Un­der­strength Poyn­ton pay price

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HEATON MERSEY....... 111 POYN­TON ....................... 97

POYN­TON’S run of defeats con­tin­ued af­ter fail­ing to chase down this mod­est tar­get. It may have been a dif­fi­cult pitch and slow out­field, but any side who bowls their op­po­si­tion out for 111 should fancy their chances of com­plet­ing the vic­tory.

Once again Poyn­ton col­lapsed af­ter los­ing their third wicket, this time with the score on 61. Avail­abil­ity among the squad has been poor these last few weeks, and the lack of strength in depth in the team was again ev­i­dent here.

Brian King­ham was play­ing what may turn out to be his last match for the club, af­ter a Poyn­ton first team ca­reer that has spanned 35 years, and in which he has scored al­most 18,000 runs and hit 26 cen­turies.

When King­ham reached 39 play­ing very well in­deed, it seemed writ­ten in the stars that he would lead his side to vic­tory one more time, but a cruel twist of fate in­ter­vened as he was ad­judged lbw.

There­after, Tom Ham­nett was the only one to reach dou­ble fig­ures, but he was ninth out for 21 as the pres­sure of try­ing to com­plete the win with­out sup­port from the other end fi­nally took its toll.

Ian Hughes (4-23) and Ab­bas Shah (4-20) were the chief de­stroy­ers for Heaton Mersey.

Poyn­ton were de­lighted to welcome back to the club for this match Jamie Malt­man, who took 47 wick­ets with his left arm spin back in 2005, when the club last reached the heady heights of the Premier League. Poyn­ton will be des­per­ate for Malt­man to re­turn on a per­ma­nent ba­sis next year af­ter this ex­em­plary spell of 4-41 in 17 overs.

Ham­nett, Stringer and Ar­jun Takiar also bowled well, but no one was able to dis­miss Alex Ford, whose un­beaten 24 played a vi­tal role af­ter Mersey had been re­duced to 79-8.

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