Tintwistle defeat Broadbottom in the Bissenden Cup
(Pic: Matt Robinson on his way to 3/35)
Match Report by Ryan Nixon
A scorcher of a day on Sunday as Tintwistle hosted Broadbottom in the 2nd round of the Bissenden Cup. Skipper James Pool lost the toss and was told to bowl. Alex Brown and Staurt Chamley started the bowling off today with Brown bowling very tight lines. Brown’s persistence paid off as he claimed the wicket of Ryan Welsh (19). An up and down performance in the middle overs gifted Broadbottom a decent partnership. However when Matthew Robinson and AJ Harris were introduced into the attack their solid bowling was rewarded with the two ending with 3/35 and 2/26 respectively. Broadbottom ended their 40 overs on 162/6.
Halftime thoughts were that Tintwistle had restricted Broadbottom to a reasonable target. Tintwistle started with their 4th opening pair of the season with Matthew Robinson and Damian Weatherhead. The pair out on just 25 before the latter fell for 5 lbw off Steve Croft. It wasn’t long after that when Robinson hauled up to Welsh trying to pull Croft. Ryan Nixon and AJ Harris started with positive intent and wanted to replicate their partnership from last year before Nixon was undone by a googly from Dominic Perrin for 24. Harris continued to keep the score board ticking over and put on a vital partnership with Chamley (37) before Chamley fell to Cheetham – Roberts. The scoreboard read 136/5 with 7 overs to go. Unfortunately for Tintwistle Harris (44) was stumped after some sharp glove work down the leg side. The two new batsman were James Pool and Martin Harris and this proved to be good combination as they picked up runs at the right time with some help with over throws from Broadbottom. The two got to within the last run as Pool was the last wicket to fall with the scores level. Martin Harris finished off proceedings with a thumping 4.
A great team performance from Tintwistle who progress to the next round of the Bissenden Cup! Whilst Tintwistle prospered both teams deserve credit for delivering a fantastic game of cricket which the crowd enjoyed.