Tattenhall Defeat Runcorn with strong batting performance.
Ben Pearce’s thoughts on away victory
Runcorn 166 ao (Forster 4-47) Tattenhall 171-5 (Afzal 61)
Tattenhall 1sts made the trip to Runcorn CC in what was a must win game for both sides, as the Tattenhall lads arrived everyone seamed in good spirits and ready for the upcoming battle.
After a brief hello the Tattenhall lads went out to do some much needed fielding drills after the last few weeks, some sharp work saw confidence rise amongst the team with Runcorn still deciding to play football instead of cricket.
The toss was an important one and Runcorn decided to bat to the delight of Tattenhall.
Alan Brock started off superbly yet again, giving away next to nothing and starting with a maiden over. This was a warm welcome for the 2nd opening bowler Forster who struck with his first ball yorker trapping the opening bat Wells right in front of middle stump,playing some sort of sweep shot! Alan Brock’s first six overs went for just six runs. Wickets fell regularly early on with Forster picking up a further two scalps with two terrific caught and bowleds, all be it with some strange and perculiar shots from the batsmen this left Tattenhall well and truely in the front seat with the scoreboard reading 13-3, Tattenhall’s tails were up, everyone was buzzing around like they had drank a life supply of red bull, Tattenhall didn’t have to wait for long for the next break through once again partnership of Forster and Pearce linking up with the latter taking a regulation slip catch to bring the score to 22-4. M Keenan was the only batsmen to stick around and occupy the crease at but was dismissed by the youngest member of Tattenhall 1st team. Dane Tinsley, congratulations on your 1st Saturday wicket, short and wide outside of stump tempted the batsman who was watching paint dry, who could only tickle one through to Coppack behind the sticks (yes one stuck).
Despite a brilliant sliding stop from Ryan (Keane esq) kept the fielding side amused along with some rather poor shouts from our resident joker Waqar, Tattenhall did let it slip slightly with the ball and were probably not ruthless enough, allowing Runcorn to accumulate a respectable 166 all out, an excellent knock from Runcorn keeper J Woodruff who might have been trapped in single figures.
Alan Brock returned for a terrific second spell with only 34 runs coming from his 15 overs and 2 scalps to his name, G Forster 4-47 A Afzaal 3-35 and D Tinsley 1-44
Tea was excellent with a good selection of butties,pizza, cakes and nibbles saw the Tattenhall lads fill their boots.
A change in the batting order and a fresh outlook on things saw Josh and Umer stroll out to the crease with intent.
Tattenhall started off carefully,1 run coming off the first 2 overs. Then Umer hit his stride and played a few more shots one sent over the bowlers head over the sight screen and into the next field for a huge 6, unfortunately Josh was giving out caught behind, a decision he was not too impressed with. This brought Amir to the crease with something to prove and, high on confidence, he set about destroying the Runcorn bowlers from the first ball with a blistering drive for four piercing the wide mid off. This set the tone for what was a terrific innings with the ball regularly finding the gaps in the field and racing to the boundary.
Amir got to 50 with yet another boundary and the score was 94-1. Amir then played one shot too many and was caught on 58 but nonetheless a match winning knock and a perfect start for tattenhall. Incoming batsmen Sean Reeves, returning after 2 weeks absent, made it look like he never left easily playing some lovely cover drives. Umer went quickly after Amir and Runcorn got their tails up this was now a very very important part of the game. D Tinsley went in at number 5 to try see us through to the end. After playing some brilliant shots (expecially a pull from off his nose) Dane was caught behind of a rather ball. The resident joker came in next and in typical fashion didn’t last long for his five runs.
This left Sean at one end and the out of confidence Pearce to come in at seven to try finish the game off, lacking in confidence Pearce creamed a cut for four to ease some nerves from the Tattenhall players with the end looking near! At drinks Tattenhall only needed two to win and Reeves finished in style punching a short ball from the leg spinner for six to end an unbeaten knock on 27 well batted Sean!
Great result for Tattenhall and great spirit who bounced back after a few hard to take defeats. Have Tattenhall found their batting order is this the signs for things to come ?