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MACCLESFIELD CC PETER BARRON
MACCLESFIELD CC 1st XI travelled away to Urmston CC for their 15th league game of the season, on a greyish day.
Macc won the toss and put the hosts in on a green, damp wicket.
Opening bowlers Craig Melrose and Tom Key started well, bowling tightly and both picking up a wicket apiece in the early stages.
The first wicket was aided by yet another stunning one handed diving catch by Macc’s overseas player, Tom Tudor, which was low down to his right, almost behind him, making the score 17-1.
Then that became 17-2, as Key claimed the big wicket of Turner for just 9, as the ball stopped on him and he went through his shot too early, presenting a simple catch to Fin McCance at mid-off.
The next wicket looked like coming quite soon as Melrose went past the edge of both batsmen on a regular occasion.
And a couple of chances did come but Macc unfortunately dropped them both.
Urmston’s Hussain and Thomas seemed to settle a bit more at the crease after this and were picking up the run rate ever so slightly.
They took the score past the 50 mark as a notable partnership began to form.
By this point, captain Rob Porter had introduced in-form Chris Moores into the attack to try and swing the momentum back in Macc’s favour.
However no wickets were immediately forthcoming and Macc had to toil some more before finding a breakthrough. And when it did, Macc struck twice in quick succession.
Firstly Moores had Thomas caught behind by Jim Melrose for a determined knock of 27 on a tough wicket, and not long after, Craig Melrose, picked up his second wicket of the day as Hussain held out to Tom Radley at deep square leg for 28.
Urmston were now 74-4 and Macc were now back in the ascendancy.
More tight overs followed as Melrose and Moores bowled well in tandem. This put pressure on the incoming batsmen who couldn’t add any injection into the Urmston innings. More wickets fol- lowed as a result, as Urmston limped up towards the 100 mark but kept losing wickets along the way.
Turner (senior) offered some resistance but on a tough wicket to come in on, Macc took advantage. Moores finished with figures of 5-29, Tom Tudor came into the attack late on and picked up 2-13, and Melrose who led the way superbly again up front, finished with figures of 2-40 from his 15 overs. Urmston ended on 106 all out inside 42 overs.
Macc started brightly in the run chase with some good early boundaries from both Rob Porter and John Birchall. However Birchall was dropped early on and Porter was
Macclesfield bowler Chris Moores finished with five for 29 in another impressive display of bowling against Urmston
Macclesfield captain Rob Porter scored 51