Rain clouds deprive Kerridge of home win
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WITH the weather forecast for Saturday occasional showers, Kerridge was surprised when being asked to first bat by the visiting side Trafford Metrovics.
This was possibly because Kerridge had already dismissed this team for just 35 runs earlier in the season.
Trafford did have immediate success with the new ball through Mohammed (2-61) and Umair(1-53) when both opening batsmen Regan and Harbige were caught and bowled respectively within the first three overs.
More surprisingly the score was on 13 and no runs had come off the bat.
This soon changed when Luke Wild partnered with Josh Capper saw the score to 108-3, before Capper was caught for 20 at square leg.
Andy McKeith then contributed with a
STAND-IN captain, Rob Porter, won the toss and elected to field first as Macclesfield welcomed top of the table Alderley Edge to Victoria Road.
Jack Ward (sponsored by East Cheshire Mortgages), back from injury and on his first run out since being called up to Cheshire first team, took the new ball along with John Birchall.
Both bowlers started well and it was Birchall (1-58) who struck first with the key wicket of Calum Rowe for one run, with a sharp delivery seaming back into the exBollington player’s pads.
Despite both bowlers forcing false shots from the batsmen and going past the edge on numerous occasions, Macc could just not add to their early breakthrough.
Instead, in a familiar fashion to the contest earlier in the season, Alderley began to rebuild.
Through Alan Day and Richard Wilkinson, the away side carefully went about constructing a big total.
Day, after a watchful start, then began to take a liking to any full bowling as his innings gathered pace.
Meanwhile, Wilkinson played sensibly as he played a key anchor role.
Macc brought about the changes, which saw spells from Barney Cutbill, Will Smith, Sultan Raja and Birchall (reintroduced from the opposite end), as they searched for a wicket.
Alderley remained resolute however and were not giving their wickets away easily.
After a short rain delay, Day brought up his 50 and well-worked 28, before losing his stumps to Mohammed.
However, the day belonged to Luke Wild with his unbeaten knock of 119, which saw 22 boundaries despatched expertly all around the park, including eight maximums – one of which was boomed back over which was now losing overs with each rain break.
Things did eventually turn for Macc though after one particular break, as Cutbill took three more wickets in an eventful five overs, as Alderley tried to increase the tempo.
The first victim in this particular flurry of wickets was Wilkinson (60), when he toed a pull shot back to Cutbill, who took an easy catch.
Not long after Cutbill had Perry (2) caught behind by Bertus and then a catch from Keen at cover removed Currie (4).
Alderley had gone from 161-2 to 169-5. Macc were right back in the contest.
However, the rain came again – and stayed this time.
The outfield and square the bowlers head to reach his 100 inside the 25th over.
Kerridge’s declaration came in just the 28th over with the score 211-6, with bad weather closing in forcing the decision.
With the wet weather already having forced an early tea, and numerous on and offs, Kerridge were only on the field for five overs in reply and the score on 5-1, with McKeith getting a wicket LBW second ball, when the weather put paid to what seemed certain to be a home win.
Kerridge are back in action against Westminster Park on August 18.