Home side’s flow halted by rain

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MARK BROOK

PER­SIS­TENT rain brought Marple’s home game with newly pro­moted Macclesfield to a pre­ma­ture con­clu­sion af­ter just 19 overs had been bowled.

This was a big dis­ap­point­ment to Marple, as they had got off to a ter­rific start.

Open­ers An­drew Hall (34 not out) and Mark Makin (53 not out) were both in top class touch on what ap­peared to be a very good sur­face.

When the vis­i­tor’s open­ing bowlers Ian Tait and Jack Ward bowled a full length, there was good carry through to the wicket keeper, but any­thing off line was ruth­lessly put to the bound­ary, par­tic­u­larly by Makin, who rel­ishes bat­ting at Bow­den Lane.

Makin had the lion’s share of the strike, but Hall was also quickly into po­si­tion, be­ing harsh on any­thing short.

Change bowlers, Raja and Bir­chall only got through a cou­ple of overs apiece, but strug­gled to stem the run rate.

Macclesfield are

at home this week­end when they en­ter­tain Bow­den, 12.30pm start.

Macclesfield’s sec­ond eleven played through the win­try weather against Marple and pro­duced an ex­cel­lent game in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

The home team re­cov­ered from a sticky start with Jim Mel­rose (64) lead­ing the way.

The mid­dle and lower or­der all chipped in as a com­pet­i­tive score of 209 all out was reached in the 49th over.

All the Marple bowlers did a good job, Andy Baron 4-50, Jack Grundy 2-48 and Andy Hayes 2-34, be­ing the stand out per­form­ers, sup­ported by skip­per Ge­orge Clarke with 1-50. Keeper Wild had five vic­tims be­hind the stumps.

When Marple be­gan the chase, con­sis­tent opener Will Darby fell for only a sin­gle.

New­comer Ha­roon Ahmed got the side away to a fast start though with a rapid 37 from only 30 de­liv­er­ies.

There was good sup­port from Ryan Lind­say (27), Gary Cash (32) and Andy Wild (30). With five wickets down, Marple still needed al­most 60 runs, but Tim Rad­ford (42 not out) and Andy Bell (30 not out) shared the de­ci­sive stand of the game. Victory by five wickets came up with just one de­liv­ery re­main­ing.

For Macclesfield, off spin­ner, Liam Markie had 3-57. Both sides de­serve credit for brav­ing the dis­mal weather.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Ian Tait opened the bowl­ing for Macclesfield at Marple

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