Cen­tre stage for thirds in cup tie

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PETER BAR­RON AND MITCH MOORES

UN­FOR­TU­NATELY due to the win­try con­di­tions across the north west last week, all of Mac­cles­field CC’s se­nior teams’ league matches were can­celled.

The firsts were sched­uled to be away at Bramhall CC but the game was rained-off a day ear­lier, so both teams re­ceive seven points. Sur­pris­ingly two matches in the league still went ahead.

This com­ing Satur­day, Macc hope for bet­ter con­di­tions when they en­ter­tain ta­ble-top­pers Ch­ester Boughton Hall in a home clash at Vic­to­ria Road.

The game starts at 12.30pm, with free en­try to all.

Re­fresh­ments are avail­able in the club­house and the club wel­comes every­one down.

It prom­ises to be a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere and a great game of cricket, brought to us by the play­ers and the match spon­sor The New Shal­i­mar Restau­rant Mac­cles­field.

Although all Satur­day fix­tures were can­celled, Mac­cles­field’s third XI did man­age to squeeze in a Twenty20 cup match on Sun­day.

The thirds trav­elled the short dis­tance to Alder­ley Edge for the se­cond of three group stage games.

Hav­ing al­ready beaten Stock­port Trin­ity the pre­vi­ous week, a win would leave the thirds in pole po­si­tion to qual­ify for the quar­ter fi­nals by top­ping the group. Macc won the toss and elected to field first in the damp con­di­tions. Alder­ley got off to a steady start with Macc’s seam­ers re­strict­ing the scor­ing.

Af­ter a few missed chances in the field, Alder­ley’s runs be­gan to flow.

At 57-0 af­ter 10 overs it looked like a plat­form had been set for a big score.

Af­ter some im­pres­sive death bowl­ing by open­ing seam­ers Grif­fiths and Parks, Alder­ley were re­stricted to 129-4.

Macc’s re­sponse got off to a muted start.

Moores and Fair­clough looked set­tled un­til three quick wick­ets re­moved Fair­clough, Jain and Khan.

By the time Moores fell for 24, it looked as if Macc had left it too late at 54/4 off 12 overs.

A quick­fire 30 from Long­shaw, how­ever, changed the com­plex­ion of the game.

Af­ter his dis­missal, Bo­s­tock stead­ied the ship with a cool 27 not out to get the thirds over the line with eight balls and three wick­ets to spare.

●● Mac­cles­field & District FA Schools U11 foot­ball team

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