Terrific Tolley ton sees Tipton to victory

Tipton St John batsman Phil Tolley slams the ball to the boundary on his way to his 116 not out agai

Tipton St John batsman Phil Tolley slams the ball to the boundary on his way to his 116 not out against Marldon - Credit: Archant

Tipton travelled to Marldon on Sunday and won in a tight finish which saw Phil Tolley hit the winning runs in the final over, writes Phil Wright.

Earlier, a good opening partnership of 49 by Marldon was ended by Phil Wright when he juggled a caught and bowled to remove Rowsell, but Chris Flintham was difficult to dislodge. The sharp running between the wickets by the home batsmen eventually was their downfall as Evans then Flintham were run out by Dave Alford and Tom Birch respectively.

A splendid spell of bowling from veteran John Rodgers with 3-15 off eight overs kept the wickets falling and Marldon were restricted to 165-8.

In reply, opening bat Phil Tolley kept losing partners, but Steve Baker (22) kept him company before another three wickets left Tipton on a perilous 102-5. Al Matthews answered the call to provide support for Tolley and the pair put on 60 runs allowing Tolley to reach his century and take Tipton to within four runs of victory when Matthews was bowled. Although he made just six runs, he faced 26 balls in 45 minutes keeping the brittle Tipton tail from the Marldon bowling.

Phil Tolley ended undefeated on 116 with Tipton winning by four wickets.


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