Tintwistle Crush Compstall
Tintwistle travelled to Ernocroft Road on Sunday in Round One of the Bissenden Cup. In upbeat mood, Tintwistle enabled game mode as they strode to the crease for the first innings. Karl Handforth and Pete Higginbottom opened up moving the score to 34-1 before Higginbottom (11) was bowled by F Heginbotham. Handforth continued his great start to 2017 making a useful contribution of 26 before being bowled by Millen. This signalled the start of a tricky patch for Tintwistle who lost two quick wickets leaving the scoreboard reading 58-4. With Compstall sensing blood, Ryan Nixon came in clearly knowing the importance of stabling the ship. He made a fantastic 36 containing 7 x 4’s with plenty of good cricket shots. AJ Harris, starting his first game of the season, made a timely 27 whilst a motivated Martin Harris was the stand out batter with 38. Tintwistle finished on 207-8 after the full compliment of 40 overs.
In reply, Compstall were almost immediately in trouble with D Heginbotham (2) being bowled by Pete Higginbottom. Messih came and went without troubling the scorers caught behind again off the bowling of Higginbottom. P Dunn and B Heginbotham established some stability for the home side putting on a partnership of 38 before Dunn (16) was superbly caught by AJ Harris off the bowling of Stuart Rose. Hegginbothom made a useful 29 before succumbing to a Ricky Harris catch in the deep again off the bowling of Rose. From here the Compstall innings capitulated with only Granite making double figures before AJ Harris snared him completing Compstall’s misery.
The home side were dispatched for 97 and Tintwistle were through to the next round. Pete Higginbottom finished with 2-21 off 5 overs and Ryan Nixon snared 3-24. However, the pick off the bowlers was Stuart Rose who had 4-29 off 8 overs. The former Denton West player showing once again what a nagging pain in the side he can be.
Tintwistle can be pleased with a resounding victory and it was good to see the umpires tightening up on wide deliveries which saw Compstall cough up 36.
Tintwistle are in the hat for the 2nd Round completing off a great weekend for the men from the SCG.