Ker­ridge will take Hart de­spite first loss in eight

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - GE­OFF ALLEN

AN eighth straight vic­tory for Ker­ridge was not to be as vis­it­ing Hart­ford rode their luck with the bat and in the end recorded a de­served vic­tory.

Bat­ting first Ker­ridge made steady progress on another light­ning fast out­feld but didn’t use all the al­lot­ted overs and in the end a de­cent to­tal of 232 wasn’t enough.

Lead­ing the way with the bat for the hosts once again was Luke Wild (63) and Andy McKeith (41) with oth­ers chip­ping in.

For the vis­i­tors vet­eran Rob Whit­tle took the bowl­ing hon­ours with 7-60.

Af­ter tea the home side made im­me­di­ate in­roads with Adam Banks (3-70) claim­ing the first of his wick­ets by bowl­ing the danger­ous Whit­tle.

There then came a match-win­ning stand of 138 be­tween Hart­ford skip­per James Hodgkin­son who struck a hard­hit­ting 94 and Sharp who scored 43, but fol­low­ing dropped catches early in their knocks they made the home side pay dearly.

When they went it was keeper turned bowler Wild who came into the at­tack with im­me­di­ate suc­cess, claim­ing 4-23 off 5.3 overs to keep Ker­ridge in the hunt.

De­spite Andy McKeith tak­ing his maiden Ker­ridge wicket the vis­i­tors took the win but with 14 points com­ing to Clarke Lane they will look to the trip to Mere this week­end with op­ti­mism.

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