Ker­ridge lose but se­cure third tier slot

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - ADAM BANKS

IN the last home game of the 2015 sea­son Ker­ridge wel­comed Hart­ford to Clarke Lane and, in a en­joy­able, well spir­ited game, lost by six wick­ets.

Hart­ford, who are push­ing for a pro­mo­tion spot, are still un­beaten this term, so maybe the re­sult was not too much of a shock.

The visi­tors elect­ing to field first upon win­ning the toss.

Open­ing duo Ste Re­gan and Alan Har­bige took the score to 40 for the first wicket be­fore Re­gan was caught for 19.

Once again the frag­ile mid­dle or­der failed to de­liver and wick­ets be­gan to tum­ble regularly with only Har­bige of­fer­ing any re­sis­tance, tak­ing the home side into the 90s be­fore even­tu­ally fall­ing for a gutsy 38.

Ker­ridge were all out for 111 in the 41st over. Pat­ti­s­appu (4/20) and Pam (3/32) did the dam­age with the ball for the visi­tors.

With a small to­tal on the board and Hart­ford hav­ing a strong top or­der, early wick­ets were needed and when Adam Banks (1/14) bowled Sharp for just nine runs on the board had got off to the start they hoped.

With the score now into the 40s Tom Gaskell (1/23) claimed the sec­ond wicket, bowl­ing Boyle.

How­ever, Whit­tle, bat­ting at two, dug in and although be­ing stumped off the bowl­ing of Alex Grimes for 49, had put Hart­ford in a dom­i­nant po­si­tion.

Grimes struck again hav­ing Pickup snared leg be­fore to fin­ish with 2/52 but with such a small to­tal, skip­per Hodgkin­sons’ 35 not out fin­ished the job to se­cure a 20-point vic­tory and a foot in the door for pro­mo­tion to di­vi­sion two in 2016.

Ker­ridge did, how­ever, take the points they re­quired to guar­an­tee their place in the third tier again next year af­ter an up and down sea­son.

Ker­ridge travel to lo­cal side Pott Shrigley for the sea­son fi­nale on Satur­day, look­ing to fin­ish the year on a high note.

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