by TCC Communications - Sunday 19 June 2022
Senior Match Reports
Yesterday the 2nd XI entertained Dinting in round 7 of the DCCL Division Four competition. The weather was overcast and a little cold but the rain that was forecast
had moved on. A rain free day meant a competitive fixture wouldn't be interrupted by the weather.
Watching Tintwistle CC warm up it occurred to me the strength of the home team, in particular the depth to the bowling talent pool which would provide Skipper Steve Morris plenty of options throughout the day. The bowlers would be called on sooner rather than later as the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.
Lawton and Maltby opened and Maltby (0) was soon on his way back to the pavilion having been bowled by Jack Morris in his first over. Lawton soon followed caught in the deep by the safe hands of Stuart Dodd again off the bowling of Jack Morris. At 7-2 things were looking super positive for the Speedwell chargers. Jack Morris started his spell with a wicket maiden, a wicket in his second over followed by another maiden. Morris could have been spurred on by a particular coach that went past the ground on Manchester Road! If you were there, you were there and let's leave it at that!
Turner and Draper were now at the crease and both looked to have the bit between their teeth. Draper punished some wayward bowling and had reached his fifty in no time at all having found the boundary on a regular basis. Skipper Morris changed things up brought Matthew 'Fez' Woodard and Charlie Morris into the attack. The sensible batting continued and Tintwistle struggled to make a dent. At the drinks break Dinting were in the driving seat and Morris gathered his troops to give them some encouragement. This was a tough spot for the home side, 101-2 after 22 overs was not a position they had been in all season.
After the short interval normal service resumed with Dinting continuing to push on. The scoreboard read 165 when Turner (62) was eventually trapped lbw by Nick Pearson. Draper passed his 100 and in fairness batted superbly reaching 129 not out.
Dinting finished on 223-4 after the full complement of 40 overs. Jack Morris was the pick of the bowlers with 3-41 off 9.
At the start of the innings the home side probably wouldn't have thought they would be chasing down such a high score. A significant test lay ahead for Tintwistle.
Mark Lilley and Steve Morris opened for the home side and in the fourth over Lilley (10) was caught by Lawton off the bowling of Clarke. Jack Morris was in at three and the father and son combination went through the gears scoring boundaries a plenty. After 10 overs the score was 58-1, after 20 overs the scoreboard read 137-1 and the balance had completely shifted. Both batsmen reached their 50's and continued to move things forward. After 30 overs, the scoreboard read 189-1 and thanks to the commitment of Steve Morris and Jack Morris the home side were within touching distance of the target. They had ensured that Tintwistle were well ahead of the Dinting run rate.
With the score reading 195, Steve Morris was caught by Lawton off the bowling of Clarke for a fantastic 87 runs. Jack Morris not happy with his first 50 for TCC, pushed on to score a fantastic 102 not out! What a supreme effort! Tim Robbins scored 8 not out and Tintwistle reached 227-2 with overs to spare!
The response couldn't have been any better for the home side, but the day belonged to the Morris family. 3 wickets for Jack in the first innings, 102 not out and a partnership of 181 in the second innings with father Steve scoring 87!
Tintwistle go 7 from 7 in the league and sit proudly at the top of the Division Four table on 122 points.
Next week the 2nd XI visit Buxworth on Saturday and then face Newton in the Hawke Trophy Semi Final at Speedwell on Sunday.