In­con­sis­tency still plagues poor Poyn­ton

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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.

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