Macc pro­vide a real test for Toft

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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

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