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CRICKET: Rain halts Toft bid for third place
IT was a frustrating Saturday for Toft’s batsmen as rain ensured they failed to make it out of the Broad Lane clubhouse during the Cheshire County Cricket Premier Division clash with Grappenhall.
Grappenhall were on 221-8 halfway through the 53nd over when the rain arrived from the Mersey Funnel and did neither team any favours in their hunt for third place.
Opener Adam Roylance showed intent from the very beginning, smashing his way to 77 from 89 balls and hitting three maximums.
Roylance was caught by Toby Drummond off the bowling of Andrew Jackson (2-41), who also teed up the in-form Josh McClelland for Australian Jake Hancock to gather.
At the other end wickets fell regularly with Jake Dickinson (3-45) make inroads as Jimmy Lomas and James Needham took one apiece to pin Grappers back to 147-6.
Ex-Lancashire batsman Richard Green added an unbeaten 56 allowing Grappenhall to declare on 221.
It became apparent Toft would not be going out to bat as the rain became heavier and the game was declared a draw, Toft settling for seven points, the hosts taking 10.
In the reverse fixture at Booths Park Toft’s seconds posted a credible 187 off 45 overs in another rain-affected game – Shaun Mudalige contributing a fine 114.
Grappenhall had 28 overs to chase the hosts total, but the game finished in a draw as the visitors came up two runs short.
Pete Talbot (3-49) and Dave Walters (2-37) starred for Toft.
Toft’s thirds were skittled for 137 at Marple – who posted 233-5 – despite half-centuries from Andy Hodgson and Matt Jeffrey.
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