Poyn­ton miss tak­ing points in late drama

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - MARTIN SAXON

POYN­TON ................ 198-6 LIN­DOW ................... 198-9

TWO weeks af­ter be­ing in­volved in a tied match, Poyn­ton ex­pe­ri­enced a draw here – although this was not strictly a tie as the team bat­ting sec­ond were not bowled out.

Lin­dow scored one off the fi­nal ball when they needed two to win, and Poyn­ton needed one wicket for vic­tory.

Both sides will be re­gret­ting not mak­ing bet­ter starts.

When Damian Stringer joined Nathan Bax­ter at the crease, some in­tel­li­gent cricket saw the pair ro­tate the strike well and put away the bad ball with aplomb.

But from 124-2 with 18 overs left, firstly the runs dried up, then the part­ner­ship was bro­ken as Bax­ter fell for 68 – his best score for Poyn­ton to date.

Stringer ended un­beaten on 82 from 101 de­liv­ieres with 10 fours and a six, but fur­ther wick­ets fell.

Ben Tyler and Brady Yates did a good job for the Wilm­slow side in peg­ging back Poyn­ton.

Chris Tay­lor and Richard Robin­son opened up with ag­gres­sive knocks of 31 and 44 re­spec­tively. Lin­dow then re­ally looked to have the game in the bag as an an­chor role from Ar­pan De­sai and some more big hit­ting from Yates took them to 137-2. Yet when both fell in quick suc­ces­sion for 28 and 35 re­spec­tively, Lin­dow started to wob­ble.

More bats­men would come in and sac­ri­fice their wicket at­tempt­ing big shots to get their side over the line, and two wick­ets for Stringer and four for Jon Hadley en­sured Poyn­ton were able to avoid de­feat, if not quite se­cure the win.

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