Tipton’s ‘lack of recent cricket’ a factor in South Brent defeat

Charles O'Higgins hits out for Tipton St John in game against South Brent

Charles O'Higgins hits out for Tipton St John in game against South Brent - Credit: Archant

After having had three recent matches cancelled by opponents Tipton were grateful to have a fixture at South Brent arranged at the last minute, writes Phil Wright.

The home side won the toss and batted. Some lusty blows by Mick Howells gave them a good start, but fine bowling my Mark Channon with 4-9 from an eight over spell, pegged them back.

Phil Wright matched those 4-9 figures as he removed most of the tail, but not enough of it, for, from 101-9, South Brent recovered to 158 all out with Richard Saunter remaining 75 not out.

There was plenty of bounce in the wicket, which may explain the reason behind no fewer than nine players failing to get off the mark in the match!

Tipton started well, but lost the important Phil Tolley for six and Charles O’Higgins for 14. A good partnership between Dave Alford and Tom Birch took the score to 52, but than a ‘Tipton tumble’ saw four wickets fall for six runs.

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A mini-recovery between Alford who top scored with 24 and Phil Wright was terminated when a further ‘tumble’ saw the last four wickets fall for one run.

Tipton’s score of 73 was very disappointing perhaps reflecting the team’s lack of recent cricket.

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