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FIRSTS END SEASON ON A HIGH

Firsts finished an amazing season with a home flourish against Meir Heath allowing Nick Atkinson to secure his first century for Endon before a declaration on a match-dominating 274. While the visitors were comprehensively beaten, they returned home happy with enough points in the travel bag to confirm their place in the division next year. Away from Post Lane Leycett secured a maximum-points victory to join Endon as division one new boys in 2020 – congratulations to them! Solid performances from Andy Sibley and Jordan Weaver (63 and 40) paved the way for Endon’s latest century maker to carve out a not out 103 in 126 balls. Marlon Martin rested on the laurels of his ten-wickets in two weeks to give his other bowlers at least a wicket each before Meir were demolished for just 72 runs.

The confirmed relegation places from the Premier Division means the Endon will face Hem Heath and Blythe as well as Elworth, Little Stoke, Audley, Wood Lane, Eccleshall, Newcastle and Hartshill, Knypersley and Sandyford in the coming season. These are heady heights for Post Lane but no-one in a very confident and relatively young side is reporting any altitude sickness. Can't wait for 2020!

 

A first Endon century for Nick Atkinson - more to come!

SECONDS SURGE TO PROMOTION WITH A BIG HOPWOOD RECORD

A second end-of-season win secured the Second Team's slender advantage over its rivals to make sure of a much-deserved promotion for the many different selections that have donned the elegant Ital shirts of the 2019 season. Fitting then that the frequently beleaguered captain, Andy Hopwood, should become the first Second-Teamer to put on the very rare Allroundership mantle that has eluded him and may other players over Endon's recent history. A fifty with the bat and a five-for with ball was fitting reward for the fifty-three-year-old Endon stalwart as Sandbach became the side's latest victim.

Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to the Second team effort in 2019.

 

   

LADIES ON FIRE AT FORDHOUSES

Four straight victories for Endon Ladies at Wolverhampton

Regular Friday night practice for Endon Ladies. The squad always welcomes new members

On Sunday 8th September we met along with 17 other teams at Fordhouses C.C, Wolverhampton, for our annual Staffordshire Softball Festival. After the disappointment of the previous festival at Oakamoor being cancelled due to the rain, it was great to be playing cricket again.Our team consisted of Sam Hopwood, Becki Hulme, Faith Benson, Karen Coleman, Lucy Knowles, Rachel Phillips, Sheila Cummings & Sylvia Matthews. Scorer/Umpire was George Naylor.

        
We played the format of 8 overs per innings with every player bowling 1 over. Batting consists of every pair facing 2 overs with every lost wicket costing the batting team a 5 run deduction.

Next up were Penkridge Panthers who we had not played before. There was some great running between the wickets from our middle order batting pair of Faith & Rachel,


Endon's closest match was our opening game against Hem Heath who we defeated by 10 runs. Our final batting pair were Sam & Karen, this was Karen's first competitive game. Both kept their wickets intact and calmly steered us to victory. some great wicket keeping from Lucy Knowles assisted the slender advantage.



who found the gaps, picking up valuable runs, which went towards our second win of the day.

Rugeley Pinks were our next opponents. Having not faced them before we inflicted our biggest winning margin by a crushing 40 runs. A special mention of thanks to George Naylor, who not only scored but also had to combine that with umpiring too & did incredibly well under the circumstances.


Our final match of the day was against Caverswall. We hit our best score of the day 81-1 and completed our fourth victory in an enjoyable & competitive game. Sheila & myself got us off to a good start. Rachel & Becki bowled our last two overs. Becki took a wicket with a fierce shot towards the boundary being caught by myself, at the expense of a broken finger!

To summarise, the team put in good all round perfomances. Catching which is usually our strong point was difficult today. With the smaller pitches the ball is travelling at greater speeds as the standard is improving. However running between the wickets was much better with no run outs. Lucy kept wicket for most of the day and literally nothing went past her all day. Our Prosecco moment was awarded to our newcomer Karen Coleman for her overall contribution & enthusiasm throughout the day.


Sylvia Matthews

NO LETTING UP FOR DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS

Despite securing the Division Two Championship last Saturday, there was no respite for Endon's opponents as the team continued to steamroller their rivals at Barlaston this weekend.

The depth of Endon's batting allowed an untypical failure from top run scorer, George Sellers and the absence of form-man, Jordan Weaver, to appear unimportant as Nick Atkinson's sixty-one and Alex Bailey's rapid-fire seventy-four pushed the visitor's total, in the context of Endon's bowling power, to a mountainous 245.

Endon's bowling effort saw a second successive five-for for captain, Marlon Martin including the wicket of the home side's topscorer, Khalid Malik. Barlaston's batting managed a 158 before Jack Chell, yet again mopped up a stubborn tail, making him presently the most successful bowler in the division.

OLLIE, OLLIE, OLLIE

Oi, Oi, Oi !

Two thousand runs for O. A. Rogerson before his fifteenth birthday

SECONDS ALL BUT UP

IMPRESSIVE VICTORY FOR THIRDS

Despite looking favourites for relegation this year, the Thirds mustered a great last stand effort to take 25 points from a visiting Sandyford eleven and giving them a mathematical chance of escape in the final match of the season.

Tight bowling from Eleanor Spooner, four wickets from Josh Reynolds and two from Liam Clow and Andy Hopwood reduced Sandyford to just 135.

A welcome return to form for Alex Dutton allowed him his third fifty of the season and led a convincing Endon response to see off Sandyford for the loss of four wickets and in just 29 overs.

 

BIG CELEBRATION COMING UP ON SATURDAY

Saturday witnessed the Seconds benefitting from a surge in the form of Ollie Rogerson in the team’s most important match of the season. Not only did Ollie contribute with 60 runs -his first senior 50 of the season - he also topped up a diminished bowling line-up with an impressively accurate performance – and all this with a side-strain injury. Beyond and above this performance, he has now secured over 2000 runs for his home club and, at just 14, must be vying with Jordan Weaver, George Sellers, Will Weston and Brad Hulme for this particular record. The lack of playcricket records at junior level, however, makes this a difficult one to verify.


At One o’clock Endon’s second string teetered precariously on their promotion position, facing a visiting Audley looking for relegation avoidance with a much more experienced side than is usual. Despite leading batsman, Brad Hulme, being away in Dublin for the weekend, the side looked confident as they occupied their fielding positions. By the fading September light, Andy Hopwood’s men and boys had secured a tight 20-point victory, not yet giving them mathematical certainty in their promotion-points tally but allowing the young side to hear the fat lady warming up with her scales. Just four points stand between the team and promotion certainty, so, barring disasters, Endon will have its second promotion to celebrate come next Saturday.


Endon’s bowlers continued with their recent economy this time led by a startingly good performance from Ollie Rogerson who bowled his junior allotment for just eleven runs, securing four maidens and a wicket to boot. The fielding effort, including an athletic gully-catch from the recently retired Peter Slinn, restricted Audley to just 121 runs. Given Audley’s bowling power, including an always dangerous Richard Shenton, there had to be a fear that

Endon’s reply might fall short and, indeed, early losses would increase anxiety on and around the field of play.

While Ollie Rogerson stepped up to the mark to carve out a crucial “big innings”, he could not have done so without the even younger Charlie Slinn standing steadfast and resolute beside him. This was my first look at Charlie in a senior setting and I take no hesitation in predicting his name at the top of the First Team’s batting order at some time in the future. Given that the youngster has only been holding the bat for less than a year, his performance, was outstanding. His attitude particularly against the Shenton guile and accuracy that has seen off many an Endon first-teamer, could not fail to impress. His maturity in leaving balls and being unphased by not scoring runs was that of a seasoned campaigner and continued, for all to see, throughout and beyond Ollie’s highlight innings. When his captain joined him, and the slow scoring had to stop, he changed persona and let loose a rapid 25 runs, suggesting that he may, given continued commitment, become a man for all Endon CC occasions.


It would, however, be the combined experience of Andy Hopwood and Peter Slinn – at least a hundred years between them – who would see the home side beyond the last-over line. Fitting that captain, Andy Hopwood, should be the last Endonian to leave the field, rewarded by his youngsters for a long season of ups and downs, bumps and bruises, consternation, frustration, trepidation and, finally, elation. Andy’s happiness will not just be with the team’s almost certain promotion next week but it will also lay with the growth of young talent at his disposal in fulfilling a further promotion ambition in 2020. Oliver Rogerson and Charlie Slinn are not the only juniors beginning to make their mark.

STAFFS MOORLANDS SCHOOL CHAMPIONS 2019

Endon High School

THE BARNEY MCARDLE CUP AT ENDON

CHAMPIONS TODAY

A second successive title for Endon

Photo courtesy of Neil Sellers

 

Rob Latham (Team Manager), Andy Sibley (WK), Jordan Weaver, Ross Dearden, Harvey Ault, Jack Bourne, George Sellers

Dan Bailey, Jack Chell, Marlon Martin (C), Alex Bailey (VC), Nick Atkinson

SECONDS IN CONTROL

A crucial victory for the Seconds at Rode on Saturday ensured that the very young side will enter their last two matches well and truly in control of their destiny. The afternoon celebrated Tommy Nadin surpassing two-hundred career wickets for the club he has long-served with loyalty and commitment. His three wickets contribute to yet another low-budget bowling display that failed to bowl the home side out but restricted Rode to just 101 runs. Brad Spooner two for just seven runs claimed the highlight-performance slot.
Andy Hopwood’s men and boys lost just two wickets in reply. Ollie Rogerson defended against the home side’s key bowlers, before Guy Tinwell and Brad Hulme exceeded the run total.

Competing sides once again failed to gain victories leaving Endon’s second string with twenty-two-point buffer. This really was a super-Saturday for the club!

The next and crucial match for the Seconds is at home to Audley Threes. Please support if you can

A stunning season reached a climax this afternoon, as Endon’s first string claimed the NSSC Second Division championship with a convincing win over Silverdale, the only team to beat them in the league this season. In 2020, our “little” club will be hosting First Division matches. Everyone and anyone associated with Endon CC in recent times can hold their head high and reflect on a major achievement that comes, not from buying in expensive professionals, but on building solid foundations on which the club can sustain and build on its success. Those foundations were more than evident on Friday night when Endon’s junior coaching team hosted a trophy presentation for the club’s younger members. On a very cold September evening, coaches, juniors and parents showed the same enthusiasm and commitment so avidly displayed as the Firsts secured their second consecutive title just hours later.

Yet again Jordan Weaver wielded a dashing blade to make an adventurous opening gambit for the home side. His seventy odd runs helped laid a foundation for those that followed to pile on a 260 plus total in just forty-five overs. Marlon Martin’s declaration may have come earlier had George Sellers not been zoning in on his second century

of the season. His unbeaten hundred came in just eighty-three balls with another elegant display of timing and finesse. The batting also benefitted from Nick Atkinson once again knocking on the fifty-door.

Silverdale showed signs of why they had beaten Endon earlier in the year and, until recently, had maintained a serious title challenge. An injury to Endon’s nemesis bowler, Glynn Moore, already put the visitors on the back foot but news, on arrival at Post Lane, that their one-off professional stand-in spinner had broken down on the motorway put paid to much of the visitors’ morale. We hope the breakdown was mechanical and not emotional. All credit to Silverdale who continued to challenge with just ten men led by Matthew Baker with three wickets and his side’s top score with the bat. Silverdale’s impressive support, however, would have been disappointed with a 101 all out contrition in just 36 overs. It was some how appropriate that Marlon Martin headed the Silverdale demolishment with an impressive five for eighteen before taking part in the hugging-fest that followed a victory confirming his young side as divisional champions.

What a team! What a season!

Thank you for organising, helping or attending to celebrate Junior Cricket at Endon

 

VOLUNTEER

MAKE A

DIFFERENCE

 

A big weekend for Endon began with a stunning Junior Presentation night that showed the club’s foundation in the full full beam of some very happy children, parents and coaches. Despite the cold and damp of a darkening September evening, in the shadow of the veranda, over fifty of our wonderful youngsters braved the dropping temperature to applaud and receive their 2019 awards watched by their proud parents. All parties were warmed by the thought of an extraordinary amount of food piling increasingly onto the kitchen counters as each parent arrived with their contributory stash. What a great occasion!


The happy if shivering faces showed a genuine appreciation for their coaches and mentors, many of them stepping up to receive an award from their “team leader”. The club knows it owes an enormous debt to these extraordinary people who devote their time to the wellbeing and development of both Endon CC and the community’s young people. Many of these great volunteers started their contribution as supportive parents but then edged a step closer to the heart of the club. I think I am right in saying that none have regretted their commitment. If you are ready to take that extra step please let us know.

Our thanks, not just to Phil Reynolds, Andy Hopwood, Andy Sibley, Brad Hulme, Kat Simcock, Josh Reynolds but all the other volunteers behind the bar, in the kitchen or around the ground. You are the club and you are the future of the club.

2019 Achievers

 

BATTING

BOWLING

FIELDING

Under-Tens B

Harry Dean

Will Parkes

Ava Reed

Under-Tens A

Archie Bunn

George Barlow

Jim Adams

Under-Twelves B

Emily Ball

Scarlet Tinwell

Myles Plant

Under-Twelves A

Elliot Simcock

Will Blainey

Oliver Barlow

Under-Thirteens

Charlie Slinn

Elliot Merchant

Eleanor Spooner

Under-Fourteens

Guy Tinwell

Rory Mayer

Oliver Rogerson 

 

Coaches' Special Award: Lewis Hamnett

 

ANOTHER BIG STEP Andy Bullmore

The 1st team’s win this week was their 9th consecutive victory following their only defeat back on 22nd June. Once again, we were indebted to our leading run scorer George Sellers with a faultless 81 off only 85 balls including 3 effortless sixes and 10 crisply driven fours. His partnership of 83 with Alex was the backbone to an excellent 214-5 declared off only 42 overs. Nick Atkinson’s earlier 38 off 62 balls gave us an excellent start and, after Allan Bailey’s offer to buy him ‘Beer all Night’ if he hit a six, Nick duly obliged planting the ball onto the pavilion roof before being out next ball to march off to the clubhouse to start collecting his prize.

After posting such a great score the opposition out for less than 100 for the 8th time this year (93,65,51,61,68,71,37 &93). Jack Bourne’s recent resurgence continued taking 4-28 off his 9 overs. In the past 7 games Jack has now taken 17-123 off 53 overs to get back to his excellent form in the past two seasons. Jack was well supported by Jack Chell taking 2-6 off only 13 balls, Harvey’s 2-36 and Ross with 1-8 off four overs. Once again, the Bailey brothers excelled in this field with Alex taking his 8th boundary catch in the last 3 weeks and Dan taking a superb catch at slip to remove their dangerous pro. Alex is now on 195 catches for the club with Dan on 173.

Victory this weekend will see us promoted to dizzy heights of Division 1 next season. Who would have thought that 11 years ago, certainly not 80% of the club’s Executive Committee at the time. Thank you to the 20% who still remain at the club today for their loyalty and support.  

SUFFERING SECONDS HANGING IN THERE

ENDON'S BOWLING STRENGTH

Few Endonians would argue against the 2019 season being the club’s most successful campaign in the last three decades. Strange then, that not a one of the team’s bowlers, as yet, have exceeded a five-wicket haul. In previous seasons, as far back as the records go, well past a Mornie Morkel's seven-for in 2004, at least one bowler has had a “big” day with the ball - members of the current squad included. Is it possible that this year’s absence of a feature performance goes some way to explaining Endon’s success in the field? That a strength in depth has not allowed any one player to completely dominate the scorecard. Does this phenomenon, go some way to explaining the team’s meteoric season? I personally have never previously seen an Endon team with a count of five such dangerous bowlers with a range of ability to suit all conditions.

Outstanding economy work from Andy Hopwood on Saturday

The Seconds continue to suffer from near-victory syndrome. At Newcastle on Saturday the team's bowlers did well to restrict the home side to just 120 runs with Andy Hopwood leading the parsimony with thirteen overs for just 23 runs. The batting effort, including anothr impressive outing from yougster, Charlie Slinn, but the line-up failed to captialise on the bowling effort by just a few runs.

Events elsewhere still bought cheer to the side as promotion rivals failed to take advantage of games in hand leaving the Endon second string in control of their own destiny. WE wish them all the best in the run in to the end of the season.

Firsts overcome Leicestershire pace man to take the driving seat in Div Two

The away supporters are anxious, Sheeran comes in, bowls and Harvey launches him for six over his head to complete an emphatic 3 wicket win in Saturday’s top of the table clash at Kidsgrove.

Captain Marlon Martin, for the first time this year, decided to bowl after winning the toss. This proved to be, in the end, an excellent decision but after 20 overs with Kidsgrove 64-0 there we a few doubters amongst the ever-loyal growing Endon support. The focus of the bowling and excellent ground fielding was to contain runs and this was achieved throughout with the opposition innings being restricted to just 2.9 runs per over. Pick of the bowlers was again a brilliant spell by the ever reliable Jack Chell with only 30 runs conceded off his 17 overs with the bonus of two wickets. He was well supported by Ross Dearden again with 3-68 off his 17 overs, Jack Bourne 2-6 off only 4 overs, Marlon Martin only 15 runs off 7 overs and Harvey Ault, who was unlucky with a couple of dropped catches, with 1-40.

Endon’s reply got off to an excellent start with new dad Sibbo hitting a rapid 22 off only 17 balls before he was bowled by Kidsgrove’s new, for one game

 

JORDAN WEAVES MORE MAGIC

Jordan Weaver’s recent renaissance continued at Kidsgrove on Saturday as he withstood and, at times, dominated the home-side’s expensive one-off import to set a platform for his side’s eventual victory. There would be few coaches who would recommend Jordan’s rotational, wrist-twisting technique to junior players, mainly because they have little comprehension of how it works. But work it does, and Endon’s promotion campaign is very grateful for it.


Jordan’s form appears to have rocketed since his record-breaking outing for the Thirds at Newcastle and Hartshill. Can we therefore speculate that Endon’s current prolific opener owes his improvement to a massive increase in confidence, given to him by time at the crease.  If this is the case, it is a shame that if Endon’s First-teamers are promoted next season, they will not be permitted to play in the Stone League. No amount of practice can compensate for match play.

only, sub professional 1st class bowler Chris White. With this new bowler in the opposition team Endon’s focus was to bat through his overs, score runs off the other regular Kidsgrove bowlers, and, when his maximum allocation was reached, knock off whatever runs were left. This was executed superbly with their pro taking 6-40 off his 17 overs and the remaining regular bowlers going for 122 off their 23 overs and a rate of 5.3 per over.

Jordan Weaver’s innings of 47 off just 54 balls was excellent and proved to be the difference between the two teams, he was well supported again by the ever reliable and hard-working Ross Dearden with 37 off 61 balls, Alex Bailey’s 17 not out off 16 balls which left Harvey to strike the winning six and start the celebrations.       

Man of the Match – Jordan Weaver for his excellent 47 off just 54 balls
Special Mention – Alex Bailey for his excellent 4 catches taking him to 7 in the last two weeks and Jack Chell for his bowling spell once again  

Andy Bullmore 

 

The Substitute PRO issue

“Rules is rules” so the saying goes, but one may wonder at the manipulation of the NSSC’s legislation regarding substitute professionals as seen at Kidsgrove this weekend. Each team in the League nominates a key player, in most cases, a professional player. If that nominated player becomes injured or goes AWOL, for whatever reason, the affected club is at liberty to replace the missing player with a replacement, in most cases, a professional. The fact, as proved at Kidsgrove, that a club, given these circumstances, can bring in a highly-paid First-Class cricketer specifically to play against that team’s main rival, especially in the run in toward the end of the season, can hardly be viewed as fair. In other words, “Rules” do not equal “justice”.

That Endon overcame this overt INjustice to win at Kidsgrove on Saturday made the victory all the more impressive and, for the away spectators, immensely satisfying. Personally, I have no gripe with Kidsgrove for fully exploiting the rules if they can afford to, although at Endon, such monies would, I hope, always be better directed. The blame lays squarely with a law that allows its blatant exploitation in allowing  money  to potentially destroy a genuinely talented team realising its hard work, ability, ambition and endeavour, in a single, one-off payment.

 

THREE-HUNDRED UP

A familiar story emerged at Post Lane on Saturday as the Firsts once again exploited a difficult track to forge, in the end, a convincing victory over yet another divisional rival. Credit to the team in working tirelessly to prepare a rain-beaten track the day before to ensure a vital fixture went ahead. The ensuing victory over Norton-in-the-Hales pushed Endon over the three-hundred-point mark, the first team to do so throughout the NSSCL. J &G Meakins, run away leaders of the Premier division, also exceeded the threshold later in the day but the league’s strongest outfit did not exceed Endon’s 319 tally.

The home side’s habit of batting first looked fragile on a wicket often sticky and occasionally treacherous under intermittent sunshine and a blustery wind. Tommy Latham stepped in for Andy Sibley, currently on paternity duty, to join Jordan Weaver as the opening pair. Jordan, well oiled by his record-breaking outing for the Thirds on Sunday, defied the conditions to knock some vital and quickly scored runs.

Captain, Marlon Martin, moved up the order to protect his middle men from the formidable bowling of Ali Moon (6 for 40), consistently one of the division’s top bowlers. Neither Marlon nor his middle order lasted long but the unusual presence of Alex Bailey at seven produced a necessary dividend to push the Endon total over the hundred mark,

seemingly a vulnerable target until Endon’s bowlers had their turn at the conditions.

Ross Dearden enjoyed a long successful session from the Post Lane end with the team’s speedsters offering contrast and further uncertainty at the other end. Some brief periods of batting resistance caused momentary consternation for the home supporters, excluding an observing Colin Dearden, resolute in his forecast of an Endon victory despite the team’s dearth of runs. As per Colin’s prediction, three wickets from Harvey Ault and four from his son, Ross, made way for Jack Chell and Marlon Martin to mop up the tail with all visiting batsmen down for a 65 total. An athletic slip dismissal from Jack Bourne and two impressive wind-defying efforts from Alex Bailey vied for the best catch of the day and augmented another impressive fielding performance from the home side.

Next week sees probably the most difficult match of the season at Kidsgrove. The Seconds had a sighter of the potential conditions at the Kinnersley this Saturday, coming away with twenty-five points in a match that produced less than a hundred runs between the two sides. Better weather in the coming week will hopefully improve the surface and not make this key divisional encounter another bowling-fest but, if it does, Endon possess the necessary machinery to take on the task.

(Big congratulations to Andy and Katie Sibley on producing Lucy Jayne, Endon’s latest and youngest member)


Another great performance from Harvey Ault gave him his thirty-eighth wicket of the season - pretty impressive considering he is restricted to limited overs because of his tender years.

Now into his eighteenth year Harvey is not so far away from longer bowling spells and potentially a whole lot more wickets.

The boundary commentators all compliment Harvey on perhaps the most poised and balanced run up to regularly grace Post Lane for many a year. It is, however, Harvey's tenacity and passion that gathers most praise. Harvey hates losing and long may his loathing last.

 

SUB-HUNDRED MATCH WIN FOR SECONDS

 

Every season produces its dramatic encounters but there will be few to match the events at Kidsgrove on Saturday that eventually saw the seconds take a 25-point win after scoring just 53 runs and, at one point, teetering on the abyss with five wickets down for just eleven runs.
The unceasing August rainfall of the preceding week made Kidsgrove’s playing surface as treacherous as any in play on Saturday. Brad Hulme’s twenty-eight runs were, in the context of the game, as good as any century he has ever made. No other player, apart from the umpire-defying, Craig Purcell, managed double figures.


The conditions allowed some impressive bowling figures including seven wickets for just ten runs shared between Steve Jodrell and Brad Hulme. Captain, Andy Hopwood, undoubtedly, basked in more than the Majorcan sunshine on news of his team’s performance.

A great afternoon for Brad Hulme at Kidsgrove. Stand in captain for the day, overseeing a key away victory in difficult circumstances

Top scorer with twenty-eight runs and bowling figures of four for five.

Can't ask for more than that.

 

JACK HIGH

Jack Bourne - most wickets as an Endon player

Jack Bourne’s recent resurgent form has cemented his place in the annals of Endon cricket. Performances in the last few matches have seen his Endon wicket tally go past that of Mickey Dawson, Thom Bateman and, on Saturday, Matt Gidman. His tally is based on wicket-taking at all levels of cricket including his development from a junior spin bowler to the speedster he is today.

Like many other players who were juniors in the early days of playcricket not all his wickets were recorded.

George Sellers being presented with the Man of the Match Award at Stafford on Saturday

This, of course, begs the question, do other wicket tallies from earlier eras match or surpass Jack's current achievement. Personally, I doubt it, simply because previous eras did not supply the opportunity for the volume of matches that have existed in recent times. But I would love to be proved wrong. In any case, Jack now has the opportunity to set a formidable target for the young bowlers that follow him. He has at least another decade of bowling in front of him to keep them at bay.

Congratulations Jacko and we all wish you a speedy journey toward the magic 500 - only 163 more wickets to go

 

 

 

TOP OF THE WHOLE LEAGUE

The Endon First team now sits proudly not just on top of Division Two of the NSSC but is currently the highest-points scorer throughout all eight divisions with a total of 293.

That this total has not allowed the side to markedly draw away from its rivals is a tribute to the competitiveness of the division and to the competing teams witihn.

None of the top teams have an easy run in to the end of the season but Endon must face three major rivals as well as three clubs striving to avoid relegation. Let us all hope that the weather will play no part in the eventual outcome and ability, determination and guile will win the day.

WEAVER's WHACK AT SILVERDALE

164* in 101 balls

hitting a record-equalling twelve sixes

Jordan Weaver stepped into Sunday cricket with Endon's Third team to get some time at the crease and he certainly made the best of the opportunity. A manificent knock included twelve sixes which equals Jason Morrison's effort at Rode last year. Congratulations to Josh Reynolds who held on to Jordan's coattails to set a record partnership with him for the Third team. Josh also ended up unbeaten as the visiting side set a Silverdale XI a formidable total.

A strong home outfit set out to match the Endon 253 challenge but a good bowling performance, including three wickets for young spinner, Dako Vujic, saw the home side fall short.

A word of warning for team captain, Brad Hulme. If Endon Firsts gain promotion to Division One this season he will not be able to rely on these cameo performances. Not that all First-teamer appearances end in such glorious outcomes.... and I bet he can name a few.

Jordan's afternoon of boundary carnage adds to the likely event that he will end up as Endon's most prolific six-scorer but there will be one or two other contenders for that record as we enter the next decade of Endon cricket history.

FLYING HIGH AT STAFFORD

Another relatively straight forward win for the first team on Saturday ensured they maintained their top-of-the-league status. In the thirteen games they have now played (3 others being lost to bad weather) they have won an impressive 11 with 2 winning draws and only one loss. However, after winning the toss and batting again, it looked a challenge at 59-5 with Stafford’s opening bowlers each having excellent sixteen- over spells: Ramiz Patel taking 4-26, and Sabah Ghaus, 2-54. Stafford gambled by bowling them both out in the hope of breaking down allthe visitor's batting in one go but did not take into consideration Endon’s long line up. Once again George Sellers batted superbly with an excellent and hardworking 63 off 86 balls, he was well assisted by Marlon Martin with 31 and Dan Bailey’s 15 off 32 balls.  George continues to sit at the top of the league batting averages with 521 runs at an average of 58.   

For the first time this year, the pace bowlers then proceeded to bowl out the opposition for a meagre 51 and without the help of the team’s formidable spinning combination. Jack Bourne continued his excellent return to form taking 4-30 off his 10 overs, well assisted by Harvey Ault with 7 overs 3-11 (why Harvey can only bowl 7 overs at seventeen-years of age is still a mystery to me!) and captain, Marlon Martin, cleaned up the tail with an excellent 2-6 off just 22 balls. Ross Dearden and Jack Chell, Endon’s leading bowlers this year, may have enjoyed a day off but I doubt it! All bodes really well for the rest of the season seeing Marlon

take 8-28 off 16 overs in his last 3 games and Jack Bourne with 11-78 off 36 overs, after both had made slow starts this year. Impressively Saturday was the fourth successive game in which Endon have bowled out the opposition for less than 72, with opposition all-out scores of 51, 61, 68 and 71 in the last 4 weeks

George was presented with the ‘Man of the Match’ for his excellent match-winning innings by the Stafford match sponsor.   Andy Bullmore

 

GLADLY BRADLEY

Brad Hulme reached a significant landmark in his still relatively early Endon career by stepping over the 4000 run mark. Brad has served the club for over a decade playing at all junior and senior levels. He is currently on course for a magic thousand runs this season. As he continues to mature in his role as one of Endon's finest players, is a ten-thousand run achievement a possibility?

HAPPY, HAPPY, HOPPY

In a crisis week which saw player availability increasingly disappear down the holiday and recreational plughole, miracle-worker, Andy Hopwood, cobbled together a side that managed a full-points victory at Stafford. The Second Team captain appears to have excavation skills that never allow the well to quite run dry. Drawing on parental resources, Andy, convinced Peter Slinn, Kieren Beesley and George Naylor to brave their own inexperience or inactive years. With young Charlie Slinn also in the side, Endon now possesses yet another father and son combination, especially as the senior Slinn proved to be well-versed and proficient, obviously having donned whites in a previous era.


Remarkably the hotch-potch side managed to have the home batters down to 72 for 6 before Andy Kirkbride knocked a potentially match-winning 78 , establishing a competitive total for the visitors to chase. His run out by Brad Hulme, set the tone for a big day for Endon’s leading run scorer in 2019. Not only would Brad match the Kirkbride innings his runs on the day would take him past a wonderful 4,000-run achievement, playing at all levels for Endon CC. Brad has already scored over six-hundred runs this season and must be looking at the thousand-runs-in-a-season marker.

 

UNDER- 10s CUP VICTORY

The under-tens progressed to the next round of the Graham Cooper Trophy. A great performance was led by George Barlow who hit 23 runs in 17 balls and also bowled his way to the best economy of the night.

 

FIRSTS TAKE A NARROW LEAD IN DIVISION TWO TITLE RACE

This Saturday’s results in Division Two pulled the drawstrings tight on a tense promotion race. Endon’s victory over Alsager, recent vanquishers of league leaders, Kidsgrove, brought joy to Post Lane. Then came news of a second successive defeat for the previously unbeaten front runners broadening home smiles in the late afternoon. Kidsgrove had bowled out Norton-in-the-Hales for just 103 but failed to chase the target by a single run - fine margins indeed! With Leycett and Silverdale also taking maximum points, a close four-horse promotion contest entered the home straight with Endon’s home victory seeing the team’s nose clear for the first time this season.


The home victory did not come easily. Gareth Rowe caused Endon’s openers all sorts of problem. How the seam bowler currently only just makes it in the top fifty of division’s bowling averages is a mystery. Andy Sibley and Jordan Weaver struggled to deal with the seamer benefitting from some poor fielding from the visiting side. Jordan did well to survive for fifty balls and set a platform for Ross Dearden and Alex Bailey to make a late middle order stand that would eventually determine the difference between the teams. A
162 total seemed meagre on the day but the realisation that the track suited the slower bowlers would play to Endon’s strengths and distance the target from Alsager’s response.


Alsager’s opener, Sean Price, immediately impeded Endon’s hopes of an easy victory as the big-hitter, in character, had no truck with a patient approach. Jack Bourne, bowling from the Post Lane end did well to stem the run flow and eventually beat the full blade of the bat, offering a standard catch for Andy Sibley. Alex Bailey, captaining the side in the absence of honeymooning Marlon Martin, soon turned to the slow bowlers with left-handers Jack Chell and Ross Dearden immediately asserting themselves on an encouraging track. Both players vied with each other for a five-for, with Jack Chell eventually taking that particular treasure. A wonderful last-wicket slip catch from Ross, however, augmented his four wickets and he remains the division’s top bowler. With three regular faces missing from Endon’s opening line up the margin of victory impressed more than it might otherwise.

Nick Atkinson -trendsetter

FIRSTS FIGHT BACK TO MAINTAIN TITLE CHALLENGE

Low scoring encounter against Porthill 2

HOPPITY HO !

How many times does an Endon side laud a century maker in an opening innings and then go on to lose the match? Perhaps it’s a common phenomenon whereby the achievement ignites the batting ambition of the chasing side. Such an eventuality yet again came to pass at Post Lane on Sunday as the home side failed to hold back the away team in the very last over of the match. The narrow defeat should not, however, detract from a great batting performance, on this occasion by Endon’s stalwart Second Team captain, Andy Hopwood, whose physical condition defies his fifty-three years, as does his ambition for ever more runs. Andy already holds the record for the oldest Second Team century-maker but has now established a formidable barrier for Endon’s Stone League side. Pretty impressive and, I quote Burslem’s captain, Josh Tittensor, “plenty of life in the old dog yet”.

 

NEW RECORD FOR THIRD TEAM CENTURY-MAKER

FIFTY THREE YEARS

One month and one week

Endon’s bowling clawed back a relatively poor batting display against an impressively-young Porthill second stream on Saturday. The lowest home total for the Firsts this season, 123, gave cause for concern, especially as other sides competing at the top of the table appeared to have easier fixtures. Saturday’s track, closer to the clubhouse than normal, appeared to offer a high score despite a delaying deluge at the beginning of the afternoon. Admittedly Endon’s opening effort suffered from an injury to Andy Sibley, but the wicket must have given the ball additional enmity as the visiting batsmen would also struggle. Andy’s injury came from a rearing ball smashing his grid into his chin. He would return to the match later in the day but only after a hospital visit to close the wound.

Alex Bailey started swiftly for Endon but as the innings progressed, subsequent batsmen became more wary. At one point a Sellers-Dearden partnership looked well established but, as is often the case, a drinks’ break halted the momentum and both wickets were quickly lost. The home side were out in just 39 overs leaving additional opportunity for Porthill’s run chase. Overs, however, were never going to be a factor in the match’s profile. It would be wickets that held the key to victory for one side or the other. Endon’s bowling morale was boosted by a

stunning catch from George Sellers at point and the fielding continued with a standard well set. Andy Sibley gave up his wicket-keeping pads to Nick Atkinson who showed that Post Lane, with the seasoned Alex Bailey also on the staff, must have the best wicket-keeping depth in the league. Despite his injury the groggy regular keeper transferred his agility beyond the square to give an impressive outfield display. Jack Bourne’s inimitable bowling gave him three early wickets to stifle any thoughts of quick scoring from the opposition.

Good work from Nick Hubble and Tom Mason presented some middle order anxiety for the home side but slowly and surely Endon’s range of ability with the ball showed itself with an all out total of just 68 runs in 32 overs.


In the meantime, Kidsgrove, the division’s leaders, suffered a surprise home loss at the hands of an improving Alsager and third-placed Silverdale did not take full advantage of a home fixture against bottom-placed Meir Heath. Nonetheless the promotion battle remains tighter than ever in Division Two and so it does in the Division above. That both Div Two and Div one look to be the two most competitive arenas in the eight flights might be something to do with them both containing the most aspirant outfits – just a theory.

SECONDS BELOW PAR AT BETLEY

The Seconds suffered a disappointing set back at Betley on Saturday as a batting collapse followed a bright start from Alex Dutton and Tom Nadin dimming to a disastrous score of 85 for 8 before highly promising youngster, Charlie Slinn and the more experienced Ozzy Hussain remained unbeaten in securing an impressive 47-run ninth-wicket partnership. Unfortunately, the eventual 132 tally did not pressurise the Betley response as Endon’s bowlers only managed to secure two wickets in their efforts to win the match. The team has suffered several setbacks during the course of the season but has always responded well to maintain a promotion challenge. Next week sees a key encounter with the division’s Moddershall outfit who currently hold third spot in the promotion race. A good one to win.

 

Tailend resistance from Ozzy Hussain at Betley

BIG FAT QUIZ SUCCESS

The Big Fat Club Quiz on Saturday night proved to be a great success raising almost a £1000 for the club. Thanks to all the organising and compering team. Also a special thank you to Andy Bullmore for his blast from the past photo that confused a few people in the “When they were young “ section. According to one imaginative quizzer Andy’s 1977 image suggested to him or her a young Lily Savage…. with a moustache?

NEXT EVENT is

RACE NIGHT

on Friday 16th August

ANOTHER CONVINCING WIN ON THE ROAD FOR FIRSTS

An inspiring cricketing weekend came to a crescendo on Sunday with the greatest televised cricket match ever played. If anyone had scripted the events of July 14th, 2019, their words would have been rejected as utter fantasy. Endon’s players and followers would have enjoyed the weekend even more than most as two, perhaps less celestial, but key club-victories, preceded England’s magnificent moments. The Firsts continued their great season with a full points-haul at Bignall End and the Seconds won their top of the table clash with Church Eaton.


A difficult Boon Hill Road pitch allowed Endon’s first-string bowlers to share some quickly acquired spoils. Jack Bourne recorded his top performance of the season with three for 27 as well as a runout and captain, Marlon Martin, joined the hunt for a ruthless win with three victims of his own for just 11 runs.
Andrew Sibley, following two behind-the-stumps catches and two stumpings led the run chase from the opening ball, top-scoring on a not out 36. Jordan Weaver, currently the club’s blonde bombshell joined the chase adding 29 runs in 21 balls including five fours and six. Despite the loss of two early wickets the batting consumed Bignall End’s 71 total in just under sixteen overs.

 

DON'T FORGET THE BIG FAT QUIZ THIS COMING SATURDAY

 

 

Ross Dearden with pink-rimmed sunglasses to match his summer ensemble. Who gets your vote for the "Mr. Style" of Endon's 2019 season?

KEY VICTORY FOR SECONDS IN TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH

A tight and enthralling encounter between Div Seven’s leading club, Church Eaton, and second-placed Endon Twos saw some great moments at Post Lane on Saturday as well as a bloody event at the Riding School end of the track - a track with a little something in it. Brad Spooner, opening the bowling with Will Weston, launched a ball that reared from the bat to gash the top lip of helmet-less Church Eaton opener, Jordan Talbot. Jordan would thankfully return to the club later in the afternoon after some gluing at the A & E department of the Royal Stoke but would take no further part in the match. Brad would go on to take two wickets for 38 but enjoyed more limelight from a great stump-hitting boundary throw, dismissing danger-man, Dan Smith. Dan currently enjoys a 2019 batting average of 122.


Left-armer, Will Weston, limited the Church Eaton batting with 3 wickets for 30 runs in fourteen overs but the home side failed to bowl out the visitors until the final ball of their innings with two further victims falling to Brad Hulme. Ben Rowley, taking advantage of his father’s “hand- clasping” legacy, made his bowlers smile with three very safe catches. The fielding performance was also augmented by a solid looking wicket-keeping performance from Guy Tinwell.

 

The Church Eaton total of 142 looked competitive especially when Endon’s young openers, Alex Dutton and Oli Rogerson were dismissed relatively cheaply. Both young players looked well set to construct a solid platform but both appeared a little frustrated with a slow run rate and may have been victims of their own impatience. Andy Hopwood looked in fine form before edging with high  hands to a grateful close-in wicket keeper. Key to the eventually successful run chase was the partnership of Will Weston and Brad Hulme which included a “super over” of twenty runs. A six and four from Will and two back to back fours from Brad added impetus to the Endon effort. That both experienced batsmen failed to make their fifties, however, left Endon’s tail end with work to do but Callum Dermott, carefully and cleverly, guided the home side over the line, with victory eventually coming with a boundary from Guy Tinwell.

Captain, Andy Hopwood, will have been grateful for a relatively strong side but will he ever be able to commit his choice of all selectable personnel to the field? In the meantime, the resources of Moddershall and Oulton look ominous in third place. The club has already committed 148 senior and junior batsmen to one field or another this year and that gives their sixth string options as the season progresses. Hauling in Church Eaton on Saturday could therefore be the key to a successful season for the Seconds. Let’s hope so.

DON't FORGET THE BIG FAT QUIZ ON SATURDAY

Elliot Simcock continues to make significant progress with bat as well as being a very helpful junior around the club. Elliot has already hit over 160 runs this season with his most recent form impressing all who have watched him. Last week Elliot hit a rapid fire fifty-eight in just sixteen balls in an under-twelves' pairs match and this Sunday he almost made his first fifty in this season's Kidsgrove League. Elliot's form is just desserts for a full commitment to his sport.

SECONDS SURGE

After bowling 1st and failing to win 2 weeks ago Marlon, after last week’s success, again reverted back to posting a score and trusting his bowlers to complete the job. They did not let him down.
The declaration came with the score on 262-8 with, once again, George Sellers providing the backbone of the innings with an excellent 81 off just 79 balls including 13 fours and one six. George now leads the batting averages in Div 2 with 426 runs at an average of just under 61. His innings was well supported with four other batsman scoring over 30 being Jordan 33 (34 balls), Dan 32 (21), Ross 32 (43) and Nick 30 (60).   

A score of 262 always looked like it may be too much for the opponents whose top score this year was 186 and average score of less than 125. Once again Harvey Ault opened the bowling hoping for a repeat of last week’s figures of 4-28 which was excellent for a bowler restricted, due to his age, to only 7 overs spells. He did not disappoint, once again taking 3-30 in his opening spell to rip out the opening batsman. He even had time to come back this week and, with his first ball, take the final wicket to win the game. In the last 3 weeks Harvey’s figures are an incredible 13-65 and a real credit to the lad whose sole ambition when he signed for Endon was to open the bowling.

When Harvey finished his opening spell Meir Heath were 47-4 and the game, as a contest, was effectively over. Excellent support bowling then followed with Jack Chell taking another 2-38 cementing his place as the 1st team leading wicket taker this year so far with 23. The excellent all rounder Ross Dearden then mopped up the tail taking a fantastic 3 wickets for only 6 runs in 5 overs including 3 maidens.  Ross continues to head the Division 2 bowling averages with a total of 20 wickets at a quite unbelievable average of only 6.3 and a strike rate of every 17 balls. Once again the catching and fielding of the whole team was excellent and a credit to all the training and fitness work carried out in the mid week training sessions.

The day was finished off in style with a stag party back at the club for Marlon who gets married in a few weeks time. However, I am not quite sure why you would want 7 buckets, a blow up paddling pool, four blow up beach balls and numerous blow up palm trees for a stag do but guess I am just showing my age.  Andy B

 

IMPRESSIVE RECORDs HIDING IN THE ARCHIVES

I thought I had established the most meaningful records on the website but, no, Brad Hulme’s great performance at the weekend set the statto bells clanging. We don’t have an allrounder performance record. Brad almost had a half- century and a five-wicket haul combination on Saturday -impressive stuff. It then occurred to me that such a feat is a pretty rare event and should, if it has ever occurred, be celebrated.


I have taken a cursory look at the playcricket record and, low and behold, a very young Jordan Weaver achieved “His Allroundership” status in 2011, playing for the Firsts against Fenton. Up against  Waqas Fazil, he took the first ball of the day and top-scored with  fifty-seven runs. He then went on to take 6 wickets for sixty-five runs. I will continue my trawl of the archives but, in the meantime, let me know if you have any inkling of other such esteemed achievements.

All club records can be found on the link on the right hand side of the home page.

A strongish looking  Second Team hosted Sandbach 2s on Saturday. The home side failed to bowl out the visitors, relying on accuracy and guile to offset a damp and generally dead ball as the afternoon eventually turned from drizzle to sunshine. Will Weston, with the help of a great catch from Ben  “did you get that Jon” Rowley, dispatched Sandbach’s openers before youngster, Leo Chatzigeorgiou, set his stall for his second fifty of the season helped, on occasion, from some lacklustre fielding. Brad Hulme upped the Endon threat taking four wickets including the precocious number three batsman, leaving the visitors with 155 on the board and one wicket remaining.


Endon’s reply relied initially on a very impressive partnership from Oli Rogerson and Josh Reynolds both looking more mature and powerful at their respective creases and recording a fifty collaboration that would give Endon the platform for victory. Brad Hulme continued his impressive day with an unbeaten 63 which included four sixes and a broken tile on the club house roof. Next week sees another home match but this time against stiffer opposition in the form of league leaders, Church Eaton. Captain, Andy Hopwood, will always fancy his side against Div 7 opposition provided he can get a reasonably full team. Let’s hope he can muster his forces for this top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

DUTTON SEVENTY AGAINST AUDLEY

A dominant not out Seventy from Alex Dutton, giving some care and attention to some experienced and inexperienced bowling, gave Endon the edge at Audley on Saturday. Audley, aka the Shenton Family, fielded a similarly mixed side to Endon and the balance ensured a close encounter.

The home side batted first but were effectively demolished by Tom Nadin 5 for 32 leaving Endon to chase a 125 total. Alex Dutton showed a good deal of maturity in facing off 135 balls as he lost partner after partner and victory did not come until the end of the 45th over.

Congratulations to Charlie Slinn on making his Second Team debut.

Barlaston arrived at Post Lane with Tom Taylor’s name on the team sheet. The Leicestershire bowler, fortunately for Endon, would have restricted bowling opportunity. Recovering from injury, and under physio orders, only four overs came from the Barlaston star’s arm. It would, however, be Taylor’s bat causing more concern at the end of the afternoon, as the home side pushed for promotion points by electing to bat, after winning the toss, going on the offensive against the visitors’ run chase.


After last week’s batting disaster and without the services of Ross Dearden, Endon’s openers laid very careful foundations. Fifty-nine runs, as opposed to nought, brought much comfort to the home spectators before Alex Bailey became the first of the Bromley brothers’ eight victims. Opening partner, Andrew Sibley, continued the impressive care, and almost made his second fifty of the season. George Sellers, currently Post Lane’s leading batsman did, however, make another half century before Daniel Bailey’s rocketing drive demolished his partners’ stumps after bowler contact, finding the form man out of his crease. There should be a specific name for this kind of dismissal, and it shouldn’t be a very nice word.l;'# (Any suggestions?)


Dan Bailey continued his useful form by establishing significant partnerships with Marlon Martin and Harvey Ault to push the run tally beyond 200. Harvey, once again, provided teenage evidence that he may legitimately look forward to an “allrounder” status. How that slight frame manages to hit the ball so far and so easily – another six on Saturday – is a physics mystery. Timing, technique and a lot of “Dad Time” is probably the answer.

Harvey would go on to produce an even more impressive bowling performance and all credit to captain, Marlon Martin, for recognising his man in form and giving him his head as the team’s strike bowler. Another four top-of-the-order wickets on this Saturday gives the youngster figures of nine for thirty-two over the last two matches. Impressive stuff for a seventeen-year-old.


Not to be outdone, Endon’s home-grown talent showed up on the day to fill in for Ross Dearden in the form of fourteen-year-old, Josh Reynolds. Some tenacious fielding and two tail-end wickets gave him an auspicious First Team league debut. If Josh continues his hard work and development, it surely won’t be too long before the Reynolds name will be a regular entry on the team sheet. In the end victory appeared to be comfortable as the visitors fell by the wayside for just 127 runs but had Tom Taylor, finishing the day on an unbeaten 80, been given more support, the Endon win may have been more of a struggle.

Saturday, however, witnessed so many positives for the Post Lane outfit. Four behind-the-stumps catches from Andrew Sibley led a good-looking fielding performance which also gave Endon’s spectators yet another Bailey brothers’ masterclass in catching with perhaps Dan’s lightening slip catch edging a vote on the day.

Twenty-five points keeps Endon in second place in Div Two but other victories have made it tight at the top. A visit to Meir Heath next week should bear further fruit but there is no room for complacency, lack of care or relying on teammates to do the the job. The signs looked good on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

Seventeen overs from veteran Silverdale bowler, Glynn Moore, scuppered Endon’s hopes of a key away victory at Underwood Road on Saturday. His five wickets for 25 runs were impressive enough but eight maidens against the away side’s best batsmen stifled Endon’s response to a seemingly below par 101 total


The afternoon had begun well for Marlon Martin as he led a successful onslaught against Silverdale’s top order. Brief resistance from Anas Mustafa, the home club’s pro, however, put 25 important runs on the board before Harvey Ault dismissed the batting specialist with an lbw decision. Harvey enjoyed an awesome seven-over spell, claiming five victims for just six runs and will be bitterly disappointed that his performance did not convert into the significant victory it should have done. Jack Chell then cleared the tail-enders but not before ElliottMaginnis, in at nine, eked out fifteen vital not out runs to see the batting effort creep over the hundred mark. The fielding side left the field with 73 overs of batting opportunity to overhaul what seemed, to all and sundry, a meagre target for Endon’s batting prowess. Not all spectators, however, were as convinced about the inevitability of the result, including Jim Rowley, Silverdale’s knowledgeable secretary, who predicted a difficult wicket for any class of batsman and no easy Endon response.

Had the Endon top order known that the condition of the wicket and the steadfast accuracy of Glynn Moore would see them with just two runs on the board for three wickets perhaps they would have taken a more protective approach at the clubhouse end against the form bowler. In fact, star batsman of the day, George Sellers, did precisely that, generally leaving his partner to squeeze difficult runs at the city end to chase an increasingly distant objective. George’s fifteen runs in sixty-five mostly treacherous balls represents one of his most mature innings but it was not enough. Alex Bailey did briefly look as if he might break the shackles of Silverdale’s attack with two fours in a single over but failed to clear a deepish mid off with an attempted six in the same break-free over.
No Endon player or supporter would have left Silverdale viewing the encounter as anything but a wasted opportunity to make a significant step toward promotion but perhaps the disappointment might act as a catalyst to greater concentration and circumspection in the remaining season.

All credit to Silverdale who showed a great deal of character in the face of a difficult task but the main accolade must go to Glynn Moore for a long session of outstanding bowling.

SECONDS STROLL AGAINST RODE

Josh Reynolds and Tom Nadin spearheaded a comfortable victory over Rode Heath 2 at Post Lane on Saturday. Between them the pair dismissed seven batsmen for less than fifty runs. Andy Hopwood and Brad Hulme cleared the decks leaving the visitors with an uphill battle to defend just 84 runs.
Twenty-six overs into Endon’s response the game closed with the loss of just two batsmen leaving plenty of personnel twiddling their thumbs in the clubhouse. A not out sixty from Andy Hopwood included eleven fours and a six.

With victory, the side consolidated their second place in the league, but the side’s aim must be to bring leaders, Church Eaton, back into the melee. A victory next week at lowly placed Audley would help the cause but with students returning from university there will be a potential strengthening of opposition as the summer develops.

 

STONEWALL JODRELL

The Seconds welcomed Newcastle and Hartshill’s third stream to Post Lane expecting a Saturday afternoon of weather disruption. Apart from an hour’s break early on, the dark clouds missed the Stanley end of Endon, leaving time for a full, if reduced-overs, encounter. Josh Reynolds made ready use of some swing conditions and a difficult pitch, tearing into the visiting openers and, with the help of Brad Hulme, demolishing Newcastle to 23 for 5. A gritty performance from Chad Stirk, however, led a recovery to 107, which, considering the conditions, represented a bigger total than perhaps the away captain, Martyn Elliot, realised. Josh ended the day on 5 for 23 wishing that he could have extended his opening spell beyond the limited overs allotted to young bowlers.


A familiar story ensued for the home side with another batting collapse. The situation was aggravated by Alex Dutton, dusting off his revision-strewn cobwebs, and wandering out of his crease to be run out. Alex confirmed that this would be the one and only time this would happen, but his captain would tell him that the dismissal had not been uncommon this season, previously and fortunately to Endon’s favour. With the batting side on 12 for 4 the beleaguered captain, coming to the crease, decided to dig in for a draw. Steve Jodrell joined the defensive action, concentrating his way to a not-out score of nought, off 68 balls. The “please your captain” performance has already drawn a Twitter comment for the Sentinel’s Chris Travers and the production of a new record category for the club’s record page. The “Stonewall” record will be for the most balls faced for nought and will recognise that such a performance, in certain situations, is a highly positive achievement. (I wonder what the First team Stonewall record is?) That the team preserved their second spot in the table, vindicates the captain’s decision but, I have to say, I don’t think I would wish to watch this tactic every week.

 

What a game. After being reduced to 31 overs per side it looked like whoever won the toss would win the game as the track would only improve as day went on. Alex Bailey saw the need to score runs whenever possible as the next ball could be the unplayable one and you would be back in the pavilion, his 30 was to prove vital. George’s 19 was even more important and worth at least 50 in the context of the game. The old heads watching (Rob Latham & Neil Sellers) said a score of 80 was equivalent to 160 on that track and so it proved. I was not so sure and I turned up at 9-0 which quickly became 9-3 after Marlon’s great decision to open with Jack Chell. Out walked their overseas professional & the game was then in the balance with him at the crease. He was batting well taken at least 4/5 easy runs per over before he was dropped by Nick Atkinson off a difficult chance at 1st slip. Everyone in the ground thought, has the game gone? Two overs later and Nick took a much easier chance and victory looked a lot closer. However, a couple of steady partnerships looked to have secured Woore a draw until the ever reliable Ross stepped up to wipe out the tail and a victory by, in the context of the game, a massive 43 runs. 9 wickets between them for the new signings Ross (5) and Jack Chell (4). Another great all round team performance

Andy Bullmore

 

Saturday’s dramatic and, given the conditions, unlikely victory at Woore, almost set a new record for the Firsts. Woore’s total of 37 mud-stained runs goes down as the second lowest score against the Post Lane outfit but in numeric terms this was Endon’s best bowling performance ever in the third flight of the NSSCL. Five wickets from Ross Dearden and four from Jack Chell gave both new assets nineteen wickets for the season so far.


Bad news turning into good news turned out to be a trend for the day. Endon’s celebrations were, for a time, tempered by the news that Kidsgrove had also taken a maximum at home to Barlaston but someone must have taken the match’s outcome for granted as the visitors actually held on doggedly to a final wicket, reducing the result to just a winning draw. Emerging from these events, Endon roped in Kidsgrove’s top of the table lead, leaving just a ten-point gap between the sides. All to play for then as next Saturday schedules a visit to third-placed Silverdale. I am hoping to open next week's report with "At a sun-soaked Silverdale" but I will beholding an umbella and not my breath

Sunday’s T/20 triangular tournament at Barlaston gave Endon the chance to measure themselves against Premier opposition. As midday approached Post Lane’s elite looked on course for an upset. A wicket patched with damp from last week’s rain-sodden days, gave the bowling attack an advantage and a steady flow of wickets, including a five for twenty from Jack Bourne. Hem Heath were bowled out for just 107 runs and, given last season’s limited over batting averages, another significant Endon T/20 performance, matching last year’s efforts against Porthill and Checkley, appeared more than possible. A continuing erratic track, however, and an absence of key personnel set the response askew. With George Sellers and Alex Bailey out of the batting line up there was less shock absorption than normal and, perhaps a degree of impatience from the top order, against Hem Heath’s strike bowlers, contributed to the eventual disappointment. A rear-guard resistance from Harvey Ault once again stamped the young bowler’s batting credentials and it was inspiring to see him feeling the loss of the match so vehemently as he left the field, his bat unbeaten. Like many young competitive spirits, however, he needs to keep that beating heart a little more under his sleeve as he matures into what will surely be a formidable cricketing force.It is a tribute to the team that having to quickly gear up for the second match, this time against the host club, Barlaston, an understandable despondency did not blunt their desire to finish the day on a high note. With George Sellers now joining his team after a work commitment, Endon’s batsmen set out in a positive fashion putting 129 runs on the board, creating a degree of comfort for the bowlers to secure victory. A great First-Team debut for Josh Reynolds further highlighting the day included two wickets and some impressive boundary protection. But perhaps most impressive of all was the sight of the “maturing” Andy Hopwood scampering from crease to crease at speed no fifty-something has a right to. Remarking, once again, that “this is my last First Team appearance”, Andy did not, for one moment, suggest that he wasn’t available should the call come for another.


UNDER FOURTEENS CHALLENGE LEAGUE LEADERS WITH CONVINCING VICTORY OVER LONGTON

The Under-14 side swept aside Longton in a convincing victory at Post Lane last night. Openers Ollie Rogerson and Guy Tinwell both hit not out maximums as the team went on to overcome the visitors total with four overs to spare and just one wicket down. Tom Plant and Ewan Hamilton completed the task without losing their wickets with Ewan slamming 18 runs in just eight balls including the match’s only six. With serious batters unused by the team, including Dako Vujcic and Solomon Ashworth, the side looks a serious competitor in what is looking like a tight league title race.


Eleanor Spooner and Isla Scally continued to show off their bowling ability, ending up with some impressive figures. Isla joined Solomon and Elliot Merchant as the evening’s wicket-takers. With Joe Merchant and Rory Mayer also bolstering the team and many other talented juniors waiting in the wings, the 2019 season looks like an exciting one for Endon’s oldest junior side.

The Firsts travelled almost twenty miles to Norton-in-the-Hales on Saturday, confident of a good performance across the Shropshire border. A tremendous effort from resident pro, Kashif Ali Moon made short shrift of Endon’s opening run makers, quickly sapping the visitors’ assuredness. Moon’s five for forty included the wicket of George Sellers, still glowing from the previous week’s century. Endon’s new depth of batting, however, came to the rescue, with a fabulous match-saving 72 from Nick Atkinson, helping to build a 180 score – a competitive total on the Bearstone Road ground.
The home team replied with a hundred runs on the board before their second wicket fell, leaving Endon’s bowlers with just eighty runs to eke out an unlikely victory. Five wickets from Ross Dearden for just forty runs turned his side’s fortune putting the match back in the balance. Eventually some tail end resilience from Michael Dyer and Rob Leighton preserved Norton’s final wicket, leaving the visitors with a narrow winning draw.

The Firsts progress into the quarter finals of the Talbot Cup came to an end against Premier League frontrunners, Cheadle, on Sunday. A full strength Endon XI will be a little disappointed with the outcome despite hitting over two hundred runs in the encounter. A polished batting performance from Cheadle's impressive pro, Ali Khan, represented the main difference between the sides but the failure of any Endon batsman to put 50 runs on the board dulled the Endon effort that might otherwise have given greater anxiety to the Premier side.

Four wickets from teenager, Harvey Ault and 29 not out contribution to the 270 run chase marked another impressive performance from the the youngster. The rejuvenation of George Sellers as an additional spinner for the side was a pleasing asise to the performance. Bringing greater dimension to Endon's bowling attack may be an important spur for the club's success this season.

The team has further opportunities to measure itself against Premier opposition with the fortcoming Barney McCardle Trophy against Premier champions. Porthill Park at Post Lane but the focus remains the club's league endeavour.

The Barney McCardle match against Porthill Park takes place on Sunday 16th Ju ne at 1.50pm. Please support the team if you can

A disappointing home performance from the Seconds leaves Andy Hopwood’s ambitions a little low in the water but nothing potential incoming personnel cannot re-buoy. With Will Weston clearing the visitor’s top order for very few runs, the home side looked set for an important victory. Formidable batting depth from the Kidsgrove’s second string, however, including an impressive 49 from Alfie Hughes before he was unfortunately run out by a distraught junior teammate, changed the complexion of the match. A consoling “it happens” arm from Andy Hopwood for the stranding junior warmed both sets of supporters.


At the moment a 202 total looks too formidable for Endon’s batting line up. Even so the top order, including two first-team players from last season should have set a stronger platform against a Div Seven bowling attack. A swashbuckling innings from Jordan Stanway highlighted the Endon response, as did some impressive stroke play from Ollie Rogerson and Guy Tinwell. Guy also enjoyed some successful action behind the stumps.

 

SECOND BEST

No one would argue that Sunday's Talbot Shield performance against an under-strength Knypersley eleven rates as one of the Second's best. A poor batting response to a relatively modest total from the visitors disappointed both team and home supporters.

Nonetheless, there were some highlights. Five wickets for the Reynolds family, included three from its oldest cricketer. Phil Reynolds has made every effort to improve his fitness over the winter and it was great to see him being rewarded for his efforts on Sunday with both ball and bat.

Guy Tinwell continued to impress with some quick thinking behind the stumps and Lewis Wilson is obviously maturing into a potential big-hitter for the club.

DEFIANT BOOGA NOT ENOUGH FOR SECONDS


Missing a few regulars, the Seconds ventured into Shropshire on Saturday to take on Norton-in-the-Hales. The 36-mile round trip looked well worth it as Andy Hopwood’s team bowled out the home side for just 128. Will Weston, home for some of the weekend, dismissed Norton H’s top order with the help of some swing conditions, smart stumping work from Guy Tinwell and a great catch from Ossy Hussain. After clearing a couple of tail-enders, Will ended up with an impressive 6 for 23 off 13 overs. The bowling effort also allowed the welcome return of the still-hirsuit Joe Haywood, picking up a couple wickets. After the Jordan Weaver golf challenge, Joe faced an evening of beard loss at the hands of the Endon First-teamer. Apparently, Mum, Nicki Haywood, is glowing at the thought of having her fresh-faced son back in view.
Andy Hopwood, understandably, ate his rather nice Norton-in-the Hales tea, with a degree of optimism for an away win. Alas, the top order failed to deliver as four wickets quickly disappeared for just 27 runs leaving Will Weston and Anthony “Booga” Bedson to salvage the game. Will decided, perhaps unwiselty, to go for runs and fell to a great catch by James Ruscoe leaving the Endon veteran to anchor some kind of run redemption. The Booga bat delivered 44 magic runs before the Endon challenge finally succumbed to its poor start but, for me, the not out effort from the landlord of the “The Top Pub”, was my favourite performance of the season so far. Despite the setback, however, the anticipated return of Alex Dutton, Tom Nadin, Ben Rowley, Steve Jodrell and Dan Shelley, will give the team’s captain happier times ahead.

Anthony Bedson showing his team mates how it is done with a resilient and stylish 44* at Norton in the Hales on Saturday

A CAPTAIN'S DILEMMA

Another strong batting performance from the First Team, including a record fifth-wicket partnership from George Sellers and Ross Dearden, failed to materialise into maximum points. Stafford’s response to a 299 declaration by the home side relied on an eventually justified defensive strategy with the visitors restricting Endon’s point accumulation and maximising their own. The loss of points by Endon brings into question last season’s blanket policy of always going for a 25-point maximum. The batting standard of a higher division makes it more likely that opposing sides can dig their heels in if the situation demands it. At Alsager, last week, the strategy worked but, this Saturday, Endon’s bowlers were unable to overcome Stafford’s purposeful intransigence. The issue sets a difficult captain’s dilemma. With a maximum winning draw tally of sixteen points, do we sacrifice five points to reduce the risk of losing nine or more points? The trade off obviously depends on a knowledge of the opposition, but the dilemma takes a higher profile in this year’s campaign. The captain’s lot is not an easy one.

Despite the lack of victory, Endon can celebrate its batting depth. George Sellers threatened a century last week and delivered a 102* seven days later in another display of batting elegance and timing, including five sixes. The top order delivered a solid start with Andrew Sibley continuing to impress off the starting blocks. Alex Bailey and a returning Nick Atkinson both made important contributions, but Ross Dearden once again gave a rock-like performance with the bat and deservedly joins father, Colin Dearden, on the Endon records’ board as part of a record-breaking partnership.


Although the Endon bowling looked relatively toothless as the late-May afternoon dulled, teenager, Harvey Ault, impressed with his wonderfully poised and balanced run in to the bowling crease and added three more wickets to his Endon total. Captain, Marlon Martin, bought on Dan “the temptress” Bailey, who managed to tease out an extra wicket but, ultimately, a bowling failure is food for thought for the challenges ahead.

HOPWOOD'S HEAVEN

A comfortable victory for the Seconds against Stafford 3 came with good solid performances with both bat and ball. Tommy Nadin's 45 and two wickets caught the eye but captain, Andy Hopwood, will be more warmed by the consistent array of contribution across the score card. There is no doubt that this year's squad, if they fire on all cylinders, could overrun the division.

Andy Hopwood, we all hope, will be looking forward to a kind of selection paradise, where his problem is too many players to chose from, rather than the usual frenetic Saturday morning telephone challenge that gave him too many pre-match headaches last season.

 

COUNTY RUNS FOR OLLIE ROGERSON

Ollie Rogerson continues to make county progress with an outing for the U-14 Development squad against the England Disability team at Brewood over the weekend. Ollie hit 25 runs before falling to, according to Craig Rogerson, " an ILP standard catch". We wish Ollie and all our other representative players the best of luck with their various campaigns over the summer.

 

An impressive 3 for 13 for Ross Dearden at Alsager on Saturday.

 

An impressive fourth victory on the bounce for the new-look Endon First Team continued the freshly-promoted side’s charge up the Div. Two table and highlighted the strength in depth of a highly talented squad. An unusual batting failure by Alex Bailey did not phase opening partner Andy Sibley or the strong middle order that followed as the side accrued 238 , declaring just short of fifty-one overs, to set a formidable total at Wilbrahams Way. Jordan Weaver (40) and George Sellers (72) did quick damage to the Alsager attack and the home side found no relief from a late flourish partnership from Ross Dearden (50) and Dan Bailey (47). Ross Dearden’s half- century was his third of the season and he is looking like an experienced pivot force for the young side’s continuing consistency. George Sellers appeared as elegant as he is clearly dangerous and found no fortune in a contentious catch decision as he edged toward a second century at the ground. A teenage George had previously secured a 109* with the Endon First Team in 2014.


Credit to Alsager who maintained a positive approach to emulating the Endon total. The home side’s middle order, led by wicket-keeper, Sam Goodwin, gave Endon’s bowlers some cause for concern, particularly after a batch of unusually dropped catches. Four wickets from captain, Marlon Martin broke the back of the Alsager resistance with Ross Dearden and Jack Chell clearing the decks with three wickets a piece.  The convincing win coming from a not quite so convincing a performance in the field, perhaps bodes well for the tougher tests ahead.

Next week the Firsts host Stafford with Nick Atkinson back in the line-up despite his injury. A few older players have told him to "strap it up" and then shown him their own long-suffering digits pointing in a wide variety of directions. Nick's early return puts the side back to full strength and full of confidence for a fourth consecutive league victory.

For those of you unfamiliar with the 2019 First team squad, Nick Atkinson is pictured left. The team photo below shows (from left to right) Jack Chell, Alex Bailey (VC), George Sellers, Marlon Martin (Capt.), Dan Bailey, Jack Bourne, Jordan Weaver, Harvey Ault, Will Weston, Ross Dearden and Andy Sibley (WK). Also, already having appeared for the team earlier in the season, is Tom Latham.

There will not be many older members who will argue the case for ever knowing a stonger looking squad with ability across the board. Ability is one thing, however, concentration another, and Endon will be acutely aware from previous seasons that a successful season rests with avoiding stumbles. just as much as big victories.

Harvey Ault in action against Alsager at the weekend

 

SECONDS AWAY

After an early loss to current League leaders, Church Eaton, the Seconds have found a way back toward the top of the table and will look to consolidate their position against Stafford in a home match on Saturday.

Andy Hopwood can not be sure of the quality of opposition that faces his team this year but he should be able to rely on a strong and consistently available squad. The increase in depth for the First Team will, hopefully, protect his weekly selection and avoid problems that saw the side narrowly miss out on promotion last year.

The weekend gave the seconds a winning draw against a very unambitious Moddershall side. Juniors, Josh Reynolds and Ollie Rogerson headed up the run tally before the side's batting faltered toward 146 total. The total should have tempted the home side into seeking victory but no such ambition emerged at the crease and the game creaked toward a draw. Nonetheless the Seconds found themselves in second spot in the League on Sunday morning.

 

 

Rachad Forde, Oakamoor's Carribean import for 2019 put on a big-hitting display for the visitors on Sunday before losing his stumps to Jack Bourne

NEW SEASON - NEW FACES - NEW AMBITIONS - OLD FOUNDATIONS

Some new but, in some cases, familiar faces join Endon's First Team campaign for 2019 and we wish all of them the best of luck in making their mark at Post Lane. They are from left to right: Jack Chell, Ross Dearden, Nick Atkinson, Harvey Ault, Jordan Weaver and George Sellers.

ANOTHER PARTNERSHIP RECORD FOR ALEX BAILEY AND ANDY SIBLEY

Highest Cup Partnership

143

A RECORD START

The new season is upon us. Just three weeks in and the record book has already been out five times times. Nick Atkinson, one of the club’s impressive new recruits crafted a 145*on a first Sunday outing with the Thirds to become the side’s highest score batsman. Despite breaking his finger, a week later, Nick played a part in this Sunday’s First Team’s emphatic Talbot Cup victory over a gutsy Oakamoor side, when the club’s highest cup total score was smashed by over fifty runs.  Matt Colclough’s team of 2008 scored 273 against J&G Meakins but, after eleven years on the pedestal, Sunday’s magnificent 327, well and truly raised the bar.


The victory against Oakamoor produced two further batting records: the highest ever Cup partnership, 143, set by opening batsman Andy Sibley and Alex Bailey and another benchmark individual performance for Alex himself. The record partnership beat the 2011 record set by Alex and Tom Latham against Bignall End and Alex’s 124, his eleventh century for Endon, gives him second spot in the all time Cup performance with the bat, ironically, just failing to surpass a 128* by Matt Colclough set in that same Bignall End match in 2008.

The 2008 Bignall End match also witnessed a very young Jordan Weaver, incidentally, making a welcome return to the Endon fold this year, bowl his way to 5 for 21 and placing him second on the Cup bowling performance list. One more wicket by Jack Bourne on Sunday would have seen Jordan lose his second spot to a great performance but nonetheless Jack’s 4 for 11, including the stumps of Oakamoor’s dangerman, Rachad Forde, gives him third spot on the rostrum.


The result on Sunday gives the Firsts a 100% record as the league programme moves on to week four.  The team will head to Alsager on Saturday as league leaders and full of confidence after three wins on the bounce. With so many talented new members of the First Team squad, the side has greater potential for consistency this season with every member fully equipped to step up the mark and, make a contribution, when others do not. With Tom Latham and Will Weston able to step in and make occasional appearances as the season progresses the squad has genuine depth and, much to the delight of Andy Hopwood, should not need to draw on the Second Team’s promotion ambitions this year.