Macc bowlers on

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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

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