Macc cruise to first home win

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MAC­CLES­FIELD CC 1st XI en­ter­tained Sale CC 1st XI in their first home game of the 2017 sea­son, in a match spon­sored by Mopart UK Ltd, and emerged vic­to­ri­ous with a nine-wicket win.

Win­ning the toss, skip­per Rob Porter, asked the vis­i­tors to bat first.

Craig Mel­rose and Otis Palmes opened the bowl­ing for Macc and the for­mer took a wicket in his first over, aided by a sharp slip catch by Aus­tralian Tom Tu­dor.

At the other end, academy player Otis bowled flu­ently and was un­lucky not to dis­miss Sale’s other opener when a catch went down in the slips.

Macc didn’t have to wait long though for the next break­through, as Mel­rose bowled dan­ger­man Brooke Guest for just 1, leav­ing the vis­i­tors, 8-2.

A part­ner­ship then de­vel­oped be­tween Spells and Si­raj, the lat­ter hit­ting three big sixes in the process.

This took Sale on to 60-2, be­fore Bir­chall neatly dis­missed Si­raj for 24 with an athletic catch off his own bowl­ing.

Mel­rose soon got in on the act again bowl­ing Sale’s num­ber five bats­man, mak­ing the score 69-4.

Macc con­tin­ued to bowl tightly and opener Mat Spells had to con­tinue to bat well for Sale, as he wasn’t be­ing given many free­bies. Af­ter mak­ing a solid 41, he even­tu­ally suc­cumbed to Bir­chall, edg­ing to Tu­dor.

Otis Palmes then came back into the at­tack af­ter Mel­rose reached his over al­lo­ca­tion, fin­ish­ing with su­perb fig­ures of 3-25 off his 15 overs.

Palmes picked up a much-de­served wicket when wick­et­keeper Jim Mel­rose took a bril­liant one-handed div­ing catch.

This was Palmes’ first wicket for the first team, a su­perb achieve­ment for the Macc Un­der 15.

At the other end, Bir­chall picked up his third wicket of the day to make it 95-7.

Palmes then took his sec­ond wicket, bowl­ing Adams through the gate for 4, be­fore Bir­chall bowled Nawaz and Clarke cheaply, com­plet­ing his five-for (5-50) and end­ing Sale’s in­nings on 102 all out off 35.3 overs.

Palmes fin­ished with ex­cel­lent fig­ures of 2-26 off his nine overs. It had been a very dis­ci­plined bowl­ing dis­play from all of Macc’s bowlers.

With the bat, the hosts got off to an un­for­tu­nate start, as Fin McCance (4) re­ceived a very good ball from left-armer, Nawaz, tak­ing his off stump, leav­ing Macc on 8-1.

How­ever, Macc’s over­seas player, Tu­dor, ended any hope of more early wick­ets for Sale by steady­ing the ship.

Tu­dor and Bir­chall took the score on to 20-1 fairly quickly and were bat­ting sen­si­bly, whilst putting the bad balls away to the fence.

Once the pair past the fifty part­ner­ship, Macc could re­lax some­what.

Both bats­men had been scor­ing at a sim­i­lar rate up un­til this point, but then Bir­chall ac­cel­er­ated, hit­ting some pow­er­ful bound­aries and reach­ing his half cen­tury for the sec­ond time in two games.

The two bats­men saw the job through, when Bir­chall swept a six over mid­wicket, giv­ing Macc a much-de­served nine wicket vic­tory. Bir­chall fin­ished on 64 not out and Tu­dor 27 not out, in an un­bro­ken stand of 95. Macc take 25 points from the game, to Sale’s 0, mov­ing Macc into the top half of the ta­ble.

Mac­cles­field’s sec­ond­sun­for­tu­nately lost to Tim­per­ley.

Af­ter be­ing 7-3 early on, Macc did well to post a score of 137 all out, mainly thanks to Adam Long­shaw hit­ting a mar­vel­lous 77 not out.

In re­ply, Tim­per­ley lost wick­ets too spo­rad­i­cally for Macc to ex­ert any real pres­sure. At 58-3, Macc had a slight chance of claw­ing back into the game, but another big part­ner­ship took Tim­per- ley to within strik­ing dis­tance of Macc’s mod­est to­tal.

Tim­per­ley did lose a few wick­ets to­wards the end of their run chase how­ever as the in­tro­duc­tion of academy spin­ners, Miles Brad­shaw (1-18) and Jack Massey (2-14), trig­gered a mini col­lapse, as 119-3 soon be­came 132-6.

How­ever, the dam­age had al­ready been done and Tim­per­ley won with 4 wick­ets in hand and plenty of overs to spare.

Tom Tu­dor, left, and John Bir­chall

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