by TCC Communications - Saturday 16 July 2022
Senior Match Reports
Earlier today Tintwistle welcomed Birch Vale in the first game of the 2022 DCCL Twenty20 competition. With the weather forecast positive, the assembled spectators
were also able to take advantage of the new Tintwistle clubhouse and bar following last nights successful soft launch.
Tintwistle are captained by Alex Brown in the 20:20 variant of the game and it was an early tick when Alex won the toss and elected to bat. Tom Pugh and Kez Davies opened and got things off to a very positive start. The pair dealt with some routine bowling and crashed a number of early boundaries. Pugh had raced to 30 off 23 balls which contained 6 x 4's. A superb contribution from the opener before he was bowled by Bannister. With the scoreboard reading 55-1 after six overs, it was the start the home team were hoping for.
Nathan Mckeown was in at three and continued the positive work. Mckeown looked in confident mood as he quickly added runs to the board. Davies at the other end had really started to dominate. He raced past his 50 and the pair added 94 runs before Mckeown was caught in the deep. Visibly annoyed Mckeown will be disappointed with the manner of his exit, but it was a fantastic contribution of 34 off 26 balls. The scoreboard read 149-2 after 13.1 overs. From here, it looked as though Tintwistle would reach the 190 mark with relative ease.
Gavin Cole was in at four and immediately looked in good nick supporting Davies at the other end. In the 17th over Davies succumbed and was bowled by Barrett for a supreme 68 runs off 48 balls. Davies had the bit between his teeth today and his innings contained 8 x 4's and 3 x 6's. In this mood Davies can supercharge the scoreboard. The score was 189-3 and the 190 I expected them to achieve was about to be breached.
Karl Handforth was in at five and with Cole the pair batted very well. A couple of fours from Cole and 2 x 4's and 2 x 6's from Handforth meant Tintwistle finished on 218-3 after 20 overs. The pair batted very well and elevated the run rate at the business end of the innings.
There were also 46 extras that aided Tintwistle's cause.
After a pretty quick turnaround, the teams took to the field for the visitors innings. Alex Brown took the ball and had a wicket in the first over having Freeman caught behind for 4. Some quick reactions from Gloveman Mckeown who took a one-handed catch to his right. Harvey Pearson bowled from the other end and wasn't going to be outdone and snared Wyatt caught and bowled for 2 in the second over. In the 4th over McIlvenny was run out for 2. In the fifth over Tom Scott had the ball and bowled R Barrett for 4.
By the end of the fourth over Tintwistle had 4 wickets before I'd had time to finish a delicious Chicken Tikka and coleslaw sandwich. Tough times for the Digital team trying to keep social media up to date and eat at the same time!! On a serious note, the scoreboard read 13-4 and it looked like the BBQ would be fired up sooner rather than later.
Scott bowled A Barret for 1 and Pearson bowled Jawaid (0) and Birch were 24-6. From this point Birch showed some resistance had moved the score to 62-7 when Kennedy was caught in the deep by Weatherhead off the bowling of Pugh. Credit to Birch, they pushed on once more and moved to 93-8 when Brownsword was bowled by Robinson for a useful 27.
With Birch looking unlikely to win, the ball was tossed to a number of Tintwistle players with Cole, Handforth, Weatherhead and Davies having a bowl. Shore (38) and Bannister (13) batted out the remaining overs and Birch finished on 127.
The wickets were spread out for the home side, but Tom Scott and Harvey Pearson were my picks for the day.
Tintwistle secured a great win at Speedwell in front of the new clubhouse. It was great to see the local community enjoying the facility and things look super positive for the club.
In the second XI game, Tintwistle won a very close game on the road at Pott Shrigley. The home side won the toss and asked Tintwistle to bat first. Tintwistle posted 126/9 which contained a superb 41 from Will Moss and a vital 35 from George Hargreaves who went in a number nine.
The home side were dismissed for 124 in the 35th over. The pick of the bowlers was Sam Bird who finished with figures of 5-17 off 9.4 overs.
Tintwistle collected 17 points and remain at the top of the Division 4 table.
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