The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Robin Mulvihill: August 2015
The end (of the season) is nigh.
2015 has, so far, been a big success for Tattenhall Cricket Club. The junior section is thriving- all teams enjoying different measures of success.The U9s finished fifth in a very competitive league where our approach is centred more on participation than results. The U11s also finished fifth and enjoyed a win in the playoffs. The U13s finished fifth too in a very strong division.The U15s were the star group, winning their league and reaching the final of the South Cheshire Cup, where they are set to take on Haslington.They also reached the 1/2 final of the Cheshire Cup, losing on the last ball to Stockport Georgians.The U18s had a great year. A group containing many U15s, they won 4 of their 6 games played and defeated some of the region's bigger clubs along the way.
The first team recovered well after an underwhelming start to their campaign. Henry Dobson and Glenn Coppack forged a decent opening partnership, but a lack of runs in the middle-order often led to hard days at the office. When the team played well, it really reflected in their results, beating Oulton Park in a high-scoring affair and producing a brilliant bowling performance to rout Urmston. The season could have been even better for the top team- two nail biting losses to league-leaders Sale and one that got away at Cheadle Hulme would have seen the Flaccamen fighting towards the top of the table. Although not mathematically safe from relegation, we should stay up with a good cushion over the bottom sides. This was the first objective for our first season in the first division.
The seconds have been enjoying great year. They have not been beaten since the third week, they have had one winning draw, two losing draws and an abandonment, winning all the other games, including nine of the last ten.The most pleasing thing for Sandy is that different players, with bat or ball, have been contributing to the team's success from week to week. All of the batsmen have racked up runs and all of the bowlers have taken wickets. A tough trip to second placed Timperley awaits this Saturday, albeit with a 30 point cushion over our nearest rivals. The boys will be looking to win and finish the season as champions.
The third team have also had a great season. Alex has fielded some very young sides and has really been rewarded by his juniors, who have been playing some great cricket.The third eleven is a proving ground for the younger players to have a taste of senior cricket and they have enjoyed themselves and improved as the season has progressed. One more win will see them top their division as champions and may put them in a play-off with another region for one promotion place.
All in all a great year so far. There is still plenty to play for in 2015 and the club is really keen to keep developing as well as winning. The make-up of the senior teams, with many young players coming through has been refreshing and they have really come to the fore- making key contributions along the way.
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