Bowl­ing pair hit

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - PETER BARRON

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

Craig Mel­rose

Chris Moores took six wick­ets against Daven­ham

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