by TCC Communications - Saturday 28 May 2022
Senior Match Reports
Earlier today, the 1st XI welcomed Dove Holes to Speedwell on a cloudy day that had some sunny intervals. It was an emotional day for Tintwistle with the club receiving the very sad news of
club stalwart Jim Belfield passing away earlier in the week. As a mark of respect, both sides honored Jim with a minute's applause prior to the start of the game. Rest in peace Jim and the
club's thoughts are with Lisa, Sarah and Joanne and his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first. Gilbride and Bagshaw opened and got Dove Holes off to a solid start. The scoreboard read 31-1 when Gilbride (15) was bowled out by Dan Robinson. Situations change very quickly in cricket and the positive start soon morphed into a disaster as Dove lost further quick wickets. Bagshaw (16) was caught by Skipper Karl Handforth off the bowling of Alex Brown and Gregory (1) was bowled by Robinson. The scoreboard read 34-3 and Dove Holes needed to react.
Dove pushed on at a very steady rate which the home side would have been more than comfortable with. At 54-4 Forder (9) was superbly caught by gloveman Nathan Mckeown off the bowling of Stuart Rose. Following the adage that one brings two Dove Holes obliged with Gemmel (0) trapped lbw off the bowling of Robinson. With 59-5 emblazoned on the scoreboard, Dove Holes were in serious trouble.
Gregory came in at 7 and dug in and really pushed on with the help of Cartledge. By 3pm, Tintwistle needed a big 30 mins, but Dove had other ideas. The pair pushed the score on to 121 before Cartledge (29) was trapped lbw by Brown. Collins (4) came and went without very much disruption bowled by Harvey Pearson. Brown once again delivered when needed and dismissed the nuisance that was Gregory for 25, again lbw. At 126-8 Tintwistle were within closing distance of a fine bowling performance.
From this point forward Dove Holes lost regular wickets and finished on 130 all out with Waterhouse (0) caught superbly by Dan Robinson off the bowling of Rose and Pearson closing proceedings bowling Flint for 4.
Pearson and Rose bagged two wickets each finishing with 2-19 and 2-16 respectively. Brown finished with 3-31 and Robinson 3-42.
The home side would have been supremely confident of chasing down a very modest total.
Kez Davies (0) and Damian Weatherhead (1) opened and if you blinked you were at risk of missing the action. The scoreboard was displaying 3-2 before I'd finished my delicious ham salad sub supplied by Hollingworth bakery. Pearson (1) was run out and Handforth (6) soon followed. Mckeowan gave the home side some hope hanging around for a bit, but he received a very woody lbw decision for 8.
From this point forward Tintwistle collapsed and were bowled out for a paltry 43 runs. The home side had one player who finished in double figures (Robins 11) and the lads will know the performance with the bat was not up to scratch.
Full credit to Dove Holes, they deserved their victory and were the better team on the day.
The game featured eight lbw decisions across both innings and we'll leave it at that.
Meanwhile the league topping 2nd XI made the journey to Buxworth CC. The home side won the toss and asked Tintwistle to bat first. Mark Lilley and Steve Morris opened. The men from Speedwell got off to a great start pushing the score to 34-1 before Morris was caught for 1. Charlie Morris came and went for 2 and at 37-2 Tintwistle needed to show some resolve. Andrew Tomlinson was in at Fulcrum Four and showed real determination. Along with Lilley they worked hard to keep the score ticking over. Lilley was judged lbw for a fantastic 49 which contained 10 fours, Soggy not fancying much running today! The scoreboard read 71-3.
In at five was Tom Chambers. Chambers has looked very technically gifted in recent weeks but today he really excelled. Tomlinson and Chambers delivered the standout partnership off the season so far. They put on a massive 125 for the fourth wicket before Chambers was caught for a wonderful 57 off 64 balls faced - what a contribution from Tom!!
Ricky Harris was in next as the scoreboard continued to tick over courtesy of Tomlinson. At 224-5 Harris was out for 5 and shortly afterwards Tomlinson was out for a magnificent 88 off 83 balls. From this point forward Tintwistle lost regular wickets and closed the innings on 240 for 9 after 40 overs.
Tintwistle threw the ball to Stuart "El Crafty" Dodd as Buxworth began the run chase. Dodd soon struck bowling McCormack for 4. Shortly after Doddy was in the mix again trapping Hawkes (5) lbw. Charlie Morris also wanted to be in on the action and had Cooper lbw for 0. Opener Benstead was proving to a be a nuisance but in stepped George Hargreaves. The young Tinsle Talisman had him caught by Chambers for a useful 40.
William Moss who didn"t want to be outdone by anyone had Harbige caught and bowled for 11. Martin Harris had Compton caught by Morris for 9 and Moss was in the thick of it once more having McCormack (9) stumped by gloveman Tomlinson. The Buxworth tail wagged but Tintwistle got over the line in style. Noah Moss bowled Moore for 17 and Skipper Steve Morris dispatched Cooper (21) and Lacey (10).
Tintwistle ran out worthy winners and collected 20 match winning points. The 2nd XI continue their journey and things are looking super positive.
Tomorrow the 2nd XI feature in the Quarter Finals of the DCCL Hawke Trophy against Dove Holes at Speedwell.