Bat­ting col­lapse

Macclesfield Express - - JOBS - ROB KEEN

CHESHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE

ON a wet and mis­er­able day, Mac­cles­field trav­elled to Hyde look­ing for their sec­ond win of the sea­son ap­proach­ing the half way stage.

In­ter­mit­tent rain through­out the day meant the match was re­duced to an 86 over game.

Macc skip­per Par­fett won the toss and elected to bowl first on a wicket that looked to have some as­sis­tance for the Macc seam­ers.

Macc open­ing bowlers Tait and Ward (spon­sored by East Cheshire Mort­gages) started well, bowl­ing tight lines to the right and left handed open­ing pair for Hyde.

Ward pro­duced the break­through claim­ing the wicket of Fitzsim­mons (12) caught at sec­ond slip by Ber­tus.

That brought Duffy to the crease who played in his usual ag­gres­sive style to reach 17 be­fore in­side edg­ing a de­liv­ery from Tait be­hind the stumps to Cross, who took a fan­tas­tic div­ing catch to re­move the left han­der.

For­mer Macc player Sawas was next to the crease to join Dear­den, who was qui­etly ac­cu­mu­lat­ing at the other end.

A few words of ad­vice were given to Sawas from the Macc play­ers as he lined up to face his first de­liv­ery.

Af­ter a few early scares, Sawas be­gan to find the bound­ary regularly, in­clud­ing a few crunch­ing cover drives as both bats­men quickly moved along to 50, pro­gress­ing the Hyde to­tal past the 150 mark.

A change in the bowl­ing ac­counted for Sawas, who again looked for the big shot but could only skew the ball to back­ward point, as Par­fett took a well judged back.

Dear­den and new bats­men Tip­per (48) con­tin­ued to score at a rapid rate, find­ing the bound­ary with reg­u­lar­ity, as Dear­den (107) moved on to his cen­tury at bet­ter than a run a ball.

As the pair looked for quick runs to­wards the end of their in­nings, both per­ished to the clever spin of Raja, and Berry then de­parted to a sharp run out by Keen as Hyde fin­ished up on 268 for 6 from 41 overs.

Raja fin­ished with the best fig­ures for Macc claim­ing 2- 68.

This left Macc with 45 overs to chase the tar­get in the rain af­fected game.

Macc started their in­nings with a pos­i­tive mind set with real belief Hyde’s to­tal could be chased down.

How­ever, the Macc in­nings never re­ally got go­ing and wick­ets fell with alarm­ing reg­u­lar­ity.

First to go was Keen (8), who chipped one to cover off the bowl­ing of Wil­liams af­ter hit­ting a cou­ple of bound­aries through the off side.

That brought Aus­tralian Ber­tus to the crease who looked to counter at­tack with a flurry of bound­aries be­fore be­ing un­done by a slower de­liv­ery and be­ing caught in the ring, in sim­i­lar fash­ion to Keen, for 29 from just nine de­liv­er­ies.

Mars­den (11) was next to fall, top edg­ing an at­tempted pull shot off the ac­cu­rate Whit­taker to fine leg.

The in­tro­duc­tion of spin into the Hyde at­tack then ac­counted for Macc’s mid­dle or­der as the left arm spin of Wood re­moved the in form Ward (12), Bir­chall (0) and Porter (0).

Cross (11) and Raja (12) hit some lusty late blows in the Mac­cles­field in­nings to drag their to­tal up to 96, how­ever all was in vein as

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run­ning Hyde se­cured vic­tory by 172 runs, with Wood fin­ish­ing with fig­ures of five for 16 from seven overs.

A hugely dis­ap­point­ing ef­fort from the tal­ented Macc bat­ting line up who will look to im­prove mas­sively on this per­for­mance next week­end as they en­ter­tain Nantwich at Vic­to­ria Road.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Mac­cles­field open­ing bowler Ian Tait

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Mac­cles­field bats­man Ben Mars­den got into dou­ble fig­ures against Hyde but was un­able to build on that

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