Promis­ing signs in Bow­don de­feat

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IN an en­gag­ing con­test at Vic­to­ria Road, Macclesfield lost out against a dis­ci­plined Bow­don out­fit.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first in a game spon­sored by The New Shal­i­mar Restau­rant in Macclesfield. But the open­ing stages saw a com­bi­na­tion of good bowl­ing and poor shot se­lec­tion from the hosts. Macc’s over­seas player, Nick Ber­tus, played well for a quick-fire 15 be­fore fall­ing vic­tim to an un­lucky LBW de­ci­sion.

Three more wickets quickly fol­lowed, see­ing Macc lose five bats­men in the open­ing 10 overs, with only 41 on the board.

Rob Keen (12) had hit a cou­ple of fine bound­aries but soon fol­lowed af­ter the 10-over mark when he was caught be­hind off the in­spired Ash­ling (5-43), leav­ing the score on 43-6.

James Cross’ (11) struck a cou­ple of strong blows be­fore Peter Bar­ron (22) and Chris Moores (17) added a part­ner­ship of 30, of­fer­ing some re­sis­tance, but an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween the pair gifted the vis­i­tors a run out, leav­ing the score on 85-8.

Sul­tan Raja (12) sup­ported Moores well, hit­ting some beau­ti­ful cut shots, whilst Moores ex­e­cuted a cou­ple of lovely cover drives.

How­ever, their 27-run part­ner­ship was bro­ken when Raja was stumped and then the innings came to an abrupt end when Moores was bowled an over later. Macc fin­ished on 113 all out off 37.3 overs. De­spite the low score, Macc knew they were still in the game and this was backed up by some im­pres­sive bowl­ing from Ian Tait and Jack Ward (spon­sored by East Cheshire Mort­gages). Tait (3-13) claimed the prize wicket of ex-Lan­cashire player Mar­shall, for a duck, and Ward (3-55) re­moved Ball, aided by a good slip catch from Ber­tus.

This open­ing spell left Bow­don on 7-3 in the first four overs. De­spite this great start and fur­ther good bowl­ing from Raja (1-18) and Bir­chall (0-25), Macc just couldn’t get that much­needed fourth wicket.

Bow­don, through Leath­ley (47 not out) and P Ash­ling (36), slowly took the game away from the hosts, pun­ish­ing any loose de­liv­er­ies and gen­er­ally bat­ting in a mea­sured fash­ion.

Ash­ling was even­tu­ally dis­missed by Ward, leav­ing the score on 75-4, but the 68-run part­ner­ship proved to be match-win­ning.

A late flurry of wickets gave Macc hope and when the score reached 100-7, thanks to a su­perb div­ing catch from Keen, there was a real sense of victory.

How­ever, like so many times dur­ing the game, just as Macc looked like tak­ing con­trol, the vis­i­tors re­sponded. The calm Leath­ley steered Bow­don home, strik­ing a six to win the game by three wickets.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing day for Macc, who only picked up three points, yet at the same time there were def­i­nitely some en­cour­ag­ing signs for the team to take for­wards into up­com­ing matches.

Tony Carter

●● Macclesfield wick­et­keeper James Cross hit a cou­ple of strong blows against Bow­don

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