Tipton St John’s David O’Higgins continues to defy the ageing process as he consistently makes his mark in village cricket.
The 83-years-young cricketer claimed a fivefer as Tipton defeated Cavendish Cavaliers in their latest match. Tipton batted first and laboured in the face of some good bowling.
However, openers David Thayre and Chris Tubbs put on a 50 partnership in 15 overs before Tubbs was run out for 14 and was followed by Dave Jessop bowled for 12 and Al Matthews was trapped leg before for a single.
Phil Tolley came in down the order and, with Thayre, pushed the scoring along. Thayre was eventually out, adjudged leg before, but not before he had hit a run-a-ball 46.
Jem Gillham added six before young Brandon Shaw, son of ex Tipton stalwart Steve, scored a single before he was unfortunately run out.
Tipton closed on 148 with Tolley 36 not out.
In their reply, the Cavaliers started well, but once Amelia Tolley, daughter of Tipton’s long-standing clubman Phil Tolley, took the wicket of Dumont aided by a Dave Jessop catch, the wickets began to fall at regular intervals.
Phil Wright took wickets with his first two balls, but Arun Bowden avoided the hat-trick. With the visitors on 69, the wily 83-year-old David O’Higgins was introduced to the home attack and he took two wickets in two balls in his second over before he too was thwarted in his bid for a hat-trick.
Remarkably, his next over saw him claim three more wickets, helped by a great Thayre catch after which he bowed Bowden for 26 next ball.
Again a hat-trick was avoided for the third time in the match, but two balls later Chris Tubbs took a catch behind the stumps to give O’Higgins a five wicket haul for the second week running.
Branden Shaw bowled six overs for just nine runs, but the innings was ended when Jem Gillham took wickets with consecutive balls to leave the Cavaliers 96 all out.