Tipton St John edged out by Yarcombe and Stockland

Tipton batsman Dave Alford looks to have had a lucky escape!

Tipton batsman Dave Alford looks to have had a lucky escape! - Credit: Archant

Tipton welcomed Yarcombe and Stockland on a nice sunny yet breezy day, unlike the reverse fixture played on a chilly April day when Tipton ran out easy victors, writes Phil Wright.

David Birch won the toss and decided to bat in the game sponsored by Woodbury firm ‘Cambridge Futons’.

The Tipton top four batsmen all reached double figures, then got out. Steve Walker was bowled for 12 and was quickly followed by Dave Alford, stumped for 14. Al Matthews hit a breezy 16 before being caught in the slips and was then joined in the pavilion by David Thayre, caught for 11.

When Kevin McMeeking departed for 14 at 94-8, it was left to captain David Birch to put on 25 for the ninth wicket with Phil Wright. He had reached 23 in the 38th over when he was run out with Wright the guilty party!

Tipton closed on 124 and made a good start in defending this total when they reduced the visitors to 16-2 with both Mark Channon and David Thayre claiming a wicket.

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However, the father and son partnership of Sam and Ollie Fuller took the score to 63 before Ollie was trapped leg before wicket by Birch. Brad Conway took over for Yarcombe was within sight of victory when Birch removed Sam Fuller (39) aided by a sharp catch by Wright.

Will Lamb then clubbed a couple of boundaries to add to three from Conway to take the visitors to victory with plenty of overs to spare. Birch with 2-22 and Channon 1-26 off 8 overs provided the best Tipton resistance.

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