Poynton teetering over the trap door
VIVIO CHESHIRE CCL DIVISION TWO POYNTON....................132 TATTENHALL..........135-3
DEFEAT for Poynton against Tattenhall moved them one step closer to relegation.
There remains at least a faint hope that the London Road side can escape the drop, by winning all of their last three matches, but on the other hand, relegation could be mathematically confirmed as early as this Saturday.
Against promotionchasing Tattenhall, Poynton simply failed to put enough runs on the board.
Aside from a battling 43 from Adam Williams, made in 42 overs at the crease, there was little else to cheer.
Alan Brock took two important early wickets, Dave Shewring’s 3-24 did the damage in the middle order and Dan Power’s 3-16 mopped up the lower order.
Poynton’s score was boosted by a large number of extras, particularly the 21 byes conceded by the visiting keeper.
Sam Green then smashed 30 from 18 balls to get Tattenhall off to a flyer in reply.
Then, after scoring 48 in the first seven overs, only 16 runs were scored in the next 16 overs against the tight bowling of Jimmy Williams (pictured) and Adam Williams.
Had Poynton set a more competitive score, this period of control could really have got Tattenhall worried, but despite this quieter phase, the required rate never rose above 2.5 per over during the reply.
The scoring accelerated again once Power arrived at the crease, and his 54 not out from 61 deliveries saw his side home, adding an unbroken 73 with Glenn Coppack, who anchored the chase by batting through all 39 overs for an unbeaten 30.