Sam Collins provided the weekend's highspot as all three senior XIs won important games. His maiden century (107 not out, complete with carrying his bat) came in a comfortable 43 run win at Thornham. The last time Sam batted there, just a few short weeks ago, he wasn't best pleased with his dismissal and sat up on a hill moping, so this was sweet redemption! He even got to spend some time with Dad Bret who posted a rapid 30 to bolster the 3rds total to a season-high 199-7. Awais then once again proved his worth with 10 overs for just 15 runs and a pair of wickets. Only Matt Riley got after the Totty bowlers, with Katie, the two young Jacks and Nick all picking up wickets as the home side were restricted to 156-9.

On Saturday there was high drama at the Meadows, with the 1sts inching to victory despite a near-calamitous late stumble. Having restricted the visitors Heaton to 146, with Burns and Lenny sharing 7 wickets, the firsts got off to a stuttery start. Having recovered to 88-3, the loss of Burnsy put some pressure on the middle order. Ruffers stood tall as wickets fell around him, and having brought the scores level at 146-7 the game was surely over? Enter the final twist - Jack Kelly came on for his first over of the innings and took two wickets in successive balls. Last men Lenny gamely played out the rest of the over, before Ruffers eased the tension with the winning run off the next ball. These tight finishes have become something of a common theme in recent weeks!

This was a hugely vital victory which keeps the 1sts nine points ahead of the chasing pack, with a win against next weekend's visitors, the second placed United Stars, a possible title clencher!

After four straight losses, including an inexplicable defeat against Woodbank when the game was in the bag the week before, the 2nds travelled to lowly Darcy Lever, a team yet to pick up a single point this season. Awais and the Marsh boys were in the thick of the action, keeping things tighter than a mermaid's pants (can a mermaid wear pants?) and restricting the home side to just 73 all out from 39 very controlled overs. Marshy ended with 4-17 while Awais and Nick M also had economy rates under two and five wickets between them.

The Totts reply got off to a blistering start as Danni Collins and Watty spanked the first three overs to all parts, racking up 31 in no time. Unfortunately a flurry of wickets threatened to put a dampener on proceedings, before Sam (27*) and Proops (13*) took us to victory in just 12 overs. A very welcome win and hopefully the 2s can build on this when Bolton Indians come calling next weekend.

Congrats to all our sides and thanks as ever to the groundstaff, bar staff, spectators and volunteers across the week.

To view scorecards from all our games, view the TSJ fixtures and results on CricHQ or check out our fixtures page.

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