Poyn­ton pon­der how win slipped away

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - MARTIN SAXON

THIS ex­cel­lent game ended in a tie, but it was Poyn­ton who were left won­der­ing how they had failed to win, given that they needed just 14 to win with five wick­ets left.

Poyn­ton looked to have paced their run chase well, and all of the top six con­trib­uted. Adam Wil­liams made 52 but fell to an un­nces­sary run out.

Dan Hares­nape found the gaps su­perbly in mak­ing 40 from 35 balls, with eight fours, and Damian Stringer and Nathan Bax­ter both reached the twen­ties.

How­ever, the pres­sure told in the last five overs, and there were two wick­ets each for Mark Flat­t­ley and Alex Bar­ber, be­fore a fi­nal freak­ish run out.

With the scores level, two balls left and the wick­et­keeper stand­ing well back to speed­ster Flat­t­ley, Poyn­ton saw the op­por­tu­nity to run a bye to the wick­et­keeper.

His throw missed the striker’s end stumps by a dis­tance, but went on to hit the bowler’s end stumps and claim the fi­nal wicket.

Flat­t­ley, James Badrock and David Badrock all fell in the 30s in the Romi­ley in­nings – Flat­t­ley af­ter mak­ing his 33 from just 17 balls at the top of the card.

The top scorer though was Sam Ast­ley, who fin­ished un­beaten on 43 af­ter un­be­liev­ably hit­ting all of the last four balls of the in­nings for six!

Poyn­ton cap­tain Jimmy Wil­liams turned in another ex­em­plary spell, tak­ing 6-51 in 19 overs.

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