Tolley slams fifth half century in as many games against Stokeinteignhead

Tipton St John batsman Phil Tolley hit out

Tipton St John batsman Phil Tolley hit out - Credit: Archant

Warm summer weather and views over Haytor on Dartmoor greeted Tipton at Stokeinteignhead for a game that the visiting side eventually won by 31 runs, writes Phil Wright.

Tipton batted first and steadily reached 60-1 at the midway point, losing Adam Gibbins for 14 and later Matt Williamson for 16. Phil Tolley reached his fifth half century in five innings against this opposition and eventually was bowled for 88. Aided by Dave Thayre he put on 66 for the fourth wicket which helped Tipton reach 176-8 at the close of their innings.

Combeinteignhead responded well after losing an early wicket to David Birch and were just upping the pace when Phil Wright bowled Roger Putman for 33 having just conceding two boundaries to him. When Dicky Dawson stumped Shankal off Kevin McMeeking for 55 at 122-4 the wind was taken out of their reply.

Two fine run outs by Adam Gibbins helped slow the scoring and the innings closed on 145-8 with Tipton victors by 31 runs.

There were two wickets each for McMeeking and Wright and two fine stumping’s by Dawson.

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