Bowling pair hit
MACCLESFIELD CC 1st XI were back at Victoria Road at the weekend, up against high-flyers, Davenham CC, in a game sponsored by local firm Mopart (UK) Ltd.
Macc won the toss and elected to bowl first on a dry-ish day.
Craig Melrose and Tom Key took the new ball, and bowled fairly tightly early on.
However, captain Rob Porter decided to make an early change and introduced left-arm seamer, Chris Moores into the attack.
And it was an inspired bowling change as Moores claimed the first wicket of the day not long after, when Davenham batsman, Sambell, edged to Tom Tudor at first slip for 27, leaving the visitors on 39-1.
Soon after, Melrose dismissed Davenham’s Australian, Gallichan, for a duck and Moores picked up the important wicket of Ben Gough for 13.
This left Davenham on 43-3. Davenham’s Sam Hunt then showed his talent.
He played explosively and found the boundary with ease from the off.
Despite the current pressure Macc had applied to the visitors, Hunt was bringing Davenham back into it after a poor start.
But just as a recovery was emerging, Moores struck again, sending Loveridge back to the pavilion for 7 and a couple of overs later took the big wicket of Hunt for 31. Davenham were now 83-5.
Moores and Melrose continued to bowl perfectly in tandem and there was no let up for the incoming batsmen.
It was Melrose’s turn to take a couple more wick- ets as he had Hornby caught by Tudor and bowled Hancock in quick succession.
Moores then claimed a much deserved five-for as John Birchall clung on in gully as Davenham passed the 100 mark.
Melrose took the 9th wicket aided by Tudor’s 4th slip catch of the innings before Moores wrapped the innings up by bowling Bliss for 0, meaning Davenham were all out for 105 in the 28th over.
Melrose finished with superb figures of 4-54 off his 14 overs and Moores ended with exceptional figures of 6-29 off 10.1 overs.
In reply, Macc got off to a strong start as Birchall and Porter went about the chase in professional fashion, with the former providing some early boundaries and the latter making sure no early wickets were given away.
The pair shared a 50-run opening partnership, before Birchall was adjudged LBW for 37, leaving the score on 63-1. Porter and Tudor then took the score up to 99 before Porter was trapped LBW for 34 and then Barron was run out for a duck backing, before Tudor (29 not out) and Oli Marsden (2 not out) saw Macc over the line. The 7 wicket win means Macc take the 25 points, to Davenham’s 1.
‘It was an inspired bowling change as Moores claimed the first wicket of the day not long after’
Next week Macc are in action away at Urmston CC
Chris Moores took six wickets against Davenham