Tipton toppled by Geriatrics

Tipton St John player Phil Tolley

Tipton St John player Phil Tolley - Credit: Archant

Tipton played Geriatrics at County Hall on an artificial wicket which gave little joy to bowlers, writes Phil Wright.

Tipton batsmen had first use and being more use to good old grass took their time to acclimatise.

Keith Collins and Dave Jessop could muster just 13 and 22 respectively and it was only when Jem Gillham joined Phil Tolley did they take control. A partnership of 73 was ended when Gillham was caught for 19, but Tolley went on to score 126 not out, ably supported by Tom Birch who made his highest Tipton score of 30.

Tipton’s total of 221-5 should have been enough, but the Geriatric batsmen, no doubt well use to the flat track had other ideas. Although Andy Padfield was caught by Tolley off Dave Alford’s bowling for 60, Kevin Jones went on to match Tolley’s score of 126 not out – spookily nearly 77 years after Mallard achieved this speed on another flat track!

Tipton’s total was passed with five overs to spare with none of their bowlers enjoying their afternoon.


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