Tipton St John end cricket hoodoo against Newton Poppleford
- Credit: Phil Wright
Tipton St John have not fared well in recent years in their matches at Newton Poppleford, not having won there since 2009 and losing the previous 13 times.
Having won the toss, Tipton skipper Dave Alford chose the defensive option of inserting Newton Poppleford. Newton Poppleford openers Isaac Thomas and Anthony Cox started well and took the score to 21 when Thomas was unexpectedly caught in the gulley by Phil Wright off the bowling of Mark Channon, who was making his 400th Tipton appearance.
When Channon and David Birch had completed their allocation of eight overs each, the score had reached 66-1, but the introduction of John Buckland to the attack changed the game. An explosive spell of fast bowling saw him hit the stumps five times removing Cox, who was unfortunate to play-on, as well as Matt Raistrick, Kenny Clay Richard Combes and Leigh Adey. The ball was moving off the pitch, making him unplayable. He was withdrawn after just four overs, taking 5-7.
Phil Wright was fortunate to get a wicket when Chris David hit him to deep mid-wicket, but managed to tread on his wicket in the process. Wright next bowled Molly Perram, ending a promising partnership with Liam Dalton. Dalton was then caught by Dave Thayre for 12 from the bowling of Adam Gibbins, who then ended the innings by bowling Phil Hunter with their score reaching 109.
Batting for Tipton, normal opener Phil Tolley had Kevin McMeeking for a partner this time and they faced Phil Hunter and Ashleigh Perram. Progress was steady, aided by keeper Kenny Clay being given a hard time by leg side deliveries.
Ashleigh Perram conceded just 11 from his five overs and both openers were replaced by Chris Davis and Liam Dalton. They both bowled well, but the batsman could afford to take their time accumulating runs.
Dalton conceded just nine in four overs and was replaced by Molly Perram who was to break the partnership, although by then it had reached 88 with just 22 runs needed. McMeeking was caught by Anthony Cox, having scored a patient 18 off 53 balls. Tolley was approaching his half century, and reached it with a boundary, which also took Tipton to 110-1 and an unexpected victory.