Poyn­ton’s sea­son in the bal­ance af­ter loss

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - CRICKET MARTIN SAXON

POYN­TON’S sea­son is in dan­ger of pe­ter­ing out af­ter a hugely dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance against Bar­row.

A sorry-look­ing score­card saw five play­ers make ducks, eight play­ers man­age only three be­tween them and nine play­ers muster a com­bined to­tal of six.

The ex­cep­tions were Jake Hares­nape, who made 25 af­ter again show­ing great dis­ci­pline dur­ing a tricky new ball pe­riod, and Damian Stringer, whose su­perb form con­tin­ued with an un­beaten 65.

Stringer’s ap­pli­ca­tion against good bowl­ing and abil­ity to put away the bad balls should be an ex­am­ple to all.

Bar­row boast surely the quick­est bowler in the di­vi­sion in Matthew Parks, and he duly re­turned 2-14 from 12 overs, but the main dam­age was done by medium pacer Mal­colm Bar­row, with 4-33.

Spin­ner Nick Mum­ford also claimed two wick­ets as the last six bats­men on the card man­aged a com­bined to­tal of one run.

If Poyn­ton had not ca­pit­u­lated to such a large ex­tent ear­lier, even a chase of around 150 could have been dif­fi­cult for Bar­row.

Theirs was a far from con­vinc­ing chase, but a rapid 31 not out from Parks saw them over the line.

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