Re­build­ing pro­ject con­tin­ues at Poyn­ton

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - MARTIN SAXON

POYN­TON ended their sea­son on a win­ning note at Prest­bury, but this was their first win in al­most two months, and they fin­ished down in ninth place of the 12 teams in the di­vi­sion.

Poyn­ton won the toss and bat­ted, Ban­ner fall­ing early for nine but Hares­nape (20), Wil­liams (43) and Stringer (30no) helped them to 131 for 6 off 40 overs.

Matty Gray took 3 for 30 off 13 overs and Ben Oakes 1 for 17.

Prest­bury were 26 with­out loss when Ju­lian McGovern (22) fell and the rest of the bat­ting with­ered away again with only Joe Sed­don (13) get­ting into dou­ble fig­ures. Prest­bury were all out for 55 off 28 overs, Jimmy Wil­liams tak­ing 6 for 21.

Prest­bury’s end of sea­son awards were held on Sun­day with hon­ours go­ing to Tom Lives­ley (bat­ting), Matty Gray (bowl­ing), Aqueel Ahmed (team player), Ju­lian McGovern (club player) of the year and Ben Oakes (club­man). Nets start for ju­niors at the end of Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary for se­niors.

Mean­while, for Poyn­ton, the wins in the first two matches back in April prompted some within the club to be­lieve an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Cheshire County League was on the cards, fol­low­ing last sea­son’s rel­e­ga­tion.

In truth how­ever, the club re­mains in a re­build­ing phase, with so many key play­ers hav­ing moved on in re­cent years.

There was never likely to be the strength in depth within the squad to sus­tain a pro­mo­tion bid, and in­deed these first two matches were the only oc­ca­sions on which back to back wins were recorded.

On any given day though, if avail­abil­ity was good and the play­ers per­formed to their full po­ten­tial, Poyn­ton could be a match for any­one in the di­vi­sion.

The wins over Stock­port Ge­or­gians and Ashtonon-Mersey were per­haps the best per­for­mances.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of Damian Stringer has been in­valu­able this sea­son with both bat and ball.

Si­mon Dunn also en­joyed a rich vein of form in the mid­dle part of the sea­son, cul­mi­nat­ing in a cen­tury against Dis­ley, while Adam Wil­liams also con­trib­uted four half cen­turies.

Cap­tain Jimmy Wil­liams claimed more than 40 wick­ets dur­ing the sea­son.

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