Macc bid for first win washed away

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - PETER BAR­RON

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

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