Tamworth show 20/20 vision but it's tough in the league
TAMWORTH CC FIRST XI (120-7) beat WEST BROMWICH DARTMOUTH (112-8) by eight runs
TAMWORTH reached the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Cup with a brilliant victory over West Bromwich Dartmouth on Sunday.
Batting first, Mike Talbot's 38 off 33 balls helped Tamworth to 120-7 off their allotted overs.
Callum Render boosted the score late on with an unbeaten 20 in 16 balls while Ben Maddox also struck 17.
Opener Kadeer Ali proved the main dangerman in reply, striking 54 in 44 balls before being bowled by Talbot.
Ali's only support came from former Warwickshire batsman Navdeep Poonia (19) and West Brom fell eight runs short.
Talbot finished with figures of 3-24 while Flower chipped in with 3-12.
Tamworth had reached the quarter finals with a 12 run victory over Penkridge on the same day.
Talbot (48) and team-mate Stuart Burrows (74no) had helped Tamworth to 155-5 off 20 overs.
Penkridge started well in reply with R Hassan (21) and T Chew (48) putting on 75 before both fell to Talbot.
B Holmes (21) and L Chishti (24) pushed the score on but wickets for Rob Nield and Jake Flower saw Penkridge fall 12 runs short of their target.
BRIDGNORTH CC (129) beat TAMWORTH CC FIRST XI (123) by six runs
TAMWORTH slipped to defeat in a low scoring contest against Bridgnorth on Saturday.
They had restricted their hosts to 129 all out with Bridgnorth grateful to their lower order for making it past 100.
An unbeaten 43 from number nine batsman Sam Whitney proved the key while Edward Lewis (15) and Gareth Mumford (13) also made important contributions.
Nigel Hughes (4-32) and Mike Talbot (3-10) were the pick of the Tamworth bowlers while Wayne Giblin (2-52) and Joshua Maynard (1-12) claimed the other wickets to fall.
In reply, Tamworth got off to a poor start as Neil Orton fell, caught and bowled by Jon Whitney, for a duck.
But they seemed well set for victory as Talbot (37) and Jake Flower (20) lead a recovery.
Tamworth, however, then collapsed from 49-2 to 83-5 and wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals.
Jonathan Fearn (13), Maynard (11), Rob Nield (12) and Giblin (15) all made double figures but Tamworth were bowled out for just 123.
Jon Whitney finished with figures of 6-43 with Sam Whitney claiming 4-46 to inflict a narrow defeat on Tamworth.
Tamworth CC Second XI lost to Attock by 64 runs in Division 1A.
Batting first, Attock were bowled out for 147 with Mike Nield (4-20) and Ben Jones (3-38) the pick of the bowlers.
Tamworth were bowled out for just 83 in reply with Matt Nield (24) and Mark Render (10) the only players to reach double figures.
Tamworth CC Third XI enjoyed a five run win over Cannock. Batting first, Tamworth made 143-7 off their 50 overs with Neal Gough (36no) and Jeff Smith (34) top scoring.
Cannock were bowled out for 138 in reply with Cory Green (3-29) and Kate Barton (3-33) showing good form.