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Whaley Bridge 2nd XI v Tintwistle 2nd XI Saturday 18th July 2015

posted 19 Jul 2015, 13:19 by Mike Madden
It has been a long time since we played at Tintwistle, they have played in a higher division for many years, and it is clear that they want to return to that higher division as soon as possible. So it was a largely experienced side that lined up against us, sitting proudly atop the Divison 4 table. We lost the toss, but the Tintwistle captain seemed unsure. I told him that I would have batted, and he seemed happy with that, so that's what we did. Harry Bold and Ben Stones hit a few early boundaries, but tight bowling gradually reduced the run rate. Harry gave a smart return catch for 17, then two of our most experienced batsmen, Peter Crowley and Marc Thompson, were both caught for 2. Harry Elms joined Ben at the crease, and momentum changed. Both started playing fluently, taking the score past 100. Personal fifties followed, but they were out very close together. Ben was caught for 65, whilst Harry was stumped for 53, and we were 146 for 5 with 4 overs left. Ole Madden smashed a four through the covers and was caught on the boundary next ball for 6. The captain was bowled for 4, then Bruce Glover and Oli Prior took the score to 167 for 7 at the close. It was a challenging total, though earlier in the season Tintwistle chased down 180 for the loss of just 1 wicket at New Horwich Park.

Wickets looked to be hard to come by, and it took two smart caught and bowleds by Ed Kitchen to get things moving. Two dropped catches and a missed stumping seemed to go against us, but Peter Crowley got an lbw decision and the hosts were 104 for 3. There was still a lot of cricket to be played, but two more dropped chances seemingly handed the game to Tintwistle on a plate. A smart piece of fielding by Harry Bold saw an accurate throw well taken by replacement keeper Ole Madden, and the run out gave us our fourth wicket with still 27 runs required. The captain placed himself at silly mid off, and this led to the simplest of catches off Colin Wild. The home side were wobbling, but when the skipper took a sharp catch low down at gully there was only a handful of runs to play with. Tintwistle clinched a four wicket victory in the final over. It was a great effort from our young side, taking the league leaders down to the wire. Ultimately dropped catches cost us, but we picked up six valuable points when earlier in the season we may well have come away with nothing.