Inconsistency still plagues poor Poynton
POYNTON CC MARTIN SAXON
SEVEN days after beating the leaders, Poynton went down to defeat at lowly Hale Barns. This team remains frustratingly inconsistent.
Hale Barns paced their innings well, keeping wickets in hand as Chris Colley (28) and Clive Collins (25) steered them to 64-1. After this pair had departed, then came the explosion, as 100 runs were added for the fourth wicket in just 15 overs by Shehan Fernando and Peter Stubbs. Fernando hit five sixes on his way to 74 from just 63 balls, and Stubbs played his part with 38no.
Simon Dunn provided some superb entertainment at the start of the Poynton reply as he struck the ball cleanly on his way to 50 in just 55 deliveries. Unfortunately, he departed to the very next ball after raising his bat, and Poynton never really recovered.
After reaching 66-1, a big collapse to 83-6 followed. However, veteran campaigner Brian Kingham batted extremely well.
Up until the fall of the ninth wicket, Poynton were still clinging to hopes of victory; but once he had only the last man for company, Kingham’s task was to save the game. Unfortunately his 27-over vigil ended off the last ball of the final over as he fell for 28.
Fernando completed his excellent match with 5-43, and Jack Wylie contributed a miserly spell of 3-24 in 11 overs.
Poynton may not have got the rub of the green here, but they were forced to concede that their performance was below par.
On Thursday evening, only five days after Poynton beat Ashton-on-Mersey in the league, Ashton got their revenge in the first round of the T20 Knockout.
Poynton fought back well with the ball after Lee Brooks (62*) and Ryan O’Brien (26) had taken Ashton to 84-1. Excellent figures were recorded by Tom Hamnett (3-18), Damian Stringer (2-17) and Andy Heath (2-18).
However, in reply Poynton could not produce an innings or a partnership of substance, and were always behind the rate. Stringer top scored with 25 not out, and Ashton opening bowlers Sam Timbs and Josh Knowles conceded just 11 and 13 runs respectively in their four overs.
Timbs in particular played a big part in snuffing out Poynton’s hopes when he returned to bowl the closing overs.