Toft’s hold over Edge fi­nally bro­ken

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - RICK DAVIS

ALDER­LEY Edge made it two wins from two games with a fan­tas­tic run chase to beat Toft on Satur­day.

Toft have had the up­per hand in this fix­ture for the last cou­ple of years, so it was a par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing re­sult.

Half-way through Toft’s innings, noth­ing looked to have changed.

Their ex­cep­tional bats­men Han­cock and Jones had put on a part­ner­ship of 187 for the sec­ond wicket, and with the score on 203-1, a mam­moth to­tal ap­peared prob­a­ble.

Alder­ley then fought back fiercely. Sean Stur­rock and Chris Cook shared seven wickets be­tween them, and with three run outs Toft’s innings col­lapsed to 277 all out – still a fairly for­mi­da­ble to­tal.

Once again Calum Rowe and Alan Day got Alder­ley’s innings off to a good start with a brisk 50 part­ner­ship be­fore Rowe was out for 34. Cap­tain Adam Wor­rall was at his most dash­ing in mak­ing a rapid half cen­tury, and Char­lie Reid also pro­duced vi­tal quick runs.

How­ever, the innings was held to­gether by Alan Day who car­ried his bat to see the team home, mak­ing a su­perb 112 not out and putting Alder­ley proudly on top of the Cheshire County Pre­mier League with a max­i­mum 50 points from two games.

The 2nd XI pro­duced an im­proved per­for­mance but still lost to Toft, whose 2nd XI car­ried all be­fore them last year.

Marc Chan (48) and Adam Wildig (38) were the main con­trib­u­tors to a score of 171 all out, and Dan Fes­mer’s 5 wickets gave Toft quite a scare be­fore they got home with three wickets in hand.

Nor­mal ser­vice was re­sumed for the 3rd XI on Sun­day, who, af­ter an open­ing week de­feat, firmly got their mojo back in the 20-20 knock-out, rat­tling up 232-3 against Macclesfield, de­spite be­ing 3-2 at one point.

A bril­liant part­ner­ship of 184 be­tween Sam Perry (103) and Dave John­son (93 not out) gave Alder­ley an unas­sail­able to­tal.

Perry’s cen­tury came off 45 de­liv­er­ies, his sec­ond 50 be­ing reached in just 11 balls.

Lawrence Tiss­ing­ton (3-34) was the pick of a con­sis­tent bowl­ing attack which re­stricted Mac­cles­fields re­ply and left Alder­ley as com­fort­able win­ners.

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