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The outfield and wicket at Stockport had a surprising amount of Green. However, looks can be deceiving and the whole pitch was bone dry, which a certain Mr Berry learnt to his detriment in the Football warm up. Stockport were a weaker side than the one who visited Werneth Low on opening weekend, and after winning the toss Edwards decided that Stockport were going to bat first.
Whittaker and Wightman were once again the pair to kick things off, and it didn’t take long for the first to fall, with Jatoi managing to find Fitzsimmons for a good catch off of Wightman’s bowling. Edwards and Van Eeden looked to settle the nerves for Stockport adding 38 for the second wicket. However, when the Stockport skipper picked out his Hyde counterpart in the slips from Whittaker, things went from bad to worse for Stockport. Muhammad only managed to face six balls, before departing in an identical fashion to Edwards without troubling the scorers. Ghous didn’t hang around for long either, being pinned right back in front, LBW, Whittaker now had 3. Davies managed to battle out for 9 balls, before he too was dismissed, once again caught Berry, bowled Whittaker. Stockport were floundering at 57/5, and things got even worse next ball when Ullah, who gave Hyde some issues in the T20, was caught at short leg by Partridge to complete Whittaker’s 5fer. Van Eeden, who at this point had more than half of Stockport’s runs, then called Shezhad through for a tight single, which proved to be too tight and Shezhad was run out by the returning Balderson. Gavin then came and went, another golden duck caught by Berry, but this time Cranmer was the bowler. 61/8. Eley wasn’t in the mood for sticking around and came charging down to Cranmer, only to run past it and have Allcock remove the bails. Porter managed to stick around with Van Eeden for a small while, however he was soon beaten for pace by Wightman, leaving Van Eeden stranded on 40 and Stockport 81 all out.
Berry and Partridge opened up as per usual for Hyde. With such a small target, it was almost a question of when Hyde were going to chase down the total. Berry wanted the answer to be as soon a possible as he smoked Eley to the fence. He departed the very next ball when Eley bowled a slower one and Berry stopped his shot half way through, only to see it loop up into Ullah’s hands. Balderson joined Partridge, and the pair seemed determined to stick around at first. However, when they both had their eye in, the ball was finding the rope at regular intervals. Partridge managed to pass his 50, after a season of 30s and 40s and the game was over after only 12 overs.
There isn’t much that can be said that hasn’t already been said about Hyde this season. We look dominant. Whittaker made short work of a somewhat inexperienced Stockport line-up to pick up yet another 5fer. Partridge managed to end his frustration and raise the bat which will have felt good. It is important to note that after only 12 games this season, Hyde have already passed the points tally we had from last season’s disappointing campaign. If Hyde can continue this good form, we will be back in the Prem next season, where we belong.
Updated 08:07 - 10 Jul 2018 by User 1731900