Macc bid for first win washed away
MACCLESFIELD CC 1XI hosted Bowdon CC on Saturday looking to get a first win of the season after arguably playing the three strongest teams in the league so far and losing another to the weather.
The match was sponsored by The Balti Kitchen Macclesfield, but unfortunately this game would also fall victim of our marvellous British “summer” too.
Visiting skipper Simon Marshall called correctly at the toss and elected to bat first knowing that, with showers around, Bowdon could control the game and potentially set a tough target of far fewer overs for Macc to win – if it went that far.
Unfortunately, however, just prior to starting the heavens opened and the start was delayed.
This would set the tone for the day, and when the game was eventually started it was a 96-over match – 48 overs a side.
Ex-Lancs player Marshall opened the batting and looked comfortable straight away, while Ashling looked to attack more against the moving ball – until he played a shot too many and was well caught at deep backward square by Oliver Marsden off the bowling of Chris Moores. Marsden bowled a good opening spell and was unlucky not to take a wicket as he and Moores asked questions of all the batsmen.
Hey, Teasdale and Ball came and went – all dismissed to smart catches off that man Moores who was bowling some good balls on a helpful surface.
At the other end, Marshall progressed smoothly to a well compiled 56 before being caught behind by Cross from the bowling of Birchall who had replaced Marsden at the Pavillion end.
Unfortunately, after 38 overs, and with the Bowdon score on 118-5, the heavens opened again and that signalled the end of the match after great efforts from the home side to keep the game progressing in very damp conditions.
Marshall with 56 was the best bat, while Moores continued his fine form with the ball claiming figures of 15/2/40/4 for Macclesfield.
Thanks to The Balti Kitchen for their support of the club by sponsoring the match.
Unfortunately, the weather also accounted for the 2XI and 3XI matches, and despite of the sun shining on Sunday for the Cheshire Cup game against a strong New Brighton CC 1XI side, the umpires did not think the outfield had dried sufficiently from the previous 24 hours to start the match meaning a replay on Sunday 5th June.
●● Chris Moores