by TCC Communications - Sunday 05 June 2022
Senior Match Reports
The 2nd XI welcomed Charlesworth & Chisworth CC to Speedwell earlier today on a warm but blustery day. The wind was in the East and brought a cold chill
down through the Longdendale valley.
TCC Skipper Steve Morris won the toss and elected to bat first. Mark Lilley and Sam Bird opened the innings for the home side and the scoreboard was reading 8 when Bird was caught for 4. Damian Weatherhead was in at three and helped Lilley to move things along. Lilley was bowled for 13 for the loss of the second Tintwistle wicket. Charlie Morris came into bat at four but was quickly bowled out for 1. Andrew Tomlinson was in at five and made it to 8.
Weatherhead was in desperate need for someone to plug the other end and hang around for a while. The scoreboard read 48-4 and was not the position the home side expected to be in. Steve Morris was in at six and did exactly what was needed. Morris scored valuable runs but allowed Weatherhead to flourish who was now going through the gears at the other end. Weatherhead secured his 50 and continued to push on.
Morris reached 28 before he was bowled by a ball that in fairness kept very low. Tom Chambers was next in but was caught for 3. Weatherhead was eventually bowled for a magnificent 73 runs. The scoreboard was reading 144-7 and Weatherhead had delivered, but Skipper Morris reiterated to the team the importance of reaching the original target of 150 runs. Reach the target they did, and Mathew 'Fez' Woodward provided a valuable contribution of 15 runs. Nick Pearson was lbw (0) and William Moss (not out 2) ensured Tintwistle finished on 153 after the full compliment of 40 overs.
The wickets were spread around for the visitors, but the pick was Deepan who finished with 3-24 off 8 overs.
After a short interval the home side took to the field in confident mood. The spectators didn't have to wait too long for the action to start. Wrigley (0) was caught superbly in the outfield by Chambers off the bowling of Pearson. Monks (4) soon followed clean bowled by Charlie Morris. In at three was Gardener who came and went caught by Charlie Morris off the bowling of Pearson. The scoreboard read 9-3 and Tintwistle were firmly fastened into the driving seat. Pearson soon collected his third wicket of the day trapping Cannon lbw for 8.
Charlie Morris was back in the action and had Sargeant caught by Lilley for 5. From this point forward Charlesworth showed little resistance and lost wickets on a regular basis. Fez mopped up the lower middle order bagging three wickets and Will Moss snared one at the tail of the innings. Charlesworth were bowled out for 74 runs and Tintwistle ran out worthy winners.
Will Moss finished with 1-11, Charlie Morris a very good 2-10, Nick Pearson 3-15 and Fez 3-13.
After the game the Skipper was clearly pleased with the efforts of the team. However, competition for places is evident and the players will need to work hard to secure their places. Competition is never a bad thing particularly for a team that has played 8 and won 8 at the start of the 2022 season.
Today Steve Morris displayed exceptional leadership, he showed support and guidance to his players when needed, provided clear direction and instruction but never veered too far from the fact that hard work was the order of the day.
Next week the 2nd XI have a bye and therefore no fixture. An opportunity for the players to recharge the batteries, spend time with family and hit the ground running the week after.
It was revealed later in the day the draw had been made for the Semi Finals of the Hawke Trophy in which Tintwistle have secured a spot. Tintwistle have a home draw against Newton CC, date tbc.
We've uploaded a number of pictures from the match that can be located on our Facebook page.