Tows Struggle Again At Home
|Author: Tony Roberts||Published: 28th May 2012 13:45|
Tows bowl a Weekley and Warkton batsman on Saturday
At last summer has arrived and on a scorching day Towcestrians 1st XI entertained Weekley & Warkton with conditions ideal for batting. However there was no change in Tows fortunes as a depleted side suffered a heavy defeat.
Weekley & Warkton won the toss and elected to bat – a positive decision but one they nearly regretted. Tows began brightly with Cameron Emerson again outstanding with the ball. His mixture of pace and swing proved too good for the early batsmen as he removed three of the visitor’s top order.
However ECB bowling directives place a limit on the length of the spell for young bowlers and this hurt Tows badly as Emerson had to be withdrawn after 7 overs. Tows lack of back up bowling was exposed as Andy Tilley (58) and James Smith (63) began to repair the visitor’s innings quietly, eventually increasing the tempo. Their partnership of 136 was decisive in putting Weekley & Warkton firmly in control.
When Emerson returned, after his break, he again posed all sorts of problems and his final return of 5/40 from 14 overs was very impressive. Although Martin Parish chipped in with a couple of wickets towards the end of the innings, Matthew Cortese (30) and Dale Cotterell (41) took advantage of the tiring Tows side. An embarrassing number of extras also contributed to a substantial score of 271/7 when the visitor’s innings closed after 50 overs.
Tows options were limited when their reply began. A tight start from W&W in the field meant it soon became apparent that an ugly draw was the only tactic likely to secure additional points from the game.
In spite of James Kirk’s early departure it did appear for some time that a draw was possible as Alan Edwards and Cameron Emerson batted comfortably to the half-way point. However when Edwards was dismissed the middle order floundered and found a variety of ways to lose wickets – Jacob Palmer (4/9) and Matthew Cortese (3/19) doing the damage.
When Emerson was finally adjudged LBW in the 46th over the game was lost and Tows were dismissed for a paltry 59.
Next Saturday the 1st XI travel to Peterborough to face a table topping side whilst the 2nd XI entertains Silverstone ‘A’ at Greens Norton Road.