Ormond inspires Marple win
Any suggestions that newly promoted Marple would struggle in the Chapel Press Cheshire Cricket Premier League were dismissed at the weekend when new coach Jimmy Ormond, the former England and Surrey bowler made his debut and inspired his side to an eight wicket win over Chester Boughton Hall.
Appointed club coach during the winter, Ormond who started career at Leicestershire showed he is still quick, despite being 36, with figures of 1-23 from a six over spell including one maiden.
He famously took two wickets in a two-match Test career, those of Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid, both of whom went on to score 12,000 Test runs for their countries
But it was spinner Andy Greasley, with the day’s best bowling figures of 6-65, who was instrumental in restricting CBH to 163 for eight in a reduced overs game with Warren Goodwin, 64, top-scoring on his return after a bad hand injury.
Greasley claimed a hat-trick taking the wickets of Matt Griffiths, George Robinson and Jack Williams with the home total at 162.
Marple replied with an impressive 169 for two in 32 overs, Andrew Hall 51 not out, Jon Marshall 43, James Crisall 36, Andy McGuinness 34 not out.
All six ECB Premier League games produced positive results as leaders Oxton showed their quality with a 10 wicket derby win over Neston.
There was a Oxton & Neston Old Boys luncheon at Townfield Lane before the teams met and for the visitors who stayed to watch, there were some red faces when they saw the leaders enjoy a runaway victory over their Parkgate rivals.
Beaten only once in their previous six games Neston mustered only 161 for nine , Chris Hackett 28, Ross Dixon 3-19, Guyan Fernando 3-54.
To which Oxton replied with 160 without loss in 32 overs, Chris Davies 92, Simon Stokes 66. With their star turn, ex-Kiwi Test player Lou Vincent contributing only one wicket and one catch, this was a fine win for Oxton, who continued their best start to a Premiership season - five wins and a draw in seven games.
Hyde remain 19 points behind after a similar whitewashing of Nantwich at Whitehouse Lane where the Dabbers looked anything but two-times champions.
After opting to bat first on what proved to be a seamers’ paradise, they never recovered from losing Jonny Kettle, Louis Bentley and Ollie Law for a total of 11 runs and only posted a modest 126 thanks to doughty efforts from promising teenager Sam Hunt (28 not out and skipper Andy Newton (26).
Lively bowling from Greg Lomax, 4-21 and Scott Kirwin, 4-54, backed up typically keen fielding, proved a lethal cocktail.
After tea, the new-look, ultra-positive Tom Twiney (77) outbatted his in-form skipper Danny Berry (54) as their pair knocked off the runs in 22 overs for a 25 – 0 points return.
Macclesfield’s outstanding batsman Khalid Sawas followed innings of 98, 63 not out and 142 not out with a splendid 119 off 141 balls at Alderley Edge.
His side totalled 220 for nine, Jason Whittaker 5-99, but this proved insufficient against the resurgent home side who responded with 221 for nine, Mark Currie, 102 and Alan Day, 47 enjoying an opening partnership worth 151, to win by five wickets, Rob Porter 3-62.
After 14 games without a win, Toft pulled off their second successive 25 pointer, by three wickets at the expense of Urmston at Booth Park.
Openers Chris Watson, 72 and Nick Fawcertt, 60 put on 100 plus for the second week running for Urmston who closed on 231 with spinners Nigel Muirhead, 4-55 and Robin Jones, 4-96, preventing them from running riot.
Toft responded with 233 for seven, teenager Henry Hughes (64) leading the way with 64 and Shaun Madalige 45, while Neil Parkinson claimed 3-60 and Adam Syddall 3-63.
Last season’s First Division champions Widnes plunged to bottom place when they suffered their fourth successive defeat, by nine wickets at Didsbury. This despite an improved batting performance to post 211, Mike Nalesnyik 49 and Steve Webb 44, against Jonny Fawcett, 5-72 and Nick Anderson, 3-72.
Didsbury’s batsmen were in control after tea, particularly Phil Critchley, 73 and Pat Moors, 66 not out who opened up with a stand of 123, while Jan Van Schalkwyk hammered a merciless unbeaten 68 off 35 balls. This young Bloemfontein batsman is certainly going to liven the division up this summer.