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2013 Match Reports

Saturday 8th June - Standish vs Bury


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The first team travelled to Bury for the first time with the league’s newcomers in good form losing just one game so far this season. Bury won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a very good wicket and quick outfield. In just the 3rd over one of Bury’s opening batsmen had to retire hurt after being hit with the ball and was unable to return. Bury then had a good partnership before Dave Bowden broke that but Bury’s batsman then continued to bat sensibly but none never made a big score. South African overseas Kobus Scholtz top scored with 57 as Bury posted 216 all out with 1 ball remaining. Niall Burke recorded 4-61 and Dave Bowden 3-59, Sam Callow also impressed with the ball. Standish were reasonably happy with the score as Bury at one point looked on course to post a score higher than 250.

Niall Burke and Usman Khushnood made slow starts and were both dismissed for 20. Dave Bowden on the other hand was in an attacking mood and played shots straight away, Bury were in trouble as Dave for the second time this year raced to a century of just 66 balls which made Standish’s run chase comfortable but he was caught out on 123. He was well supported at the end by Sam Heeley who finished 22 not out. Standish passed the total for the loss of 4 wickets with 9 over’s spare. 

The 2nd team welcomed Bury to Green Lane for the first time on a fine summer’s day. Standish won the toss and surprisingly put Bury into bat. The main run scorer for Bury was 15 year old Dominic Morris who scored a chanceless 124 supported by C. Belston (29no). Bury finished with a good score of 237 all out, which was always going to be tough for Standish to chase. The pick of the Standish bowlers was Darren Monckton who picked up 5-39.

Standish went about chasing the total well and put on 43 for the first wicket, unfortunately none of the Standish batsmen converted the starts they made into big scores and were eventually all out for a respectable 172. Martin Herbert top scored with 28 with most of the top order making it into the 20’s but not converting. C. Belston was the most impressive bowler picking up 5-37.  


Saturday 1st June - Standish vs Elton


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Standish made the Journey to Elton with the target of trying to collect their first win away from home. Standish won the toss and elected to bowl first. Sam Heeley made early inroads to the Elton top order picking up the first 5 wickets for just 60 runs. Then came a partnership that dented Standish’s good start and after being dropped twice S. Ward went on to hit 77 supported well by P. Donnelly who made 33. After 48 over’s Elton finished on 199-8 which could quite easily could have been 120 all out. Sam Heeley finished with 5-39 of 11 over’s. Rob Cobley and Arshad Khan also bowled well and shared 1 wicket a piece.

Standish went about chasing the target well but never really kept up with the run rate required. Niall Burke made a solid 46 and Usman Khushnood 59 but only one other Standish player made it into double figures as attacking play was needed with a run rate required over 7. Andy Hill and Duncan Mcphail batted the over’s out well for two extra bonus points as Standish finished 146-9. Elton pro Chris Read did most the damage collecting 7-59 of 24 over’s.


Elton 2nd team came to Green Lane on a warm sunny day. Standish won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Standish bowlers bowled well early on without taking any wickets but with wickets in hand in the second half of the innings the run rate picked up. C Barlow 62 and A. Donnelly 50 were the main run scorers as Elton posted 206-6 of their over’s. Elliot Chapman was the most impressive Standish bowler collecting 2-29 of his 10 overs.

After a typical fantastic Standish tea, the run chase did not get of to the best start and Standish found themselves in trouble at 100-9 off 30 over’s. Martin Herbert was the exception in the Standish top order as he struck a very good 40. With help from the Standish barmy army final pair Darren Monckton and Gary Hadfield amazingly began a revival, counter attacking the Elton bowling. After a 98 run partnership Standish incredibly needed just 15 to win from the final over and after a 6 from Monckton he was bowled to Standish’s despair. Monckton was out for a gutsy 67 and Gary Hadfield unbeaten on 27*, a fantastic effort from the last two batsman.


Saturday 25th May - Standish vs Darcy Lever


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Standish welcomed Darcy Lever to Green Lane on a rare warm sunny day. Standish won the toss and elected to bowl on what looked a very good hard batting wicket. Standish started well and took wickets regularly until J. Hill (19) and Grant Cordin decided to counter attack and struck a powerful 58. Niall Burke was unlucky not to pick up more than his two wickets and Sam Heeley had a good second spell picking up the crucial wicket of Cordin and finishing with 6-60. Standish was happy with the 141 all out Darcy had posted and was confident of chasing the score down. After a fantastic tea, Standish got down to business and started very well clipping the ball to all parts of the ground. Usman Khusnood then lost his wicket for 15 which brought Nick Smith to the crease who along with Niall Burke looked extremely comfortable against the Darcy Bowlers. With the total just 16 runs away Burke was caught out for a classy 69 including 14 boundaries and after two more late wickets fell in quick succession Standish passed the target 4 wickets down with 18 over’s remaining. Nick Smith finishing 47 not out. A good all round performance which kept the 1st teams 100% home league record in tact.


Standish 2nd eleven travelled to Darcy and batted first but struggled from the offset and were eventually bowled out for 96 in just 31 over’s. Jack Ashurst joint top scored with extras for 22. C. Burke doing most damage for Darcy taking 4-27 of his 12 overs


After a couple of early wickets Darcy comfortably reached the total for the loss of 3 wickets in just 20.3 over’s. D. Hargreaves did most of the damage with 40. Elliot Chapman picked up 2-22 of 5.3 over’s for Standish.





Saturday 11th May – Standish v Astley & Tyldesley


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After a lengthy rain delay and prolonged ground preparation, Standish won the toss and elected to bowl in a match that had been reduced to 31 overs per team.  Standish opening bowlers Niall Burke & Sam Heeley began the attack from the first ball and continued to apply pressure throughout the A & T innings which crumbled to 65 all out in just 23.5 overs.  Niall Burke was the stand out bowler taking 6-27 off 10.5 overs, only A&T’s Hemant Patel (22) offered any resistance to the Standish bowling attack.  Standish displayed some exceptional fielding skills with Nick Smith taking two tremendous catches in the slips.  After another delightful Standish tea, Rob Cobley promoted to opening got Standish off to a great start with two big 6's and Usman Khushnood played some nice shots before being stumped for 16.  Cobley who finished with 36* continued to attack and after a 15 minute break for rain finished the game off in style with another maximum.  Standish finished 70-2 of just 8.2 overs and kept up their 100% home league record.



Saturday 4th May - Standish v Walshaw


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Standish welcomed Walshaw to a breezy Green lane on Saturday which was sure to be an interesting game.  Walshaw on winning the toss elected to bat first on a good hard wicket. Standish made an early breakthrough, Sam Heeley picking up the wicket of Hornby in his first over for 6.  This brought Gavin Nicholl to the crease who after an uncertain start playing and missing a lot he settled well crashing the ball to all parts before edging to U. Khushnood for 97 of Heeley.  Apart from Nicholls innings and a 38* from Nick Murphy, Heeley, Niall Burke and Dave Bowden bowled well to restrict Walshaw to 175-6 which Standish were pretty happy with.  After a fantastic tea Standish set about chasing down the total.  Burke fell early to N. Murphy for 0 and U. Khushnood for 17 of the same bowler.  Bowden arrived at the crease and immediately looked comfortable crunching some fantastic boundaries.  Bowden reached 50 quickly and continued to score quickly hitting the Walshaw spinner Williams for 3 big sixes during his innings.  Needing 2 runs to win and on 99* hearts were in mouths as Bowden played just short of the fielder at 3rd Man for another boundary to secure his maiden century against his former club (103*).  Standish completed the chase with 8 over’s left; Bowden’s knock was well supported by Captain Sam Heeley’s 44 not out.



Standish CC 2nd XI made the arduous journey to the north of Bury to play Walshaw CC 2nd XI, with a weakened side and short on numbers.  Standish won the toss and batted first, posting 76 all out for the first innings.   Tea was taken before Walshaw knocked off the target for the loss of just 2 wickets, allowing the 2nd XI to return to Standish and watch the 1st XI win.



Sunday 5th May – Standish v Flixton


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After a good Saturday win Standish travelled to Flixton on a lovely warm day.  Heeley won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked a good but dusty and dry wicket.  Flixton started well and looked on top as openers Niall Burke, Usman Khushnood then Sam Heeley falling cheaply.  At 50-3 Dave Bowden continued were he left of on Saturday and hit a quick 58 taking a fancy to Flixtons Anton Beckford bowling.  He was supported well by Nick Smith who made 34.  Andy Hill was unlucky to be given out but batted well for 25 and Sam Callow made an impressive return hitting a run a ball 25.  Standish batted until the last over and were dismissed for 182 which was probably a just below par score. Flixton captain Hammond impressing with 6-66 of 24 over’s.  Flixtons run chase got off to a quick start as Luke Perry and Anton Beckford immediately attacked the opening bowlers before Niall Burke picked up the wicket of Perry for 38.  Anton Beckford continued to attack but was lucky to still be at the crease after being dropped 4 times and surviving a close LBW shout, as he went on to bring up his 100, support well by Oakley for 34 as Flixton chased down the total of just 31 overs. Dave Bowden was extremely unlucky to be wicket less but bowled very well for Standish who was relatively happy with the 14 points they collected over the weekend against two of the top teams in the league.



Standish CC 2nd XI hosted Flixton CC 2nd XI at the Green Lane ground.  A strong Flixton side won the toss and batted first posting a huge 233 for 7 from their 48 overs.  Tea was taken before Standish began chasing down the huge target.  It would be fair to say tea took longer than the Standish innings as they were bowled out for just 47, Flixton won by 186 runs.


Saturday 27th April – Standish v Little Hulton


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Standish CC 1st XI made their first away trip of the new 2013 season to Little Hulton.  Little Hulton won the toss and elected to bat first, probably with the thought of showers in mind.  When S Mohammed was trapped lbw by Sam Heeley for 1 and N Rushton was caught on 15 off the bowling of Niall Burke you may forgiven for thinking things were in Standish’s favour.  However in coming batsman and Little Hulton pro A Zaidi and the rest of the Little Hulton middle order had other ideas.  Zaidi hit 49 before Standish’s pro Dave Bowden bowled him.  C Barlow hit 47 and A Shah 72 as Little Hulton posted a sizeable target of 260 for 8 off their 48 overs.  Sam Heeley picked up 4 wickets for a costly 113 runs and Dave Bowden and Niall Burke 2 wickets each.  After tea Standish had their chance to chase the target of 261 to win, which was made all the more difficult with the loss of opener Niall Burke for 0, Dave Bowden for 9 and middle order batsman Andy Hill for 0.  Opener Usman Khushnood made a start with 17 along with Sam Heeley 18 and Nick Smith 22 as the Standish middle order fought to score runs.  Nauman Khushnood top scored with 28 supported by Rob Cobley 27 and Jack Heaton 24 as Standish were bowled out for 169 in the 41st over, with Little Hulton won by 91 runs, and I Lee of Little Hulton recorded figures of 8.5 overs 5 for 44.



Standish CC 2nd XI hosted the reverse of the 1st XI fixture with Little Hulton 2nd XI visiting the Green Lane ground.  Standish won the toss and batted first.  Opening bat Daniel Foster on his debut for Standish hit 43 and nearly batted through the entire innings as batting partners came and went.  Only Steve Critchley with 21 and Elliot Chapman 14 offered some support for Foster’s innings as Standish were dismissed for 120 in the 37th over.  Little Hulton bowlers H McManus took 3 for 33 and N Jarvis 3 for 42.  Another stunning Standish tea was served up before Little Hulton began their innings.  Openers for Little Hulton P Gaskell and J Wallwork set about the Standish bowling attack in opposite styles, Gaskell slowly building an innings that saw him 37 not out at the end and Wallwork that played with a big bat (when he found one he liked) through the line of the ball until he holed out to Jack Ashurst at deep mid on.  Several catches were dropped and the fines pot is already swollen before 3 more wickets fell.  Little Hulton passed the revised target of 117 following several short showers in only the 28th over, Dan Foster bowled as well as he batted with 1 for 8 from 3 overs, Steve Critchley 2 for 15 off 7 overs.

Saturday 20th April – Standish v Blackrod
Standish CC 1st XI welcomed local rivals Blackrod CC 1st XI to the Green Lane ground for the first match of the season on a bright sunny spring day.  Standish won the toss and put Blackrod in to bat.   Standish captain Sam Heeley and professional David Bowden ripped the Blackrod batting line up with figures of 16.2 overs 5 maidens 4 for 27 and 13 overs 6 maidens 4 for 19 respectively, as Blackrod were dismissed for 84 in the 34th over.  In reply Standish opener Usman Khushnood was an early victim for Blackrod’s professional Thusendra De Zoysa closely followed by Niall Burke making his Standish debut.  David Bowden and Sam Heeley both offered some resistance but Nick Smith 27* and Andy Hill 6* saw Standish home in the 24th over, Standish won by 6 wickets, and started the 2013 season in style.
Standish CC 2nd XI travelled to Blackrod to play the reverse fixture.  Standish batted first and openers James Bazeley and Gary Edwards both looked comfortable against the youthful Blackrod bowling attack, before Bazeley was caught and Edwards given a harsh lbw decision.  Paul Hassan came to the crease and promptly set about dispatching the ball to all parts with veteran Gary Hadfield at the other end.  Hadfield left the field with an injury as Hassan went on to hit 49 with Elliot Chapman contributing 34 in a partnership worth 89 with extras.  Sadly the rest of the Standish batting line up failed to contribute many more to the score as Standish were all out for 150 with 8 overs left.  Standish opening bowlers Paul Woodend and Jack Ashurst gave everything in defence of the target and Jack Ashurst made the breakthrough in the 12th over bowling opener D Robinson for 9.  Woodend recorded a tidy spell of 12 overs 3 maidens 0 for 28 well supported by Ashurst 12 overs 2 maidens 2 for 31.  Paul Fairbrother hit 76* as Blackrod passed the target with 2 overs to spare.  If only Standish had batted the 48 overs, who knows what might have happened ???
Friendly Match


Sunday 14th April - Standish CC v Leyland CC


Standish CC welcomed Leyland CC of the Northern League to the Green Lane ground for a pre season friendly.  Both teams arrived in good time for the planned 13.00 start along with an uninvited guest, the weather.  Both teams were keen to get the match on but, it seemed the weather might get the better of the fixture as it did so many times last season.  A truly scrumptious early tea was taken and at the same time, the rain abated and play looked possible.  Captains and umpires met and agreed that a 30 over game would start at 15.20.  Leyland batted first on what was a good if slightly green wicket.  Opener M McDonnell hit 47 and top scored for the visitors, D Jones scored 38 as Leyland posted a target of 139 all out in the 30th over.  Standish bowlers shared wickets with new opener Niall Burke taking 3 for 24, David Bowden (pro) 1 for 9, Sam Heeley (capt) 2 for 25 and Rob Heke (overseas) 2 for 11 and Darren Monckton 1 for 16.  In reply Standish started slowly with openers Usman Khushnood and Niall Burke coming together for the first time in a competitive match.  Usman scored 10 and Niall 4 bringing David Bowden and Sam Heeley together.  Sam made 8 as wickets began to fall.  David saw partners come and go but went about the task of chasing the target with what at times looked like ease.  Another 5 wickets came and went before David hit the winning runs and finished with an unbeaten 88 in the 29th over, giving Standish victory by 2 wickets.  For Leyland, S Pallet recorded figures of 3 for 20, J Rounding 2 for 20, A Makinson 2 for 30 and W Jaques 1 for 24.  Both teams finally enjoyed the day, lookout next year when the fixture is replayed.  Thanks to everyone who helped get the fixture arranged and for helping make the best of the day.