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Cricket round-up: Macclesfield hopes dashed by a washout

Macclesfield's title chase took another hit with just seven points awarded for their abandoned game at Urmston.

Macclesfield's title chase took another hit with just seven points awarded for their abandoned game at Urmston.

Batting first after Barney Cutbill won the toss, Macclesfield struggled early on against the tight bowling of Sydall and Assi and lost two early wickets.

Khalid Sawas (31) and Rob Porter (22) tried to rebuild the innings but runs were proving difficult to come by.

Their patience started to be rewarded and the pair moved the score to 65 before they fell in quick succession.

Macc lost another quick wicket to leave the hosts in charge with the score at 71-5.

Jack Ward and Craig Melrose then both batted superbly to score 39 and give Macclesfield a score to defend as they closed on 158-8 after 55 overs.

After tea, Ian Tait made the first breakthrough, tempting Fawcett to nick one through to keeper Jim Melrose with the score on 16.

Urmston opener Watson looked dangerous, hitting a number of fours through the cover region but Melrose was causing the Urmston batsmen lots of problems and he was rewarded with the key wickets of Panda and Jackson to put Urmston in trouble at 30-3.

The fall of Watson for 27, bowled by Melrose, and a quick wicket for Jack Ward left Macc well on top with the hosts on 51-5.

Dickinson and Bullock then built a good partnership and Porter was introduced into the attack. Dickinson went for one big hit too many and skied the ball straight up into the air and into the hands of Sawas off the bowling of Porter.

Assi joined Bullock at the crease and the pair progressed the score nicely to 117-6 but, with the game evenly poised and an exciting finish drawing near, the heavens opened and play was abandoned.

Melrose was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-49.

IN A season ruined by excessive rain Mother Nature struck again to prevent Bollington from almost certain victory in their relegation battle at home to Brooklands.

Skipper Toby Ward won the toss and opted for the safety-first approach, asking Brooklands to bat first on an excellent batting track.

The Bolly bowlers did well to restrict Brooklands to 197 all out, with Mo Ali the pick of the Bolly bowlers.

Ali finished with an outstanding 6-33 off 16 overs, and he was well supported by the returning Mo Jahangir (2-64), Tom Barrass (1-14) and Stuart Plant (1-26).

Knowing the Brooklands total was below-par the hosts were confident of victory and theirconfidence was justified as openers Mike Rixon and Tom Gower seized upon anything loose.

The pair put on an unbroken 77 for the first wicket in just 12 overs, with Rixon on 35 and Gower 33.

But, with victory seemingly assured a huge storm hit Bollington – and most of the rest of the county – and flooded the Recreation Ground, giving the captains and umpires no choice but to abandon the game.

It was a harsh twist of fate in a game that the relegation-threatened hosts really needed to win. They collected seven points for their efforts.

On Saturday they go to Christleton hoping for a big points haul to ease their worries near the foot of Division One.

POYNTON chased down a challenging target of 213 to collect maximum points from their home game with Malpas.

The Cheshire League’s basement side had three players making half-centuries in their innings, with Rob Ward (56), Adrian Stubbs (57) and Patrick Mackrell (55) helping them to an all-out total of 212 from 49 overs.

For the hosts Rick Clark collected three wickets for 46 runs and Jake Turner finished with 3-52.

The reply saw openers Paul Gould and Tom Berzins put on 58 for the first wicket, the latter departing for 31.

That provided a platform for Gould to make 87, with Damien Stringer contributing 44, to help see Poynton home with six wickets to spare.

POTT Shrigley and Disley were again left frustrated by rain in their fixture on Saturday.

Having won the toss and elected to field, Shrigley made a good start with Alex Jackson taking three early wickets to leave Disley 40-4.

However some good consolidation from the Disley batsmen enabled them to make 148 from their 45 overs.

In reply Shrigley made an horrific start and were left in trouble at 3-4. Sensible batting from Matt Jackson and Phil Beard turned the game back in Shrigley’s direction until the rain halted things at 90-7.

Only four further overs were possible, which Shrigley saw out to close on 100-7 with Beard unbeaten on 65.

 

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