Clarke leads Torrisholme to victory

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TORRISHOLME travelled to Vernon Carus on Saturday with conditions more akin to November than early May.

Matt Jackson welcomed Paul Batty back after a successful recovery from a serious illness and when Jackson lost the toss he was not surprised to be asked to field.

Jackson (0-31) and Jordan (1-30) got things off to a good start, Jordan particularly so as he was bowling against the strong wind.

Knight (10) and McDonagh (24) gave Vernons a steady platform.

Knight was caught well by Bee, who again performed outstandingly in the field, and at 35-1 from 13 overs the game was well poised. 

Lee replaced Jackson and TCC’s Mr Consistent 2011, Andrew Miller, replaced Jordan, not before Jackson tried to swap ends and failed.

Vernons took advantage of some indifferent Torrisholme fielding and Duerden (51) hit several lusty blows straight, on a ground the size of Vernons the visitors had expected someone to clear the ropes.

The acceleration was halted when Miller was rewarded for his efforts into the wind having Duerden expertly caught by Acton behind the stumps, a catch that could feature in the catch of the season awards already. 

Lee was once again impressive with line and length and when Bee picked up one handed at midwicket McDonagh was always in danger of being run out and a direct hit saw him depart for 24. 

The pivotal point in the day came in the 31st over – the heavens opened and play was delayed by rain, Vernons resuming on 108-3 but now in a 38 over a side game.

Miller (2-50) and Lee (1-43) kept their nerve as Hamilton (30) took advantage of the small boundary – eventually holing out to Miller who took a good catch off the bowling of Lee. Chapman (30 not out) hit everything he could to leg and with Tate (9 not out) took Vernons to 165-5 from their 38.

Clarke, partnered this week by Miller in the absence of Butler, took to the field looking to chase down the total.

The pair dug in well as some good bowling by Llewyn (0-27) went without reward and once Clarke got moving he soon punished Nagy (0-31) for several loose deliveries. 

Miller then began to out score Clarke and was undone trying to force the play with a ball that wasn’t quite there for it – departing for a solid 44. 

Hansson (24) joined Clarke and quickly took advantage of the short straight boundary hitting several blows straight.

Clarke, who never looked in danger, also began to strike the ball well and even when Hansson was caught in the deep off Cairn (1-19) Torrisholme were in control.

Clarke reached his 50 with a four through the covers and McKevitt (12) and Jordan (2 not out) supported well as Clarke made light work of the ever changing home attack. 

Allen (0-39), Chapman (0-20) and Duerden (1-16) all had a go but Clarke was too good and finished the innings in style with another classy four.

Clarke finished on 84 not out with Torrisholme running out comfortable winners with four overs to spare.

A good 10 points for Torrisholme who continue their strong run of form and now sit fourth in the table.

They welcome a Houghton side to Boundary Meadow on Saturday that are also going well in 2011, so a good game is on the cards.

Vernon Carus 2nd 165-5

Torrisholme 168-3 Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Division One