Macc provide a real test for Toft
MACCLESFIELD put up a strong fight at home against Premier League leaders Toft CC but were edged out in the end.
Toft captain Toby Drummond won the toss and elected to bowl first in conditions that seemed to favour the bowlers.
Two early wickets in a league game sponsored by East Cheshire Mortgages saw Macclesfield’s opening pair of Knight and Birchall dismissed.
That brought Australian Bertus and Jack Ward (sponsored by East Cheshire Mortgages) to the crease to steady the ship.
Both looked set before Bertus was adjudged caught behind for 23 off the bowling of Cornes taking the score to 49-3.
Rob Porter joined Ward at the crease as the runs continued to flow but again a wicket fell as Porter was caught for 12.
Skipper Tom Parfett and Ward took the side to 129 before Ward (44) and Parfett (27) were dismissed, taking the score to 135-6.
The tail wagged with Moores left unbeaten, giving Toft a testing 189 to win.
The in-form Australian opening batsmen Hancock and J.Drummond opened the innings for Toft, facing Tait and Ward who both bowled with aggression.
Tait dismissing Hancock lbw for 27 with the score on 42.
A breezy 50 off 28 balls from Rob Jones ended when he was stumped by Cross off the bowling of Porter. Four wickets were then taken for 13 runs, three for all rounder Birchall and another for Tait.
Toby Drummond very skilfully steered his team home under pressure with some good ball striking from the other end from Goode finishing on 30 and 31 not out respectively. Maccles- field fought well and can take confidence from lots of aspects in the game.
On Sunday, Bollington were the visitors to Victoria Road in the 1st XI T20 group stages.
The derby, sponsored by Chrome Motors, saw old Macclesfield CC opening batsman Rick Hough win the toss and elected to bat. The opening pair of Hough and overseas Mallie made a solid start to set a platform after 10 overs, the score was 57-0 with Macclesfield bowling economical lines and length.
The spin of Liam Markie removed Mallie for 29 and young Smith dismissed Hough for 33.
The Macclesfield attack continued to take wickets, making scoring difficult for Bollington batsmen to get going, setting the home side 103-7 to win.
Jonny Birchall and overseas Nick Bertus opened the batting and lit up the gloomy conditions with in particular Bertus, hitting some enormous sixes all around the ground before being dismissed for 36 off 17 balls by seemed Horsefield.
Ward came to the crease to join Birchall taking the score to 84 before being stumped off the bowling of Plant. Birchall guided the team home finishing on 37 not out and Parfett 11 not out in just 14 overs.
●● Langley Cricket Club’s junior section with estate agent Jordan Fishwick