Makin shines at Redbrook
SPECTATORS at Redbrook were treated to a highly entertaining game at Redbrook on Saturday when Rochdale beat Heyside by 11 runs.
And Dale owed a huge debt of gratitude to Ollie Makin for his all round match winning performance in this see-saw affair.
Having made his name in league cricket as an off spinner, he is now a genuine all rounder and his was the innings which, in the main, rescued Dale from their calamitous start and provided them with the defendable score of 182 for 7.
Makin was called into action after the home had collapsed to 20 for 4, the early batsman undone by a combination some accurate opening bowling from Heyside’s Carl Newton and Bilal Khiljee and an unpredictable pitch.
In harness with Michael Harling Makin embarked upon a period of watchful consolidation until the wicket eased and bowlers tired and then launched the counter attack.
The pair put on for the 62 for the fifth wicket, and although Harling departed, Kelton Aughey, returning after a five week absence took advantage of Dale’s Makin inspired dominance to hit a breezy 34.
Makin, meanwhile passed his half century mark, finally falling on 62, and the tariff of his innings was substantially raised by the precarious position his team were in at the start of his innings.
But, as you might expect, Makin was not finished there. His 15 over spell with the ball yielded only 41 runs and he claimed in the process the crucial wicket of Khiljee just when you felt sure that the Heyside professional was timing the run chase to perfection.
Heyside’s reply had begun in opposite fashion to Dale’s, whose opening bowlers, Harling and Ben Chapman were more wayward than their counterparts had been.
Chapman did trap skipper Ryan Barnes in front early, but Khiljee and former Milnrow man Declan Wilkinson appeared untroubled.
They took the score to 61 before Wilkinson drove Makin to Andrew Dawson at mid off having been dropped off an identical shot only a few balls earlier.
The pace of the innings was unaltered by the arrival Heyside’s other ex Milnrow player, Max Power and a third wicket partnership of 55 ensued with these two seeming more than capable of laying the launchpad for the final assault.
But then, in the last of Makin’s his 15 over entitlement, Khiljee hit probably his worst delivery, a long hop high to point where Dale Highton took the catch.
The question now was could Power carry the fight on his own. The answer was no. He drove Henry Cooper to Harling at long off and a collapse followed.
From 155 for 2, Heyside crumbled to 127 for 7 and effectively that was that. Or it should have been, but Danny Cashin, with some lusty hitting just about kept his team in the hunt. He blasted 28 off HIghton’s last 2 overs and Heyside went into the last over needing 24.
It proved to be too many, and Makin’s status as man of the match remained unchallengeable.
Rochdale enjoyed victory against Heyside at Redbrook on Saturday