Tintwistle 1st XI defeat Dove Holes

Karl - batting

(Pic: MLK scored a very useful 58)

Match Report by Ryan Nixon

A glorious day as Tintwistle travelled to Dove Holes on Saturday ready for their 3rd away fixture in 4.

Captain James Pool won the toss for the 4th consecutive game and chose to bat on what seem a good batting track. However, this decision seemed trickier than first thought as Tintwistle lost opener Gavin Cole for a duck with 7 on the board. Damian Weatherhead came in on the back of 50 last week however was caught behind for just 5.

Karl Handforth was hoping that a partnership would form with wicketkeeper batsman Kez Davies as the pair took the score from 21/2 to 52 before the latter gifted veteran Cartledge his first wicket.

Nixon walked to the crease knowing he needed a score but was bowled for just 5 off Jones. The score 63/4 Tintwistle needing a valuable partnership in the remain 20 overs Matt Robinson (14) provided a very useful innings with the patient Handforth but yet again giving his wicket away cheaply a frustrating trait of Tintwistle’s season so far.

Pool joined Handforth and started well striking some beautiful cricket shots. Handforth was next to go after playing a very patient and crafted 58 from 106 balls. Pool took the score to 157 where Tintwistle would end their 45 overs.

Views at half time, a below average score on a track that needed patience but Dove Holes bowled very well to restrict TCC.

A bowling performance was needed from all of Tintwistle’s bowler and they produced with Alex Brown taking the dangerous wicket of Dan Jones for just 5. Chamley put his first wicket on the board as Vernon (11) edged behind.

Gregory (15) and Forder put on a small partnership before Gregory miss timed a cut shot off Nixon. Forder was dismissed for 24 bowled by Chamley a big wicket in keeping the run chase down.

The score at this point 61/4 soon to be 61/5 as Gregory was trapped LBW to Nixon. A small partnership evolved between S. Cartledge and Turner (11) moving the score to 89 when Nixon struck again with the aid of a diving catch from Martin Harris.

Wickets fell in regular succession as Harris claimed two with the help of a fine diving catch from Nixon.

Tintwistle had bowled superbly up to this point aided by a good bowling and fielding performance so much so that leading Wicket taker Rose was only needed for 0.2 overs when he finished the resistance of S. Cartledge (25) with some fine glove work from Davies.

Dove Holes bowled out for 112 and Tintwistle continuing their form after their opening day defeat. The wickets shared between the bowlers, Nixon (4-30) Chamley (2-29) Harris (2-14) Brown and Rose with a scalp a each.

Tintwistle travel away from Speedwell again next week vs Mottram. Can the run continue? We certainly hope so!

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