Macclesfield maintain promotion pursuit
THE opposition travelling to Victoria Road this week were Upton CC and upon winning the toss they decided to bat first.
Macclesfield 1st XI started gently in the field, with Craig Melrose and youngster Otis Palmes taking the new ball.
Palmes then struck with a delivery which was mistimed straight to Will Smith at backward point, presenting Macc with their first wicket of the game.
At the other end, Melrose was repeatedly beating the edge and keeping the runs down, enabling Macc to apply some pressure. Captain Rob Porter made a change, bringing the in-form Chris Moores into the attack. Moores struck early again with a full delivery resulting in an edge to Tom Tudor in the slip cordon.
Not long after Moores was celebrating again as Peter Barron caught a loose shot at point, leaving Upton on 65-3. Captain Tom Marsland came to the crease for the visitors and went about rebuilding the Upton innings along with the overseas player, Chris McArthur. The pair dug in and batted well taking the score onto 95-3.
Porter then brought himself into the attack after Melrose had come to the end of another superb 15 over spell, in which he only conceded 41 runs and was mightily unlucky not to pick up any wickets. With the score at 95 for 3 Upton were in a fairly strong position however and looking to press on.
Porter had other ideas though as he ripped through the Upton middle and lower order in the next few overs, including the key wickets of McArthur (35) and Marsland (26). He deceived the opposition with his off spin, bringing about their downfall, seeing them capitulate to 116 all out, aided by some good catches from Moores, Tudor, Ishan Jain and Jim Melrose along the way. The captain had only bowled 6.1 overs, going for just 5 runs and picked up 6 wickets!
The other wicket was claimed by Tudor as Upton were bowled out in the 43rd over. Earlier on Moores finished with more fine figures of 2-46 off his 15 overs.
In response Macc started at a quick rate with John Birchall hitting some thunderous early boundaries, including a roof tile! Birchall (16) and Porter (14) fell relatively early on however after a confident start, leaving Macc on 26-2 and with work to do.
This brought Tudor and Barron together who went about the chase in a positive fashion.
However, two shots too many nearly undid for Barron as he was dropped in the slips twice early on off the bowling of Sundve, who was bowling a testing line.
After these early scares though the Upton bowling attack couldn’t find a way through, as Tudor especially, played in his cool and calm fashion.
The pair made steady work of the low target, rotating the strike and finding the odd boundary, finishing the game off in the 27th over, with Tudor ending unbeaten on 48 and Barron on 37 not out. Macc take the 25 points and travel to Oxton next week to continue their promotion push.