Tu­dor un­der­pins

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

MAC­CLES­FIELD CC 1st XI were back in ac­tion at home to War­ring­ton CC 1st XI on Satur­day, on a boil­ing hot day at Vic­to­ria Road, in a game spon­sored by The Chilli Ba­nana Thai Restau­rant, Mac­cles­field.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field first. The War­ring­ton open­ing bats­men added a few early runs, mainly be­hind square of the wicket, keep­ing Macc’s slip field­ers in­ter­ested.

The first wicket came cour­tesy of Craig Mel­rose as Ro­den played a false shot only to hear the death rat­tle as Mel­rose bowled him for 22, leav­ing the vis­i­tors on 38-1.

Not long af­ter, War­ring­ton slipped to 52-4 and then 76-5, as Mel­rose and Chris Moores of­fered no let up with the ball, backed up with some sharp catches be­hind the wick­ets.

How­ever War­ring­ton’s over­seas player, J. Els, sup­ported by Houghton (13), of­fered some re­sis­tance as they took the score onto 125-6, when the lat­ter was out caught and bowled by off spin­ner, Rob Porter.

Macc con­tin­ued to take wick­ets, whilst Els con­tin­ued to pick up runs from the other end.

Fearing he’d run out of partners though, he played a big shot off Porter which was well caught at long off by Andy Moores, scor­ing a su­perbly crafted 83.

Macc took the last wicket im­me­di­ately with Porter bowl­ing Soni for a golden duck, dis­miss­ing the vis­i­tors for 173.

Porter claimed ex­cel­lent fig­ures of 4-30 off 10 overs, whilst Mel­rose fin­ished with great fig­ures of 3-66 off 15 overs.

In re­ply Macc got off to a shaky start as John Bir­chall and Porter were both dis­missed off the bowl­ing of Soni for one and seven re­spec­tively, leav­ing Macc on 17-2.

Macc’s over­seas player, Tom Tu­dor, started to go about things pos­i­tively how­ever, strik­ing a few nice early bound­aries to ease the pres­sure on the hosts.

Him­self and Peter Barron (11) took the score on to 60-3, when the lat­ter was caught at gully.

This brought Oliver Mars­den to the crease, and he played some at­tack­ing strokes and pun­ished any­thing loose to move onto 24 in no time.

How­ever, in keep­ing with the game, just as a bats­man looked set and com­fort­able, a wicket fell. Mars­den was caught be­hind for 24, off the bowl­ing of Els, leav­ing Macc on 87-4.

Two more quick wick­ets fell, leav­ing Macc in trou­ble at drinks on 96-6.

Mel­rose came to the crease and stopped the flow of wick­ets.

Mean­while, Tu­dor con­tin­ued to play calmly at the other end de­spite the re­cent flurry of wick­ets.

He past his fifty and a part­ner­ship was start­ing to de­velop for the pair.

They con­tin­ued to bat re­spon­si­bly how­ever, know­ing one wicket could change the mo­men­tum of the game again.

They took the score past 130, and then 140. The end was now in sight and Mel­rose de­liv­ered a cou­ple of big max­i­mums and Man­hat­ten overs, to take Macc within strik­ing dis­tance.

Mel­rose won the game with a huge six, to fin­ish on 47 not out off 46 balls, while Tu­dor played a match-win­ning knock of 77 not out off 85 balls.

The un­bro­ken 80-run part­ner­ship was a de­light to watch, cen­tred around re­silience ini­tially and then a dis­play of beau­ti­ful bat­ting and pow­er­ful shots.

Macc won by four wick­ets with plenty of overs to spare, tak­ing the 25 points to War­ring­ton’s eight, leav- ing the hosts sev­enth in the ta­ble, just past the half­way point in the sea­son.

Next week Macc are in ac­tion away to Sale CC. Game starts at 1pm.

Matt Rat­cliffe

Craig Mel­rose shone with ball and bat

Tom Tu­dor scored a match-win­ning 77 off 85 balls

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