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CHESHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE MARK BROOK MARPLE ..................... 207-4 ALDERLEY EDGE ..... 205-9
MARPLE edged the points in an exciting drawn game with Alderley Edge at Bowden Lane last Saturday.
This was supposed be the day before the summer solstice.
However, the match began fifty minutes late in conditions that would not have been out of place in mid-November!
Mark Bennett was delighted to win the toss and bat first in the gloom and damp.
Groundsman Mike Hibbert had, though, prepared an excellent pitch that was well protected against the elements.
The visitors soon had to contend with a wet ball, but despite this handicap, Alderley bowlers Windle and Foreman bowled tidily, and certainly demanded respect from Andrew Hall and his new partner Jim Morgan.
Both batsmen looked to be in good touch, and settled well, although Windle was accurate and Foreman managed to get the ball through to keeper Worrall with good carry on occasion.
Hall (14), in particular, seemed to be timing the ball well, but after taking two effortless fours from Foreman, inexplicably played around a straight delivery and deflected the ball into his stumps with the score at 19 for 1.
Skipper Bennett then joined his former Loughborough colleague Morgan, and the pair played with skill and application.
Morgan was the dominant partner, dealing in boundaries initially, but then rotating the strike well with Bennett.
Two superb cover drives from both players were highlights of the partnership.
The bowling was steady, but neither batsman was unduly troubled.
Alderley skipper Worrall soon introduced his spin partnership of Reid and Aussie Chinaman bowler Sean Sturrock. Off spinner Reid gave his captain control, not turning the ball a great deal, but bowling a searching line and length.
Sturrock is an interesting bowler, and of the type rarely seen in any form of cricket.
Conditions were certainly against him, with a wet ball and temperatures in the mid teens.
He was not economical, but seemed able to produce some unplayable deliveries at times.
One of these was a perfect Chinaman to Bennett (25), which the Marple skipper snicked to Worrall when the total had reached 103 for 2.
Morgan (63) had played possibly his best innings