Makin shines at Red­brook

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

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

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