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
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.
●● Macclesfield opening bowler Ian Tait
●● Macclesfield batsman Ben Marsden got into double figures against Hyde but was unable to build on that