Bril­liant Bir­chall

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SATUR­DAY marked an im­por­tant day for the vis­i­tors Mac­cles­field Cricket Club, at a phe­nom­e­nal Ne­ston cricket ground.

Ea­ger for their first league win – af­ter a few cru­cial games had been rained off – the Mac­cles­field 1st XI were keen to get on the field and show­case there skills.

Cap­tain Rob Porter lost the toss and was asked to have a bat, the first time in the cur­rent sea­son the side were elected to bat first.

Open­ing bats­men Oli Mars­den and John Bir­chall set up the game beau­ti­fully with an open­ing stand of 162 in tough bat­ting con­di­tions, be­fore Mars­den was trapped LBW for 43.

This didn’t stop Bir­chall though as he went on to make a bril­liant hun­dred off just 102 balls.

Nick Ber­tus played a good in­nings of 38, con­tin­u­ing his good form with the bat.

A mid­dle or­der col­lapse saw the vis­i­tors set a tar­get of 231-8 in very tough bat­ting con­di­tions for Ne­ston to chase.

Open­ing bowler Bir­chall pro­duced an out­stand­ing bowl­ing per­for­mance as he bowled a superb spell, tak­ing six wick­ets for 51 runs in his 14 overs, leav­ing the home side no chance of get­ting into the game.

Open­ing bowl­ing part­ner Craig Mel­rose also bowled well and built pres­sure from the other end, he him­self pick­ing up a well de­served two wick­ets.

Golden arm Chris Moores couldn’t be kept out of the game as he con­tin­ued his wicket feast and picked up the fi­nal two wick­ets.

The award for man of the match was an ob­vi­ous one given the per­for­mance by Bir­chall with an out­stand­ing knock of 110 and bril­liant bowl­ing fig­ures of 6-51.

Over­all a great per­for­mance by the vis­i­tors saw Ne­ston be­ing bowled out for just 110 mean­ing Mac­cles­field would come home with a 121 run win and a valu­able 25 points!

Mean­while, Mac­cles­field Cricket Club have an­nounced that Chrome Mo­tors have ex­tended their spon­sor­ship of the Club for a sec­ond sea­son.

Pic­tured shak­ing hands are Si­mon Grif­fiths, Chair­man of Mac­cles­field Cricket Club and Danny Towns, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Chrome Mo­tors, to­gether with var­i­ous play­ers and mem­bers of the com­mit­tee.

Com­ment­ing on the spon­sor­ship deal, Danny Towns said: “We are de­lighted to con­tinue with our spon­sor­ship of Mac­cles­field Cricket Club, where we will sup­port the first team and con­tinue to as­sist with the de­vel­op­ment of ju­nior player.”

‘We will sup­port the first team and con­tinue to as­sist with the de­vel­op­ment of ju­nior play­ers

●● Chrome Mo­tors re­new their spon­sor­ship of Mac­cles­field Cricket Club

●● John Bir­chall, 110 and 6 for 51 off 14

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