Match Report by Ryan Nixon
Tintwistle CC travelled to Offerton on Saturday on a day you can describe as perfect cricketing weather, not a cloud in the sky and a subtle breeze to help. T-shirt tans were on the cards for the players!
Tintwistle Skipper James Pool won the toss for the second week running and chose to bat on a pitch where a big score was expected. TCC welcomed back last year’s top run scorer Karl Handforth as he opened the batting with Gavin Cole. No rust was left over from last week’s defeat as the opening pair made a solid start with both batsman looking confident before Handforth (29) was caught trying to turn the ball around the corner.
Matt Robinson joined Cole as the pair put on 9 before Cole (14) was bowled by a jaffa from Ahmad. Kez Davies walked to the crease to join Robinson as the pair added 28 with Davies playing with some great cricket shots. However, the partnership was broken when Robinson gifted Pickles his first wicket caught at extra cover. Vice-captain Ryan Nixon joined Davies at the crease and the pair looked to use their natural attacking ability to score quickly against the hosts. A rush of blood from Nixon saw him stumped off the slow bowling of Pickles for 23. The score at this stage was 108-4. Captain Pool joined Davies at the crease and continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Just as Nixon has done earlier in the day, Pool also walked past the slow bowling of Pickles and gifted Thelwell his second stumping of the match.
Dee Patel (4) and Gaz Jones (2) came and went without much work for the scorers. Martin Harris joined the charge scoring a quick fire 30 off 20 balls. Harris and Davies took the score from 164-7 to 209-8. Coming into the final stages of the innings Davies looked to have some fun and get close to his 100 but was bowled for a beautifully played 69. Tintwistle ended their innings with 3 balls to spare as they were bowled out for 214.
Half time thoughts were that the batting display was much better than last week but wickets were given away too cheaply. Credit to the tea ladies from Offerton who put on an amazing cricket tea.
Missing the bowling of Stuart Chamley, Pool opted to use Alex Brown as his replacement and he didn’t let his skipper down claiming the wicket of opener Thelwell for a Golden Duck in his first over. Last week’s tight bowling spell for Robinson couldn’t be carried over this week as he could only manage one over before limping off with a groin injury – a huge blow for Tintwistle. However, up stepped Jones as he reduced the hosts to 14-2. Wickets fell in regular intervals as Brown claimed two wickets in one over. Offerton were 27-4 when a small partnership arose frustrating the Tintwistle bowlers until Rose bowled Pickles and Kirkham in the space of 3 balls. A little burst of big hitting from Ahmad took the score up to 69 before Stuart Rose ripped through the home side. Offerton were bowled out for 74 in 26.2 overs.
Rose finished the innings with incredible figures of 6 for 9 from just 5.2 overs. Alex Brown bowled a fantastic spell of 8 overs claiming figures of 3 for 22
A much better performance from Tintwistle this week. The team will need to step up their game more as they host Hayfield at Speedwell next weekend. However, great to progress in the Bissenden Cup.
We’re pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 1st XI Batting average will receive the Norman Barber Trophy.
The trophy has been donated by former player and long time supporter of the club Darren Jarratt. This is a wonderful gesture from Darren and something the Barber family are incredibly pleased about.
Norman passed away in 2013 having devoted his entire life to Tintwistle Cricket Club.
Norman began his career in 1954 and became Captain of the Junior XI which won the Glossop and District League Junior Championship. He made his senior debut aged 13 in 1957 which began an unbroken record number of appearances before he retired in 2003. He was a member of one of the most successful 1st XI teams during the 1970’s and 1980’s and contributed to a record number of championship and cup victories. Norman was an aggressive batsman, an excellent bowler and an outstanding first slip fielder.
He scored over 10,000 runs, took over 850 wickets and snared over 300 catches during his TCC senior career.
Father of current Chair, Mike Barber, Mike commented “I’m incredibly proud that Darren has chosen to honour my Dad in this way. He played a key role for this club both on and off the pitch and his records are worthy of this recognition. This Trophy represents Tintwistle CC history and heritage and I look forward to presenting it to the winner later this year”.
Each year the trophy will be awarded to the winner of the 1st XI Batting Average at the Club’s Annual Dinner.
(Pictured: Josh Hutton on his way to posting impressive figures of 4-21)
Tintwistle CC 2nd XI welcomed Stalybridge St Pauls CC to the SCG in the Hawke Trophy. On a warm day, the home side won the toss and elected to bat first. Steve Morris (2) was judged lbw early on but Mark Lilley (58) and Ricky Harris (62) put on 132 for the 2nd wicket. Simon Barrow (33), Jack Booth (14) and Andy Tomlinson (16) made useful contributions in the middle order.
Tintwistle finished on 207-5 after the full complement of 40 overs.
In response, Stalybridge lost Mike Whitworth (4) with the score 9-1. Khalid Akram (1) came and went leaving the score 12-2. Stuart Nock (31) pushed the score along but lost Stephen Monks (11) with the score 44-3. From here on, Stalybridge struggled to keep up with the run chase. Aside from Peter Coxon (10) nobody reached double figures and the visitors were bowled out for 89 after 39 overs.
The Tintwistle bowling and fielding was particularly impressive. Dan Robinson and Jonathon Booth each collected a couple of wickets. Ethan Tomlinson bowled superbly well and finished with figures of 1-15 off 8 overs. Jack Morris looked the part taking 1-9 off 6 overs with 3 maidens. However, the pick of the bowlers was Josh Hutton who finished with 4-21 off 8 overs.
Tintwistle Skipper Simon Barrow will be very pleased with the first outing of 2018. Whilst greater challenges lie ahead, this was a fantastic start for Tinsle.
A big thank you to our third wave of Match Ball Sponsors from everyone at TCC!
Match Report by Ryan Nixon
Tintwistle travelled to Woodley on game week 1. Skipper James Pool won the toss and elected to bowl on a very green pitch (understandable due to the inclement weather). Tintwistle got off to the perfect start with Robinson claiming the wicket of Webb (1). Things got even better when Chamley claimed the dangerous Jamie Kay for a duck. With Woodley on 19 Robinson removed Captain Cranwell Caught at point for 2. Robinson and Chamley bowled a very tight first 14 overs when captain Pool brought Rose and Nixon into the attack with the latter taking a wicket in his second over. Woodley found themselves in a very worrying position at 32-4. However the explosive Pickin took advantage of his early reprieve and got on top of Nixon and took the 5th wicket partnership over 50 before Pickin (31) was removed by Brown at long on caught by Jones. A crafted innings for Duggan helped Woodley move on to 108 with opener Oldland. Oldland (44) was next to go stumped off the bowling of crafty veteran M.Harris. Duggan(44) proceeded to tick the score over losing two partners in quick succession until Mallet walked to the crease and bludgeoned 28 in quick time. Woodley finished their innings 172ao.
Robinson ended with very impressive figures of 7.3 overs, 5 maidens, 5 for 3 and Stuart Chamley 3-37 off his 12 overs.
Halftime thoughts from the Tintwistle team are that they let a good start to the bowling go and made the first innings total very competitive. Tea was great as always from Woodley’s tea party!
Tintwistle openers Gavin Cole and Robinson walked to the crease knowing that a solid start was in order however Tintwistle lost Cole for a duck bowled of Eiselt leaving the score 1-1. Robinson was next to depart for 8 caught behind off Mallet. Things were not looking good having lost both openers with only 15 runs on the board. Weatherhead was joined by Davies but this partnership only added a further 5 runs when Weatherhead edged behind gifting Hounslow another catch. Things went from bad to worse for TCC as Davies (7) and Nixon (0) departed in consecutive deliveries of Eiselt leaving the score at 24-5. Chamley (0) came and went leaving captain Pool and Jones to record the highest partnership of just 39 when Pool was involved in a crazy rush of blood running himself out, attempting a very risky second run. However this would be the last significant partnership and the final 3 wickets would fall for 17 runs. The damage done by a fantastic spell from Woodley debutant Eiselt 4-21 off 10 overs.
This was a loss that replicated last year’s pour performance in this fixture. A big shock for the Tintwistle squad whom have to assess their preparation for next Saturdays Cup fixture against Offerton.
This coming Saturday the 2nd XI host Stalybridge CC at the Speedwell Cricket Ground in Round 1 of the Glossop Glass & Glazing Hawke Trophy. We would like to thank our Match Ball Sponsors, Match Sponsor Mamma Mia and Principal Sponsor Syndicate Original.
Life is so much better with Syndicate Original behind you!
Tintwistle CC are very pleased to confirm Syndicate Original have agreed to extend their sponsorship of the club for the 2018 season.
Syndicate Original is the official clothing and merch line of YouTube Legend Tom Cassell, aka ‘Syndicate’.
Alice Cassell (Brand Manager) commented, “We are delighted to be sponsoring Tintwistle Cricket Club. It’s great to be associated with a local team and we wish them every success for the forthcoming season.”
TCC Chair, Mike Barber stated, “we are very pleased Syndicate Original have extended their relationship with Tintwistle Cricket Club. Tom and Alice are both very supportive of our club. Being associated with such an iconic brand continues to raise our profile.
On behalf of TCC, I would like to thank Tom and Alice for their continued support and I look forward to welcoming them to the Speedwell Cricket Ground during the season”.
Several players have departed TCC over the winter.
Pictured: Sam Bird
Sam Bird has joined Hollingworth Cricket Club. Sam has been a high impact batsman for TCC over the years including scoring a club record highest 2nd XI score of 171 not out against Hayfield in 2011.
Pictured: Pete Higginbottom
Pete Higginbottom has joined Ashton Cricket Club. Pete has been a standout all rounder for the 1st XI for several seasons and the club wish him well for the future. Peter will remain involved running the Junior Tornadoes programme
Pictured: Stuart Dodd
Stuart Dodd has joined Old Glossop. The Crafty is a Tintwistle CC stalwart and has captained both the 1st and 2nd XI’s over the years. In 2002, the 2nd XI won the 4th Division title in the Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League lead by Stuart. Stuart also lead the team to the 4th Division Championship in 2013.
Pictured: Jayant Patel
Jayant Patal retired at the end of 2017 season. Jay has been a fantastic bowler for TCC since he made is debut in 1984. Taking well over 250 wickets for the club and with career best figures of 8-16 against Longstone in 1985. Also worthy of mention is Jay won the TCC Second XI Bowling Averages in his final season and was rightly voted the 2017 2nd XI Captain’s Player of the Season. Jay will continue to play an active role on the TCC management team.
TCC Chair Mike Barber commented “Whilst it’s always sad for players to leave the club, Pete, Sam and Stuart leave the club with our best wishes. I hope they all go on to have great seasons. Jay has been a fantastic player over many years and I’m grateful that he will continue to play an important role on the management team. Pete is also aware of the importance of the junior development programme at the club and I’m very happy that he will continue to be an integral part of the Tornadoes team.”
In other news, Tintwistle CC have signed several new players for 2018, these will be formally announced over the coming days.
We are pleased to announce TCC will be entering a team in the DCCL Offside Trust Twenty20 competition. We have been allocated to Pool D and fixtures will be played during the June and July on Thursday evenings.