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2013 SEASON

SENIOR AND YOUNG PLAYER AWARDS FOR 2013

JUNIOR AWARDS FOR 2013

ALEX ON TOP

 Endon's behind-the-stumps captain took his 35th catch of the season at Clayton yesterday to become the season's top catcher in all NSSC divisions with just one game to go. Alex continues to build his reputation as one of the league's top keepers, having already won the "Top Keeper" accolade in 2011.

SUNDAYS ON COURSE FOR PROMOTION

Sundays vs Porthill, 1st Sept

 Endon's promotion-chasing Sunday side will not claim this afternoon's performance as one of their most exciting but "astute", "considered"and "mature" were all bona fide adjectives to describe 48 overs of dour defence completed by Sam Bullmore and Ben Rowley, impressively disciplined in ignoring the usual aggression of their natural games,

Porthill, thanks to an electric century from Midlands junior, Louis Allison, declared on a total of 239. Such a late declaration offered no temptation to the home side looking to cut their visiting promotion rivals points supply to ensure the single promotion spot from the division.

One Porthill player was heard to say that the Endon innings had been like attending a funeral but, as the September sunshine began to fade, it was Porthill who laid buried and Endon celebrating at their wake.

 

SUNDAYS GO TOP

Betchton vs Sundays Aug 11

NADIN-ATOR NETS SEVEN AT RODE PARK

Nadin reigns in the rain 

Our 3rd team were in action at Rode Park on Sunday  a day where the weather was the most likely winner, with Rode winning the toss and electing to bowl. 

Expecting that weather seemed likely to play a significant part, we discussed and agreed, the need to bat at a good tempo (in excess of 4 runs per over and ideally considerably more, against relatively weak opposition) in order to allow a declaration so that we were in a position to try to force a win to maintain our title challenge. 

But for only the second time this season that didn’t quite happen and we batted far too slowly. Following a reasonable start in steady rain, against the new ball by openers Jack Bourne and Lewis Moulton, we failed to capitalise and push on to a decent run rate 

Despite much dressing room bravado and talk of shot makingthe proof of the pudding was that we scored at less 3.5 per over, for far too long and caused the loss of late wickets as we tried to hurry things along. We simply didn’t apply enough pressure and allowed an ordinary bowling attack to dictate the innings. We didn’t force them to bowl different lines and lengths, to change the field often enough, we did not take enough singles nor enough risks with wickets in the shed and as a result we found ourselves 115 off 34 of the 39.3 overs of the innings. 

This necessitated a strong bowling performance but with a team packed full of bowlers we took to the field keen to dig ourselves out of the hole we had got ourselves into, with one eye on the weather. 

Joe Hayward opened proceedings using his new, shortened and smoother run up and he immediately got into the groove. His opening partner was Tom Nadin. The initial skirmishes gave no indication of the drama that was to follow as both bowlers bowled full and straight. 

With the score on only 3, Tom Nadin had opener Robin Jones caught behind by Josh Vernon and this triggered one of, if not the best spell of bowling I have seen. In between Joe Hayward clean bowled the other opener leaving Rode on 11 for 2. Tom then proceeded to rip through the Rode batting line up, with a spell of very full, very straight bowling that resulted in figures of 9 overs, 3 maidens, 7 wickets for 17 runs. The last six wickets included 5 bowled and a stunning caught and bowled.  

In one outstanding over his first ball was a dot and it was followed by 4 balls that beat the bat by a whisker. Each time the batsman played and missed then stepped away to compose himself – he looked completely confused. The last ball of the over ended with two stumps going in different directions, creating a devastating V shape. An outstanding over.  

The constant stream of wickets could not of course, reduce the threat of rain and when it did arrive the umpires thankfully took a pragmatic view and showed no signs of leaving the field - encouraged perhaps by the fact that we only needed two wickets. 

Lewis Moulton took over from Joe Hayward and Sam Smith from Tom Nadin. They worked hard to get through their overs quickly, bowling with a wet ball. The Rode numbers 8 & 9 batsmen played a few shots, hitting 4 fours in quick succession. That and the fact that the rain began to fall a little harder, ramped up the pressure. Lewis got the ninth wicket, bowling Mick Hutchins to encourage us further. Coming off a short run to save time, Lewis grabbed the all-important last wicket to much relief and joy. 

So maximum points – great excitement – a brilliant bowling display by Tom Nadin and a masterclass in how to bowl at the stumps – a determined bowling and fielding effort by the whole team – but lessons to learn about how to bat when needing to put pressure on opponents to win a game on a wet day - not allowing them to dictate the pace throughout. We may well have come unstuck against better opposition or without the Nadin factor. 

SUPER-SMITH SEIZES THE DAY

Seconds vs Bagnall, Aug 3rd

A close encounter with Bagnall's old guard saw Matt Gidman's youngsters take victory and find themselves well placed for the closing stages of the promotion race for Division 1 B status. Having lost Jake Vernon and Dan Shelley to the new football season and Thom Bateman to First Team duty, Endon Casuals, Ken Jodrell and Sam Smith, came in to strengthen the team's inexperienced and depleted ranks.

Great performances from Lewis Moulton ( 33 and 3/29), Joe Haywood (a tail-end 12* and 2/9) and 33 from opener Jack Bourne saw Endon's youngsters impact on the outcome of the match but a fabulous performance from former Endon junior, Sam Smith, ultimately snatched victory from the gathering rain clouds and tumbling wickets. Sam, already the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 10, came in at number ten and hit a four and three sixes (20?) to give the home side another step up the divisional ladder.

 

George Sellers, still only 15, hit a massive 83 for the Staffordshire U-17s at Nottingham, George;s effort was Staffordshire's top score in the side's points defeat.

ANOTHER PROMOTION PUSH FOR SUNDAYS

Bagnall vs Sundays, 19th July

TWO-TON TORMENT FOR LEYCETT

Sundays vs Leycett 4, 7th July

The 3rd team were in action again on Sunday taking on mid-table Leycett at home on a blisteringly hot day. Will Madden made his senior debut and Ryan Morris also made his first senior appearance for Endon both acquitted themselves well. Endon lost the toss and were asked to bat.

Captain Andy Hopwood challenged the team to post a big score, in quick time, to allow a declaration, thus allowing the bowlers the chance to bowl Leycett out on what had already proven to be a very good batting wicket.

Ben Rowley and Tom Nadin opened the batting, with Ben falling victim to Aidan Cumberbatch by way of LBW.

Tom was joined at the wicket by Brad Hulme and the pair set about the Leycett bowling attack. Tom hit some lovely shots, regularly piercing the field, and having time for the occasional pose. Brad started a little slower in building his innings but soon began to show real confidence. Tom reached his century after a little bit of the nervous nineties before immediately holing out with a tame & tired shot to mid-wicket. Brad was joined by his father Andy Hopwood and showed the old man the way, as he reached 50 with a combination of boundaries and singles. He then pressed the accelerator to get the scoreboard really moving. Hopwood departed after a quick fire 29.

Dan Shelley ensured there was not let up for the bowlers with an equally quick 24. With the score now beyond 250 it only remained to see if Brad could reach his century. He moved quickly through the nineties with a huge six into the second house. He finished the innings 100 not out. So, two terrific centuries in one innings, in conditions not conducive to concentration.

Leycett left the field looking pretty weary and knowing they had a huge task on their hands to save the game.

Endon had gained an additional 3 overs from their declaration and opened their attack with pace in the form of Joe Hayward and spin from George Sellers. It wasn’t long before Joe sent opener Tomkinson back to the pavilion when finding an edge through to wicketkeeper Dan Shelley. Leycett struggled to score runs as Endon maintained tight grip on the game.

Eight bowlers were deployed by the home team as they battled to get wickets on a batsman friendly pitch and a super-fast outfield. Tom Nadin and Matt Gidman replaced Hayward and Sellers and they continued where the openers left off. In the end wickets were shared around – Hayward 3, Sellers 1, Nadin 1, Gidman 2 & Hopwood 2.

For most of the innings it looked like a matter of time before Endon would wrap up a maximum points haul but Leycetts number 8 had other ideas producing a useful 57 runs including 9 fours and 3 sixes before being removed by a full length ball by Hopwood. He was supported by a couple of useful youngsters who looked to stick around as the field closed in on them. A smart catch by Ben Rowley off the bowling of George Sellers finally exposed the last two batsmen. But it took a bizarre dismissal to end the game. Matt Gidman coming off his ‘long run’ was no-balled (how?) as the batsman lifted the ball high into the extra cover area. Hopwood ran to catch the ball and throw it to the stand-in wicketkeeper Brad Hulme who returned it to bowler Gidman to run out the returning batsman.

Another great performance which leaves the team in 20 points off top with a game in hand.

 

U-13s FIRST VICTORY IN THE KIDSGROVE LEAGUE

A The under-13s celebrated their first win in the Kidsgrove League since rejoining its ranks this year. A victory over local rivals Bagnall in a closely fought match gave the home side their first maximum points and saw Alex Dutton post his first half-century in a fabulous opening partnership with Joe Browning.

U-11s PUT THE SQUEEZE ON ASHCOMBE

Endon U-11s vs Ashcombe Park 3rd June

A brilliant narrow victory over league leaders Ashcombe Park came from a superb team effort. Endon scored relatively few runs but the batting was careful and considered and only allowed the fall of two wickets. With 235 on the board the side faced an uphill struggle against the league's leading run-scorers but manager Jordan Weaver's interval instructions concentrating on the" importance of tight fielding and putting pressure on their batsmen" proved to be great wisdom on the night. With a wonderful maturity the team followed their manager's advice, bowling as accurately as they could and looking to stop runs at all times. As the pressure built, and Ashcombe realising that their task was not going to be as easy as they thought, the visiting batsmen began to take risks and wickets began to tumble.

Some fantastic fielding from James Blainey and a great show of concentration and application from wicket-keeper, Luke Redford were highlights of a whole-team fielding effort. It was, however, Tommy "Tornado" Moulton, who took the final pat on the back for some demon bowling rewarded with three Ashcombe wickets including a last over dismissal which ensured an Endon victory.

Tommy Moulton (he is in the middle somewhere) getting congratulated by his team-mates after taking his all-important third wicket.

SECONDS' DOWNTURN CONTINUES

Kidsgrove Seconds vs Endon Seconds, June 1st

SEVEN TOO MANY FOR SECONDS

Meakins 2nd XI vs Endon 2nd XI, May 25th

Joe Haywood's sensational 5 for 12, his first five-wicket haul, was a major factor in the dismissal of the home side for just 110 runs, leaving unbeaten Endon in the driving seat seat and heading for a seventh victory in a row. A difficult Meakins' track, however, was never going to make life easy for Endon's batting line-up and, on the day, an across the board failure left the league leaders well short of their seemingly easy target.

GIDMAN's CUP RUNNETH OVER

Endon 2nd XI v Oakamoor 2nd XI (Talbot Shield) 19th May

A feature of the Second team's success so far this season has been the equality of contribution from all sections of the team. On a Cup day when the team were looking for a sixth win a row, it was Tommy Nadin's turn to step up to mark. Tom destroyed the Oakamoor batting with a tenacious 5 for 16 leaving the away team five runs short of a hundred, a target easily reached by the home side with help of a 44 from captain, Matt Gidman.

WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN!

Bagnall 2nd XI vs Endon 2nd XI 18th May

A drive up the hill to Bagnall put the second team in with a chance of five wins on the bounce. With Bagnall generally weakened this year by a shortage of regular faces, Matt Gidman and his team were suprised to see many of Bagnall's usual first-teamers playing down in strong Second XI.

Some solid work from Josh Vernon and a flamboyant sixty from Alex Gilson eventually saw Endon past the hundred mark, enough runs for the bowling attack to work with.

Economical bowling from all quarters put pressure on the Bagnall batting line and saw wickets tumble at regular intervals. Matt Gidman's 4 for18 were the stand-out figures as well as very impressive 3 overs for 1 run from Joe Hayward.

The win saw Endon Seconds edge further ahead in the 2B Division but a trip to Meakins next week represents a tough assignment. The side will not, however, be short of confidence.

GIDMAN'S SUNSHINE ON RAINY DAY

Endon 2nd XI vs WOORE 2nd XI 11th May

2012's weather nightmare returned to the NSSC League this weekend. Only ten matches were completed and, through a mammoth mop up by Matt Gidman and his boys, one of them occurred a Post Lane. Already top of the table, the Endon Second XI managed to find a victory either side of the disruptions to move even further in front of their mostly rain-stricken rivals.

Matt's powers of persuasion convinced the umpires to hang around and wait for a break in the rain. After an early tea, play started at 4.20. Winning the toss this week, the skipper took to the field hoping for just bonus points rather than outright victory. Launching his pace attack produced limited impact giving the visitor's a swift start despite a creditable 22 for 1 off 7 overs by Lewis Moulton. Changing to a slower assault, better able to cope with the wet run-ups and taking advantage of the "grip" and "slide" conditions, Gidman and Jodrell, with the help of some slick fielding, came on to devastate the Woore line-up. Gidman's four wickets for eight runs and Jodrell's five for two came off very few overs and the vistiors found themselves all out for just 88.

Endon's opening pair scrambled for as many runs as possible before the next deluge saw the covers quickly on. An eventual break in the rain brought the not-out openers, Gidman and Josh Vernon, back to the crease and, with the job almost done Vernon top-edged a pull shot off a short delivery to give Alex Gilson the opportunity of finishing the task off with his captain. Matt ended up very damp, very happy and on 63 not out.

After the match Matt said he was "pleased with such a fantastic win and beating the weather when so many other teams did not. With 90 points, more than a third of what we managed in the whole of 2012, we have to be happy but the challenge will get much harder as the season progresses. A massive thanks to Phil "Decker" Rowley for getting the game on and letting us play".

VERNON CENTURY TAKES SECONDS CLEAR AT THE TOP

Ashcombe P. 2nd XI vs Endon 2nd XI 4th May

Matt Gidman once again lost the toss but his team won the match. Is a pattern emerging?

Opening with Josh Vernon, Gidman and partner did well against an accurate line and length but team captain, Gidman, fell quickly to a caught behind decision that TV replays and "hotspot" would probably have overturned.

To the crease came Nick 'Rusty' Reynolds who proceeded to play a dozen full-blooded drives down on one knee with his bat ending behind his head. The shots looked impressive and would have been, had he hit the ball. Eventually Nick decided to play a different shot and got off the mark to a rather loud round of applause from teammates. Whilst Nick was swatting flies Josh was hitting some sumptuous off drives  to get the scoreboard going. Nick eventually fell nicking one (a Nick-nick) to the keeper. Nick's form will undoubtedly return in the coming weeks and hopefully we'll soon start seeing him scoring runs.

Next in was Jack Bourne. He and Josh got the scoreboard moving along taking quick singles where possible and Josh continuing to hit some great leg side shots.

Jack fell trying to push the score along cutting to gully. Andy Hopwood was next in to support Josh's growing innings and to keep the run rate up.

With 40 overs gone, the Endon score stood on 130 but, with Josh Vernon on 70, Andy Hopwood was dismissed on LBW; a dismisal that brought Alex Gilson into the now very attack-minded batting intent. The new partnership allowed Josh Vernon to reach a century with a quickly- scampered 2 to deep midwicket. Josh's first of, hopefully, many centuries was enjoyable to watch showing true grit and determination to see him through to a well-deserved accolade from his team mates.

Gilson then started to pile on the runs by finding boundaries, smashing the opening bowler back over his head, scooping a short delivery over the keeper and flicking balls down fine leg from outside the off stump.

Josh eventually fell in the last over after dancing down the track and missing the spinner to be stumped for a fantastic 104. With Endon's latest centurion heading for the pavilion Endon took the opportunity to declare. Another wicket would have given Ashcombe another bowling point and with 200 runs on the board for just five men down on fast ground the declaration decision was not hard to make.

Matt Gidman's dressing room talk focussed on ensuring the team broke partnerships as soon as possible.

Thom Bateman, fresh from last week's eight -wicket haul, was an obvious choice to enter the bowling attack. Swinging the ball both ways he managed to dismiss Ashcombe's first three batsmen, an achievement made all the more enjoyable after a vocal Ashcombe batsman was heard to declare the "it wasn't swinging much". The Bateman ball that saw the end of his "on-the-wicket" comments swung about a foot.

Andy Hopwood then came on and bowled a good line and length but it was a full toss that drew a sorry from the bowler, a half-shot from the batsman and a mid-wicket catch from Jack Bourne. Andy then took a legitmate wicket without the need of apologies.

With five down, in strolled their captain who managed to take on the Endon bowling and put Thom in tantrum mode. Matt Gidman decided quickly to change the bowling and kept changing it to break up any rythmn that was accumulating. A wicket from Matt and a great piece of run-out fielding by Jack Bourne and Brad Hulme saw two more dismisals but, even so, with Ashcombe on 120 for 7 but with their captain still a clear and present danger there was still much work to do.

Nathan Price, last week's batting hero, this time came up trumps with the ball. Nath came on to bowl fantastically, drawing a high catch to remove their captain via a deep-mid-wicket catch by Andy hopwood. Nathan then continued to bowl a great line making them play every ball using the extra time allowed. Nathan finally bowled the last man with several minutes to spare.

Matt Gidman said on the match "that this was a very good test for us and will give us the confidence for the forthcoming weeks. Josh batted extremely well and deserved his century. It also showed our strength and depth that we were able to bowl 8 very talented bowlers, (could have been more) and we bat all through out the side".

BATEMAN BOMBS OUT BETLEY

Endon 2nd XI vs Betley 2nd XI 27th April

After losing the toss Endon were once again first to the crease. After Matt Gidman came to grief Josh Vernon and Jack Bourne forged an excellent twenty-over partnership seeing off the best of the Betley bowling attack. The partnership only stuttered after a hail storm leaving both young batsmen with scores of 30 and 33 respectively. Experience then entered the fray in the form of Andy Hopwood who looked comfortable before losing out to a fabulous diving effort from Betley's Adam Rowley at square leg on 23.

With Alex Gilson, on loan from the Firsts, running out the normally fast-scoring Steve Jodrell and getting out himself for 22, a high total looked unlikely but then in came first-time-out Nathan Price straining at the 2013 leash. Going large, Nathan hit a very quick 58 including a massive blow over the sight screen Holding nothing back Nathan eventually lost his stumps to James Hancock. Endon ended up with a competitive total of 200 on what was a strange and unpredictable two-paced track.

Knowing that Betley in the previous week had hit 200 in a losing draw, Matt Gidman knew that that he and his bowlers would have to bowl with a disciplined line and length. Thom Bateman and Joe Haywood opened the bowling with Joe striking in his first over removing Betley's dangerman, Joe Collet, with an edge to Nathan Price at first slip and then striking again in his third over when their no. 3 drove a ball in the air to Andy Hopwood at cover. Thom Bateman, not one to miss out on the party, waltzed in to outstep the remaining opener and, tripping the light fantastic, went on to take a further seven wickets ending up with his best ever figures (8 wickets, 11 overs, only 1 maiden,  for 23 runs) With great contributions from Joe Haywood and Brad Hulme, the visiting team quickly ran out of wickets for a meagre 52. It was a great win and team performance with everyone chipping in (Jack Bourne 3 catches) showing the strength and depth we are now seeing emerge at the club. The Seconds know they will face much tougher games in the weeks to come but a very positive start 2 games, 2 wins, 2 solid performances and an encouraging early-season top of the table position.

Massive thanks to Phil who spent many hours making the square and track look fantastic, Ian for the outfield and everyone around the club making the place look as impressive as it does.

Matt Gidman 

 

SECONDS AWAY TO GREAT START

Hem Heath & Forsbrook v Endon : 2nd XI (20/4/2013)

Three weeks prior to the season this fixture looked in doubt. There had been ten-foot snowdrifts on the square. Strangely and ironically, for the first time in in 4 or 5 years, the weather played no part in the fixture. Hypothermia was not on the agenda. The track was green and the run up slopes a little tricky but an accommodating opposing captain decided to bat. The Endon side had quite a warm feeling inside.

Lewis Moulton, straining at the leash, bowled a good opening spell (7 overs 1 maiden for 23 runs), with Thom Bateman, despite having recently entered the marriage stakes, creating chances at the other end (including a drop off the first ball of the match). Thom managed to remove the top three batsmen. Their captain couldn't believe his luck when he latched onto a short and wide delivery only to see Joe Hayward take a sharp catch above his head. Thom finished with figures of (12 overs, 4 maidens for 21 runs 3 wickets)

Joe Hayward came on and soon settled to a good line and length (6 overs 1 maiden for 11 runs). against a fortuitous young batsmen who seemed to have a highly beneficial relationship with gaps. The luck eventually ran out when he took on Joe in a run out situation -not to be recommended!

Spotting my opportunity for taking down the tail-enders, Steve 'the Mop' Jodrell and myself came on to take 3 wickets a piece. Jod finishing with (7 overs 3 Maidens for 10 runs 3 wickets) and (5 overs 3 maidens for 5 runs 3 wickets). A fantastic reaction catch by Brad Hulme at gulley, holding a ball that had ricocheted off his wicket-keeper's helmet complemented Alex Gilson's high made-to-look-simple high catch just afterwards. A final total of 78 all out off 37 overs suggested a great fielding performance but there was room for improvement.

Knowing the track was "rather interesting" and runs were not going to be easy to come by, digging in was the order of the day. Jake Vernon and myself opened the batting and were going ok until we decided to hesitate (ok we had a meeting in the middle and said yes, no, yes had a little dance, a tango I think) then a direct hit took out the bowler's stumps to leave me short of my ground by a few inches or feet.

In walked Alex Gilson for his first game for the 2nds for several years, and he soon looked quite settled picking up the quick singles. The bowlers changed round and Jake was bowled by a ball short of a length that didn't get past his ankle after the ball before nearly removing his helmet  off a length

Andy Hopwood and Alex then started to slowly get the runs down. With the scores almost tied Andy got tempted with a looping ball off a young spinner and subsequently missed it trying to hit the cows in the next field and got stumped for 18. Josh walked in and hit the winning run with Alex on 32 no. A very satisfactory performance and a great way to start the season to get a first win under our belts.
Hopefully Lewis's injury from football won't be too bad and all the second team wish him a speedy recovery. 

 

2013 THE SEASON AHEAD

The 2013 season begins with the club attempting to organise and run twelve teams: Firsts (NSSC), Seconds (NSSC), Sundays (Stone L.), Ladies softball, Ladies Hardball, Casuals, Under-17s (KL), Under-15s (SMJL), Under-13s (KL), Under-13s (SMJL), Under-11s (SMJL) and an Under-9s.

To run so many teams puts a great demand on the limited number of coaches and existing volunteers so if you think, as a parent or member of the club, you would like to assist in some way please let us know. Vici Browning, Darren Dutton and Dave Edwards have all stepped forward this winter to take on the Under-13s Kidsgrove League side. This means that our youngsters will be getting some top-class "real cricket" experience in the coming months. It also means that the smell of bacon and oakcakes will pervade the Post Lane ground on every Sunday morning between April and August with either the Under-17s or the Under-13s playing at home. That's worth a walk down to the club, especially when, as we all hope, the sun emerges this coming summer.... see you there.

 

BLURRED LINES FOR FIRSTS

Newcastle & Hartshill vs Endon, 7th Sept

A season that has seen many losses for the Endon First team continued today as Newcastle narrowly took their revenge for a comprehensive defeat at Post Lane earlier in the year.

A poor season? Absolutely not. So many losses have been, like today, by the smallest of margins. With such a young side, still developing, Alex Bailey can be pleased with the obvious potential of his relatively inexperienced team finding their feet at a higher divisional standard. Instead of third-from-bottom safety, overcoming these narrow margins would have seen the team competing at the top of a very tight division Two. Today's opposition are almost certainly one of the promoted sides and they came very close to being the victim of an Endon "double". The captain's task for next season is look at ways in which these tight margins can be overcome. With Eccleshall and Woore returning to their rightful Div. 2 status next year the division's blurred lines will require a greater focus in 2014.

FIRSTS KNOCKED BACK BY WIJESINGHE CENTURY

Endon vs Leycett Aug 31st

Impressive batting performances from Endon's middle order gave the home side a solid target to bowl at but the problem of overcoming the class of an opposing overseas professional, on this occasion, proved too difficult for Alex Bailey's men.

An unbeaten 119 from Chanaka Wijesinghe proved to be a stumbling block for Endon's bowling attack. The Sri Lankan pro's match-winning total, off 131 balls, was the difference between the two sides.

Despite the loss, Endon continue to accumulate good batting and bowling points in their drive to consolidate their third-flight status in the NSSC league. The side's progress has relied, impressively, on the depth of the young side's performances but it perhaps significant to point out that Tom Latham's 66, this afternoon, was Endon's highest individual score of the season. The side may reflect that many of their losses this year have come against big individual scores rather than batting depth.

KIDSGROVE IN THE RAIN

Kidsgrove vs Endon (Abandoned game) 17 Aug

RODE PARK BY A WHISKER

Endon vs Rode Park, Aug 10

UNDER-13s FINISH ON A FLOURISH

With new club records already under their belt this season, the freshly formed Kidsgrove League under-thirteen side could already be congratulated on a fantastic season but Sunday's last match of the league programme, at Oakamoor, saw yet more records tumble when Endon's bowling attack dismissed a young Oakamoor side for just nine runs.

Sam Plant went past George Sellers record run total with another unbeaten 50 and Alex Dutton surpassed Joe Butler's best bowling performance for an u-13 player with an incredible 6 wickets for just 7 runs.

The young Endon side, still pretty much intact for next season, will look forward to more success in 2014. There are still plenty of U-13 records left to break but of greater importance will be a higher league-placing objective. Manager Vici Browning's observation, highlighting the across the board improvement throughout the team, will be essential to next year's level of achievement. Continuing to improve through winter training will be a key factor.

PROMOTION HUNT BACK ON

Woore vs Seconds Jul 27

A young Woore side, currently in development, presented little resistance to a resurgent Second team looking to find its way back into promotion melee. In form Andy Hopwood, hitting 83, bulked the Endon innings along with a tail end flourish from Lewis Moulton (40). Tommy Nadin's 4 for 11 destroyed the Woore tail to give his side 25 points.

SECONDS REVIVAL CONTINUES AGAINST ASHCOMBE

Seconds vs Ashcombe park, 18th July

Seconds return to form continued at Post Lane today with a comfortable win over Ashcombe. A strong batting performance from Endon's middle order including a 71 from Andy Hopwood. a novelty 48 from Micky Dawson on a bowling break from the Firsts and yet another dashing 50 from Dan Shelley, ensured an impregnable total of over 250. Wickets, 4 for Thommy Bateman and 3 from Tom Nadin, ensured Ashcombe struggled to get past the 15o mark. Maximum points puts Endon back in the promotion race with plenty of matches to go.

RECORDS ROLL AT BLYTHE

Blythe U-13s vs Endon U-13s, July 7th

A super Sunday for for the Under-13s at Blythe saw junior records tumble in all directions. Alex Dutton (67) and Sam Plant (60) were able to return to their creases after hitting the fifty maximum earlier in the innings. Blythe posted a massive 186 and looked favourites to take an easy victory but determined batting from Alex and Sam hauled in the score not only creating the biggest Endon U-13 score ever (188) but also managing the biggest run-chase in Endon's junior hisory i the Kidsgrove League.

Although the team remain in the bottom half of their division this result bodes well for next season when managers, Vici Browning and Darren Dutton, can look forward to retaining the team with everyone a year older. Well done to the whole team for such a brilliant effort.

SECONDS UP-BEAT AT

BETLEY

Betley vs Seconds, 13th July

BATTING ON THE UP

Hem Heath/Fors vs Seconds, 6th July

SECONDs BACK

TO WINNING WAYS

Endon vs Oakamoor 29th June

Newcastle/H vs Seconds, 22nd June

 

SUNDAY BEST

Norton 3rd XI vs Endon Sundays, 9th June

Sunday saw the return to action of the 3rd XI away at Norton. The game was played on the same track used the previous day by the Norton & Endon first teams and by the respective under 17’s on Sunday morning. It played much the same way throughout, with low bounce at one end and deliveries taking off from a length at the other.

At the start of play Endon were second in the table with Norton bottom. Player availability issues caused wholesale changes to the Endon eleven with young players Sam Plant, George Mellor and Jack Turnock making their senior debuts. The not so young Matt Gidman made a first appearance for the 3rds and Dan Shelley, playing for the first time this season, stepped in to add some experience.

The Captain won the toss and elected to bat, challenging the players to score sufficient runs to allow a declaration, to then allow the bowlers to bowl the opposition out to get maximum points. That was not quite the way things worked out as Endon only reached a total of 155 all out, off 35.5 overs. Dan Shelley hit a powerful 82 runs off only 61 balls against a Norton attack who took too long to recognise that the slower you bowled the harder it was for batsmen to score.

The new ball was given to Joe Hayward and Brad Hulme who opened the attack with 5 overs each. Joe picked up two wickets for 13. The nature of track was clear for all to see, as a decent length delivery from Brad ‘exploded’, hitting the batsmen in the check-bone. He retired for a while, returning with a scar later in the innings. Brad ended with 5 overs, no wickets for 13 runs.

Maintaining an attacking field throughout Endon slowly chipped away at Norton. The young players showed solid fielding ability on a bumpy outfield. Matt Gidman replaced Joe Hayward with Andy Hopwood replacing Brad. Matt picked up two wickets for 24 runs off 5 overs as the Norton batsmen looked to play attacking shots.

The stand out bowling performance however, came from Sam Plant. After overcoming apparent shock, when told to loosen up, he bowled really well, grabbing 2 wickets in two balls and therefore had a hat-trick ball. He returned figures of 6 overs, 1 maiden, 2 for 21 runs.  Tom Nadin stuck with the key wicket of Keith McBeth (the Norton opener), bowling him with a leg stump yorker. After that Norton struggled to score and it was a matter of staying patient and taking the chances. Tom finished with 3 for 26. Norton were dismissed for 120 from 31.4 overs.

So maximum points on a scorching day and another Endon win over Norton, means the 3rds now lie top of the table, 23 points clear, with key matches against Weston and Porthill to come in the next few weeks. These games will truly tell us where we are in relation to the better teams in this division. The key statistics coming from the game however, are debuts performances from Sam Plant, George Mellor and Jack Turnock.


GIDMAN SIX NOT ENOUGH

Endon 2nds vs Alsager 2nds, 8th June

MOULTON SMOULDERS IN NARROW SHIELD DEFEAT FOR SECONDS

Talbot Shield Endon 2nds vs Burslem 2nds Jun 2

Lewis Moulton's weekend of wicket-taking continued at Post Lane on a sun-soaked Talbot Shield Sunday. He added five more wickets to the three secured at Kidsgrove the day before, knocking off five of the first six batsmen for just thirty runs. A great start from Endon stalled against Burslem's Jay Sims who anchored a great tail-end effort from the visitors ending his innings on 72 not out.

Chasing 181 was never going to be an easy task but one Matt Gidman must have been optimistic about. However, the recent downturn in batting form continued, and despite Andy Hopwood adding a top-scoring 27 for the home side, there was no "big" innings to secure the day and Endon's Shield effort this year ended by just 12 runs.

PROUD DAY FOR ENDON JUNIOR SET-UP

Will Weston and George Sellers representing a winning Staffordshire U-16s side against Worcestershire at Flagge Meadow.

A brief look at Endon's current senior and junior sides leaves little doubt about all the hard work that has been undertaken over the last five or six years by the Endon junior development team. However, testimony to the club's progress can come in no more tangible form than to see Endon's youngsters finding their way to county representation. Therefore, to have two of the club's juniors in one county team is an event to be celebrated.

George Sellers, playing a year above his age group, and Will Weston, making his county debut, played their parts in a Staffordshire victory over Worcestershire at Flagge Meadow yesterday. Will's selection to the U-16 county squad during the winter was the result of a lot of hard work and commitment and is solid evidence that there is mobility from District level for any young player who is willing to put in hours of practice.

As the summer progresses, many other young players from Endon will be hoping to make similar progress. The club wishes them all the best of luck in their endeavours.

 

STONE SHOW THE WAY ON T/20 DAY AT ENDON

T/20 Endon vs Audley

T/20 Endon vs Stone, 26th May

A glorious sunshiny day at Endon saw a wonderful array of big hitting from all three sides in the first round of the NSSC T/20 cup. Over a hundred runs from Alex Bailey was not enough to give his side a victory on the day but the spectators were treated to some exciting cricket in between their sun lotion applications.

Premier division high-fliers, Stone, set their stall early in the day with a massive victory over Audley, hitting over 230 runs in the limited overs session.

A big thanks to all our volunteers who worked hard to host the event.

TRACTOR BOYS HOLD OUT

AGAINST PORTHILL

U-17s vs Porthill U-17s

On a day when the Under-17s were forced to bat it out for a draw, the date will be remembered for Brad Hulme's first fifty and for the spectacular arrival of Joe Butler driving his own tractor.

With George Sellers and Will Weston on county duty at Denstone, the team were up against it taking on league-leaders, Porthill Park. Despite Joe Butler taking two superb catches the away side amassed 165 runs (Tom Timmis 67) before declaring and leaving Endon with a target that gradually became too distant to chase. Some careful batting restricted Porthill's points accumulation in a damage limitation strategy.

SELLERS HITS 86 AS STAFFS U-15s WIPE-OUT SHROPS

Staffs U-15s vs Shrops U-15s, May 6th

George Sellers, opening for Staffordshire U-15s, crafted a superb innings of 86 as his side destroyed Shropshire by a 156 runs at Little Stoke. Staffordshire, setting an immense target of 256 for 4, stiffled the away side's response by bowling them out for just a 130 runs including a wicket from George himself.

SUNDAYS STEP IT UP AT SILVERDALE

Silverdale vs Endon 28th April Scorecard

On a cold, blustery Sunday afternoon the 3rd XI travelled to Silverdale to compete in what was likely to be a rain-affected game on a day when completed matches would be at a premium.

Silverdale won the toss and elected to bat, with their openers taking a positive approach scoring at 5 an over for the first 8 overs or so. Having opened the innings really well last week, Joe Hayward struggled to find his normal rhythm and was punished on a fast outfield. He was replaced by Tom Nadin who was more economical. Jack Bourne replaced Alex Gilson who had returned figures of 6 overs, 1 for 16. Jack struggled to repeat the form that saw him take 5 wickets at home to Bagnall, conceding 22 runs from his first three overs.

An injury to wicketkeeper Josh Vernon, who took a blow to the inside of the knee cap from a low fielding throw, meant brother Jake taking over the gloves with Silverdale kindly providing a substitute fielder. Josh was unable to take any further part in the game.

At this point in the game Silverdale were looking at a total in excess of 180, perhaps as high as 200 or so.

Sam Bullmore took up the ball and as Endon got into the middle order, he helped pull the run rate back. He finished with figures of 6 overs, 3 maidens, 1 for 13.

The last 20 overs – made up of Sam’s last 3 overs, 7 from Jack Bourne, coming back for a second spell, bowling much tighter and 10 overs from Andy Hopwood saw Silverdale restricted to 49 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Silverdale finished on 146 for 7 off their 45 overs, at least 40 shy of what might have been expected earlier in the afternoon.

The injury to Josh meant a reshaping of the batting line up as Jake Vernon and Sam Bullmore opened. Silverdale’s opening pair proved lively, beating the bat on a number of occasions and bowling 14 overs for 41 runs. Our openers however stuck to their task scoring at 3 an over initially.

Tom Nadin was perhaps a surprise choice for the number 3 slot but provided solid support to Jake after Sam’s dismissal as he started to get into his stride. The pairing blossomed and before too long they had accelerated the run rate significantly. Jake was timing the ball beautifully mixing defence and attack as he built a mature innings.

Silverdale desperately looked to get a foothold in the game by varying the bowling attack, but without success. The main concern for Endon was the weather which threatened and eased, threatened and eased and threatened again. Joe Hayward was padded and ready to be deployed in a hitting role, to maintain the high run rate if a wicket was lost. However, he wasn’t needed as Jake reached 91 not out, only missing out on a maiden century because of three hefty sixes, despatched to the leg-side boundary by Tom Nadin in what proved to be the final over, not only of the match but the final over before the heavens opened. Even 10 more runs conceded with the ball and we would almost certainly have had to settle for a draw.

A good win - a stylish knock from Jake; and an excellent performance, with bat and ball by Tom.

Andy Hopwood

 

 

STONE LEAGUE

DEBUT SUCCESS

Endon Sundays vs Bagnall (21/4/2013)

Sunday saw a great first venture in the Stone & District League with a comfortable win against Bagnall, at Post Lane. Credit goes to the two umpires and opposing captain who were equally keen to start the game in drizzle.

Endon suffered a couple of enforced late changes and lost the toss, with Bagnall electing to bat. Joe Hayward and Brad Hulme opened the bowling, giving us a solid start drawing first blood in the fourth over, with Josh Tittensor taking a decent catch at first slip off Brad. Bagnall 11 for 1.

Bagnall’s number 3 and 4 came in to play a few shots and consequently increased the run rate, but the home side held firm on a fast outfield. Joe removed number 4 in his sixth over before Tom Nadin and Jack Bourne took the ball after a dozen overs or so.

Tom didn’t enjoy much luck with the ball as a couple of catches went down. Jack took two wickets in his first over and followed with another in his second. He mixed his pace well, bowling some balls slowly with some air but others quickly, causing the batsmen uncertainty. Jack ended with figures of 7 overs, 5 for 22.

This took the wind out of Bagnalls sails. Endon then had a poor 5 overs and lost concentration, dropping three catches and suffering a handful of mis-fields. With a useful cameo from their young number 10, Bagnall reached a tricky total of 125 off 30 overs.

Endon's bowlers had performed well in reasonably difficult circumstances – a wet ball, quick, hard outfield and batsmen playing a few shots.

Endon set about chasing a target of 126 with 60 overs in which to do it. Josh Vernon and Ben Rowley opened, making a steady start seeing off the new ball. Jake Vernon chipped in 16 before being run out – then came a stylish and gritty knock of 37 by Callum Dermott which included two delightful back foot drives for four. He succumbed to a good catch behind square with only one required to win.

So a good start to the season on a cold day with plenty of positives and a few lessons to learn. Good performances all round – but particular mentions go to"Bourney" for a five-for and Callum for a great knock. You’ll never dominate for the whole match and you always have a 20 or 30 minutes where it just doesn’t happen but the 5 overs where we switched off were disappointing as they were particularly poor considering how well we started. We talked about it and the players knew it – but that’s what this team is all about – learning.

Andy Hopwood 21/4/13

 

STONE LEAGUE

HERE WE COME

Andy Hopwood, Sunday Team Captain, talks about the challenge ahead

The 2013 season will see the club with a 3rd team in the Stone & District Cricket League for the first time. The team will play in the Sunday Section B North meaning we have the pleasure of visiting a number of new grounds. This is a big commitment for the club and another huge step in its development as it continues to progress both on and off the field.
The League will allow our young players to pit their wits against senior players, some of whom will have second and in some cases, first team experience. It is an ideal step between junior and senior cricket and we will be asking our younger players in particular, to adapt and to develop their technique and mental approach accordingly.
The principal objective is to develop players capable of playing in our first team. Success in the league, whilst important, is not our main aim. That said – if we can gain promotion over the next couple of seasons to the division above, it would further help the development of our young players. But for now let’s take one step at a time.
It should be the aim of every young player at the club to be playing first team cricket for Endon C.C. The Stone & District League will help facilitate this and help our players develop the skills needed to be a first team player. There is a big difference between first team and all other cricket. The 3rd team is a great way for our young players to challenge themselves against and alongside, experienced senior players.
We need to be clear with our young players what we expect of them and what it takes to achieve first team standards, both in terms of the standard of play and importantly their conduct. This development means we can supplement the great work our coaches do with the reality of match situations.

Andy Hopwood March 2013

PRICE TOO MUCH FOR NEWCASTLE

Seconds vs Newcastle, 7th Sept

Eighty-eight from Andy Hopwood added to his 2013 run-fest and put Newcastle in the dock after the away side decided to take to the field after winning the toss. The home side benefitted from another solid display from Nathan Price taking the first ball for the second week running.

Nathan's contribution continued in the field with four wickets off 20 balls for just 13 runs. Two catches from the side's new opener further augmented a great all-round performance.

236 AND GIDMAN 7-for NOT ENOUGH FOR SECONDS AGAINST BLYTHE

Blythe vs Seconds 31st Aug

 

HOPWOOD & SON SHINE IN THE RAIN

Seconds vs Kidsgrove Aug 17

Great batting performances from Andy Hopwood and son, Brad Hulme, saw the Seconds manage to grasp some points from a rain-strewn day at Post Lane. If there is a record somewhere for a father and son partnership then Andy and Brad must have come close to breaking it today. They have, however, definitely created a new Second Team patrnership record which has stood since 2007 when a Bedson/Lee combination put 188 on the board against Stanfields. Andy had to finish the day on a tantalising 99 not out with Brad a short way behind with a similarly unbeaten 87. The pair established the new record (191) by just 3 runs.

Points from the winning draw, against the Division's front-runner, leave the Second team with an outside chance of promotion as the season moves on to its last four fixtures.

MEAKINS: DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR SECONDS

Meakins vs Seconds Aug 10

SENSATIONAL SIX FOR ALEX DUTTON

Alex Dutton hauled in six wickets for just 7 runs at Oakamoor this weekend to claim the club's U-13 bowling performance record from Joe Butler established in 2010.

BAILEY'S DISCIPLINE BENIGHTS BAGNALL

Bagnall vs Endon Aug 3rd

Captain Alex Bailey's recent focus on disciplined batting, especially from his openers, paid dividends at Bagnall this afternoon. A long opening partnership from Josh Tittensor and George Sellers may not have yielded a wealth of runs but it dulled the Bagnall attack led by overseas professional Asif Ahmed Khan. Jordan Weaver's impressively careful 59 gave volume to the innings that ended on 147 all out with some tail-end support from Gaz Rigby (17*).

Dan Bailey and Thom Bateman disposed of Bagnall' openers leaving spinners, Ant Sheeran (4/22) and George Sellers (3/6), to dismantle the remaining batting order.

WEATHER ADVANTAGE FOR OULTON

Endon vs Oulton, 27 July

The weatherman predicted a 6.00pm deluge over the Potteries so this was a toss to win. Electing to bat, the Oulton visitors, knew that runs on the board would give them the edge. The rain came punctually and dampened Endon's attempt to chase down 240 runs. A return to league form for George Sellers (51*) was the highlight of Endon's effort but a losing draw was always going to be an inevitable result.

RIGBY ON A ROLL BUT NO WIN AT STAFFORD

Stafford vs Endon 18th July

A fabulous eight-wicket haul from Gaz Rigby was overshadowed by a Stafford win founded on an 85 from Dave Foster. Stafford put up a strong target of 237 for 9 which, despite two fifties from the Bailey brothers, failed to come up on Endon's scoreboard with the side all out for 167. With Stafford dominating the division the Endon side gained some valuable points in the quest to consolidate their Div 2 status.

REPRESENTATION RECORD AT REPTON

Endon juniors, George Sellers (15) and Will Weston (16) created a new Endon record by both being selected for U-17 Staffordshire County squad to face Derbyshire. The team gained a points victory in the two-day match in a close and exciting encounter in the shadow of Repton's beautiful thatched pavilion.

HOME VICTORY LIFTS FIRSTS

Endon vs Caverswall, 13th July

Bignall End vs Endon, 6th July

Weston vs Endon, 29th June

RIGBY RAVAGES NEWCASTLE IN RECORD BOWL OUT FOR FIRSTS

Endon vs Newcastle & Hartshill, June 22nd

Endon's bowling attack created a new club record today by bowling out high-flying Newcastle and Hartshill for just 51 runs. Wonderful performances from Gaz Rigby (5 for 28) and Dan Bailey (4 for 22) saw the visitors queuing for their tea before the end of the twentieth over.

Endon's batting reply faltered in the wake of an easy target before Jordan Weaver confidently smashed an entertaining 34 not out to surpass the visitor's meagre total.

DB 5 GETS FIRSTS INTO GEAR

Leycett vs Endon, 15th June

RUFF JUSTICE AT NORTON?

Norton vs Endon, 8th June

A down-to-the-wire nail-biter at Community Drive ended in canine controversy today when a local spaniel, belonging to the Norton chairman, interceded in the final over of the match preventing a narrow Norton victory and giving Endon a winning draw. The incident has since become a bone of contention.

Tom Latham's welcome return to form saw him knock 65 runs veiling a generally lacklustre batting performance from Endon's top order. With further contributions from Gaz Rigby (31) and Alex Gilson (18), the visitors moved on to respectable 180 total.

Five wickets from Ant Sheeran and some accurate bowling slowed the Norton run rate enough to take the outcome of the match to the final over. With two balls left Josh Graham looked to have hit a four to win the match and was heading terrier-like for the pavilion celebrating a Norton victory only to be recalled (possibly with a whistle) by the umpire. The umpire, perhaps a bit dogmatically, declared a dead ball because a spaniel had somehow interfered with play. Had the offending hound deflected the ball? Had the creature innocently impeded a potential retriever? There have been many conflicting reports. We await the cricketing authorities to send us some pointers to explain the incident.

BATTING HO, BOWLING WOE

Endon vs Kidsgrove , 1st June

With so many of Endon's batsmen returning to form in recent weeks no one could deny Alex Bailey a degree of optimism as his Post Lane team faced Kidsgrove . A 34 from Josh Tittensor, a confidence-building 43 from Tom Latham, a magnificent 60 from Ant Sheeran and the inevitable Dan Bailey bash to close the innings (26 off 14 balls) gave the home side a formidable 226 to bowl at.

Three wickets for just 38 runs from young spinner George Sellers made some impact on the Kidsgrove response but with every visiting batsman able to make a sizeable contribution, the Endon bowling attack became increasingly forlorn, eventually losing by three wickets.

The Endon side, seemingly struggling at the bottom of 2A table, must remain confident about their prospects. With so many good recent performances and narrow losses, better fortune can not be so very far away.

FIRSTS BOUNCE BACK

Endon 1st XI vs Rode Park 1st XI 25th May

The Firsts restored some confidence at Post Lane today with an "almost" victory over Rode Park. Josh Tittensor, opening, came back to form with a 37 and set a solid platform for most of his team mates to come forward and make their own contribution to a 200+ score. Jordan Weaver's 31, in just as many balls, increased the run rate to compensate for Rode Parks' Jim Johnson knocking over wickets at regular invervals (5 for 51). Jordan's work was continued later in the innings by a quick-scoring 28 from Dan Bailey.

With the home side bowled out before using all their overs the vistors had 58 overs to haul in a victory. Micky Dawson, taking 5 for 45, once again led the Endon bowling assault and quickly undermined any thoughts of a Rode Park victory. The home team must have been licking their lips when Rode Park's ninth batsman Ian Harding came to crease with copious overs remaining to knock the tail over. However, Harding's resilient 66 not out must be one of the best tail-wags ever seen at the Post Lane ground and left Endon a tantalising wicket short of 25 points. Nevertheless, captain Alex Bailey, will have been pleased to see his young side move up the Division Two table and restore some much-needed condfidence throughout the ranks.

U-13s RECORD VICTORY?

Tommy "Tornado" Moulton giving it "some"against Hanford in the U-13 SMJL

A brilliant fielding performance by the U-13 SMJL team saw the youngsters knock over ten Hanford wickets (Sam Plant 3 for 8) and leave the vistors on a meagre 195. Batting carefully the home side, with a 26 from Robbie Jones and a 19 from Joe Browning managed a score of 278 for the loss of no wickets. There can not be many occasions when an week-night side have won by a clear 83 runs in a sixteen-over pairs format. Keith Mellor, team manager, was full of praise for his young side. He said that "everyone performed to their best potential and worked for the team. This was the best fielding display I have seen from a young side in a long time".

SET BACK FOR FIRSTS IN LOCAL DERBY

Endon 1st XI vs Bagnall 1st XI 18th May

SOME GLOW IN THE GLOOM FOR BAILEY'S BOYS

Oulton 1st XI vs Endon 1st XI, 11th May

Another sumptuous innings from fifteen-year-old George Sellers (64), and a dashing not-out fifty from the swash-buckling Jordan Weaver, gave Endon some hope of victory under the rain and hail at Oulton. However, the gloom eventually extinguished the Endon glow, and Alex Bailey's men returned to Post Lane with an unsatisfying draw and the team's bowlers feeling short-changed by yet another miserable May afternoon.

Recent outings for the young side have seen elements of promise not translating into positive results but, a quick scan of the Division Two table shows that no side yet dominates the competition and Endon remain within a single victory of the top-spot. With so many young players in the side developing as each week goes by, the side can remain buoyant about their prospects. A local derby with struggling local rivals, Bagnall, next week, could see the side in resurgent mood.

FIRSTS GO DOWN TO STAFFORD BATTING POWER

Endon 1st XI vs Stafford 1st XI 4th May

A sensational batting performance from Stafford's Richard Brazier sent Endon's recently impressive bowling attack back to the clubhouse after only bowling 26 overs. Stafford lost just two wickets in response to, what appeared to be, a healthy 185 from the home team.

Brazier smashed seven sixes as he powered his way to a 75 not out in just 39 balls.

TON-UP SELLERS IN U-17 STALEMATE

Burslem U17s vs Endon U-17s 28th April Scorecard

Just back from his West Indes tour, George Sellers set his stall for the Under-17 season with an elegant first century. A declaration of 175 added three overs to Burslem's innings and should have been enough to put pressure on the home side. However, a lackustre fielding performance let the home side off the hook and in the end a winning draw did not do justice to Endon's batting superiority.

A feature of the match was the return of Joe Butler to Endon's bowling attack after a couple of years away from the game. With Lewis Moulton hopefully returning from injury to further strengthen the team's bowling options, the U-17s should prove to be a formidable force this season.

 

FIRSTS GET CLOSE AT CAVERSWALL

Caverswall vs Endon Scorecard 27th April

2012 FIRST TEAM REVIEW

Alex Bailey looks back on last year's promotion season

I can honestly say the 2012 campaign was the most enjoyable and rewarding season I have been involved in to date. To play alongside and lead such a talented squad of men has been a great honour and privilege.  Each and every member of the team played with a smile on their face and a desire to win. 


For any team to go seventeen games unbeaten is a great feat by any standards, especially after being on the wrong side of the results during the first three games of the season. Having prepared during the winter months like no other pre-season paired with a great win over highly the regarded Meakins Cricket Club during the pre-season friendly; these poor results certainly tested the team’s confidence. At no point did the team ever feel like we had been outplayed by the opposition, we just could not piece all three disciplines together during the same match.


We knew we were one win away from doing something very special as a club; one win would release all the pressure and we could then concentrate on pushing forward. This win came during the cup match against Blythe Cricket Club, a battling batting performance coupled with disciplined bowling and fielding meant the result went our way. It was a great team performance and underpinned the way we played for the reminder of the season.


The entire season was played with teamwork being the prime objective; the team came first at all times. The dressing room was a happy place, players wanted the best for each other, and individual successes were shared by all. I challenged players to win cricket matches throughout the season, statistics are very nice to look back upon once a player hangs up their boots but match winning performances are always remembered.  It would be easy for me to generalise and say ‘Well done to the batters, well done to the bowlers, fielder of the year was...etc’ but this does not give a true reflection upon the season.
In my eyes promotion was won when Alex Gilson and Josh Tittensor shared a 100+ run partnership against Stone SP away; when Nick Reynolds knocked off the winning runs against Crewe, when Dan Bailey scored his very special ton against the formidable Asif Raza and Bagnall; when Jordan Weaver scored highly pressured second innings runs to win crucial matches such as Bagnall and Fenton; when George Sellers single handily batted the entire innings against Hem Heath Forsbrook to win the match batting second; all of Tom Latham’s incredible catches to turn the game back in our favour; the fantastic bowling performances of swing king Mick Dawson throughout the season, taking vital wickets at crucial times; Phil Rowley getting the highly regarded Chris LeMaistre out first ball of his spell against Church Eaton; finally Anthony Sheeran’s match winning bowling spell against Stone SP coupled with his match winning knocks against Bagnall and Hem Heath Forsbrook. A big thank you should be given to all the squad players Andy Hopwood, Steve Jodrell, Matt Gidman, Lewis Moulton, Jake Vernon, Jack Bourne and Tom Bateman whom all made themselves available when required.
The team will continue to strive for success, the hard work and commitment will remain, some fresh faces will be added. I would like to say thank you to Neil Sellers, Allan Bailey, Rob Latham for all their support they have given the team. Thank you to all the committee members. The 1st team would like to give a special mention and thank you to Chairman Andy Bulmore for all of his support and effort he has given to us throughout the season.

Alex Bailey Feb 2012