Tipton’s fortunes seesaw

In their first match since the floods, Tipton achieved a comfortable win over tourists Hammonds Wallys and suffered a last ball defeat against Tedburn St Mary, writes David Birch.

On Saturday, Tipton had reached a promising 84-2, when Phil Tolley fell to a sharply taken low catch. Despite the efforts of Robin Pickering (26) and Jem Gillham (10), the innings lost momentum and a low score looked likely before skipper Jim Bugler and John Rodgers came together in the 34th over with the score on 124-4 and added 60 in the remaining six overs.

Bugler, in particular, took the attack to the opposition, at one point striking four consecutive boundaries in a quick-fire 37 not out while Rodgers (28 not out) provided strong support at the other end.

That 184 was always likely to be beyond a Wallys side lacking the batsmen who had dominated the previous match and so it proved with Dave O’Higgins (2-7) and David Birch (4-16) accounting for the top and middle order. Wickets for Rodgers, Chris Tubbs and Phil Wright completed the rout as the visitors tumbled to 50 all out by the 25th over.

?A see-saw affair on Sunday eventually went Tedburn’s way after Tipton were unable to score off the last ball to bring the scores level. Birch (1-11) and Steve Shaw (1-15) tied down the Tedburn top order, but Andy Coren (46) and Ian Ball (56) gradually asserted themselves and enabled Tedburn to post a respectable 160-7, despite late wickets from Steve Robinson (2-32) and a welcome guest from regular tourists Cublington, Tom Gadsby (2-13).

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This should have been within Tipton’s range but they were pinned back after Tolley hit his wicket early on and Matt Williamson and Steve Shaw got out, both for 15, just as they were going well. Dave Dawson (30) kept the innings moving before Tipton debutant Tom Sunderland and the even more welcome Gadsby came together and took the total to 148, when Sunderland went for 28. Tipton’s lower middle order collapsed and finished tantalisingly close on 159-9, leaving Gadsby no, having posted an excellent 50.

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