The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Robin Mulvihill: September 2015
Tattenhall's end of season round-up.
The season went out with a bang and a whimper!
The firsts put paid to any relegation fears by comprehensively beating Christleton at the Flacca.
Batting first, Tattenhall racked-up 212-8, sealing Christleton's fate before tea.
Dan Power got a gorilla off his back, scoring his maiden Tattenhall hundred at his 73rd time of asking — notching up 110 with good support from Owen Williamson.
In reply, Dan took two wickets and a catch that was widely hailed as one of the best seen at the Flacca.
Christleton had a good go at the total with nothing to lose, but a great spell of bowling from Callum Wilson (3-6) doing the big damage and sealing the deal.
A good effort in their first ever season in Division One, the lads have experienced and learned a great deal.
We wish Oliver Thompson all the best as he leaves for Australia to skipper Illawara Wests in the Sydney suburbs.
Dan Power, who has been a fantastic servant to the club as overseas player for the past three seasons, is returning to the land of the long white cloud. Dan will be greatly missed and not easily replaced as a character, a player and a person.
The seconds (pictured upper right) travelled to Congleton only to be met by drizzle that soon developed into torrential rain.
Only seven balls were squeezed in between the squally showers — Sean Reeves and his middle stump will be wishing they hadn't gone out at all... But handshakes were traded along with seven points each and with them the title for Tattenhall 2nd XI.
The seconds have been led by Mark "Sandy" Sandford (pictured lower right) and his superb skippering has seen two promotions including the 2015 title in the past three years — no mean feat.
Sandy leaves the helm after steering the seconds to Premier League cricket in 2016 where the Flaccamen will travel to some of Cheshire's powerhouse clubs and be seriously tested.
The seconds have been bolstered by big runs, in the main from Graham Harper and Sean Reeves. Robin Mulvihill and Ian Richards have had a decent year with the bat with some big middle-order partnerships and pretty much everybody has been responsible for helping to win a game with the willow.
Mel Dobson, Gary Forster, Ben Gibbon and Charlie Stratton have all bowled very well, but the season's stand out was young seamer Sam Stratton, who picked-up many big wickets, including the double dismissal of the league's most dangerous batsman.
A great year all round for the club's Saturday sides. A big thank you to all the players and supporters, coaches and volunteers and especially to our ground team, led by the evergreen Brian Jarrard.
2016 ushers in a few fresh faces, two new Saturday skippers — more news on this after October's AGM — and a set of new challenges as the club will be looking to establish a firmer foothold in the upper echelons of the Cheshire County League.
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