Week 4 Match Report
Saturday 18th May 2019
v Hadfield St Andrews CC
Venue: Speedwell Cricket Ground
A cloudy day at the SCG for the local derby between Tintwistle and Hadfield. Two young sides with the hint of experience. Looking for Division 1 cricket again next season this fixture would always be a decisive one for the two to win. Tintwistle won the toss and elected to bat first. The reliable pair of Handforth and Davies started proceedings. It wasn’t long until the first boundary was struck off Davies’ very first ball wide and outside off stump by Ball crashed away with authority by Davies. A sign of a man in form with 110 runs in his first 2 games already. Handforth didn’t stick around for long either capitalising on some very full bowling from Hadfield’s opening pair. The pair would reach their 50 partnership within 9 overs. Unfortunately Handforth had to depart for 33 from just 29 balls as he was trapped LBW. A finer critic would say it was high but you know the saying. First week centurion Nixon walked to the crease but lasted just 3 balls as he was hit on his back leg for just 1. Second time debutant Josh Smith would come in at number 4 and would start solidly hitting 2 lovely boundary shots before dragging the ball back on to his own stumps off the bowling of Whiteman for 13. Davies looking for a partner to rebuild with 90/3 the score. Davies was joined by ex-skipper Pool and would soon become the aggressor again with some glorious shots all around the ground. Hadfield captain trying all his bowlers. Davies went past 50 again but would only gather 17 more runs before being trapped in front off Hirst. Aussie Clancey would see his taste of an English pitch in bowler friendly conditions come around with a fine delivery from Ball taking his outside edge for a first ball duck. 142/5. Pool was next to go without the score moving for a patient 23 from 44 balls. Luke Gray would come in and smash away his very first ball, but he would be bowled trying to find his inner Jos Buttler trying to smash a straight delivery over the ropes. Wickets would continue to fall and Tintwistle would be bowled out for 154 from just 38.2 overs.
Tea would be courtesy of Chairman Rose’s wife and Camille Nagle (Matt Robinson’s better half) and what a lovely tea it was. Thoughts around the tea table is this pitch wasn’t playing how it first looked and our bowlers were well and truly in this one.
Brown and Clancey were tasked again with the new ball, but Brown would not be the early wicket taker just this week with a spell of bowling what Tintwistle knew was coming from Hayden Clancey. Finding his stride within just four deliveries! Bowling Thomson for 0. Thomson would be joined by opening partner J Tranter in Clancey’s next over. 3.2 overs gone Hadfield were 6/2. Brown who has 10 wickets in 2 games already wouldn’t wait around for 2 long taking the dangerous Doyle and Tranter in quick succession. Hadfield in a very worrying position, 4 wicket down for 39 runs. Things were to get worse as Brown claimed the scalp of Ryan Murray (18) caught by a sharp catch at backward point from Pool. Clancey would finish his spell 5 overs 2 for 25. Nixon replaced him at the pavilion end and he was quickly into his stride turning the ball with the occasional ball popping. Brown for the 2nd time this season completed his 5 wicket haul at the other end with Nixon taking a catch on the boundary rope. Stuart Rose replace Brown and made light work of warpping up the Hadfield innings with 3 quick wickets.
Another convincing victory for Tintwistle, 79 runs the margin this time and they have claimed 3 out of 3. Brown extended his excellent form with figures of 8 over 3 maidens 5 for 26. Rose would finish 3 over 1 maiden 3 for 6. Nixon without a wicket finishing 5 overs 1 maiden 0 for 10.
Tintwistle 1st XI will travel to Birch Vale next Saturday hoping to continue the run of form. Can Davies and Brown carry on their good form? Skipper Karl Handforth has got to be very happy with how his team have handled themselves so far this season.
The 2nd XI travelled to Broadbottom with Stand in Skipper Martyn Thompson had some of his experienced players back to aid him with the return on Steve Morris to open the batting. Thompson won the toss and fancied his side to bowl Broadbottom out. However a decision which Thompson may look at again in hindsight with the hosts looking to score big against his side. As James Brotherton and Nick Courtney both scored hundreds respectively. Thompson allowing all of his young side a bowl it would see some great experience for these young Tornadoes when approaching the senior game.
However it would be three 2nd XI regulars Dan Robinson, Jack Morris and Dhiren Patel who would claim the wickets sharing a brace a piece. Broadbottom would finish their innings with a huge total of 354/6. Dan Robinson finished with figures of 9-2-43-2, Jack Morris 12-0-76-2 and Dhiren Patel 7-1-51-2. A mention is to be had of our Tornadoes who bowled William Moss, Harvey Pearson, Ben Tinsley and Charlie Morris who against an experienced side on a small pitch took their chance to try and take wickets.
An uphill task was had for Thompson and his men with a required rate of just under 8 required to turn this one into a victory.
Steve Morris and Dhiren Patel would be tasked with starting the innings and the pair would put on 75 for the first wicket with Patel, the first wicket to fall for just 9. Morris tasking himself with the challenge ahead would be the aggressor throughout and was joined by Woodward (12) and his eldest son Jack(5).Steve Morris’ would contribute a valiant 113 off 96 including 17 fours and 4 sixes but would eventually fall with the score 156/4. Broadbottom would make light work of the Tintwistle order seeing Thompson and Robinson both get ducks. However Morris’ younger son Charlie (u13) would remain at the crease stopping Broadbottom gaining all 20 points with 6 from 30 balls. Tintwistle would close there innings 184/9. A score on most weeks being a winning one.
Thompson wanted to make it known how proud he was to skipper the big hearts of the Tornadoes who were on hand when the club needed them. A lesson which will be tough to take but a good one for their approach to senior cricket.
Tintwistle 2nd XI will host Birch Vale on Saturday at the SCG. With the Barking Pug open from 4pm. Come and see if Thompson and co can bounce back.
Tintwistle Tornadoes young U11 side recorded their first victory of the season this Sunday away at Broadbottom. Subjected to some hostile bowling the young team came out on top. Unfortunately, our U13 team were pipped by Woodley at home last night. Woodley batted first and posted a very commendable 123 and our lads fell just short in the chase. Retiring on 30 were Tom, Toby and Ben. The U13’s play away at Charlesworth on Wednesday night.