’s overseas player Anton Beckford 6 for 65 ripping through the Standish top order.  In reply Flixton’s Luke Perry opened the batting and looked in great form as he hit 88* including sixteen 4’s and one 6 in his innings, whilst his brother Ashley Perry was out for a duck.  Flixton’s Professional S Hammond hit 29 in just 11 balls before being caught and R Oakley 33* finished the job for Flixton in just 26 overs, for the loss of just 3 wickets.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI played the reverse fixture at the Green Lane ground. After winning the toss Standish elected to bat on a beautiful day just right for cricket.  With Jack Heaton away making his first team debut for the season Chris Gunn opened the batting with Nick Smith.  Chris’s wicket fell for just 4 runs and Nick 11 before Jack Ashurst 23, & Tom Proe 24 steadied the ship, when captain Steve Critchley was out for 31 the batting was all but done with Standish being bowled out for 125 in only the 34th over, A Alexander was the pick of the Flixton bowlers with figures of 10 overs 4 for 20.  Ex Standish player Tony Kelly opened the batting and was dropped on 3 before going on to make 33.  D Williams the other opener was caught on 44, before D Taylor 34* and A Castle wrapped up victory for Flixton in just 19 overs.
 
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Standish CC 1st XI travelled to Edgworth CC to take on their 1st XI including ex Lancashire & England cricketer Mike Watkinson and his son Liam who id the Edgworth Professional this season.  Edgworth won the toss and batted first.  Liam Watkinson top scored with 54 out doing his more famous Dad Mike by 3 runs as Edgworth finish on 203 all out in the 47th over, Ammar Baig was easily the pick of the bowlers for Standish recording figures of 8 overs 4 for 31.  In reply Standish once again got off to a great start with openers Ammar Baig 50 and Usman Khushnood 40 punishing the Edgworth bowling attack, however once both were dismissed the Standish batting offered little.  Standish reached 157 for 9 from their 48 overs and Mike Watkinson for Edgworth picked 4 wickets for 18 runs from 13 overs.
 
Standish 2nd XI played Edgworth 2nd XI in the opposite fixture.  Edgworth won the toss and put Standish in to bat.  After opener Jack Heaton was dismissed in the 2nd over for 1 Rob Cobley came to the middle.  Rob went on to score his maiden century scoring 101 before being caught out.  Sadly the rest of the Standish batting line up couldn’t match up to Rob’s explosive batting as the team were dismissed for just 149 in the 37th over.  In reply Paul Woodend trapped Edgworth opener S Holden lbw on the crease for 0 giving Standish hope, but sadly it was not to be as Edgworth eased to victory in the 36th over for the loss of just 4 wickets D Thornton 49, S Ivers 45 and R McNaughton 41*.  Rob Cobley continued to have a good game with very respectable bowling figures of 6 overs 0 for 9.
 
 
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Standish CC 1st XI played Atherton CC 1st XI on a lovely day which promised so much but failed to deliver.  After a good start to the 2012 season Standish were sitting in 2nd place in the league with Atherton only a point behind.  Standish lost the toss and were put into bat, losing both openers for only 1 run and Captain Sam Heeley for 4 it looked desperate and it was to get worse, only Joe Fielding with 14 runs and extras with 13 managed to make double figures as Standish were dismissed for just 51 in the 24th over.  Jemar Griffiths the Atherton overseas player recorded figures of 5 for 6 in a 7 over spell.  It was never going to be easy to defend 51 but Standish started well dismissing the 2 Atherton openers for 5 runs between them, bringing Jemar Griffiths to the crease with D Tyrer.  Griffiths hit an unbeaten 35 and Tyrer 4 to win the match and leapfrog Standish in the league.  Arshad Khan recorded tidy figures of 2 for 9 from an 8 over spell.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI travelled across the borough to take on Atherton CC 2nd XI.  Atherton won the toss and put Standish into bat, another solid opening partnership of 57 between Jack Heaton 31 and Nick Smith 26 saw Standish of to a good start.  Sadly the rest of the team could not follow the lead as Standish were bowled out for 93 in the 33rd over.  Leg spinner L Morsby turning in figures of 5 for 16 off 6 overs.  In reply ageing opening bowlers Andy Fox and Paul Woodend combined with some excellent fielding kept the runs to 35 from 24 overs for the loss of 2 Atherton wickets.  Atherton passed the target in the 38th over losing just 1 more wicket on the way.  G Greenough 42* hitting the winning runs for Atherton.
 
 
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Standish CC 1st XI travelled to Golborne to take on Golborne 1st XI.  Golborne won the toss and decided to bat first.  Standish started well taking the opener J Carr 3rd ball for none, shortly followed by the other opener C Vesey for just 12 bringing T Kelly and D Dempster to the crease.  Kelly was finally run out for 55 and Dempster caught and bowled for 56.  Golborne’s batting collapsed from 114 for 2 at drinks to 167 all out in the 44th over.  Arhsad Khan did the damage with the ball in his second spell taking 6 for 40.  In reply Standish raced to 100 without loss and looked on course to take the victory in double quick time.  Opener Ammar Baig was finally dismissed for 63, followed by Usman Khushnood for 32 rounding off a great weekend for the pair.  Captain Sam Heeley & Joe Fielding steered Standish on to victory with 26* and 22* respectively, giving Standish all 13 points and moving them into 2nd position in the league.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI hosted Golborne CC 2nd XI at the Green Lane ground in the Bolton & District Cricket Association 2nd division match.  Golborne won the toss and put Standish into bat.  Standish amassed 201 for 5 in their 48 overs with Jack Heaton 40 veteran Gary Hadfield 30 & Tom Proe 58*.  After tea Standish set about dismantling the Golborne batting with consummate ease Jack Ashurst & Chris Gunn opened the bowling and both played a part, Jack with 2 for 27 and Chris with 5 for 16, as  Golborne were dismissed for 48 in only the 16th over.  Rounding off a great weekend and claiming all 26 points.
 
 
Saturday 5th May – Match Sponsor Mark Fraser Builder/Joiner
 
Standish 1st XI welcomed Blackrod CC 1st XI to Green Lane in a local derby.  Blackrod won the toss and chose to bat first scoring 166 for 8 wickets in their 48 overs with P Swindlehurst 39 to scoring.  The pick of the Standish bowlers was Sam Heeley with 4 for 35 & Arhsad Khan the most economical 14 overs 1 for 27 although all the bowlers took a wickets.  In reply Standish were cruising reaching 100 without loss before opener Ammar Baig was dismissed lbw for 52 and Usman Khushnood bowled for 54.  In a nail biting finish Standish held on to take the win from the 2011 league champions.
 
Standish 2nd XI travelled to Blackrod to take on Blackrod CC 2nd XI.  After winning the toss Standish put Blackrod into bat.  Opening bowlers Andy Fox and Paul Woodend reduced Blackrod to 16 for 4 and shortly after 20 for 5 with Paul Woodend taking 3 for 27, Blackrod were finally all out for 104 in the 39th over.  Standish started well with openers Nick Smith 11 & Jack Heaton 37 racing to an opening partnership of 50 before Jack was caught.  A batting collapse then ensued as Standish went from 52 for 0 to 59 for 7, before Rob Hart & Steve Critchley steadied the ship pushing the score towards the target.  Finally Chris Gunn hit the winning runs as Standish were 105 for 9, J Gosling taking 4 for 25.
 
 
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Standish CC 1st XI made to journey to Darcy Lever CC.  Standish won the toss and put Darcy Lever in to bat, on a very green grassy wicket, weather conditions through the week had not helped.  All Standish bowlers played their part and bowled excellent on a very difficult wicket, A Khan was the pick of the bowlers recording figures of 5 for 35 with a hatrick included as Standish bowled Darcy Lever out for 100 in the 30th over, Only G Corden 29 and J Cooper 22 really troubled the scorers.  In reply Standish lost R Cobley in the 3rd over with the score on 18, but cruised to victory and all the points in the 38th over for the loss of just 3 wickets, A Baig 28 and S Heeley 34* scoring most of the runs.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI hosted Darcy Lever 2nd XI at the Green Lane ground.  Darcy Lever won the toss and put 10 man Standish in to bat.  Once again there was little resistance to the Darcy Lever bowling attack with E Chapman 13 and extras being to top scorers.  Standish were all out for just 53 runs in the 28th over, S Mahmood taking 5 for 12 for Darcy Lever.  It would always be difficult for Standish to defend such a small total and with only 10 men.  Darcy Lever passed the target in the 11th over for the loss of just one wicket.
 
 
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Standish CC 1st XI welcomed Walshaw CC 1st XI to Green Lane for the opening match of the 2012 season.  Walshaw won the toss and batted first in a 40 over match.  Walshaw started well on a wet wicket that would not help either team.  J Pilling 59 and D Faye 42 made up most of the Walshaw runs as they reached 163 for 8 from their 40 overs.  S Heeley 5 for 71 was the pick of the Standish bowlers although A Khan was most economical with 20 overs 2 for 60.  In reply Standish started well and chased hard as the light faded, A Baig top scored with 66 as Standish fell 28 runs short finishing on 135 for 9.
 
Standish CC 2nd XI travelled to Walshaw to play Walshaw 2nd XI.  Standish won the toss and put Walshaw in to bat.  Some tight bowling from C Gunn & E Chapman kept the openers quiet and eventually took the wicket of A Hardman.  D Leach came to the crease and after being dropped on 3 and 33, went on to make an unbeaten 105* as Walshaw scored a huge 205 for 6 from their 48 overs, J Ashurst was the pick of the bowlers for Standish taking 3 for 35.  Standish in reply never got going losing wickets from the 3rd over and regularly after that before finally being dismissed for 82.