On Saturday, Macclesfield made the journey up to Hyde in wet conditions and showers forecast in the afternoon.
After hard groundwork from the hosts, a 100-over game got under way. Hyde skipper Berry won the toss and chose to field.
Macclesfield lost both openers early which brought Porter and the in-form Sawas to the crease.
Both started cautiously but soon found their stride, pouncing on anything slightly short with both playing some punishing pull strokes.
Sawas again looked in great touch and hit a number of big sixes to accelerate to 50. After Porter (43) fell to the medium pace of Duffy to break a 118-run partnership Macc lost three cheap wickets to slip to 173-6.
This brought Hodgson to the crease who hit a quick-fire 38 from 20 balls including a massive slog-swept six.
At the other end, Sawas moved onto his third hundred of the season with a straight six. This completely freed his stroke play as every ball he now faced seemed to disappear to the boundary.
However, one big shot too many saw Sawas caught for a fantastic 137 including 11 sixes. Macc finished on 266-9, a great effort on a difficult pitch.
However, a good bowling performance was still needed against Hyde’s batting line up.
Macc’s fielding effort started well with Tait and Melrose bowling in good areas.
Tait picked up the first three wickets, including the big one of Duffy, caught at mid-off for 20, with Hyde on 62-3. Melrose bowled a tight opening spell that went unrewarded.
The patient Danny Berry’s wicket was vital for Macc as they pushed for victory.
Kirwin joined Berry to move the score onto 123-4 to give Hyde a chance but the introduction of Cutbill into the attack accounted for both batsmen, LBW to swinging deliveries, with Berry falling for 78.
At 154-6 Ashley came in to hit 51 from just 36 deliveries to put Hyde back in with a chance.
As he ran out of partners, he was last to fall, looking for the big shot. Hyde finishing well short on 225.
A great bowling and fielding performance from Macc was led by Cutbill, who finished with a superb 6-35, Tait taking 4-87.
The victory moves Macc above Hyde into second place.
LANGLEY'S first XI joined the club’s second team in the last eight of the Twenty20 cup with a fine all-round display against a good Woodford side.
Skipper Letven arrived late to find that Frame had won the toss and elected to bowl.
After scoring 16 off the first two overs Woodford looked set to post a large score but two wickets from Frame pegged them back.
Letven, Cook and Berzins bowled tidily in the middle overs and the impact of Si Patterson – with two wickets in his first two deliveries – meant Woodford were finding runs hard to come by.
Gilliat’s 29 off 18 balls increased the run-rate as the home side posted 115-8 off their 20 overs with the classy Patterson finishing with 3-15, Letven 2-17, Frame 2-20 and Cook 1-22.
In Langley’s reply Gay was bowled second ball for a duck and Cook fell for three in the same manner as Langley wobbled to 11-2.
Little and Jacklin settled in, ran well, punished any bad balls and more importantly kept up with the run rate.
The duo took the score to 74 before Jacklin was caught in the covers for 23.
Little was then out LBW for a polished 41 and when Si Patterson was caught for nine the home side sensed victory, but Betteridge’s unbeaten 18 and Pattison (7 not out) held their nerve and took Langley to a five-wicket victory with one over remaining.
It was a great win for Langley who travel to Disley in the quarter-finals.
IN Division One of the Meller Braggins League, Prestbury took maximum points from their game at Ashton-on-Mersey.
The hosts reached 115-9 in their innings but Prestbury collected 25 points as they made 117-5.
Pott Shrigley’s Division Three game against Over Peover was abandoned.
RICK Clark ensured Poynton’s promotion bid remained on course as his seven-wicket haul inspired the London Road side to victory over Timperley.
In a 66-over match Steve Dunn top-scored with 43 in Poynton’s modest all-out total of 116, Ian Grindley taking 5-49.
But Timperley were then bowled out for 102 by spinner Clark, who basked in a magnificent return of 7-33 from his 22 overs when he got back to the dressing room.