Marsden Mann up and see off Silksworth

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Marsden produce a stunning display of cricket to claim a 30-point victory over Silksworth on Saturday.

Marsden were put into bat and started very positively with Chris Mann and Jacques Porter playing patiently.

Porter played some majestic shots on his way to 31, part of his first hundred partnership with skipper Mann.

The skipper also put on an aggressive display on his way to 126 not out.

When Porter fell to an excellent catch, the club were delighted to see homegrown player Ryan Dowens return.

Dowens quickly got to work and hit 30 quick runs, helping Marsden reach 200 within 33 overs.

Showing faith in their bowling attack, Marsden declared, giving Silksworth 62 overs to bat.

The opening bowling pair of Neilson and Malinga started well with runs very hard to come by.

Malinga was happy bowling into a strong wind and that allowed fast bowler Neilson to attack from the other end.

The evergreen Paul Snaith joined the attack (4-26) and bowled an impressive spell.

Nelson (3-12) was replaced by Paul Cook, who took a wicket with his first ball, finishing with figures of 2-4.

Seeing off the tailend with his very first ball, Jacques Porter bowled out the final Silksworth batsmen which saw Marsden celebrate a 30-point victory.

Club professional Porter said: “Chris has total belief in us, he takes the pressure off us and allows us to play with freedom.

“He’s highlighted the importance of taking one game at a time and not getting ahead of ourselves.

“I’m really enjoying my season at Marsden and I feel like I’m a part of the beginning of something very special.”

The Second XI had a close encounter at the Jack Clark Park.

Marsden reached 184 with Mark Scott top scoring with 74.

In return, Silksworth were 168-6 until Marsden made it a first and second XI double.