Lead­ers in­flict

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MAC­CLES­FIELD be­hind whilst Porter CC 1st XI claimed a caught and con­tin­ued their bowled op­por­tu­nity. push for pro­mo­tion at Mars­den fin­ished with league lead­ers, Oul­ton great fig­ures of 3-6 and Park, on a sunny Bank Porter 1-13, as the pair hol­i­day week­end. wrapped up the in­nings,

Af­ter win­ning the toss, bowl­ing Oul­ton Park out cap­tain Rob Porter elected in­side 40 overs for a to­tal to field first. Open­ing of 130. bowlers Craig Mel­rose In re­ply, Macc started and Tom Key be­gan prow­ell through Alex Grif­fiths ceed­ings and were soon and Rob Porter. The pair get­ting plenty of move­bat­ted sen­si­bly early on ment from the new ball. de­spite an early scare,

Oul­ton Park’s open­ing when Grif­fiths was bats­men, Martin East and dropped at back­ward Danny Leach, man­aged to point in what would have find the no­to­ri­ously short been a ter­rific one handed bound­ary on numer­ous div­ing catch. oc­ca­sions, de­spite MelGrif­fiths pun­ished the rose and Key bowl­ing hosts as he con­tin­u­ally some good ar­eas. found the bound­ary

It wasn’t un­til the 8th through some lovely front over when Key in­duced a foot drives. Porter sup­top edge from East (20) ported him well as the and Jim Mel­rose took a pair built a good open­ing good catch with the gloves part­ner­ship. to get Macc their first It wasn’t un­til the in­trow­icket. Not long af­ter duc­tion of Muham­mad brother, Craig, took the Kashif when the hosts got big wicket of Leach for 8, their break­through. Af­ter as he nicked be­hind to open­ing bowler Richard Jim, leav­ing the hosts on Smith pulled up with an 33-2. in­jury in the fifth over, the

Oul­ton Park then re­built off spin­ner took the ball through Cal­lum Begg (19) and be­gan what would and Mark Latham (32) as be­come a mag­i­cal spell. the pair de­fi­antly put on Soon enough he dubi48 for the third wicket. At ously trapped Porter (9) which point Mel­rose LBW and not long af­ter broke the solid part­nerdis­missed Tom Tu­dor for ship as Begg was bowled 0 in a sim­i­lar fashion as try­ing to scoop shot the Macc slipped to 33-2 af­ter bowler down to fine leg. a good start. Peter Bar­ron Now at 81-3, near­ing the joined Grif­fiths as the pair mid­point of the in­nings, tried to re­build. the game was still in the Oul­ton Park bowled to bal­ance. their fields, as East had

Macc con­tin­ued to bowl come into the at­tack and good ar­eas through Melthrough him and Kashif, rose and Key as the pair the pair cut out any four man­aged to dis­lodge balls and were de­terthree more op­po­si­tion mined not to let Macc off bats­men as Oul­ton Park the hook. fell to 107-6, as the Macc They soon added to bowlers came to the end their wicket tally of their spells. Mel­rose through a great grab as fin­ished with ex­cel­lent figGrif­fiths was caught ures of 4-62, with Key af­ter top edg­ing a sweep back­ing him up with good to short fine leg, for a fig­ures of his own of 2-44, well played 29. from their 15 overs apiece. Not long af­ter, Bar­ron

Ol­lie Mars­den and Rob (3), who never got go­ing Macc on 47-4 and in trou­ble.Porterthen­camein­tothe­suc­cumbed­toKashif at­tack and did a very good aswell, as he played an il­lMars­den started well, job of keep­ing it tight and judged shot over mid on, play­ing pos­i­tively, but as tak­ing the fi­nal few wick­which held in their air wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall ets. be­fore the fielder run­ning at the other end Macc’s

Mars­den bowled 2 bats­back, pulled off an in­cred­chances of win­ning were men and had one caught ible div­ing catch to leave di­min­ish­ing quickly. Will

David Tol­l­i­day

Mac­cles­field fast bowler Tom Key

David Tol­l­i­day

Mac­cles­field bowler Ol­lie Mars­den fin­ished with fig­ures of 3-6 against Oul­ton Park

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