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Tows Go Down To Hanslope

Author: Tony Roberts Published: 18th June 2017 16:10

In a high scoring game Towcestrians posted a good score but failed to defend it. In a high scoring game Towcestrians posted a good score but failed to defend it.

Tows won the toss on a blisteringly hot day and decided to bat.  Openers Dave Roberts and Tom Sheppard began steadily neither timing the ball on a dry pitch.  Eventually Roberts did open up with a couple of firm cuts and then hit a six-bound slog sweep to square leg but was well caught by John Chilton off Richard Harradine for 16.

Sheppard was joined by skipper Roger Wilson who immediately looked at home.  The partnership progressed steadily and had reached 57 when Will Giffin had Sheppard caught by Matt Chilton for a useful 40.

Tows were now 93/2 from 26 overs and in a position to push on.  Tony Roodt began aggressively and Wilson was now batting with confidence, hitting the ball powerfully.  In the next 12 overs they compiled a century stand with some big hits and good placement.

Wilson eventually perished, caught by Ben Richie off Derek Isseton for a splendid 84 in only his second innings since returning from a two year absence through injury.

Roodt was assisted by Josh Shakespeare and Sean Duffy in taking Tows to 203/4 finishing on 46 not out himself.

Hanslope’s reply was hesitant.  Tony Roodt and Josh Shakespeare both had good opening spells.  Roodt’s off cutters defeated both Matt Chilton and Matt Wyeth who were bowled and Shakespeare’s pace kept the score in check.  Meanwhile though Derek Isseton was digging in and progressing steadily.

Then Roger Wilson took a spectacular catch behind the stumps off Kyle Dupont to leave the visitors 73/3 in the nineteenth over and with Dupont and Jack Wright bowling tidily Tows looked in control.

However Tows subsequent performance with the ball and in the field let Hanslope back into the game.  Tom Sheppard’s 5 overs leaked 47 runs, Shakespeare returned to concede 41 in 4 overs and 4 catches were put down.     

Roodt did have Ben Richie caught by Michael Alcock in the deep for 30 and bowled Nathan Cook for 27 and eventually Shakespeare had Isseton caught behind by Wilson for 64 but the impetus was now with Hanslope.

John Chilton’s 17 not out took Hanslope to their target with 4 overs to spare.  Tows had wilted in the sun and the concession of 49 extras made the loss all the more painful.

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