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REPRESENTATIVE HIGHLIGHT FOR OLLIE ROGERSON

Thirteen-year-old Ollie Rogerson continued his impressive season with a representative century. His 107 not out came playing for the U-13 Staffordhire Development side against Shropshire. Ollie is only the third Endon junior to ever have scored a representative century joining George Sellers and Will Weston. There is, of course, plenty of time for Ollie to repeat the achievement with four more seasons of county and district cricket in front of him.

 

JOSH ON TOP

96* vs Stone

Josh Reynolds scored a magnificent 96 not out for the Seconds on Saturday tragically running out of overs before hitting his first career century. Chasing Stone's 185, Josh dominated the batting alongside captain, Andy Hopwood, in a ninety run partnership. The performance added to Josh's further dominance with the ball that gave him another four wickets toward his season's tally. Are we looking at a genuine all rounder for the future? Let's hope so.

The Seconds continued their strong run in towards the end of the season but can only realistically be looking at a third place finish - quite an achievement for Andy Hopwood, considering the continuous demands the First team have made on his squad. More important than promotion, however, has been the development of highly promising junior players in the Second team ranks including, of course, Josh himself.

His four wickets take Josh over the fifty wicket mark for the season. Forty of these wickets have been taken leading the Second Team's bowling attack.

ANOTHER RECORD FOR THE FIRSTS

Endon's Division Three dominance continued at Underwood Road with an annihilation of Silverdale, bowling the home side out for record-breaking 36 runs. This was a victory that the new divisional champions would have preferred not to have. The Silverdale second side could only muster a skeletal side representing a worrying situation for one of the league's stalwart clubs. We wish Silverdale all the best in getting things back on track and fulfilling an important role in such a traditionally strong cricketing area.

Captain, Marlon Martin, took most of the bowling spoils with four wickets bringing his season's total to 45 with one match remaining. Endon's bowling strength has been a feature ot the championship campaign with four of the team's bowlers notching up over 170 wickets between them.

 

Brad Hulme's 81 not out gave the Seconds an outright victory at Post Lane over Rode Park's second string. His unbeaten 124 fourth-wicket partnership with father and captain, Andy Hopwood, kept the team just about in reach of promotion with a few matches remaining.

The Endon team, as far as we know, for the first time, featured three father and son combinations, further including Phil and Josh Reynolds and Rich and Lewis Wilson.

 

THE FEMALE FORCE STRIDES ON

Aisha Ali on duty with the Thirds at Leycett

While Dan Bailey will be - once again - hoping for the "Prettiest in Uniform" vote, I am afraid this other top-class fielder will get my vote for the 2018 season.

As our wonderful Ladies side, under the inspired direction of Andy Hopwood, go from strength to strength, the sight of a female player diving to save a boundary in a senior match should not be a rare event.

 

MAGIC MORRISON HITS RODE WITH DOUBLE CENTURY

Yet another divisional record fell to an Endon player in what is proving to be an astounding 2018 season. Aussie import, Jason Morrison, launched twelve sixes, a club record, well beyond the beautiful boundaries of Rode Park, to amass a record-breaking 205*. Mildura's main man could have gone on to even greater heights, had an early declaration not been necessary. The record innings came in just forty overs.

Strangely, Wilko's greengrass instinct, stirring in the shadow of Rode's long-gone gibbet oak, sensed a manifestation of Morrison might. As the sun beat down on a placid, as yet unused, mid-day track he predicted that "the lad is going to knock a double-century before the season is over, and it could be today". So said the guru of NSSC cricket - and low and behold.

Another great performance from Andy Sibley helped establish a 149 opening partnership and a platform for Jason to further open his shoulders and power his way toward the Division Three record, surpassing team mate, Alex Bailey's 201* effort, amazingly, set just a few weeks earlier.

Credit to Rode who, despite the demolition, hung on to a final wicket to deny the champions elect yet another outright victory on their way to Division Two. The day will, however, be remembered for a magnificent batting performance in a glorious sun-soaked setting.

 

 

The last of twelve sixes as Jason Morrison ends his unbeaten record-breaking 205*innings before Endon's declaration at Rode Park

Eighty metre plus shot by Jason from Rode's Estate End

Double diamonds, Jason Morrison and Alex Bailey

A difficult bowling day still had its moments of glee

Andy Sibley adding further to an outstanding season at the crease and behind the stumps

What a partnership! Last wicket stand at Leycett on Sunday. Another first for the Endon annals

 

Phil Reynold setting sartorial standards with matching gloves and shoes.

Phil is also setting standards for the "older" set, getting better with age. An impressively solid and determined performance at Leycett on Sunday

Youth and experience, the cornerstone of Endon's Sunday afternoon philosophy. As our many talented thirteen-year-olds get a year older, the side should be looking awesome in 2019.

 

SEPTEMBER

A SHELLEY CENTURY

Dan Shelley hit his first career century for Endon in the Thirds' match against Hanford. His not out 122 came in just sixty-six balls. The performance puts Dan in second place on the Third team's highest individual-score records after Steve Smith's seventy-three ball 135 in 2016

 

Not something you see everyday at a cricket match

Congatulations to Ozzy Hussain, our in house paramedic, on his first five-for for Endon against Handford 2 in Div 7 of the NSSC

Ozzy now leads the Second team bowling averages.

Fabulous floral display at Oulton.

Any keen gardeners want to take up the challenge at Endon?

 

ANOTHER STEP CLOSER

Firsts overcame one of their main rivals for the Div 3 Championship with a convincing victory over Moddershall and Oulton 2 at Old Stone Road on Saturday

In a form season, Andy Sibley once again led the batting to a total large enough for Endon's bowlers to knock yet another rival over. The visitor's batting faltered against some excellent spin work from Moddershall and Oulton's impressive overseas pro, Akbar Badshah (Top middle), but ultimately proved more than a match for the home-side chasers. Ironically, the Moddershall Oulton season has relied on the skill of Akbar Badshah's bat, already, this season, hitting over twelve-hundred runs but it was easy to see why he has also added 36 wickets to his growing reputation as an all round asset.

With 179 runs on the board the match appeared to be in the balance but, early on, the season's most incredible jaffa left the right hand of Jack Bourne to send the stumps flying and set the tone for the remaining afternoon. Jason Morrison, in rich form with the bat, continued to show his all rounder credentials with a brilliant 5 for 10 performance that left the home side all out for less than ninety runs. The result allowed title-hopefuls, Endon a fifty point buffer heading into the final stage of the season.

Once again Endon captain, Marlon Martin, led from the front, with solid and important performances with bat and ball

BIG DAY FOR ELLIOT SIMCOCK

Ten-year-old Elliot has picked up the pace of his cricket journey with a first half- century at Cheadle for the U-13s on Sunday. All Elliot's coaches and observers will see this as just desserts for the young wicket-keeper's precocious commitment and enthusiasm that belies his years. Watch out Andrew Sibley, someone is eyeing up your place at the top of the order and behind the stumps.

 

ALL CHANGE AT CREWE

The stumbling block that upset the Firsts promotion momentum last year was successfully removed at the Valiant's ground on Saturday.The struggle against Crewe's spinners on their home turf, as tense and as difficult as ever, defeated many of Endon's batsmen. Alex Bailey's 66 contribution to a meagre 150 total was arguably as important as his double century last week.

Crewe's batsmen buoyed by England's World Cup victory over Sweden, took to the field with confident swaggers but great economy work from Jack Bourne, a 4 for 39 form Marlon Martin and a 3 for 18 from Jason Morrison gradually ground down the Crewe effort. Of course the omens were with Endon on seeing a certain lady successfully avoiding an air-~Bourne afternoon of para-parasoling across the Cheshire Plain.

SECONDS STALL DESPITE STANWAY SMASH

A very bad day for the Seconds at Post lane with bat and ball ironically witnessed the side's best batting performance of the season as Jordan Stanway smashed ninety runs in just sevety-four balls. The visitors, Leigh, with supposedly a makeshift side, bowled out every other Endon batsman for less than ten runs.

Even so, the 130+ total should have given the home side's bowlers a reasonable chance to retrieve the situation, especially given previous performances. Sadly the wicket-takers were in short supply and Leigh returned home to celebrate England's passage into the World Cup semi-finals as well as their own , more surprising, win.

Nearly Tracey Poppins on Saturday

ELLIE SPOONER'S BIG BOWLING DAY

County junior, Eleanor Spooner, sailed to the top of the U-13 bowling stats with an amazing 4 for Nought at Cheadle on Sunday morning. Ellie showed the homeside's tailenders no mercy as she swung those dynamic pigtails into full revolution.

Her performance gets her on to the club's record board for the first time and we all hope to see more of the same as her cricket career flourishes. Ellie has now taken ten wickets for the U-13s, giving her 17 in total for the season so far.

Ellie and county teammate, Sophie Jones, are leading the latest wave of high-flying junior girls at Endon and we wish them every success. If they all stay together we should have a formidable female squad in future years.

 

 

SATURDAY, 14th July

Firsts vs KIDSGOVE

Seconds at MODDERSHALL 6

SUNDAY, 8th July

Thirds vs MODDERSHALL ASIA

 

 

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BIG MATCH

ENGLAND vs CROATIA

PRIZE FOR THE BEST DRESSED SUPPORTER

ADULT PRIZE & JUNIOR PRIZE

KNOCKIN' ON COUNTY'S DOOR

Ollie Rogerson continued to impress for the county development squad at Rotherham against Yorkshire on Sunday. Another not out performance, this time for 69 off 72 balls, almost gave the Staffs youngsters victory, eventually losing by just three balls.

Ollie has been duly rewarded for his efforts with an invitation to join the full County squad for the upcoming Taunton Festival.

BEST OF LUCK, OLLIE

Deep, deep in Endon's upper-field long grass, lurks a wise old elf. The elf's name is Greengrass - Sage Greengrass. He spends his days watching the antics of creatures great and small, some furry, some feathered and some bedecked in white. As each weather-beaten day passes, Greengrass observes all, adding to his sagacity. As twilight approaches, he scratches and scribbles, into a leafy diary, many wise words. Some of his green-inked leaves are left for humankind, warning of the evil forces summoned by leather upon willow and agitated to a frenzy by the cawing calls of "howzat". For Howzat is the name of their pixie-king master and to use his name is sacrilege.

Do not search for Greengrass or send your dog to search him out, for he is a hypnotising houndsman and they will abandon you for the comfort of the sage's burrow.

For Greengrass's wise words touch his right ear but, be warned, his thoughts are not for the faint-hearted.

BACKING ARCHIE BUNN

On hearing that his 2004 club batting record had finally fallen, Anthony Bunn was heard to predict that son, Archie, would one day return the treasure to the family vault - and who is to argue!

Archie, not yet ten-years-old, hit a wonderful 31 on Sunday, top scoring for the U-13s against a high-flying Ashcombe side.

Watch out Alex Bailey, Bunny junior is on your case.

There are record days and big record days but Saturday witnessed an extraordinary collection of achievements for Endon's history maker, Alex Bailey. Of all his record-busting efforts, it says a lot about Alex that the one he is most pround of is hitting the six-thousand run mark for his beloved Endon CC and, I for one, see the achievement as merely a stepping-stone to the magic 10K.

Nonetheless, on the day, hitting his first double century, the first ever for Endon CC and the second ever in Div 3 of the NSSC, is a landmark for the thirty-two-year-old. While all these records will be vulnerable as the years go by, it will take a very special cricketer to hold three divisional records at the same time. A younger Alex already held the wicket-keeping record for Div 3 with a massive 39 wickets in Kevin Cockerton's 2011 side and last week's wonderful 244 partnership with wicket-keeping heir, Andrew Sibley, gave him the first-wicket score record. This double record in itself is a rare event but then to go on to establish a third record just a week later is truly remarkable and will probably stand the test of time.

Jack Bourne, Dan Shelley and Matt Gidman joined Jordan Weaver in a golf marathon to raise money for the McMillan Cancer support. Congratulations to the lads on raising, so far

£550+

You can help the lads raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page -

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JustGiving sends your donation straight to Macmillan Cancer Support and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

SECONDS' BATTING SHINES AT STONE

An unusual Sunday outing for the Seconds to facilitate a difficult fixture calendar for Stone allowed the team to, at long last, find some batting form. Josh Reynolds again showed himself as a potential all rounder with a solid opener's performance. Dan Shelley 70* and captain, Andy Hopwood 51*, settled into a partnership and moved the side beyond a two-hundred total.

Once again the team's bowling power showed itself and brought victory in just 35 overs. Div Seven now looks like a three-horse race with Endon looking for a bit of acceleration as the season enters its second half. A special mention to Phil The Trapeze Reynolds who added another three victims to his agile-catching tally.

Stone 2 vs SECONDS SCORECARD

 

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BATMAN ROGERSON

552 RUNS

Thirteen-year-old Ollie Rogerson is looking on course for some serious record breaking this season as he is Endon's first player in 2018 to break the 500 run mark. With the senior season still a couple of weeks away from its half-way mark, will Ollie find enough opportunties to break the thousand run barrier?

Will Weston holds the junior record of 968 as an U-17, so if Ollie doesn't do it this year, he will have four more attempts to do so. Methinks, however, the record could go this year.

 

Anthony "Booga" Bedson back in action for the Seconds on Saturday. Booga is landlord of the Top Pub above Brown Edge and getting some good reviews behind the bar as he is at the crease. Great to see Endon's longstanding players still making an important contribution to the club.

Jordan Smith continuing his impressive development with a nearly-fifty on Sunday

Thirds vs Leycett Scorecard

Firsts made the trip to beautiful Oakamoor and enjoyed more than the sun-kissed scenery. As fast as the Churnet flowed past the ground, so the Oakamoor wickets fell to the torrent of Endon's bowling. Only danger man, Randy Mahase (Right), worried the visitors before getting caught by Jordan Smith at fly slip. Despite hitting a 178 earlier in the season the Oakamoor bladesman looked uncomfortable against the Endon strike bowlers eventually falling to Marlon Martin. Oakamoor captain, Will Leeson, made a valiant attempt to baton down the hatches but the pacey bowling off a spinner's run up from Jason Morrison caused him too many problems. Ant Sheeran then ripped through the lower order to leave the home side stranded on a sub-hundred total.

Andrew Sibley continued his sparkling season alongside Jason Morrison to ease past the Oakamoor offering.

In not a good day for the teams' spectators, the main excitement came when a puppy became stranded across the river which saw Gee Lawson, aka Will's girlfriend, getting her knees wet in a dramatic human-chain rescue. What a girl!

Firsts at Oakmoor SCORECARD

SECONDS HOLD ON AGAINST OAKAMOOR TWOS

Seconds faced league leaders, Oakamoor 2, at Post Lane, on Saturday. The home side's bowlers once again showed their strength but this time they were up against the batting depth that has given Oakamoor the edge against most teams this season. Brad Spooner did well to dismiss dangermen, Andrew Booth and Sean Sutton and Levi Smith added a futher three victims to his growing list. All Endon's bowlers, however, were finding the exchange rate between wickets and runs at a year's high and their normal easy-looking run chase not showing on the scoreboard. With the total approaching the 200 mark, Andy Hopwood must have been hoping for the poor batting trend that has so far impeded the Seconds season, to be overhauled by necessity.

Despite promising efforts from juniors, Ollie Rogerson and Josh Reynolds, Endon's batting day was yet again characterised by poor shot selection, leaving the captain and experienced crew members, Anthony Bedson and Phil Reynolds to see out the overs and take the damage-limitation draw.

Great to see Rich Wilson hitting his three fours at the end of the innings, although having no recollection that he had done so when returning to the clubhouse. Mr. Sunday-afternoon chilled or what!

Seconds vs Oakamoor 2 SCORECARD

 

 

Rich Wilson hitting some useful runs on Sunday

 

Dan Shelley played yet another pivotal role in another narrow victory for the Seconds with his second career 8for following an 8/61 at Weston in 2016.

Another flat batting performance only just surpassed Rode's meagre total. Fortunately a last wicket stand from father and son, Phil and Josh Reynolds saw the away club over the line as Phil, I would imagine, very nervously and with deep concentration, ensured his son's first senior fifty.

These 1-0 victories are becoming a habit!

 

 

Rode Park 2 vs Endon 2

NEW DIVISIONAL RECORD FOR ENDON'S OPENERS

Andrew Sibley and Alex Bailey combined in superb batting display to smash the club's opening partnership record with a pair of centuries and a mammoth total of 244 runs. Endon already held the Div. Three record from twelve years ago when Anthony Bunn and Matt Colclough recorded a 214 against Wedgwood. Andrew Sibley's 118 was his first century for the club and comes off an impressive run of form in taking the first ball for Endon in the 2018 season. Alex Bailey, surely claiming to be the league's "century man" hit a 106 to register his ninth century in an Endon First team shirt.

Marlon Martin declared as the home sides' big hitters supplemented the score as quickly as possible, leaving a difficult total of 278 for the vistors. All due respect to Rode Park who immediately set their stall to match the total and, thanks to an accomplished innings from Chris Henderson, looked dangerous for a time and certainly showed enough to suggest that they will win many matches this season.

Ant Sheeran yet again devoured important wickets and Jason Morrison came on for an impressive spell to demoralise the Rode tail-enders.

Endon vs Rode Park SCORECARD

FIELDING MILESTONE FOR ALEX BAILEY

Caught up in the drama of the day, Alex Bailey's 200th fielding wicket for Endon went largely unnoticed. His inital years at Post Lane were spent as the club's most successful wicketkeeper but Endon's former captain has continued to capture wickets from on and off the square with some bread and butter efforts mixed with dazzling displays of fielding prowess. On the same day as he broke a major club record with the bat, the club's progress owed just as much to his sustained expertise as a fielder. I, for one, have enjoyed the fabulous catches that, alongside brother Dan, at long off and long on, have highlighted many a Saturday afternoon.

 

167 CATCHES

25 STUMPINGS

8 RUN OUTS

= 200 FIELDING WICKETS

Josh Reynolds, adding to his undoubted bowling ability, proves pretty handy with the bat, as he gets his first senior fifty at Rode Park on Saturday playing for the Seconds.

 

Sol Ashworth's first senior wicket on Sunday at Little Stoke

BECKI THE BRAVE

Becki Hulme stepped up to the mark for the Thirds at Little Stoke on Sunday. Somewhere, at the back of my memory, we have had a female stand in before but not one that has held her own and taken a wicket. Congratulations to the family contingent for one of the rarer cricket moments. It can't be on many occasions that, in a league match, father, son and daughter have joined forces in a competitive team.

Despite the Becki factor the Thirds lost their Sunday encounter but the young side were by no means overwhelmed and continue to pick up great experience and progression. Sol Ashworth marked the day with his first senior wicket and, trust me, there will be many more to come.

Becki's brother, Brad Hulme, knocked an impressive 68 and, not to be out-youthed, Andy Hopwood, proud dad, took four wickets of his own.

Little Stoke Sunday B vs Thirds SCORECARD

(Left) Becki Hulme donning pads for her first senior outing and

(Right), in her usual fielding position!

WILL WESTON TAKING THE LEAD AT LOUGHBOROUGH

Will Weston completed his term of captaincy with the 2018 Loughborough IV side, guiding the side to five wins out of five including victories over rivals, Nottingham and Warwick universities and winning promotion.

Will says he was very fortunate to have so many talented players at his disposal including an array of U.A.E. internationals. Such is the standard at Loughborough that it is a major achievement to make the one-hundred strong University squad let alone win a regular team place.

The university possesses facilities league clubs can only dream of and it is an everyday occurence to see both male and female England squads on campus taking advantage of them.

For any of our juniors thinking about following in Will's footsteps, you do have to get your head down into some books before and after you get there.

JOSH REYNOLDS

Just Fourteen and ......

TOPPING THE NSSC's BOWLING AVERAGES AND ECONOMY RATES (10 wkts or more), AS WELL AS A WORLD-CHALLENGING HAIRCUT

21 Wickets

for Endon Seconds at an average

of 5.82

Economy rate of

2.05

FIRSTS BREEZE PAST SANDBACH

Another great bowling performance from Endon's all sorts, combined with Sandbach pressing the self-destruct button a couple times, gave Endon's openers an easy time of it at Hind Heath Road, as they quickly picked off an insubstantial opening total. Andrew Sibley, presently as comfortable as the team's opening batsman as he is, undoubtedly, behind the stumps, moved his early season runs tally toward the 200 mark.

Marlon Martin's bowling did much of the crucial spade work against a lacklustre home side and was rewarded with three wickets but, once again, Ant Sheeran shone in the unceasing Sandbach sunshine with four for eight in just seven overs. Had, however, the the very impressive Sandbach pro, Ather Abid, received some better support, the story may have unfolded differently and Endon will do well to heed this in the return fixture.

Sandbach vs Endon SCORECARD

Ather Abid

 

Endon Captain, Marlon Martin, on form at Sandbach on Saturday

SECONDS ON A ROLL

A familiar Second team theme emerged against Norton in Hales at Post Lane on Saturday as the team's batting almost stuttered in its attempt to take advantage of great bowling performances, this time from Levi Smith and the ever-developing, Josh Reynolds.A meagre total of 93 from 34 overs looked an easy target for the home side but without a not out fifty from Dan Shelley, the match may have produced recriminations in the home dressing room with five ducks on the scorecard.

Seconds vs Norton-in-Hales 2 SCORECARD

The "wicket-man", Ant Sheeran takes another four at Sandbach

ENDON LADIES AT WHITMORE

The second Womens Soft Ball Festival took place at Whitmore with Endon fielding two debutants Jane & Nykisha.


We lost our first match against Oakamoor B who were a strong side, narrowly losing to them by 4 runs. A special mention for Lucy and Grace who produced some very tight bowling which the Oakamoor final pair struggled against.


Our next three matches against newcomers Ashcombe, Whitmore and Caverswall were all very competitive resulting in wins for Endon.
Jane did very well and carried on despite picking up a thigh strain in the first match. Dannie our big six specialist didn't let us down. Lynne's hard efforts to improve her bowling resulted in a great performance. Thanks to Andy Hopwood's Friday night coaching Endon's fielding was very alert, achieving some very swift run outs. Also Sophie's calling and quick running between the wickets was great to see. Matches were played in a good spirit; I even made the umpire laugh scoring a run off the back of my bat through my legs!
Each team nominates a player for a "Prosecco moment", usually its for a memorable piece of play or having made a valuable contribution. This was awarded to Nykisha. She had only come along to the event to give Dannie a lift and had never played competitive cricket before. She improved with every game, growing in confidence and obviously enjoying the experience. (Sylvia Matthews)

 

GREAT CUP PERFORMANCE FOR YOUNG THIRDS

Sunday saw a young Endon side bravely perform against an experienced Meakins eleven including an impressive female wicketkeeper, Helen Hughes. Our youngsters learned an important lesson about focusing away from sledging and the less impressive side of cricket, learning how important Endon's values are to the charcter of the club. Star man on the day, James Blainey (below), took four wickets and dominated his side's wagging tail with a fabulous not out 33 batting at no. 11. Defeat maybe, but I know what side I would rather be on.

Thirds vs Meakins SCORECARD

James Blainey in action against Meakins

Andrew Sibley, impressively consistent behind the stumps

First team away debut for Alex Dutton at Sandbach

UNLUCKY THIRTEENS

Our very impressive U-13 side continue to develop and progress but winning draws, very narrow losses and a six-week injury to wicket-keeper and accomplished batsman, Guy Tinwell, have seen the side not yet find their true level in the league. With the second half of the season underway there is every opportunity for the boys and girls to realise their full potential.

Also a note from the club to say thank you to our just as impressive parents, who give such wonderful support to the team and make Sunday mornings at Post Lane a pleasure to attend. We hope that both players and parents become long term and integral parts of the club and, in many cases, this is already true.

Club and parents will have to make a decision in the next couple of years to determine the feasibility of running an U-17s side in the Kidsgrove League or to use the Sunday Stone League as a platform for development.

 

Sol Ashworth, Dako Vujcic, Ollie Rogerson (147 runs between them) and strike bowler Rory Mayer, relaxing after an "almost victory" against Caverswall on Sunday morning

Under-Thirteen side 2018: Rory Mayer, Dako Vujcic, Tom Plant, Sol Ashworth, Ollie Rogerson, Joe Merchant, (Front) Elliot Merchant, Ewan Hamilton, Eleanor Spooner, Jacob Cartwright, Will Blainey and Guy Tinwell (injured)

A SWEET AND SOUR SUNDAY FEAST

Fourth flight Endon produced two of the greatest T/20 performances in its club history. A one ball defeat at the hands of League Champions and current leaders, Porthill Park, would have severely dented most lower division teams but the yellow and blues returned to the field untrodden to annihilate hosts and current Prem side, Checkley. Magnificent batting from Australian import, Jason Mountford, and the man-for-the-moment, Dan Bailey secured great platforms for Endon's bowlers to pressurise both sets of opposition batsman. Only a great batting performance from Porthill's Louis Allison prevented Endon from securing a day of complete and undeniable victory.

Checkley went on to beat Porthill and, somehow, managed to claim the next round place. Even a cursory glance at the scores would, despite Checkley's victory over Porthill, put the home side in a losing position. Endon scored many more runs than the other sides on

the day, 351 in all. Checkley might argue that they may have scored more runs than this if they had batted for their full twenty overs in their second match and this was certainly a possibility but, at the end of the afternoon, Endon missed out on outright victory by a single ball. How is it possible that the Post Lane side did not go through?

We, of course, attach no blame to Checkley who, on the day, hosted a wonderful day's cricket and are as subject to the vagaries of the league as the rest of us. For all Endon players and supporters, however, this seems like yet another chapter in the saga of Endon suppression, bad enough when its instigators are other clubs but more than disappointing when it comes from our own league's administration. Never mind folks, one day we might get some reward and recognition for all our efforts but we will always prioritise our integrity, pro-junior stance and family-friendly status over becoming an "important" club. Onwards if not upwards!

Endon vs Porthill Park Scorecard

Checkley vs Endon Scorecard

Checkley vs Porthill Park Scorecard

In NSSC DIV 3 the Firsts made another move up the league ladder by crushing the league's leaders , Moddershall and Oulton 2. Another great team- bowling performance saw off the visitor's dangermen. Jack Bourne and Ant Sheeran both added another four wickets to their tally with Jason Morrison claiming a couple more. An uncompetitive 85 from Moddershall was quickly seen off by Andrew Sibley and Alex Bailey, surpassing the total in just 113 balls.

It was great to see former Endon juniors, Lewis and Tom Moulton doing so well for their latest club and we wish them well as the season progresses. The day was also marked by another Endon junior reaching an important stage of fruition in his career. Alex Dutton, the son of former Endon captain, Darren, made his First team debut. Alex looks to be realising his earlier batting potential and, after a period of development with Leek, has returned to his home club as a very promising acquisiton.

 

Endon vs Moddershall and Oulton 2 SCORECARD

Seconds continued their winning streak on Saturday, but not, on this occasion, just relying on the bowling and field work to give them the edge over their rivals.

Josh Reynolds and Dan Shelley removed most of the Stafford batting line-up for few runs but, in recent weeks, this has been no guarantee of success. But, at last, the team produced an individual batting score of substance with a 75* from Jordan Stanway.

With so much talent now competing for Second team places, including a sparkling array of promising juniors, the team's progress looks set to accelerate.

 

Stafford 3 vs Endon 2 SCORECARD

Alex Bailey behind the stumps at Checkley and adding to that Endon CC wicketkeeping record

A great support job from Brad Hulme against Hem Heath 2

With so many First-teamers out of the selection frame for this rearranged cup tie against Premier side Stone, expectations were never more than "you never know". Stone's national cup ambitions somewhat dashed our own hopes, with players thinking this would be a free Sunday but the league has to keep its horizons broad....I suppose.

In adversity, however, the club turned out an array of likely lads who did their blue and yellow uniforms proud, putting in a gritty and, at times, dominating performance. Jason Morrison once again looked a formidable short-overs' force at the head of the batting but Endon's competitive total was topped off with a great knock from the likeliest of all the lads, Steve Smith.

The Stone visitors had a good deal of experience in their ranks and a solid innings from John Cheadle made the difference in the tie despite some great fielding including a one-handed wonder effort from Phil, the trapeze, Reynolds. We could be hearing about Phil's athleticism for some time.

Endon vs Stone Scorecard

 

Jordan Smith showing what a great fielder he is becoming and doing a great job for the Firsts on Saturday

Despite the Stone loss, the gutsy effort went some way to alleviating the pain of an unexpected and narrow loss at Checkley on Saturday. Endon's batting failed on all cylinders leaving not enough protection for its more cutting bowling attack. A last wicket stand by a forthright home side had everyone on the edge of their seats but it was Checkley's supporters who went home happy.

Checkley 2 vs Endon Scorecard

The Seconds continued their return to form with another Div. 7 victory, this time against Sandbach. Alex Dutton, returning to his roots, made an impressive forty-odd runs, showing his development away from the club.

Josh Reynolds added another five-for to his growing portfolio as he removed top and bottom orders from Sandbach's batting line up. Andy Hopwood will have enjoyed the selection problems he is now facing, especially if they mean further successes. Indeed, looking to the day when every player is available, and the Firsts leave his line up alone, the second team captain can command a formidable force in such a low division.

Endon 2 vs Sandbach 2 Scorecard

Ant Sheeran opening at Checkley. Despite a stalwart innings from Endon's top spinner, the batting never looked like giving the visiting side a sufficient total to bowl at

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL COACHES

So impressed to see so many coaches in action on Friday night. The number of parents who are currently learning about the game to put the multitude of juniors on the right track is a particularly strong part of the the Friday night scene.

The presence of Rob Latham with the U-13 group is a bonus to the club. Rob's years of coaching experience will undoubtedly improve the standard of these youngsters, many of whom are already banging on the dressing room doors of our senior teams.

The continuing success of the Ladies is not just about their own undoubted motivation. Andy Hopwood has been guiding our female stars to new heights.

 

Andy Hopwood demonstrating the art of bowling on Friday night

Another great weekend for Endon's NSSC sides saw two outright victories on Saturday. The Firsts' match against Hem Heath 2 witnessed Jason Morrison getting to grips with English conditions as he demolished the Hem Heath bowling attack, coming tantilisingly close to his first century for the club. Dan Bailey continued to bamboozle the opposition, adding three more wickets to his growing total. With other results going Endon's way the side ascends the Div 3 table which, luckily for this year's spectators, looks to have many more twists and turns in the offing than the imbalanced 2017 competition.

Endon vs Hem Heath Scorecard

The Seconds continued their improvement as more and more players have become available for selection. The side will face stronger teams as the season progresses but they will do so on much better surfaces than that contained within Wedgwood's declining facility. We wish Wedgwood all the best in getting their lovely ground back on track.

Club newcomers did much to ensure the 25 point victory. Levi Smith continued to establish himself with an impressive bowling performance and Jordan Stanway top scored with the bat.

Wedgwood 2 vs Seconds Scorecard

Dan Bailey off to great start to the 2018 season

The Ladies took part in the first Softball Festival of the season at Caverswall on Sunday. The format changed slightly from last season with teams now consisting of 8 players, playing 8 overs with everyone having to bowl 1 over each. Representing Endon for this tournament were Aisha Ali, Dannie Baskeyfield, Lynne Batigan, Andrea Bowditch, Becky Hulme, Lucy Knowles, Sylvia Matthews and Karen Williams (Capt).

Endon were drawn against Oakamoor, Checkley, Whitmore and Caverswall, winning all four matches

As is becoming the norm, it was a brilliant team performance, with everyone contributing. There was some big hitting and good running between the wickets. Fielding was very good, some smart catches made and quick thinking and accurate throwing enabled a run out. Bowling is improving all the time and thanks to Andy Hopwood's pallet training. Stumps flew on a number of occasions.

A couple of special mentions go to Dannie and Lucy. During one match Dannie showed us how to juggle, fall over but still hold on to the ball, very impressive. And Lucy, it was her first time playing with the Ladies, and what a debut. Hitting boundaries, terrific fielding and taking wickets. She fully deserved the team vote for player of the team, and I'm sure her mum and dad enjoyed her prize of a bottle of prosecco! (KW)

On to the next Festival at Whitmore on Sunday 10th June. 

 

First and Seconds both pulled in 25 points after some difficult encounters. Alex Bailey returned to form with a wonderful century at Stone's Uttoxeter Road with some huge hits towards the end of the innings. Jack Bourne and Ant Sheeran shared the bowling honours against a resilient home side, including an impressive 53 from youngster, Jacob Ward.

Josh Reynolds had a great day at Hanford with 5 for 23. The Seconds batting performance once again stumbled a little but there were enough starts to suggest better finishes as the season progresses.

LOTS OF CUP ACTIVITY COMING UP FOR THE CLUB. WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO WELCOME SPECTATORs

Ollie Rogerson and Guy Tinwell made their first representative appearances of the season for Staffs U-13 Development squad. Both players made a significant contribution to the victory over Herefordshire.

With so many of our juniors working so hard on their game, we look forward to many more representative honours. Remember young people develop at differennt speeds, so if you didn't make it this year there is always a later way in

This week saw a some great junior activity. 2018 will be a record year for the most junior matches in the club's history and we wish every youngster the best of luck with their season but would remind everyone of the famous Gary Player quote. When accused of being a "lucky" player by a voice from the gallery, he replied, "yes, the more I practice the luckier I seem to get."

The hit parade tables on Endon's playcricket page are almost up and running and already some great achievements are emerging. The predominantly girls' side, the U-12 Dragons are off to a flying start. Eleanor Spooner tops the club's bowling economy after a very successful couple of weeks and we look forward to seeing many more girls' names on display as the seaon progresses.

The weather has seen a large number of games called off but the sun appears to be coming out to some throw out some long shadows on Endon's verdant outlook.

Please be aware that the club is fully open to members and other spectators to enjoy the facilities and some senior cricket on any Saturday and most Sundays in the season, and we will be delighted to see you. We do, however, remind parents to be cautious if the hitting gets big.

 

Firsts made up for last week’s disappointment at Kidsgrove with a narrow, nail-biting victory over a resurgent Hanford. Sixties from opener Andy Sibley and big-hitting, Dan Bailey, gave the home side an even chance for twenty-five points with a solid 243 runs in the locker. A great batting performance from Prithish Narayan (118*) allowed the visitors a good deal of optimism as the afternoon wore on but Hanford’s undoubted batting depth, on a placid track, finally succumbed to the Endon’s bowling assault, led by Marlon Martin’s 4 for 50, in a tense and entertaining conclusion.

Hanford will feature heavily in Endon’s progress this year with all three of their teams joining Endon’s outfits in their respective leagues. With seventeen players transferring to Hanford over the winter, the club has genuine strength in depth and, all three of their teams, will prove to be formidable opponents as the season progresses.

Next week sees a tricky match at Stone but with a few cylinders still to fire in the team, the Firsts will ascend the table, looking for the promotion that should have come their way last season.

Under- Thirteens stepped out into their Kidsgrove League campaign looking to go where no Endon U-13 side has gone before.... to a divisional championship. Not since the heady days of Sellers, Weston, Bourne, Butler and Rowley have expectations been so high.

A weakened Knypersley were the team's first opponents and were duly put to the sword on Sunday morning. A first fifty for opener Guy Tinwell, and a total over a hundred was more than enough as the visitors were bowled out for just 22. Endon will, however, need to post bigger opening totals than this as the opposition strengthens with latecoming footballers returning to populate all squads.....actually, including our own.

The records page (link right) has plenty of space and opportunity for the youngsters of 2018 to mark their mark on club history. Take a look!

If you think you have broken one of the records let us know. Best of luck!

Australian import, Jason Morrison, made his debut for Endon Firsts at Kidsgrove on Saturday. Jason showed enough of its undoubted talent to suggest some much bigger scores as the season progresses and will, hopefully, recover from the shock of an English early-season wicket. Say hello if you see Jason or his partner, Samantha, around the club. We all wish Jason and Sam the very best for their time in Staffordshire.

KIDSGROVE vs ENDON Scorecard

Ant Sheeran started his season with a great five for 16 at a very damp Kidsgrove on Saturday. The home side have been badly affected by the unusually wet spring making sixes more likely than fours as the ball slowed quickly on the long grass. Kidsgrove's new pro, Oliver Hannon-Dalby (200+ wickets for Warwickshire) proved the difference in a tight encounter. Marlon Martin, making his debut as captain, dug in with Brad Spooner to give Endon a tail-end chance of victory. Brad will have learned a very useful, if painful, lesson from his dismissal with victory in sight.
DAMP BEGINNING FOR FIRSTS AT KIDSGROVE

Andy Sibley opening against Warwickshire's Oliver Hannon-Dalby.

With 200+ first class wickets, the Kidsgrove occasional pro looks an awesome addition to the fourth flight of the NSSC. Kidsgrove have secured his services only for matches against their perceived main rivals. Good housekeeping or sharp practice?

Jordan Smith, on first team debut, taking one for the team