Hard work pays off as Ker­ridge go top

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - ADAM BANKS

KER­RIDGE trav­elled to play Ry­lands on Satur­day and af­ter a num­ber of one sided games in their favour they had to work hard to over­come the War­ring­ton side.

Win­ning the toss, Ker­ridge bat­ted as is the norm for them but that was about all that was nor­mal. Ry­lands took wickets from the first over, los­ing Regan (0) off a lead­ing edge. Banks was next to go, bowled (11) fol­lowed by Cap­per, caught (6). Both Wild (0) and Wind­sor (0) were bowled to leave the vis­i­tors 38-5 in nine overs.

Only Jimmy Knight at four made bat­ting look easy and when Grimes (2) and Ren­shaw (0) had also de­parted, man­aged to find a solid bat­ting part­ner from skip­per on the day Phil Raven­scroft. Be­tween them they took the score from 61-7 to 113-8 when Raven­scroft was caught for 24 . Ry­der (0) and Heapy (0) went quickly to leave Knight stranded on his own on 72 not out and won­der­ing what was go­ing on at the other end. Ry­lands’ T Tay­lor took 6-33 as Ker­ridge were 120ao in just 26 overs, only the sec­ond time they have been bowled out this year.

Af­ter a short tea Ker­ridge set about de­fend­ing a small total and Knight con­tin­ued from his ear­lier hero­ics with the bat in an awe­some spell of bowl­ing which saw Ry­lands lose 10 wickets for 14 runs, ca­pit­u­lat­ing from 10-0 to 24ao in 13 overs with Knight tak­ing 7-18 as well as an in­cred­i­ble run out.

Neil Banks also took 2-6 in sup­port but it seemed the day be­longed to Knight as Ry­lands were left com­pletely shell shocked af­ter seem­ing con­fi­dent of an early fin­ish in their ad­van­tage!

Ker­ridge took 25 points and claimed top spot in the league for the first time this sea­son.

They have another tricky en­counter when they travel to Heaton Mersey Vil­lage next which sees the only un­beaten sides left in the league square up.

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