Howzat for a set of results? Tintwistle impress in Derbyshire and Cheshire Cricket League
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 @ 09:50 by Mark Phillip

A glorious day as Tintwistle travelled to Dove Holes on Saturday ready for their third away fixture in four.

Captain James Pool won the toss for the fourth consecutive game and chose to bat on what seemed a good batting track. However, this decision seemed trickier than first thought as Tintwistle lost opener Gavin Cole for a duck with seven on the board. Damian Weatherhead came in on the back of 50 last week however was caught behind for just five.

Karl Handforth was hoping that a partnership would form with wicketkeeper batsman Kez Davies as the pair took the score from 21/2 to 52 before the latter gifted veteran Cartledge his first wicket.

Nixon walked to the crease knowing he needed a score but was bowled for just five off Jones. The score 63/4 Tintwistle needing a valuable partnership in the remain 20 overs Matt Robinson (14) provided a very useful innings with the patient Handforth but yet again giving his wicket away cheaply, which has been a frustrating trait of Tintwistle’s season so far.

Pool joined Handforth and started well striking some beautiful shots. Handforth was next to go after playing a very patient and crafted 58 from 106 balls. Pool took the score to 157 where Tintwistle would end their 45 overs.

Views at half time, a below average score on a track that needed patience but Dove Holes bowled very well to restrict TCC.

A bowling performance was needed from all of Tintwistle’s bowlers and they produced with Alex Brown taking the dangerous wicket of Dan Jones for just five. Chamley put his first wicket on the board as Vernon (11) edged behind.

Gregory (15) and Forder put on a small partnership before Gregory mistimed a cut shot off Nixon. Forder was dismissed for 24 after being bowled by Chamley – a big wicket in keeping the run chase down.

The score at this point was 61/4 but was soon to be 61/5 as Gregory was trapped LBW to Nixon. A small partnership evolved between S. Cartledge and Turner (11) moving the score to 89 when Nixon struck again with the aid of a diving catch from Martin Harris.

Wickets fell in regular succession as Harris claimed two with the help of a fine diving catch from Nixon.

Tintwistle had bowled superbly up to this point, aided by a good bowling and fielding performance so much so that leading wicket taker Rose was only needed for 0.2 overs when he finished the resistance of S. Cartledge (25) with some fine glove work from Davies.

Dove Holes were bowled out for 112 and Tintwistle continued their fine form after the opening day defeat. The wickets were shared between the bowlers, Nixon (4-30) Chamley (2-29) Harris (2-14) Brown and Rose with a scalp a each.

Tintwistle make the trip to Mottram next week.

On a warm and sunny day, Tintwistle CC 2nd XI welcomed Dove Holes to Speedwell. Dove won the toss and elected to bat first. Johnson and Hawkes opened for the visitors but Johnson (5) soon departed caught by Steve Morris off the bowling of Dan Robinson. Hawkes (20) fell quickly after being judged lbw again off the bowling of Robinson. When Bagshawe (7) was caught by Ethan Tomlinson off the bowling of Josh Hutton, Dove were on dodgy ground at 37-3. Scowen made a very useful contribution of 43, before the young talent of Jonny Booth claimed his wicket. From here on out, it was a very difficult task for Dove Holes with nobody being able to drive on again the youthful Tintwistle bowling attack. Dove finished on 105 all out and Tintwistle were in the driving seat.

The pick of the bowlers was once again Josh Hutton who collected another 3-wicket haul for 28 runs. Dan Robinson (2-10), Jonathon Booth (2-36) and Ethan Tomlinson (2-23) each collected two wickets and Jack Morris finished with 1-6 off 3 overs.

In response Steve Morris and Dhiren Patel opened the innings for the home side. Patel (4) was judged lbw off the bowling of Dan Waterhouse. The experienced Ricky Harris came in at 3 and put 16 in the book before being caught by Hawkes off the bowling of Waterhouse. Morris looked good for his 26 before Waterhouse captured his 3rd wicket of the innings. Tintwistle needed a main character to get a grip of the script and that turned out to be Jack Booth. Booth scored an unbeaten 40 to help take Tintwistle towards victory. Given the knock Booth took full tilt with the ball between the eyes in the first innings he was rightly pleased with his effort. Skipper Simon Barrow scored a tidy 16 and Andy Tomlinson (2) took Tintwistle over the line.

The pick of the bowlers was Dan Waterhouse who finished with 3-35 of 12 overs.

Another victory for Tintwistle who look a well-balanced team at the moment with experience and a youth. The younger players are making important contributions within games and the team is being captained superbly well by Simon Barrow. Things look good for Tintwistle and will welcome the challenge of Mottram next week at the SCG.

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