In-form Macc in
MACCLESFIELD Cricket Club’s busy weekend schedule started last Thursday with a trip to local rivals Bollington, in their first T20 group stage game.
Macc batted first posting a total of 157-5, with Craig Melrose hitting some huge sixes in a very entertaining 43.
In reply Bolli were never too far behind the rate, despite only having 19 overs to chase Macc’s total due to a slow over rate.
Jack Ward struck a powerful 34 and captain, Rick Hough, added a quickfire 23 in the latter stages to bring the hosts back into the game.
Macc still were just about in control though and Rob Porter’s 3-20, plus more Macc wickets, put the hosts under pressure.
Bolli hung in there however and when they were awarded 10 penalty runs going into the final over, for Macc’s slow over rate, the game was in the balance, as Bolli needed 4 to win while Macc required 1 wicket to bowl Bolli out.
Enter John Birchall, who provided the perfect antidote to claim the winning wicket via a fast, leg stump yorker, meaning Macc won by a nail-biting 3 run margin.
On Saturday, it was back to the league, and Macc travelled away to Upton CC on the wirral in a rain affected game. Macc were asked to bat first and due to the delayed start the match was reduced to 35 overs per side.
Rob Porter starred with the bat for Macc, scoring 73, as the visitors posted a score of 161-6.
Upton started the run chase off well and at 40-0, they looked the more likely to win. However Macc came back with 5 quick wickets through Oli Marsden (2), Rob Porter (1), John Birchall (1) and a smart run out by Birchall to leave Upton on 60-5. This left Macc just over 10 overs to claim the last 5 wickets, but Upton’s resistance to not lose anymore wickets proved too strong as they limped to 95-5 off their 35 overs. Macc take 17 points to Upton’s 10.
On Sunday, Macc played Bollington once again, this time at home in the Cheshire Cup.
Macc won the toss and decided to bat first, on what looked like a very batsman friendly wicket.
And this proved to be the case as all of Macc’s batsmen were in the runs. Australian Tom Tudor batted superbly for his 70, whilst Alex Griffiths (49) and Oli Marsden (46) both looked very stylish for their very valuable contributions.
Macc reached a commanding 225-5 off their 45 overs.
In the field Macc found it difficult to take wickets but were keeping Bolli just behind the required run rate.
At 130-2, after Barrass had played beautifully for his 56, the game entered its final 15 overs.
Jack Ward batted very maturely for his fifty and Macc needed his wicket if they were to win this game.
And Tom Tudor was the man to provide that moment as Ward was bowled for an admirable 62. Wicketkeeper James Cross (30) was the next crucial wicket for Macc as Oli Marsden also added wickets to his earlier runs.
In the end, with wickets tumbling and the required rate constantly increasing, Bolli were just left with too much to do.
The visitors finished on 212-7, off their 45 overs, with Tom Tudor claiming figures of 3-22 in the closing overs, as Macc progress to the next round of the competition.
Macc are back in action this weekend when they take on Oxton CC on Saturday at Victoria Road in a 1pm start.