Macclesfield Town were denied victory in controversial style this afternoon at the annual cricket match against the club sponsors.
The Silkmen took to the field during the first innings and took the initiative as early as the first over when the first wicket fell.
After three overs, the sponsors were struggling to deal with the strong bowling attack and were 1-1 in a baking hot afternoon at Victoria Road.
After some “unique” bowling from Scott Wilson, Martin Barrow salvaged some pride for the sponsors by smashing countless balls over the boundary for six.
Keith Lowe made some fine catches in the deep to dispose of two batsman in the same over as the total crept over the 100 mark.
Barrow finally was forced to retire due to the fact that he had scored too many runs as the sponsors posted a respectable total of 142.
The Silkmen side came out fighting, looking to destroy the target of 143 in the least amount of time possible. Yet, just after Nick Wright announced that Mitch Hancox was a former schoolboy county cricketer his middle stump flew out of the ground.
Sir John put in a solid performance with some great shots before Don McCarthy dismissed him with a slower ball which had the Gaffer caught up in knots. The very next ball Mitch Hancox was dismissed leaving McCarthy on a hat-trick at 32-3.
Shwan Jalal prevented the embarrassment of this happening and went on to make a very impressive 37.
Former Torquay defender Courtney Richards unleashed some massive sixes despite saying that he had never played the game before in his life, and Macc also capitalised on some comedy bowling which saw four wides from four balls in what must be some sort of record.
With three overs to go The Silkmen had posted 129 with two wickets left in hand to set up an exciting finish.
New signing Tyrone Marsh then began smashing the ball all over the place and before long the scores were tied, albeit with one further wicket falling.
So, Macc needed one run to win, whilst the sponsors needed just one wicket.
Tyrone Marsh smashed the ball in to the deep and went for the winning run – and then this happened –
Umpire Joe Corrigan claimed that Tyrone Marsh had been run out and the game finished as a draw, despite protestations from Sir John.
It did seem to be a very very close call – what do you think?
Either way, it was a brilliant afternoon, and great so meet so many of the new lads in such a setting.
Our thanks go to Dan Ackerley for arranging and hope that next season’s fixture will be a little less controversial!