Tintwistle win nail biter against Hadfield
On Saturday Tintwistle CC welcomed Hadfield St Andrews to the SCG. Recent trends were instantly turned upside down when home Skipper James Pool won the toss! Tintwistle decided to bat first on a decent looking track that had benefited from the recent weather.
Pete Higginbottom and Karl Handforth opened up but Higginbottom (14) was soon caught off the bowling of Doyle. Ricky Harris came in at three and built a formidable partnership with Handforth. Both batters ensured the scoreboard ticked over at a healthy rate. The pair put on 104 runs before Harris was caught off the bowling of Whiteman for a solid 53. Gavin Cole arrived at the crease and continued the excellent work with Handforth. Handforth moved through the gears and produced a very mature performance resulting in a fantastic 89. Cole made an impressive 44 and Pool chipped in with 19. Tintwistle finished on 247-6. The pick of the Hadfield bowlers was Murray who finished with 2-32 off 9 overs.
A score close to 250 is a big ask at Tintwistle and Hadfield would need to hit the ground running in the 2nd innings. Doyle and J Tranter opened up but Tranter (5) was caught behind off the bowling of young gun Alex Brown. Doyle was caught and bowled by Ryan Nixon for 34. Wickets fell at regular intervals and with the scoreboard reading 102-6 it looked like Tintwistle would be able to close the game out with relative ease. Richard Tranter came to the crease at 4 and had other ideas. Tranter produced a display of batting that deserves huge credit. He scored boundaries aplenty and moved the score forward in a very aggressive manner. Hadfield’s run total moved past 200 and Tintwistle were looking dazed on the ropes. Unfortunately for Hadfield, the batters around Tranter didn’t hang around for very long with 9 of the batters not making double figures. Ryan Nixon showed real metal at this nervous stage of the game by demanding that Skipper Pool throw him the ball. Nixon had his reward and snared Tranter for a hugely impressive 132. The remaining wickets were taken and Hadfield were bowled out for 232.
Pete Higginbottom and Stuart Rose bowled superbly well and finished with three wickets apiece. Ryan Nixon also finished with a vital couple of wickets.
Tintwistle came out on top worthy winners collecting 20 match winning points.