Crick­eters in Vic­to­ria Road get to­gether

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CRICKET SI­MON GRIF­FITHS

IT may be win­ter out­side but over the fes­tive break the play­ers of Mac­cles­field Cricket Club took the op­por­tu­nity to look back on last sum­mer and start think­ing about next sea­son.

The Vic­to­ria Road club­house was packed for the an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion evening, con­ducted smoothly by Bar­ney Cut­bill.

Re­view­ing last sea­son Bar­ney com­mented that the first team, on their re­turn to the Cheshire Premier League, did well to con­sol­i­date their po­si­tion but now need to kick on and start chal­leng­ing for hon­ours.

The se­cond team un­der per­formed with too many games be­ing lost in the last over but still main­tained their place in the se­cond XI top divi­sion.

The third team chal­lenged for the league but never quite got up with the lead­ers, fin­ish­ing a cred­itable third.

The suc­cess of the sea­son was the re­formed fourth team, a part­ner­ship with Lan­g­ley CC, play­ing on a Sun­day and fin­ish­ing fifth in the league.

The Academy un­der the guid­ance of Ste­wart Gar­nett con­tin­ues to strengthen, most age groups last sea­son had to close the mem­ber­ship.

The stand-out mo­ment was 15-year-old bowler Rob­bie Peal’s pro­gres­sion dur­ing the sea­son from the thirds to the firsts and tak­ing his first Premier league wicket.

At the other end of the age spec­trum, the over 40s had their high­est fin­ish for some time as they came third in their league.

Player of the sea­son awards went to Ian Tait (1s) Craig Mel­rose (2s) Ha­min­der Matharu (3s) and Matt Waite (4s).

Look­ing for­ward to the sum­mer, Ju­nior nets have al­ready com­menced and the se­niors start on Fe­bru­ary 7th.

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