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Stand denied shot at final
STAND had a mixed weekend, beating Cheetham Hill at the SCG in the league before an agonising 11-run defeat to Denton West in the Walkden Cup semi-final.
Against Cheetham Hill, Stand batted first and lost four wickets for 22 runs to left-arm spinner Ghulum Abbas.
A 30-run stand between Stuart Catterall and Scott Butterworth began the fightback.
Trent Scott was caught behind for 17 (52-5) and the home side then lost a further three quick wickets to slump to 64-8 as Abbas took another four victims.
Catterall and captain Gary Penchion produced a big partnership as they put on 82 for the ninth wicket.
Catterall reached a half century in 76 balls as Stand closed on 154-9.
In reply, Carl Sutcliffe claimed the early wicket of Riaz, spectacularly caught one-handed by a diving Jack Ritchie at gully.
Spinners Catterall and Pete Walters were introduced to the attack and they both struck in their first over, Catterall removing the dangerous Yousef Anwar and Walters dismissing Ali Raza (68-4).
The pair picked up further wickets, including the prize wicket of Anwar (41) to restrict Cheetham Hill to 97-7.
Catterall then trapped Saleem leg before for 26 and Mirza (23) was cleaned up by Stuart Catts immediately after, to leave the visitors floundering on 128-9. Walters completed the formalities when he bowled Yakoob to see Stand home by 26 runs. Catterall capped a fine performance with 5-31.
In Sunday’s Walkden Cup semi-final, Denton West were 28-3 early on.
Mike Berry survived a scare to go on to share an 86-run stand with Paul Turner who hit 60.
Stand were back in it with Denton on 149- before nemesis Andy O’Brien hit a 47-ball half century – a fourth on the trot against Stand.
Butterworth bowled a fine last over, conceding two runs and picking up three wickets (all bowled) to leave the hosts 216-9. Butterworth claimed 5-43.
Brett Ernst and Chris Holt took Stand to 103 without loss.
Denton spinner Murphy bowled Ernst for 43. Taylor and Matt Holt fell shortly after but Chris Holt reached another half century.
A stand of 42 between Walters and Butterworth took the visitors’ to 179-5.
Disaster struck with Walters (17) run out by a McAllister direct hit with the score 198-6. Penchion and Sutcliffe fell immediately after and Stand’s cup dreams were over when they were dismissed for 205.
This weekend Stand travel to Woodhouses.