Macc on the up in league and the cup

Vic­to­ries put them sec­ond in ta­ble and into county semis

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - NICK ROSS

VIVIO CHESHIRE CCL DIVI­SION ONE TIM­PER­LEY ................ 129 MAC­CLES­FIELD ..... 130-5

MAC­CLES­FIELD won a vi­tal match in their bid for pro­mo­tion, against Tim­per­ley.

The third-ver­sus-fourth clash could de­cide which team would con­tinue to chal­lenge for the pro­mo­tion spot.

Macc bowled first and be­gan with three maid­ens, Tim­per­ley strug­gling to cope with the pace of Ward and Tait (4-17). Both struck in quick suc­ces­sion to bring in key men Grind­ley and Mac­quet.

When Mac­quet played around a straight Tait de­liv­ery, they were strug­gling at 25-3 and, af­ter Bir­chall struck twice, 50-5.

There was no let-up in pres­sure with high-qual­ity bowl­ing from Bir­chall, Porter and Raja were of the high­est qual­ity and Tim­per­ley limped to an all-out 130.

Tim­perly struck early in Macc’s re­ply, tak­ing Bir­chall and Knight to put the vis­i­tors at 20-2.

Mars­den and Ross com­fort­ably added 40 runs be­fore Porter joined Ross and pushed the score into three fig­ures.

Ross de­parted for 50 with Porter fol­low­ing in the next over with the score on 120-5.

Cross and Par­fett were able to fin­ish the job off and se­cure 25 points that takes Mac­cles­field into sec­ond with seven rounds of the sea­son to go.

This week­end they host Brook­lands.

THE fol­low­ing day Macc won a place in the fi­nal four of the Cheshire Cup, see­ing off Toft at home.

The vis­i­tors bat­ted first and be­gan pa­tiently in the face of good bowl­ing from Ward and Moores. The in­tro­duc­tion of Bir­chall and Porter into the bowl­ing at­tack then brought im­me­di­ate re­wards, three quick wick­ets fall­ing.

At 90-5 from nearly 30 overs it took a bril­liant 70 not out from Drum­mond to guide them to 191-6.

Macc’s re­ply got off to a flier as Bir­chall and Knight scored freely off the seam­ers.

Af­ter Knight de­parted Porter and Bir­chall got Macc past 100 be­fore go­ing in quick suc­ces­sion.

Ward and Ross soon calmed any nerves as they built a part­ner­ship that would ef­fec­tively win Macc the game.

Both drove any­thing loose to pun­ished any width and although Ward was out for 45 and Ross for 55 they’d done enough to al­low Par­fett and Moores to get Macc over the line with five overs to spare.

The win in the Baths Ho­tel-spon­sored quar­ter­fi­nal means they will host New Brighton in the semi­fi­nals at Vic­to­ria Road on Au­gust 10.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Ian Tait took four wick­ets as Mac­cles­field won a cru­cial league game against Tim­per­ley

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