by TCC Communications - Sunday 26 June 2022
Senior Match Reports
Tintwistle 2nd XI travelled to a very picturesque Buxworth yesterday in Round 8 of the DCCL Division Four competition. Despite several changes to the starting XI,
the lads from Speedwell were in confident mood of snaring another victory.
Tintwistle won the toss and decided to bat first. The rock steady partnership of Mark Lilley and Steve Morris opened the innings and got things off to a super start. Despite some very good Buxworth bowling, Tintwistle put on 66 for the loss of the first wicket before Lilley was run out for a useful 24. Credit to Graham Cooper in the field, a great pick up and precise throw over the sticks meant Lilley always looked second best. Charlie Morris was in at three and was caught at square leg by Hawkes off the bowling of Joe Cooper for 1.
Tom Chambers was next in at four. Chambers showed real strength in dispatching any leg side deliveries. Chambers clearly has ability off his legs as runs were scored on a regular basis which included 5 x 4's.
At the other end TCC Skipper Steve Morris was batting supremely well. He constructed a tremendous innings with plenty of front foot batting. Sailing past his 50, Morris advanced through the gears with 11 x 4's and 3 x 6's. With the scoreboard reading 138, Morris was caught for a brilliant 84 off the bowling of Moore.
Shortly afterwards Chambers was caught for a tidy 24 off the bowling of McCormack. At 146-4, Tintwistle were really pushing towards the target of 200. Ricky Harris entered the arena at five and gave support to the cause with some sensible batting. Rob Chambers and Dan Robinson came and went. Harris contributed 23 runs off 23 balls before he was caught off the bowling of Cooper. An important 23 from Bomber!
George Hargreaves was in at eight and knuckled down with the target of 200 firmly in the back of his mind. Will Moss was caught and bowled, and Noah Moss was in at ten. The score was 179-8 and 200 looked some way off. But George and Noah had other ideas. Noah Moss got down on one knee and creamed a delivery for four over square leg. George Hargreaves scored a brilliant 20 runs from 21 balls which included 4 x 4's. Hargreaves nailed a four from the final ball of the innings and ensured Tintwistle reached the target and concluded the innings with 201 from 40 overs. This was very well received by the Tinsle supporters!
An early wicket would be vital for the visitors and Charlie Morris duly obliged bagging Galloway (10) with a very good yorker. McCormack (3) was caught behind by gloveman Tom Chambers off the bowling of Dan Robinson. The scoreboard read 22-2 and it was the start the visitors had been hoping for. Hawkes was bowled by Charlie Morris for 6 and Breeze was bowled by Robinson for 1. At 46-4, Tintwistle looked in a very strong position. Cooper, however, proved to be a persistent thorn in the visitor's side.
There was also an external factor that had its mark on the day, the weather. There was a brief interlude in the first innings, but there was a more significant break whilst Buxworth were batting. The rain swept in, and the teams retreated to the sheds. The break was sufficient to ensure this would be a rain affected game. Once the covers had been removed, the overs were reduced and the only way the visitors would secure a victory would be to bowl the home side out. At this point, the home side went all Jack Sparrow and dropped anchor. Clearly playing for a draw, Buxworth played out the game with little enthusiasm for chasing down the total.
Buxworth finished on 133-5 and secured a draw. Fair play to the home side, Cooper finished on 55 not out and the young batters defended their wickets well. Tintwistle secured 14 points and remain at the top of the Division Four table. Dan Robinson finished with 2-35 and Charlie Morris 2-22. In total, Tintwistle showcased seven different bowlers today which was great to see. The team move on to todays game in the Hawke Trophy Semi Final against Newton CC.
Meanwhile, back at Speedwell the first XI lost out to Woodley in the Division One game. Tintwistle won the toss and elected to field first. The visitors went on to score 212-6 after 45 overs. Bradley Heginbotham was the highlight scoring 70 not out. Stuart Rose was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 3-27. In response, the home side were bowled out for a disappointing 96 runs.