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 Young Orton side make Tolethorpe work for victory


Tolethorpe Park CC vs Orton Park CC (35 overs per side)
 

SCORES:
Tolethorpe Park 164 for 6; Orton Park 125 for 5
 
RESULT:
Tolethorpe Park won by 39 runs

 
The result may look comfortable but Orton Park’s predominantly young side bowled and batted with resolve throughout. 
 
Electing to bat on a wet wicket with rain in the air, home skipper Martyn Davies must have had second thoughts when he was comprehensively castled by a snorter from quickie Debell who finished with an excellent 7-3-6-2. 

 

Tolethorpe’s batsmen predictably struggled to score in the conditions and were only on 27 a third of the way into their innings. However, the ever patient Jonathan Digby (49, including 2x4s and 2x6) and an increasingly aggressive Mike Blissett (60,,including 4x4 and 6x6) were punishing in a stand of 115 as the wicket dried out. 

 

Left-hander Henry Bolton then plundered and unbeaten 17 in fewer balls at the death. Bowlers did well with Fordham (6-1-20-2) and James (6-0-29-2) also taking wickets.
 
In reply, it was pleasing to see Orton Park put their youngsters up the order and, whilst they struggled to score against accurate bowling and a moving ball, showed good technique and patience in support of more experienced colleagues. 

 

Papworth, with 38,,top-scored. Jarvis (17), Fordham (22), James (17) and Calpin (14no) all contributed. For Tolethorpe, Henry Bolton (6-1-13-2) beat the bat consistently. Mike Blissett (7-0-28-1) teased with his varied spin.

 

And son Pete Blissett (7-2-21-2) fought through the pain barrier for his two wickets which included  a top class stumping from keeper Steve Windsor standing-up to the pace bowler.
 
In an enjoyable encounter, most thanks probably goes to Mother Nature for relenting all afternoon while even producing a brief glimpse of something called “the sun” late on.
 
NEXT TOLETHORPE GAMES: home to International Cavaliers (Saturday Sept 16) and Ropsley (Sunday, Sept 17)' both 1pm starts.

Published: 14/09/2017





 
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