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Tintwistle topple Offerton
Tuesday 8th May 2018 @ 10:31 by Mark Phillip

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 looking confident before Handforth (29) was caught trying to turn the ball around the corner.

Matt Robinson joined Cole as the pair put on nine 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 some great 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.

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 three 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.

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 second 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 eight overs. Jack Morris looked the part taking 1-9 off six overs with three maidens. However, the pick of the bowlers was Josh Hutton who finished with 4-21 off eight 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.

By Mike Barber

Picture: (Pictured: Josh Hutton on his way to posting impressive figures of 4-21)