CATCHES win matches – a familiar mantra in cricket and one which haunted Ellesmere Port as they dropped their chance to beat Glazebury at Whitby Sports and Social Club.
The Cheshire Alliance Division Two fixture had started promisingly for Port.
James Gattrell scored 53 and Stuart Daniels put on an unbeaten 40 but the star of the show was skipper Gareth Boys.
The left-hander fired 81 before giving himself one over to score 19 more and make 100 before he declared.
He got to 87 before he got himself out and he called time on the innings.
Unfortunately, in the field Port were not as assured.
Featuring a number of young teenagers still finding their feet in first-team cricket, Port dropped seven catches, including letting Dave Acton off the hook four times. He went on to make 100no for Glazebury.
Port finished with a winning draw but Boys admitted it should have been more.
“Catches win matches, we all know that,” he said. “But we didn’t make them stick.
“I wasn’t upset with the lads because the ball seemed to follow the young ones around the pitch all day.
“But we have to take some of those, some of them were dollies.”
Despite the disappointment of not turning a winning score into a winning result, Boys was happy after the game.
“We battered them for 50% of the game and we should have had them,” he said.
“But at least they went for it, not like the previous week when we were bored to death.
“Glazebury are a good team to play, and they play in the right spirit.”
Next up for Port is a trip to Heaton Mersey Village this Saturday.