Mac­cles­field main­tain pro­mo­tion pur­suit

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - PETER BAR­RON

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.

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