STAND CC: Late collapse proves costly for Stand

First published in Sport

By Karl Chadwick

STAND made the short trip to Woodbank on Saturday but came away empty-handed.

Asked to field first, they made two early breakthroughs with Matt Curphey bowling openers Webb and Loster to leave the Woodbank score on 20-2.

Jack Walmsley then got in on the act and dismissed dangermen David Bell (20), brother of Stand’s Alex, and Collins (18) – both lbw – as the hosts limped to 56-4.

Mark Stringer and Nick Kennedy staged a mini revival before the latter was bowled by Walmsley with the score on 91-5.

Stand were in the ascendancy until a vital 82-run partnership between Stringer and Hamnett swayed the balance.

Curphey then returned at the opposite end and removed Hamnett (35) and Hodson in quick succession, before trapping Stringer in front for a well played 84.

Nawaz added a quickfire 21 before Walmsley and Curphey wrapped up the innings on 232.

Walmsley finished with 4-92, while Curphey ended with 6-63.

Alex Bell and Sean Brookes opened the Stand innings and got the visitors off to an excellent start adding 71 for the first wicket, before Bell fell for 39.

Rick Rothwell and Brookes (30) soon followed to leave them on 84-3.

Dave Taylor and Pete Walters both played positively from the outset and the pair played a key role adding a significant partnership – just as Stringer and Hamnett had in the first innings.

Walters was the first to a half century, coming in 53 balls, before Taylor reached his in 74 deliveries, with the fourth-wicket partnership adding 100 runs.

Walters went for 59, caught in the deep by Collins off part-time bowler Stringer with Stand on 184-4.

Then, as the visitors looked set on 206-4, they suffered a lower-order collapse.

Curphey, Gary Penchion and Oliver Beirne fell in the space of just one run to leave them 207-7.

With Taylor running out of partners, he went for a big shot towards deep mid-wicket and was caught by Webb for an excellent 61 in what was his best knock of the season.

Last pair Walmsley and Chris Marlor survived the final over to pick up a point but they fell 14 runs short of their target.

It was Stringer’s day for Woodbank as he finished with 3-38, while Kennedy got 5-94 from his 25-over spell.

Stand are back on home soil on Saturday when they host Cheetham Hill.

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