Frustration as rain scuppers Macc promise
MACCLESFIELD CC 1st XI hosted Urmston on Saturday in a match sponsored by Nigel Wilcox Butchers (156 Park Lane).
After sterling efforts from captain Rob Porter and many others the night previous, the game started on time despite the weather.
Macclesfield started strongly with Chris Moores restricting the batsmen and taking the early wicket.
Craig Melrose, making his home return to the team, led the bowling attack with great length and was rewarded with two wickets, thanks to fine catching from Australians Nick Bertus and Ciaran Sanders.
The Macclesfield openers had Urmston in trouble on 70-3.
John Birchall came into the attack and bowled with pace and fire- taking two wickets in quick succession.
Ciaran Sanders troubled the batsmen with flight and guile and eventually got a wicket thanks to Nick Bertus pulling off a fine catch!
Rain eventually intervened and the umpires withdrew the teams with the visitors on 116-6 and Macclesfield looking in a strong position against beatable opponents. The game was abandoned with both sides taking seven points each.
Meanwhile, Macclesfield’s 2nd XI travelled to Urmston CC, but the match was cancelled without a ball being bowled, whilst the 3rd XI entertained Disley at home.
The third team boasted many academy players and scored 146 all out inside 40 overs, with David Cowen hitting a fantastic 81.
In reply Disley were 35-1 before the rain came down and the match was abandoned, seven points a piece.
Next week the first XI travel to Neston, whilst the second XI play Neston at home and the third XI are in action against Wistaston Village CC, also at Victoria Road.
●● Craig Melrose made his home return for Macc