Understrength Poynton pay price
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.