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The Leycett bowling attack of David Fernyhough and Michael Barcroft gave Endon's batting line up little scope for expression. Tied down for over after over by some high class deliveries, batsman after batsman fell to frustration and bad shot choice. Jamie Scarratt and Andy Hopwood both looked the more comfortable of the Endon line-up but both fell to ill-fortune after hitting twenty or so runs. The final total of 83 presented little challenge. With so many overs to play with, Leycett's openers accumulated careful runs to see off the target with no loss of wickets.




Endon Second's yet again consolidated their place in the division they gained promotion to last season, this time with a scintillating bowling display from Thom Bateman. His 7 for 27 destroyed Betley's batting line up seeing them bowled out for just 66 off just 26 overs.

Endon made an uncertain reply with only Jake Vernon steadying the ship before he was joined by Rob Drummond to see off the total.



Matt Gidman yet again inspired his team to victory, this time with the ball by taking five wickets for just five runs. Despite some big hitting from Weston, wickets fell thick and fast to leave the visitors with only 130 runs on the board and overs left for Endon Seconds to take advantage of. Sixteen-year-old Lewis Moulton took two wickets including that of Weston opener, David Keane, who fell just one short of his fifty.

Endon's reply was cautious from the outset. With extra overs to play with, Endon's young team set its stall for a long but steadfast response. Twenty-plus knocks from Scarratt, Gidman and Drummond set the foundation for the home side's run chase helped by 19 extras from Weston's bowling attack pressing for wickets. A damp and difficult track made runs hard to come by but a final stand from another of Endon's sixteen-year-olds, Jack Bourne and the more experienced Nathan Price saw Endon over the finishing line and up to fourth in the Division 2B table they were promoted to last season.



Matt Gidman led a very young Endon Second side to victory with another controlled not out batting performance that makes him the club's top run scorer for the second week running. The game was also notable for the return of, ex star junior, Rob Drummond, who knocked off the rust of a two-year absence, to put in a vital contribution to the Second's first straight win of the season.

Blythe looked confident as they batted first but Thom Bateman, appreciating the hardening track and some Moorland's sunshine, picked up four wickets. Rob Drummond then came on to, perhaps a little fortunately, take the wicket of the Blythe opener, Mick Grimley, with a ball caught by Jack Bourne at first slip which appeared to come off the batsman's toe. Rob continued to show his bowling pedigree by taking another wicket before Lewis Moulton finished off the tail end.

Endon's young batsmen stuttered in reply to Blythe's 106 but Matt Gidman, recognising the difficulty of the pitch, dug in to make sure that exta overs earned from their bowling performance could be taken advantage of. Jack Bourne, asserting the junior contribution, looked comfortable alongside his captain but went for a very valuable 19 trying to push the score along. Endon's position still looked precarious but the appearance of Rob Drummond allowed Matt Gidman to relax and look for some boundaries. He celebrated the Seconds first victory of the season with a not out 51 including three sixes. Rob Drummond, once the machinery is oiled, will undoubtedly be in contention for a First Team place. Welcome back Rob!

Matt said after the game that it was a "great performance, we bowled tight and created lots of pressure. All bowlers bowling tight lines . Batting was tricky against the new ball but good partnerships between myself, Jack Bourne and Rob Drummond managed to grind down the total.
It was good to welcome back Rob Drummond after a couple of years. It was a good team performance it was also the youngest side we have put ever put out".




In a match punctuated by sunshine and showers, Endon Seconds made a move up the Div.2B table with a solid workman-like bat and ball performance and some stunning fielding, especially from seventeen-year-old, Joe Hayward and the ever-agile Nick Reynolds.

Endon's top order once again faltered before Mr. Consistent, Steve Jodrell, came to the crease to knock an entertaining 59 dismissing anything that strayed down leg-side with disdain. Supported by Matt Gidman and the resolute Tommy Nadin, Steve put a serious dent into Kidsgrove's confidence as he once again top-scored for the young Endon side as they set a strong wet April target of 172. Tommy Nadin's solid 29 continued to frustrate the Kidsgrove bowling.

Kidsgrove's opener, Tom Plant, looked a dangerman as the visitors set off at a brisk run rate but a great athletic over-the-shoulder catch from Nick Reynolds sent him back to the clubhouse on 31. Connor Devine on 22 also fell to some slick fielding. Joe Hayward had already hit the stunps before he repeated the feat with the Kidsgrove number five well out of his crease. A wicket, a fine catch and some superb fine leg stops also highlighted the young Endon fast bowler to an audience swelled by both club's First XI matches being cancelled because of the week-long deluge. Not all surfaces have been as resilient as Post Lane's this weekend and not many teams will have matched Matt Gidman's in their effort to dry the pitch.

Further wickets came from Matt Gidman and Thom Bateman but Tom Nadin's continuing and impressive frugal economy rate made him the pick of the afternoon's bowlers. With seven wickets down for less than a hundred Endon looked like winners but some solid Kidsgrove defence and yet more April showers saw off the overs to leave Endon with a winning draw and some very welcome wet-weather points.

Matt Gidman was delighted "Top performance today on a day where we turned up and the covers were under water .. Great aptitude shown by batsman, especially Jod and Nadin ..
Bowling was a great performance and "Joe the ball magnet" Hayward was exceptional."





Endon Seconds travelled to Alsager to guage the standard of the Div 2B they were promoted to last year. At 17 for 7 there must have been some doubts about attaining that standard but it became clear that a wet, sticky and very unpredictable pitch was going to make life difficult for batsmen on either side. However, Steve Jodrell, continuing his rich vein of form from last season, dug in with some "stay there"support from Josh Vernon, Will Weston and Nathan Price to hit 36 not out which, on a more predictable pitch, would have converted to a very big score. Joe Haywood made a few more shots to see off the remaining overs and to help Endon to their first batting point of the season.

The home side replied briskly and looked as if the they would subsume the Endon total in half the overs available to them but some excellent bowling from Joe Haywood and captain, Matt Gidman, took advantage of the capricious track. As wickets tumbled the Alsager confidence started to waver and with eight wickets down and runs left to get Endon looked as if an unlikely victory was on the cards. A competent Alsager tailend, however, managed to haul the home side over the finish line. Two fine catches from Jamie Scarrett and Nick Reynolds were further highlights of the afternoon, as was Tommy Nadin's "in-your-face" walk down the pitch after each of his generally very accurate balls -scary!

Matt Gidman was pleased with the performance: "Very tricky track to say the least, but the middle to lower order all chipped in to take us from 14-7 to a competitive 76. Including a fantastic 36 not out to Steve 'the red ink' Jodrell. Very useful partnerships with Will, Nathan and Joe.
Knowing we didn't have a lot of runs to play with, we switched the bowling round. A great catch by Nick Reynolds set the tone for a great fielding performance. We fielded well and created lots of pressure, Joe bowled a very tight spell, also the caged animal of Nadin bowled extremely well , we took wickets at vital times to get them 8 wickets down.
But first game of the season in a new league against an opposition who finished 3rd in the league last year, we learnt a lot and took a lot of positives out of the game. Fantastic grit and atmosphere."






On Saturday, 31st March from 9.00am throughout the day the club welcomed a large group of volunteers to take on the wide range of jobs required for the start of th season. This year saw about 30 people taking on various roles to get the club ready for the new season as well as undertaking some development projects. Jobs included ground clearance, pavement cleaning, sorting equipment, cleaning and some major hedge trimming. A big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, especially some of the young children who did their bit on the day.




Batting first, Endon set a combative total of 213 dominated by Josh Tittensor's first big score of the season and Alex Gilson's second fifty in successive weeks. Josh's 85 marks a growth of confidence that has occurred in recent matches and bodes well for Endon as they make progress up the Div 3 table.

Other new boy, Anthony Sheeran, trawled four of Stone's wickets as they set out to match the Endon challenge but it was once again on-form Micky Dawson whose 3 for 35 destroyed the Stone middle order, dismissing the home team's chance of victory.



Endon's young guns travelled up the hill on a cold Moorlands day to dent Bagnall's Division Three title challenge. Dan Bailey's wonderful bowling form continued in the raw conditions with him seeing off Bagnall's first four batsmen for very few runs. Mickey Dawson continued his rich vein of form by removing Bagnall's impressive professional, Asif Raza, who, with 60 runs on the board, was threatening a good day for Alex Bailey's youthful side. Mickey Dawson went on to take 3 for 34 and Dan Bailey removed a tail-ender to complete a five-wicket haul. Some very economical work from new boy, Anthony Sheeran, impressed his teammates and the June-frozen spectators.

The relatively small total of 112 represented no easy target for an Endon reply, especially in the shadow of Raza's growing reputation as the NSCC Division Three's leading wicket-taker. The Pakistani professional, however, persisted in a frustrating struggle with the famous Bagnall slope. Twelve no balls came from overstepping the crease and encouraged a wonderful performance by fourteen-year-old, George Sellers, who survived the Bagnall attack and anchored the innings by successfully facing eighty balls in a careful and considered innings, only disrupted by a broken bat. George's eighteen runs, augmented by Raza'a offending foot, set a platform for a wonderful match-winning flourish from form-finding Jordan Weaver. Jordan completed his 47 not out, and Endon's victory, with one of four sixes that marked a return to his predatory best.




Blue skies adorned Endon's beautiful Post Lane venue on a day that saw the swallows and house martins skim over the field for the first time this year. The emerging summer, however, did not inspire the Firsts to one of their better displays of the season. Meir Heath/Fenton moved slowly into gear with Micky Dawson and Dan Bailey checking the visitors progress. Wickets, however, on a good batting track, were hard to come by and the slow demise of the away side's openers only made way for Meir's free-scoring middle order to increase the run rate. Shaffique Hussain's flamboyant 104 was ably supported by a wonderfully controlled and crafted performance from wiley veteran, Paul Farmer (66). An eventual total of 253 presented a formidable but not, on such a placid track, an unassailable one.

Captain, Alex Bailey, recognised that a reasonably brisk start to Endon's reply would set up his own big-hitting middle order to emulate and surpass Meir's success. A superb innings from precocious fourteen-year-old, George Sellers (26), set a solid foundation for a fightback that saw Endon ahead of the runrate for much of the innings and on course for at least a winning draw. Alex Gilson, knocking his first 50 of the season, did his best to anchor the innings and Jordan Weaver's 36 off 30 balls both gave their captain an optimistic outlook. Jordan fell to a great caught and bowled catch from Meir's John Seabridge (5/66) and with better luck may have given the home side a victory had he been allowed to continue his expansive innings. Endon's remaining batsmen failed to take advantage finishing on 215 for 8.



Micky Dawson, for the second week running, defied the aches and pains of a long and illustrious bowling career to give Endon their third victory on the bounce with a fantastic performance with the ball. Captain, Alex Bailey, was delighted with his veteran's 6 wickets for just 15 runs and also with his younger brother Dan Bailey's 3 for 24 which left Moddershall all out for only 53 runs.

Endon's top order stumbled a little in their reply but new man, Josh Tittensor (39*) and the effervescent, Steve Jodrell (10*) knocked down Moddershall's defence of a small total, securing 20 valuable points to maintain Endon's momentum up the table.



Alex Bailey must take heart from two great victories on the bounce. Last week's magnificent bowling annihilation of first Division Blythe in the Talbot Cup was consolidated with an important league win over Church Eaton.

Saturday's victory was very much inspired by Endon's old-guard bowlers. With Mickey Dawson removing most of Church Eaton's upper order and taking 5 for 43, the visitor's batting came under further pressure from Phil Rowley's devastating three wickets for just two runs. Phil's renaissance as a frontline bowler has been a boon to the first team this season .

Chasing just 68 , Endon's batting struggled to make runs and maintain wickets but Steve Jodrell, up from the Seconds as a bolster, steadied the innings and, along with Jordan Weaver, looking more like the force he was last season, combined to see Endon register their first league win of the season.



Caverswall, able to field two first team bowlers this week to boost their table-topping start to the season, tied up the Endon Seconds batting line -up, restricting them to just 106 all out. Runs, again on a damp field, were hard to come by, especially against the superb accuracy of left-hand inswinger, Mumhhed Waseem whose impressive figures of 6 wickets for just 35 runs off 18 overs, dominated the outcome of the day. With even Steve Jodrell having problems knocking the ball off the square it was encouraging to see both Vernon brothers and Jack bourne making hard-fought runs and all reaching double figures for the first time in the season so far.

Caverswall always looked comfortable in their reply against an unusually toothless Endon bowling attack, knocking off the total for the loss of just two wickets. Tommy Nadin's economy once again made him the pick of the bowlers.




The Post Lane blues hit ENDON FIRSTS in the first league match of the season as Alex Bailey's young side failed to take advantage of a strong bowling display that dismissed Norton-in-the-Hales for just 127 runs. Dan Bailey made the best of the conditions by taking 5 for 40. Some stubborn resistance from Hales' top-scoring tailender, Kyle Morgan, would prove to be the key element in a close match.

Endon's top order then struggled on a lifeless pitch to get the runs ticking over, losing early wickets before Alex Bailey (39), and, rising star, George Sellers (18) managed to put some substance into the scorecard. As the overs rolled by and wickets continued to fall, the target looked increasingly remote and Endon eventually fell 20 runs short.

After the match Alex Bailey said, "I thought we bowled with great discipline in the first half of the game, I was very impressed with the new ball bowling attack of Dan Bailey and Mick Dawson, backed up ably by Jordan Weaver and Tom Latham. We fielded well and held our catches. Unfortunately we lost momentum during the run chase and lost wickets at key moments of the innings. It hurt the team after the game as we felt we played 85% of the cricket on the day only for our shot selections to let us down. We have prepared for the season better than ever and I am convinced the team will bounce back with some hard practice during the week and a disciplined performance against Wedgewood Stanfields."



Tight victory over Meakins in a pre-season friendly 7/4/12

Endon fielded a very young team against Div, 2 outfit, Meakins, in a pre-season warm-up match at Post Lane. A dead wicket, dulled by overnight rain, made batting difficult for Endon's openers but Tom Latham and young debutant, George Sellers produced a carefully constructed partnership to give Endon a respectable total after being, at one stage, 15 for 3. George eventually fell to a catch at second slip on 25 and Tom remained unbeaten before he retired on 52. A final flourish from Alex Bailey hitting 28 off 22 balls gave the Endon total a better look to it.

Second Team Captain, Matt Gidman, was the pick of Endon's bowlers as they set out to defend a total of 139. The total, seemingly low, turned out to be formidable on an early April track. Matt took most of the early wickets and finished with figures of 4 for 26.


A resilient batting display from Whitmore's openers, MCall and Platt, helped the visiting side to a competitive total of 153. Endon's bowlers found wickets hard to come by in the early stages but once the opening partnership was broken the Whitmore line-up looked more vulnerable allowing Jack Bourne to take 3/21.

Endon's reply was rapid and dramatic as Brad Hulme opened with Jack Bourne and looked to take runs of every ball of the opening overs. His 29 runs off 25 balls not only entertained a sun-drenched crowd but gave the home side a very competitive run-rate, allowing some breathing space later in the innings. Jack Bourne and Lewis Moulton moved the total on and looked comfortable in the run chase before having to retire to take their place in a senior cup game in the afternoon.

Endon's younger players were then left with the task of chasing a further fifty odd runs to take a home victory. Some very wayward fielding from the away side made life easier than it should have been and allowed Will Weston, Callum Dermott and Harry Simpson to put the match to bed. Callum's six over square leg was the highlight of the match.



A great performance from Endon's batting line up saw George Sellers, Ben Rowley and Danny Bourne all take not out maximums from the game. After a shaky start that saw Captain,Will Weston, LBW-ed for just one run, Endon's middle order asserted themselves on a relatively small Sandyford pitch. The short boundary allowed star man, Ben Rowley. to smash 38 runs off just 18 balls. Ben's attractive innings moves him to the very top of the club's batting averages.With George Sellers superbly anchoring the innings, Danny Bourne and Jack Turnock gave further boosts to the run rate to give Endon U-15s their highest ever total of 151 runs.

George Sellers also provided the U-15s with some crucial wickets removing four Sandyford batsmen on the night. The win takes Endon to the top of the SMJL table, equal on points with Leek, who beat Burslem by 124 runs during the same evening. Their total of 161 must be close to a record for their club as well.

U-17s DRAW AT BURSLEM 13/5/12

A slightly better run rate eventually saw Burslem take a winning draw from Endon's young side but there were many positives as well as some points to take back to Post Lane. Jack Bourne, following his promising performance for the Seconds this weekend, hit a relatively quick 46 on a restrictive Burslem pitch. Will Weston. anchoring Endon's batting effort throughout, dug in for all 35 overs before falling to the very last ball one short of his fifty.

A total of 119 looked a competive total on such an unproductive track but Burslem's two senior batsmen made inroads into the total without loss until the final overs of the game. Endon's total stood up but run rate just gave Burslem an edge.



Glorious sunshine and two glorious, against the odds, victories in the Talbot Cup and Talbot Shield for the Firsts and the Seconds.



Endon Firsts had a bad day at the office to match the late April gloom. The Firsts went down to a full strength Oakamoor who had. returning to their ranks, the Pakistani international, Mohammed Ayub who just last year was playing against England. His figures of 83 and 4/25 weighted the match in Oakamoor's favour, despite Endon putting the fellow Moorlanders into bat and bowling the them out for 152. Tom Latham 4/35 and Dan Bailey 3/27 both had a good day with the ball.

Once again, an Endon batting reply got off to an uncharacteristic bad start and was bogged down by some tight bowling from Ayub and Chris price as well as the fear of further wickets falling too quickly. Price bowled 11 overs for just six runs as well as taking out three of Endon's opening line-up. With only Dan Bailey reaching double figures on the day this was a batting day that the Endon team will want to put behind them as quickly as possible. With League and Cup matches coming up next week the team has an oppotunity to bounce back, hopefully with some May sunshine beating down on their helmets.



The Sundays got their season off to a winning start with a last-ball victory over Staffs Social Services at Post Lane. While the match was a showcase for the talents of Jack Bourne it will be remembered for Eddie Gadd's entertaining aggressive innings which warmed the freezing spectators with some extravagant swinging of Jordan Weaver's borrowed bat. If "Dez" gets a better reception from the verandah this year he will have had a great season.

Some economical bowling from Will Weston limited S.S.S in their opening innings but the introduction of Jack Bourne tempted and teased the big-hitting visitors bringing him three wickets to add to two catches already on the score sheet. Ben Rowley added to the Endon spin option with some excellent overs and Sam Bullmore took his first senior wicket. Tommy Nadin and Josh Vernon added to the wicket haul.

S.S.S managed to knock 161 for 8 to set the young Endon batting line-up a challenging total. Experience, in the shape of Andy Hopwood, anchored the innings, with a carefully constructed 57 which included supporting Eddie Gadd (37) through his highlight innings. Uncharacteristic failings by on-the-day captain, Jordan Weaver, and the Vernon twins left a victory very much in the balance but a great partnership from Endon's two star-spinners, Jack Bourne (27) and Ben Rowley (18) saw the home side home in an exciting finish.

The cold day was also marked by Andy Hopwood's impressive and balletic warm-up routine which will become a feature of pre-match preparaton this season.



The season is about to kick off with new Captain, Alex Bailey, leading his side out against Norton-in-the-Hales on Saturday at Post Lane. The team has been hit by injury in the weeks leading up to the opening match with Gareth Rigby succumbing to a knee problem but Endon will still be fielding some new blood in the shape of Josh Tittensor. We wish Gareth a speedy recovery and look forward to him leading Endon's bowling attack in the future.

Alex is looking to repeat the best aspects of last season, adding steel and determination behind the crease and discipline in the field. Last week's workman-like performance that gained a promising victory over Meakins owed much to a resolute fielding display and bodes well for the new season.

The club would like to wish Alex and his young team the best of luck in their endeavours.