Tintwistle top Division Four with victory over Mottram
Tuesday 29th May 2018 @ 09:50 by Mark Phillip
Sports

Last Saturday, Tintwistle 2nd XI hosted Mottram at the Speedwell Cricket Ground. Tintwistle won the toss and batted first on a decent looking track. The home side put 71 on the board for the loss of the first wicket. Steve Morris scored a very useful 43 before being stumped. Dee Patel fell soon after having looked the part for a superb 40. Ricky Harris strode to the crease at No 3 and once set quickly moved the gears. Ricky scored a tremendous 121 not out and secured his first century at Speedwell. Ricky had scored nine previous centuries for TCC but not one had occurred at Tintwistle’s home ground. The Speedwell curse had finally been broken! Other contributions came from Simon Barrow (5), Andy Tomlinson (14) and Ethan Tomlinson (14) pushing Tintwistle’s total to 257-4.

In response, the visitors got off to a solid start putting 34 on the board for the loss of the 1st wicket. Dadge (22) was run out after a superb piece of ground fielding from Josh Hutton. Hutton fielded the ball superbly but it was the speed of which he managed to get the ball in the air towards the stumps that surprised the bastman. Hutton’s afternoon was not over and collected the wickets of Wood (19) and Marsden (4). Jack Morris was soon into the attack and ripped the heart out of Mottram’s middle order. Morris bowled superbly well collecting four vital wickets. M Fazackerley was the only significant contributor with 45. With the score 88-7 the ball was thrown to Charlie Harris who was making his senior debut for the club. Charlie’s bowling was immediately on point and he snared all three of the remaining wickets. A great day for Charlie! Mottram were bowled out for 103.

The pick of the bowlers was Jack Morris (4-28), Charlie Harris (3-8) and Josh Hutton (2-15). This team is incredibly well balanced with experience and youth. The younger players have raised the bar in terms of bowling and fielding and the experienced heads are setting competitive targets with the bat. The glue is provided by Andy Tomlinson behind the stumps. A very tidy keeper who both encourages his team mates and sets high standards. Tomlinson is a highly competent keeper. Simon Barrow is captaining this team superbly well and deserves a lot of credit.

Tintwistle are top of Division 4. Next week the team travel to Hawk Green.

By Mike Barber

(Pic: Father & Son Ricky & Charlie Harris playing together for the first time)