TCC 1st XI v Broadbottom CC 1st XI Match Report
On a wet a and miserable day, Tintwistle hosted Broadbottom at the SCG. The recent rain meant the fixture was always in doubt but with the track having been covered throughout the week there was always a slim chance of play.
The start of the match was delayed due to the short rain showers. Bizarrely, it was clearly visible that more persistent rain showers were moving up the Glossopdale valley on a regular basis. Fortunately, the SCG missed the brunt of these showers and as time progressed it became apparent there was a strong chance of play commencing. Broadbottom, pushing hard near the top of the league table, wanted the game to go ahead. The same desire to play was equally shown by James Pool – the TCC Skipper. Great to see two sides wanting to get a game in.
An early tea was taken and the fixture got going at 3:36pm. Tintwistle lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Ricky Harris (16) and Karl Handforth (9) strode to the crease and put 19 on the board before the loss of the 1st wicket. The crux of the Tintwistle innings was built by Pete Higginbottom and Kez Davies. Higginbottom promptly set about his business and kept the board ticking over scoring a superb 46. Davies added a very useful 26 with some good cricket shots. Pool chipped in with 7 and Tinsle finished on 127-7 after the full compliment of 27 overs. The pick of the bowlers were Joe Riley who finished with 3-24 off 5 overs and C Cheetham-Roberts (2-25 off 6 overs).
In reply, Broadbottom got off to a decent start putting 23 on the board for the loss of the 1st wicket. The top order made good contributions courtesy of R Welsh (22), D Perrin (28) and Jay Riley (14). At 82-4, the game looked in the balance.
Tintwistle needed to respond and respond they did. The remaining wickets fell at regular intervals with the visitors being dismissed for 90. Pete Higginbottom and Matt Robinson did the damage for the home side taking 6-43 and 4-45 respectively – a fantastic effort! Credit is also due to the standard of the fielding with plenty of catches being taken in the outfield. Davies equally looked the part with a tidy performance behind the sticks snaring 3 victims.
Tintwistle won by 37 runs and collected 17 match winning points (Broady 3 points). A great win for the home side adding to the fine performances of recent weeks.
Tomorrow, the 1st XI visit Hayfield in the Quarter Finals of the Bissenden Cup.