Tipton go down to Yeoford despite fine knock by Birch

Phil Tolley batting

Phil Tolley batting - Credit: Archant

Tipton St John went down by 32 runs in an evening fixture with Yeoford.

The visitors batted first and Alex Tubbs bowled an excellent three overs that saw him only go for four runs whilst he also claimed a wicket thanks to a catch by Dave Alford.

David O’Higgins also had success, his wicket courtesy of a catch by Jim Bugler.

Phil Wright then claimed a wicket, aided by another Bugler catch and David Birch picked up a deserved wicket thanks to a smart stumping by Tipton keeper Dave Dawson. The last two wickets fell in the final over bowled by Wright trapping one batsman leg before and a slick Bugler throw effected a run out to see Yeoford close on 100-6.

The reply was launched by Dave Alford and Alex Tubbs who were parted on 11 when Tubbs was caught.

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Alford was then run out for eight and, when Chris Tubbs was dismissed the score was 28-3 from ten overs.

Kevin McMeeking and Jim Bugler both managed a boundary each before being bowled and it was left to Joe Birch to take the game to the visitors as he stroked an excellent run-a-ball 23 before he was bowled. Phil Wright departed without troubling the scorers and the reply closed on 68-8.

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