Tipton St John batsman Pace bags maiden ton for club on Cornish tour
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Last weekend Tipton made their annual trip to Cornwall, writes Phil Wright
On Friday, they lost a 20-over game against Sea View Old Boys at Falmouth.
Tipton scored 127-6 with Phil Essex and Adam Gibbins both reaching 30, but it was not enough as Sea View won with five balls to spare.
On Saturday at Nancledra, Tipton scored 156 with Alec Pace (31) and Keith Collins (26) top scoring. Tipton bowled and fielded well removing Nancledra for 102 with veteran David O’Higgins who will be 80 this month showing he can still bowl well with 4-25. He was supported by Mark Channon who took 2-7 off eight overs.
A sterner task lay ahead at Redruth against Mount Ambrose. On a lovely sunny day Alec Pace and Keith Collins again batted well. Pace had been dropped early but went on to score his maiden ‘ton’ getting 113.
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Collins posted his highest score for Tipton (74) as the pair put on 160 for the third wicket. Tipton set a target with 237-5 which they just managed to defend. Star bowler was Tom Birch with his flighted leg spinners as he took 5-45 off 8 overs.
Tipton fielders also came out with much credit taking several great catches and there was a brace of slick stumpings by wicketkeeper Dickie Dawson off Phil Wright’s bowling – the latter ending with 2-33.
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A direct throw from the boundary by Collins to run out Hicks in the last over was an outstanding piece of individual fielding.
The home side closed on 228-9, just nine runs short of the Tipton total.