Cheshire Independent Issue 189

JUNE 2024 20 Independent LOCAL SPORT LOCAL CRICKET ROUND-UP MACCLESFIELD’S sum- mer recruitment drive has continued with the signing of experienced midfielder Danny White- head following his depar- ture from AFC Fylde. The 30-year-old became the third addition to Michael Clegg’s squad ahead of the 2024/25 campaign as Macc look to put the disappoint- ment of last year’s play-off final defeat behind them. And more new faces are expected in the coming weeks as Macclesfield aim to mount another promo- tion push. Whitehead is no stranger to Silkmen fans. He was involved in the National League pro- motion squad in 2017/18 and part of the team that made it to the FA Trophy Final in 2017 and secured League Two survival in 2019/20. He has made a significant number of appearances in the Football League and National League. In a statement announc- ing his arrival, the Northern Premier League club said the signing was “a clear sign of our intent this season”. The club added: “White- head is a versatile, hard-working midfielder MACCLESFIELD RUFC provided nine of the Cheshire team that beat Northumberland in the county championships. Pictured here are James Oliver, Harry Oliver, Danny Martin, Oli Longmore, Dan Percival, Harry Harding, Tom Burden, Charle Attis and Harry Blackwell. Oli Longmore captained the county side at Aln- wick, with Attis taking on the kicking duties. Black- well, Burden, Harry Oli- ver and Martin were all on the scoresheet. ALDERLEY Edge lifted themselves off the foot of the CCCL Premier Division with a winning draw in a thrilling game at Grappenhall. Captain Sam Perry hit a brilliant and undefeated 163 – over two thirds of his side’s total of 237-8. Their hosts slumped to 77-4 at one stage, however opener Arav Shetty’s cen- tury helped their recovery as the game went down to the wire. He was ninth out in the penultimate over with Grappenhall 13 away from victory and the last pair held out for the draw, with Alderley also thankful the 43 extras they shipped did not prove costly in the end. Alderley suffered a sec- ond round Cheshire Cup exit against holders Hyde at Moss Lane after an awful start which saw them reduced to 10-4 inside the first five overs. Despite Alderley recover- ing to post 169-7 the visitors took the win with one ball to spare. Back in the league, Nant- wich’s winning streak in the CCCL Premier Division came to an abrupt end at the hands of Chester BH. They were bowled out for just 119 in their eight-wicket defeat. Hyde went top of the table with a sixth straight win. They recorded a seven-wicket v ictory over Timperley. In Division One Marple retained their 100 per cent record with a one wicket win over Davenham and stayed at the top of the table. Three former Sale players returned with Lindow to condemn their former side to a fourth straight loss. A partnership of 123 between James Duffy, who hit an unbeaten 51, and Charlie Hodge (70) saw the visi- tors home. There was a home defeat for Macclesfield at the hands of Brooklands with Tom Lett taking 5-25 for the visitors. Greg Dixon batted almost three hours for Bramhall at Romiley, his 59 not out the key component of a five- wicket win. Meanwhile, struggling Cheadle suffered a heavy 80-run defeat at Stock- port Georgians. In Division Two, the world’s number one female bowler Sophie Ecclestone, playing for Alvanley, helped her side to a 12-run win over Bollington. Cheadle Hulme claimed a third win of the season, beating NEC by 36 runs. At the bottom of the table Mobberley suffered a mas- sive 186-run defeat at the hands of Congleton. Congleton recovered from 0-1 after four balls to post 303-6, with Meet Solanki (114) and Jack Goode (93) putting on 179 in 23 overs. Coming into their game against Ashton OM on the back of two straight wins, Stockport also suffered a heavy 10-wicket defeat after being skittled out for just 18 runs. THE Silkmen have confirmed that first team Coach Peter Band has left the club for a new chapter inmanagement. Bandhasbeenafocalfigureattheclubover the last three seasons and played an instru- mental role in back-to-back promotions. He joined when the club reformed back in 2020 as assistant to the then manager DannyWhitaker. Macclesfield’s director of football Robbie Savage said: “I’m disappointed to lose such a great person like Bandy who I get along so well with on a personal level. “It’s agreat opportunity for himto return to management and I would like to thankBandy for everything over the last three seasons. Bandy will always be welcome back at the club anytime.” Perry has the winning Edge Nine of the best! (Photo credit: MRUFC) Band departure is confirmed A statement of intent Silkmen’s summer recruitment gathers pace Intent: DannyWhitehead puts pen to paper for Maccles!eld (Photo credit: MFC) playing in Scotland’s top tier with Hamilton Academical but also provides experience in the Northern Premier League with Stalybridge Celtic a few seasons ago. Midfielder Elliott White- house is another summer addition following his depar- ture from Chester FC. The 30-year-old made over 40 appearances last campaign in the National League North scoring nine times from the centre of midfield. The midfielder has had a number of spells in the Foot- ball League most notably Lincoln City making over 60 appearances for The Imps. Whitehouse has had spells in the National League with Scunthorpe United before having spells with Spenn- ymoor Town and Chester most recently. Back in 2016, Whitehouse received a call-up for England C where he was on the score- sheet against Estonia. with a creative eye with seven goal involvements last season with AFC Fylde in the National League making over 40 appearances last season. “With over 300 career appear- ances, Danny adds great knowl- edge and experi- ence to the Silkmen’s midfield options.” Macc have also fought off competition from a num- ber of National League and National League North clubs to secure winger Justin John- son’s signature following his departure from Chorley. The 27-year-old Dutchman arrives at the Stadiumhaving been named in last year’s National League North Team of the Season. Last campaign, Johnson found the net 14 times with his directness making him a real handful for defenders. The winger has experience