Leather on Willow

June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2014, July 2014

By the end of May, Tideswell should have played 13 fixtures – seven league games and six friendlies. Of these, just four were played to a finish, and one was abandoned because of rain. When we played Grindleford on 1 June, their people told us they had managed just two full games so far.

Dan Shirt had another good game in the friendly v Grindleford, scoring 33 and taking several wickets. Both sides contained youngsters, which was good to see; in the end Grindleford’s batting could not match Tideswell’s 140 on a slow, damp wicket and the match ended in a win for Tideswell, making us unbeaten in friendlies at home.

This state of affairs lasted until 11 June, when a close match in the evening saw Dore Moor hit 94, to which Tideswell, despite Dan Shirt again (29), could only reply with 81.

The Yorkshire & Derbyshire season is now half over in Div. 5, with Tideswell clearly the strongest side, as the old saying goes, seeing as they are holding everyone else up. The problem is the batting, as was perfectly illustrated when Tideswell travelled to Telecoms 2nds and the home team batted first. Normally in a 46-over game a score of 106 all out would guarantee a win for the opposition, with a target of little more than two an over – but Tideswell somehow contrived not even to get half of that total, thus replacing Telecoms at the foot of the league.

Readers – can you hit a thing with a broad stick? Your local cricket club needs you…

TCC would like to thank Tideswell Stores and David Elliott for sponsoring match balls this season.



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