Parish shines for Tows in win over Irchester

Jack Parish starred for Tows against Irchester
Jack Parish starred for Tows against Irchester

Towcestrians saw off struggling Irchester last Saturday with Jack Parish hitting an unbeaten 69 and grabbing 3-42 for the visitors.

After winning the toss, Tows put Irchester into bat in bowler friendly conditions, but it was Irchester who made the brighter start.

Slowly Tows began to bring themselves into the game and got on top of the opposition, the bowling of Jack Parish (3-42) and Ben Laycock (1-47) proving difficult.

With just 95 runs on the board Irchester had to do something quickly to get a score on the board. Ian Thompson (44 not out) did his best to get a reasonable target on the board but the re-introduction of overseas player Travis Ilka (3-28) to the bowling attack halted their progress. With just 142-8 as the target score, Tows knew that it was probably a below par score, but they would have to work hard to get the runs.

Tows’ run chase also got off to a slightly cautious start as they lost the returning Ben Laycock early on. They continued to lose wickets at unfortunate times and with the game at 62-4 the game was suddenly evenly poised as Tows were making hard work of the chase and McDonald (2-26) from Irchester was bowling particularly well. Tows knew they always had a chance to win the game with dangerman Jack Parish (69 not out) still at the crease, and he eventually alongside captain Adam Kelly (29 not out) saw Tows home with 15 overs and six wickets to spare, a result which looked a lot easier than it was. Credit must go to Irchester who bowled well.

Towcester entertain fellow top half side Brigstock this Saturday.