Wednesday 7th September.
Outcasts End The Season On A Winning Note
Records will have to be scrutinised, but the Outcasts match against a team from Warrington Borough Council at Winton on the 7th September may well have been the very first time that an Outcasts' squad took to the field without a single former employee of the Greater Manchester County Council present. To remind newcomers, it was players from the former GMC who formed the Outcasts Cricket Club after the abolition of the metropolitan co...unty councils way back in 1986. The team has a long and distinguished heritage, and it is very much hoped that those who are now taking over the reins pay due respect to the history and traditions of a club they should feel honoured and privileged to be part of.
Turning to the match itself, Warrington batted first with Chris Truesdale leading Outcasts on to the field as captain, Les Cooper having opted to sit this one out. Indeed, Outcasts found themselves, unusually, with an embarrassment of riches, with more players to choose from than places available. After a fast start, Warrington lost wickets at regular intervals and finished their innings, in a match restricted to 16 overs per side, on 76 for 8. Thomas and McGreal were top scorers, with 24 and 19 respectively, while Jeff Stanton and newcomer Harvey Hunting were Outcasts' star performers with the ball. Jeff took 3 for 13 in his three overs, and Harvey 2 for 18 in his. Paul Mooney and Ethan Stanton deserve mention, too, for extremely economical spells.
Outcasts fielding was illuminated by a stunning catch by Scotty, who ran from deep mid wicket to deep mid on to take a full-length diving catch inches off the turf to see the back of Boucher off Harvey's bowling - a candidate for Champagne Moment if ever there was one.
A rate of 5 an over to win looked a distinctly achievable proposition for Outcasts as Derek Molyneux and David Walsh opened the batting, but with both dismissed early, and Outcasts on 9 for 2 after five overs, things were looking bleak for the home team. Step forward Ted Noone and Tony Threlfall. Between them, these two rebuilt the innings. When Ted was finally dismissed he had put on 50 with Tony and manoeuvred Outcasts into a winning position. It took two members of the Stanton Gang to see the hosts over the line in the last over in steadily fading light.
After the match both teams tucked into a fantastic spread of pasties, quiche and cakes laid on by club skipper Les, an enjoyable end to a great evening's cricket, and a thoroughly enjoyable season all round. Well done to Chris Truesdale for organising an interesting and varied fixture list against opposition both old and new.
Wednesday 31st August - Outcasts Outgunned. Outcasts CC took on old friends and foes Albion at Winton Cricket Club on Tuesday 30th August on another fine summer's evening. The home side welcomed back Steve Potter who has spent the past 6 years in Abu Dhabi but has now returned to the UK on a permanent basis. It also marked his 200th appearance for Outcasts.
Albion batted first in a game restricted to 15 overs per innings with the nights starting to draw in at this time of year. They set off like a train, going at 10 runs an over, and it looked at one stage that they might top 150. However, Outcasts later bowlers helped to cut back the scoring rate, with Chris Truesdale, Jeff Stanton and Derek Molyneux all performing creditably. Derek even managed a wicket maiden - quite an achievement in such a run-fest. Nevertheless, Albion's 127 off 15 overs was always going to be a tall order, given Outcasts fragile batting.
And so it proved. Despite some lusty hitting from Scott Broadhurst and Tony Threlfall - Scotty lashing two 6s in his not out 22, Outcasts finished on 92-3, well short of their target.
Next up is the return fixture with Warrington at Winton on the 7th September. Let's hope we can end the season on a winning note.
Wednesday 17th August - Not for the first time this season, and despite the best efforts of the Stanton Gang, Outcasts CC batting came up short in the match at Outghtrington against the good gentlemen of Lymm on a gloriously sunny evening. After losing the toss, Outcasts were inserted by their hosts and accumulated 82 for the loss of 5 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. They were indebted to father and son partnership Jeff and Ethan Stanton for reaching this total, with Jeff notching 19 and son Ethan retiring undefeated on 25.
As has been the case this season, Outcasts bowling and fielding was generally better than their performances with the bat, and they managed to keep the game competitive for 18 overs. But 82 runs was never really going to be enough, even on a pitch showing variable pace and bounce, and Lymm eventually knocked them off with the loss of only two wickets. But even then you couldn't keep the Stantons out of it. It was father Jeff who picked up the two Lymm wickets to fall. Score sheet and match report to follow.
Wednesday 10th August Brooklands Veterans at home game abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.
The Revised and up to date fixtures now available on the Season 2016 page.
The Match Report for the fixture against the Peak Park Planners is now available.
Wednesday 3rd August - On a grey evening under mostly heavy cloud cover Outcasts slipped to defeat against our old friends Economists at Rostherne. Having posted a below par 62 Outcasts were always going to struggle to defend their meagre total on what was a very unpredictable pitch. Despite a bright opening bowling spell from both Jeff Stanton and debutant Harvey Hunting our hosts cantered to the winning total with over four overs to spare. match report and score sheet to follow.
Outcasts ventured to pastures new on the 26th July when they journeyed eastwards into the Pennine foothills to take on the good denizens of Broadbottom. The home team batted first under lowering skies and accumulated 123 runs off their 20 overs. Indeed, Outcasts did well to restrict the total as the hosts were 80 after the first 10, and threatening to run riot. Bob Sproat's four-for was the stand-out bowling performance from the visitors.
For a long time it looked as though Outcasts had the measure of their opponents, with Paul Mooney and Tony Threlfall both retiring on the maximum 25. But Broadbottom gradually hauled themselves back in the game with tight bowling towards the latter end of Outcasts' innings, in very poor light. In the end Outcasts fell just 6 runs short in a tight and entertaining game. A fantastic spread was laid on in the club house afterwards by the hosts. This could well be a fixture that will run and run. Match Report and Score Sheet to follow. Thanks again for the generous hospitality and warm welcome at Broadbottom Cricket Club. Score Sheet available. Match Report to follow.
The first and only home match this season resulted in an 8 wicket win for Outcasts against Chorley Hospitals. Score sheet available, match report to follow
Outcasts once again failed in a run chase at Astley Bridge against old friends Albion. The usual and all too familiar story was repeated as we struggled to score quickly enough to overtake Albion's innings of 100. Match Report and score sheet available.
The annual trip to Dorset was another very enjoyable weekend despite some awful weather on the Sunday and Monday. However, the traditional Saturday fixture was played under the usual friendly atmosphere with Outcasts coming out on top mainly thanks to a fine man of the match performance by Ant Hobbs who was ably supported by Roger and Ted. This was Steve Ramsden's final innings and a moving tribute was paid with a guard of honour as he walked to the crease to open Outcasts Innings. Match Report, Score Sheet and some photos are available
Outcasts were greeted with rain on arrival at Bakewell having left sunnier conditions on the other side of the Peak District. However, the rain eased off by the time our hosts arrived and the match got underway without any fuss. The usual story then proceeded with the Peak Park Planners restricting Outcasts batting on a wet and variable pitch. Outcasts reply was spirited as you would expect but they were always in control to win by 6 wickets. Match report to follow - Match Report and score sheet available.
The first match of the season was at one of a few new venues this season at Bowden Vale C.C. The Vale Vikings were very hospitable and friendly and the match was played in good spirits. Vikings were too strong in their batting for Outcasts and posted a 38 run victory. The match report and score sheet is available.
A warm and sunny evening followed with a trip to our friends Reynolds C.C. home at Ashley C.C. Reynolds held on to win in an evenly contested game, but Outcasts failings with the bat once again was their downfall. Reynolds won by 10 runs, but Paul Mooney put in an outstanding performance - Match Report and Score Sheet available.
Our third match of the season was over at the attractive grounds of Bolton School where Chorley Hospitals came out on top. Match report and score sheet awaited.
The fourth away match of the season was at another new venue with new opposition in Rammy Dads. Again this was another very hospitable and friendly match played at an equally friendly ground Tottington St. Johns C.C. The Dads had a couple of batsmen who showed Outcasts what they miss - some big hitting which secured a win for them in a run chase. Match report and score sheet available.