Turner sparks Thriplow revival
THRIPLOW ended a three-match losing streak by getting the better of Horseheath in a tight match. After winning the toss, Horseheath surprisingly chose to bat on a damp wicket that looked perfect for bowling. However, it looked a good decision as openers
THRIPLOW ended a three-match losing streak by getting the better of Horseheath in a tight match.
After winning the toss, Horseheath surprisingly chose to bat on a damp wicket that looked perfect for bowling.
However, it looked a good decision as openers Dan Goldsmith and Alan Ketteridge took the score to 48 after ten overs.
But, as has so often been the case this season, Thriplow bowler Dickon Turner was the catalyst for his side's revival.
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Returning to the team after a three week absence, he took five wickets for 28 runs as Horseheath's batting collapsed in spectacular fashion.
Andy Morris chipped in with 2/30 as the home side were all out for a disappointing 127.
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Thriplow were without several first team regulars, but second team stalwarts John Anderson and Duncan Walker performed admirably, opening the batting and scoring 25 and 6 respectively.
Another second team player, Martin Dabnor, contributed 16 as Thriplow crawled towards their target.
A string of quick wickets left the visitors in trouble at 68-7, but some determined batting from Martin Craze got them back on track.
Although he fell for 24, Morris (26 not out) and Turner saw Thriplow home to a welcome win.
Thriplow thirds were also involved a close encounter, but lost out in the final over to Cockenach.
Having been put into bat, the Thriplow batsmen struggled to make any headway.
While several made good starts, only Simon Goodfellow went on to a big score, managing a fine 45.
In the face of some excellent Cockenach bowling, Thriplow were pleased with their total of 112 all out from 39 overs.
Cockenach did not have it any easier with the bat, and Thriplow turned the screw, removing the top five batsmen for just 24 runs.
However, Bragg and Johnstone came together and ground out a partnership of 76.
Thriplow dropped three catches, but eventually removed both batsmen in the same over, with Cockenach needing three runs from eight balls for victory.
As Thriplow fielders crowded round the wicket, the batsmen kept their cool and ran a bye and two singles to secure the win.
Mark Deed posted the best Thriplow bowling figures with 3-27.