Tipton too powerful for The Full Monty tourists

The Tipton St John father and son combination

The Tipton St John father and son combination - Credit: Archant

Tipton St John were 174-runs when they entertained the Somerset-based touring side.

Tipton batted first in a game sponsored by The Orange Tree and were striking the ball well from the opening deliveries.

They lost Keith Collins, bowled by Rob Ellis for 25, but Phil Tolley and Steve Walker shared a stand of 169 for the second wicket.

Once he reached his latest century Tolley retired, but Walker was caught just 10 short of what would have been his maiden century.

The home total of 248-3 was always going to be too much for the visiting side. The early wickets were claimed by Phil Wright, but it was Tom Birch who took the bowling honours claiming three wickets for 17 runs. He got excellent support from Mark Channon who returned the impressive figures of 1-15 from eight overs.

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Alex Tubbs took the final two wickets in successive deliveries and so will be on a ‘hat-trick’ next time he plays!

The Full Monty were eventually bundled out for 74.

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In the match, played the day before Fathers Day, there were three sets of father and sons playing in the Tipton eleven.

Regular ‘Dad and his lad’ combinations of David and Tom Birch and Chris and Alex Tubbs, were joined by Steve Walker and his son Lawrence – normally he can be found playing for Ottery juniors. Young Lawrence had an excellent match as wicket keeper, capping his performance with a fine stumping.

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