A nerve-shred­ding win keeps Poyn­ton’s sur­vival hopes alive

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

VIVIO CHESHIRE CCL DI­VI­SION TWO IRBY ............................. 141 POYN­TON ................ 142-9

bat­ting 28 overs for 31 runs and adding 66 with Hop­kins.

But, having taken Poyn­ton within 11 runs of vic­tory, nei­ther could see the run chase through, as Hop­kins be­came the sev­enth vic­tim of Shillinglaw.

There would be more twists as the ninth wicket fell with five still required, and then when the last four runs Poyn­ton required came cour­tesy of a wild leg-side de­liv­ery that went for four byes.

Shillinglaw fin­ished with fi­nal fig­ures of 8-80 in 21 overs, and while he might be con­sid­ered un­lucky to fin­ish on the los­ing side af­ter tak­ing so many scalps, with Poyn­ton’s tar­get just three runs per over, he was un­able to pro­vide the nec­es­sary con­trol to keep the scor­ing in check.

The fact that Poyn­ton had so lit­tle to chase was thanks to the bowl­ing of Andy Heath, who took 5-27 in his first sig­nif­i­cant spell in the first team and Jimmy Wil­liams (3-30). Irby sub­sided from 97-2 and 134-6 to an all-out 141.

Top scor­ers were Dave New­man with 41, Kag­isho Pedi with 34 and Martin Smith with 28.

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