Cham­pi­ons held

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CRICKET PETER BAR­RON

MAC­CLES­FIELD were back in ac­tion at the week­end, con­tin­u­ing their tough run of fix­tures, this time away at last year’s cham­pi­ons, Hyde CC.

On a glo­ri­ous sunny Satur­day, the vis­i­tors won the toss and elected to field first.

Mac­cles­field’s open­ing bowlers, Oliver Mars­den and Chris Moores, left, started well, as did the Hyde open­ers who looked fairly com­fort­able.

Af­ter a few early bound­aries, Macc sud­denly struck to re­move Dear­den for 14 when Moores bowled the left han­der with a full de­liv­ery.

This brought Fitzsim­mons to the crease who hit a few bound­aries and be­gan to build a de­cent part­ner­ship with Hyde cap­tain, Danny Berry. The pair took the score onto 78, be­fore Moores took his sec­ond wicket of the day, aided by a sharp catch in the slips by Ber­tus.

The dan­ger­ous James Duffy then came to the crease, but be­fore he could set­tle in, Moores claimed his third scalp when Berry mis­cued to back­ward point, where John Bir­chall made no mis­take.

With two new bats­men now at the wicket, Macc were on top. How­ever, Duffy and Water­house, af­ter look­ing shaky to be­gin with, started to build a very im­por­tant part­ner­ship for the hosts. They took the score onto 136 be­fore Bir­chall bowled Water­house for a de­ter­mined 30.

Duffy was start­ing to go through the gears some­what now, pick­ing up bound­aries with more and more ease. He passed his fifty but rode some luck when Macc’s Ber­tus dropped a hard low chance to his left. The very next ball an­other wicket did fall though when Macc debu­tant, Harlan Greig, had Young caught by Ber­tus for 14. The score was now 178-5 and with just over 10 overs to go, Macc were look­ing to re­strict Hyde to 250.

This wasn’t to be though as Duffy ac­cel­er­ated phe­nom­e­nally with some blis­ter­ing slog-sweeps for six, strong cut shots and per­fectly timed drives. He reached his cen­tury in no time and Macc did not have any an­swer. They were not bowl­ing bad­lythey had just caught Duffy in sen­sa­tional form. Sup­ported well by Cran­mer, who hit some strong bound­aries of his own, the pair took the score onto 259 be­fore Mars­den came back into the at­tack and bowled the right han­der for 33.

Duffy con­tin­ued to score bound­aries, whilst Whit­taker also added to the late Hyde on­slaught. The score fin­ished on 289-6 af­ter Hyde’s 55 overs, with Duffy end­ing on 112 not out from 98 balls.

Chris Moores was the pick of Macc’s bowlers, fin­ish­ing with ex­cel­lent fig­ures of 3-48 from his open­ing 17 over spell.

Macc knew they would have to bat well to force the vic­tory.

Tight bowl­ing from Hyde’s open­ers made it hard for Bir­chall and Mars­den to in­ject any ex­plo­sive pace into Macc’s run chase. Af­ter the pair were both dis­missed rel­a­tively early on, off the lef­t­arm seam bowl­ing of Hyde’s over­seas player, Macc were un­der pres­sure at 27-2.

Debu­tant, Greig, came to the crease to join Macc’s Aus­tralian, Nick Ber­tus, who is spon­sored by lo­cal com­pany Chrome Mo­tors. Ber­tus was look­ing to recre­ate his ter­rific cen­tury from last week’s game against Ch­ester, but he knew there was a lot of work to be done be­fore any such mile­stones could be reached. Him­self and Greig, showed a lot of fight and style, to not only keep the Hyde open­ing bowlers at bay, but also to take them out of the at­tack.

The pair hit some crunch­ing bound­aries, in­clud­ing some fab­u­lous sixes, in a 65-run part­ner­ship which was bring­ing Macc back into the game.

Un­for­tu­nately, just as Greig was get­ting go­ing, he was caught for 29. This brought cap­tain Porter to the crease, who set about the task ad­mirably with Ber­tus. Both bats­men scored quickly and played Hyde’s two left arm spin­ners with real con­fi­dence. Hyde were be­gin­ning to look un­com­fort­able as Macc were build­ing a real foun­da­tion to kick on from.

But un­luck­ily, just af­ter Macc passed the 150 mark, Ber­tus mist­imed a shot off Dear­den, caught by Duffy at mid-wicket, for an­other su­perb in­nings, end­ing on 86 from 92 balls, but this was a ma­jor break­through for Hyde.

The home side then struck again not long af­ter to dis­miss Par­fett, leav­ing the score on 170-5 with 15 overs to go. Porter kept on go­ing, whilst Bar­ron played him­self in.

The pair took ad­van­tage of the at­tack­ing field place­ments by putting any­thing loose away to the bound­ary, but it was all a lit­tle too late and even af­ter a fifty part­ner­ship which gave Macc some hope, the pair just couldn’t get close enough.

Bar­ron went with 5 overs to go for 37 and Porter fol­lowed soon af­ter, mak­ing a well-de­served 59.

With the score on 237-7 and only a few overs left, Macc bat­tled on through James Cross (13 not out) and Chris Moores to fin­ish on 250-7 off their 55 overs. A draw was a fair re­sult on a bats­men friendly day. Hyde take 14 points to Macc’s 7.

Next week Macc are back at Vic­to­ria Road, where they host Bow­den, who now have the for­mer Lan­cashire player, Glenn Chap­ple, within their bowl­ing at­tack! Macc look for­ward to see­ing many lo­cals down to cheer them along in what prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing game- it is free en­try and food/drinks are avail­able in the club­house.

●● Nick Ber­tus, who is spon­sored by lo­cal com­pany Chrome Mo­tors, has en­joyed a fine start to the sea­son

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