Frus­tra­tion as rain scup­pers Macc prom­ise

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - JAMES CROSS

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

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