Higginbottom the Hero at Hawk
On Saturday, Tintwistle travelled to Hawk Green in Round 6 of the DCCL. Tintwistle won the toss and elected to bat first on a decent looking track. Tintwistle got off to a solid start thanks to excellent batting from Karl Handforth and Pete Higginbottom. Handforth scored an excellent 49 maintaining his solid start to the season. Tintwistle were in the driving seat with the scoreboard reading 93-1 after 23.6 overs. Gavin Cole (7) and Ryan Nixon (15) stuck around with Higginbottom who was starting to move through the gears. At 155-3, Tintwistle looked capable of posting a competitive total. Kez Davies strode to the crease and continued the good work with Higginbottom. The pair put on 78 with Davies contributing a vital 38. Higginbottom went on to score a magical 101 before being bowled by Ryan Stringer. It was a superb innings from Higginbottom with boundaries aplenty. It was also his maiden century for the First XI. Tintwistle finished on 237 after the full complement of 45 overs.
To stand any chance of securing victory, Tintwistle would need to bowl tight lines and take regular wickets. Green are an impressive batting unit, particularly on their own patch. The home side got off to a good start putting 67 on the board for the loss of the first wicket. Josh Hampson (25) was caught and bowled by Martin Harris. Bickley had a productive innings scoring 88 before being stumped by Davies off the bowling of Ryan Nixon. M Stringer contributed 16 and Green were 161-3 with the match looking in the balance. Thanks to some decent bowling and fielding it was Tintwistle who reacted more positively. Green lost 4 wickets for 21 runs including the wicket of the dangerous Jordan Henderson. Craig Young (15) and Brad Holme (16) did their best to stable the innings but it wasn’t enough to get the home side over the line. Hawk Green were bowled out for 211, some 26 runs short.
The pick of the bowlers was Martin Harris (3-22) and Pete Higginbottom (3-47). Ryan Nixon and Gaz Jones also collected a couple of wickets apiece. There was also great catching on display with good catches from Skipper James Pool and Ryan Nixon.
After a tough contest, the day belonged to Tintwistle, and Pete Higginbottom.
Next week, Tintwistle welcome Buxworth to the Speedwell Cricket Ground.