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by TCC Communications - Monday 27 June 2022


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Tintwistle welcomed Newton CC to Speedwell in the Semi Final of the Hawke Trophy yesterday. The weather forecast was sunny intervals throughout the day and a fantastic contest looked to be on the cards. Newton won the toss and surprisingly to some asked Tintwistle to bat first. Tintwistle opened with Mark Lilley and Steve Morris. In the fifth over disaster struck when Morris was bowled by Goodall for 6. Others in the Tintwistle team would need to step up the plate given Morris has been in a rich vein of form in recent times.

Jack Morris joined Lilley at the crease and batted together until the 14th over. Morris looked in decent nick until he was bowled by Barnard for 15. At 40-2, there was a little nervousness on the sidelines. Sam Bird was in at Fulcram Four with Lilley batting well at the other end. The pair soaked up overs keeping the scoreboard ticking over. In the 20th over, Lilley was bowled by Hyde for a useful 25. Lilley had reacted to losing his opening partner and stuck at the crease for important overs.

Mathew 'Fez' Woodward was in at five and at 62-3 the pressure was starting to build. Unfortunately, Bird was bowled by Hyde for 18. 84-4 and whilst Fez was looking comfortable, he needed a dance partner at the other end. Tom Chambers was in at six and must have been feeling confident after his exploits at Buxworth yesterday. The pair batted magnificently and did the heavy lifting for the home side to really push the score in a positive direction. Both took advantage of some below par fielding and found the boundary on a regular basis. They occupied the crease for 12 overs and added 66 to the score. Chambers was eventually bowled for 26 which included some entertaining shots, the six was a sight to behold!

Fez spent his time at the crease defending the good one and bashing the bad one. It was a great innings to watch from the sidelines as he biffed 9 fours around the civil parish. At 175-5 Fez was run out in the 38th over for a magnificent 60 runs. The damage had been done though and Fez walked off to richly deserved applause.

Charlie Morris and Dan Robinson added 2 each to the total ensuring Tintwistle finished on 177. This was a decent score and it looked very defendable. For the most part the target looked like 160, but the contributions from Soggy, Chambers and Fez got Tintwistle over the line and the extra runs was seen as a bonus. However, Newton can be brutal with the bat on their day and this contest was far from over.
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After a short interval, Newton began their response. Let's say straight from the outside Kent looked incredibly comfortable in the middle. From the sidelines, it looked like Tintwistle would need to exploit the batsman at the other end. In the 3rd over, Dan Robinson duly obliged bowling Croot for 5. Robinson delivered again in the 9th over trapping Pottage lbw for 6. 33-2 and Tintwistle were going in the right direction. Jayant Patel soon got involved bowling Mahmood (0) and the scoreboard read 34-3. Patel also dealt with the real threat presented by Kent by having him caught by Charlie Morris for a useful 25. This was a big wicket for Tintwistle and the scoreboard read 55-4.

From this point forward Newton started to muster their second wind and continued to push on. Wilde added 17 before he was caught by Soggy for 17 off the bowling of Jack Morris and Ashworth was bowled by Charlie Morris for a very good 27, another big wicket for TCC. Shortly after Goodhall was trapped lbw by Charlie Morris and the scoreboard was reading 96-7. Tintwistle looked firmly in the driving seat.

Taylor dug in and looked like a real threat and with Hoctor pushed things along. At 128, Hoctor was bowled by Charlie Morris and the Newton threat started to subside. Stuart 'Ace' Dodd trapped Hyde lbw for 2 and Fez caught Taylor in the deep off the bowling of Charlie Morris for 30. Newton finished on 139 and Tintwistle were victorious. The home side had met the challenge of Newton head on and had got over the line in fantastic fashion.

The bowlers did a fantastic job today with Dan Robinson finishing with 2-35, Jay Patel 2-10, Jack Morris 1-36 and Stuart Dodd 1-5. The standout performer was Charlie Morris who finished with a tantalizing 4-39.

Tintwistle progress to the Hawke Final scheduled for Sunday 14th August.

After the game Skipper Steve Morris was incredibly proud of his troops. Tintwistle have not reached the Hawke Final in the club's history and the last time the 2nd XI won a knockout competition was in 2000 when they secured the Andrew Marsden Trophy.

Word on the strand indicates we will meet Hazel Grove in the final in August. Rest assured we will meet them head on.

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