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 Strong Tolethorpe display delights McQuitty



Tolethorpe Park CC vs Ropsley CC
(35 overs per side).

 
Scores: Ropsley CC 141 all out (34.1 overs); Tolethorpe Park CC 146 for 1 (31.2 overs).
 
Result: Tolethorpe Park won by 9 wickets

 


by Des Parr

 

Pete Blissett produced one of several terrific all-round displays in a strong Tolethorpe performance to delight stand-in skipper Niall McQuitty. 

 

Ropsley batted first on what turned out to be a lovely late summer’s afternoon. The outfield was slow after Saturday’s rain and the pitch best described as sticky early on. 

 

Opener Guiness (47 with 6x4s) stoutly resisted excellent opening spells conjured up by Pete and Mike Blissett (7-1-33-1). 

 

Pete was particularly effective when he went round the wicket in his second spell having Guiness expertly pouched by keeper Andy Bullimore who had earlier caught W Helliwell (27 with 3x4s and 1x6) off a top edge standing up. 

 

The arrival of the third Helliwell (father) boosted Ropsley’s score with a hefty 38 (2x4s and 3x6s).  This onslaught lost 3 balls yet saw Pete Blissett finish with 7-1-15-3, ably supported by dad Mike (7-1-33-1), Jonathan Digby (7-1-26-0), Theo Gatehouse (7-0-31-2) and Des Parr (6.1-0-31-2). Ian Wilkinson made a super low catch on the mid on boundary.
 
In reply, after a rain break, Jonathan Digby (20), in good form, was unfortunate to glove behind a legside delivery. However, that stand of 43 in 13 overs with Pete Blissett saw off the dangerous pacey Will Halliwell (7-2-20-0) and economical Bullement (7-1-25-0). 

 

It set the platform for an undefeated stand of 103 when Pete was joined by dad Mike in an attractive improvised 46no (5x4s, 2x6s). Pete arrived at an assured deserved undefeated half century (52no, 6x4s) having literally hit the cover off one ball. Was “dead ball” the correct call? Replies on a postcard....
 
One amusing incident in a good-humoured game was when the ball disappeared down a rabbit burrow. Ian Wilkinson reached in and retrieved a ball which turned out to be one lost the previous weekend. 

 

Reaching in again, he then found the latest ball. Given 6 balls were unrecoverable through the game, the “found” pill came in useful until it, in turn, was despatched into the river, finally properly “lost”.
 
 NEXT AND LAST MATCH  Next and last match: Home to Motley Crew
(Sunday 24 September) ko 1.00pm.

Published: 21/09/2017





 
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