Historical comeback for Mere CC
Rob Jones and the captain Kim Pinnington opened the bowling. Both bowled well with little reward untill Pinnington struck twice in quick succession which left Hale Barns at 45-2. Jamie Plews was soon introduced to the attack and bowled well giving little away. Hale Barns put on a decent partnership in the middle order and were starting to get away form the visiting side untill Rob Jones through the stumps down from cover to leave Hale Barns at 124-5.
Both Pinnington and Plews bowled till the end leaving Hale Barns on 163-9. Kim Pinnington finished with figures of 5-60 and Jamie Plews 3-49.
The game was in the balance at this stage. But things soon changed as Mere were soon reduced to 23-5 and looking down the barrel of a huge defeat. With a lot of work to be done Danny Ekstein was joined at the crease by Kim Pinnington.
The impossible was about to happen as Danny Ekstein took on the bowlers with devastating effect hitting sixes all round the ground. With this sudden charge the pair reached 140 and victory was in site untill Ekstein’s cameo came to an end and was bowled for 90 which included six sixes and seven fours.
So with twenty still to get and four wickets in hand there was still work to be done. The game took another turn as Mere lost 2 more wickets in the over to give Dave Molloy a deserved 5 wicket haul. This triple wicket maiden brought Rob Jones to the crease as he soon took command with three quick boundary’s. The game had turned again and the scores were tied. With a quick single taken Mere won the game with two wickets in hand. Kim Pinnington finished on 37 not out and Mere recorded what can only be described as one of the best come backs in the Cheshire League’s history.
Mere face top of the table Ashley at home next Saturday at Mere Cricket Club for the local derby.
Mere Cricket Club, Mellor Braggins Cheshire League Div.1 and Div. A Are you looking to join a local club and play league cricket? Mere have two senior sides and players of all standards are welcome. Please contact: Kim Pinnington – 07748648412