Tipton St John’s Phil Tolley hits unbeaten 85 in win over West Monkton

PUBLISHED: 09:42 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:42 14 May 2018

Tipton St John batsman David Thayre in action against West Monkton. Picture: PHIL WRIGHT

Tipton St John batsman David Thayre in action against West Monkton. Picture: PHIL WRIGHT

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For the second week running Tipton St John were looking to be without a fixture due to the opposition being unable to raise a side until West Monkton from Somerset came to their rescue as a late replacement, writes Phil Wright.

Tipton St John batsman Phil Tolley on his way to an unbeaten 85 in the teams meeting with West Monkton. Picture: PHIL WRIGHT Tipton St John batsman Phil Tolley on his way to an unbeaten 85 in the teams meeting with West Monkton. Picture: PHIL WRIGHT

Asked to bat first by skipper Dave Alford, the visitors were soon in trouble at 14-3. Octogenarian David Higgins took a sharp catch at slip to remove Tom Sweet for 1 off Alford’s bowling, then David Birch bowled Dave Cole and Mike Allen in quick succession.

O’Higgins was back at his best with the ball, bowling Scot Oxley for 13 and conceding just 26 runs in his 8 overs spell. A partnership of 95 between Stuart Thompson (61) and Ned Aspden (37) in 22 overs helped the score to 127 before a late flurry of runs and wickets saw the visitors close on 168-8.

The returning Birch (3-23) and Alford (4-37), assisted by a catch by Amelia Tolley profited with late wickets.

Tipton lost an early wicket with Al Mathews bowled for 2, but Phil Tolley and David Thayre in a partnership of 74 took the score to 90-2.

The innings wobbled when Thayre was caught for 26, followed by Keith Collins (0) and Rob Stirling (2) but by now, the relentless Tolley had reached his half century.

Jim Bugler, making his first appearance for two years scored 16, by which time victory was in sight. Despite good bowling and fielding by West Monkton, Tipton just crept over the line scoring the winning run with a Tolley boundary in the last over leaving him undefeated on 85.

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