Poynton’s poor run of away form rumbles on
POYNTON .................. 199-3 MALPAS ..................... 124-9
POYNTON remain without an away win since the opening day of the season as lowly Malpas clung on for a draw, after a match Poynton had dominated but could not close out.
Put into bat in difficult, damp conditions, Poynton lost two early wickets. However, Jake Haresnape, opening for the first time, battled through the tough early period as batting got gradually easier. Haresnape eventually made 42, and the rest of the innings saw Damian Stringer complete another chanceless knock, finishing 85 not out, and Mark Coram reach his maiden first team fifty off the final ball, having faced just 30 deliveries.
The Malpas batsmen played some good shots in reply, but none showed great application, with many getting out just as they were getting in.
Most managed double figures, but the top scorer was Matt Dunning with just 28.
Frustratingly, Poynton dropped catches off Dunning on numerous occasions, so when he finally became the ninth wicket of the innings, Poynton were left with only eight balls to claim the last scalp.
Stringer and Tom Hamnett both finished with three wickets.