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Match Report

by TCC Communications - Sunday 3 July 2022

Senior Match Reports

Yesterday, the 1st XI travelled to New Mills in Round 10 of the Readers DCCL Division One. An important game for both teams considering their respective positions in the league table. The game would also represent the 100th game for Stuart Rose in the Tintwistle 1st XI, well done Stu!

New Mills won the toss and asked Tintwistle to bat first.

TCC Skipper Karl Handforth and Kez Davies opened the batting and got things off to a positive start. Handforth did most of the heavy lifting early doors and the scoreboard read 34-1 when Davies (6) was caught of the bowling of Holmes. Damian Weatherhead was in at three and made a positive contribution keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Weatherhead supported Handforth at the crease and the pair soaked up important overs. Weatherhead was run out for 24 off 54 balls with the scoreboard reading 92-2.

Nathan Mckeown was in at four and supported Handforth who was now going through the gears. The TCC Skipper raced past his 50 and looked in determined mood. The pair constructed a partnership of 85 runs with Mckeown scoring 32 off 39 balls before he was caught off the bowling of Holmes. With the scoreboard reading 177-3, Tintwistle were in a strong position and probably would have taken that before the start of the match.
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Harvey Pearson entered the arena at five with Handforth still looking super positive. Unfortunately, Pearson was caught off the bowling James Stevens for 4. Shortly afterwards Handforth finally succumbed caught for a magnificent 102 runs which contained 11 x 4's and 1 x 6. Handforth was the backbone of the innings and built meaningful partnerships with four different Tintwistle batsmen. 34 runs were scored with Davies, 58 with Weatherhead, 85 with Mckeown and 23 with Pearson. A textbook contribution from an opening batter and a first for Handforth scoring his first ever century. Well done Karl!

Tintwistle reached 202-5 after 45 overs.

In response New Mills opened with Alistair Stevens and Darren Coverley. The pair got off the good start before Coverley was bowled by Jack Morris for 15 with the scoreboard reading 30-1. Jack Hadfield was in at three but was caught behind off the bowling of Matt Robinson for 10. At 57-2 Tintwistle had made that important early dent.

Callum Firth was in at four and proved to be a thorn in Tintwistle's side. Matt Robinson was in the mix again trapping Stevens lbw for 41, a very important wicket for the visitors. Daniel Holmes (0) came and went trapped lbw by Matt Robinson. With New Mills at 76-4, Tintwistle were happy.

For the first 25 overs, New Mills were on par in terms of the run chase and a close game looked inevitable.

Match Stats

Match Stats - The Worm highlights the close nature of the contest..

Firth and new batsman Jordan Cooper reacted and put on 62 for the 5th wicket. In the 34th over Dan Robinson had Cooper caught behind for a useful 26. 138-5 and it was game on. Ash Boardman was next in and scored a vital 17 off 20 balls and helped to push New Mills over the finishing line. Boardman was bowled by Harvey Pearson, but the damage had been done. Callum Firth finished on 73 not out and James Stevens (1 not out) ensured the home side emerged victorious. New Mills finished on 203-6 after 43.2 overs. New Mills collected 17 match winning points and Tintwistle collected a vital 8 bonus points, something which could be very important at the business end of the season.

The pick of the bowlers for Tintwistle was Matt Robinson who finished with 3-51 off 12 overs.

A disappointing result for Tintwistle but plenty of positives to build on for the upcoming games. Speaking of which, Tintwistle play Hayfield CC at Speedwell next weekend in a massive game.