Macc flat

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on 7-2, the bats­men showed lit­tle in­ter­est in mount­ing a run chase.

Two more wickets from Tait, backed up by a good open­ing spell from Ward, left the score on 32-4 and if it wasn’t ap­par­ent al­ready, Macc most cer­tainly knew they would have to work ex­tremely hard for Grap­pen­hall’s re­main­ing wickets, with the bats­men con­sis­tently of­fer­ing very few at­tack­ing strokes.

Overs passed by with no break­through as Macc per­sisted, chang­ing the bowl­ing and try­ing ev­ery­thing to get the much needed fifth wicket.

Grap­pen­hall’s stand-in cap­tain and open­ing bats­man Adam Roylance stood firm and dis­played fine men­tal for­ti­tude.

He bat­ted the whole innings for a coura­geous 64 not out off 177 balls. Macc did even­tu­ally get the fifth wicket through Bir­chall, with around 15 overs to go with the score on 110.

There was hope at this point but the next bats­man (Barnes) came in and made an as­sured 27 not out to help guide Grap­pen­hall to safety, fin­ish­ing on 162-5 off their 55 overs.

De­spite the great bat­ting early on and some good bowl­ing through­out, most no­tably Tait’s 4-47, Macc were dis­ap­pointed not to win a game in which they dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish, against a lower league ri­val.

Macc take 12 points to Grap­pen­hall’s six, leav­ing the sides ninth and 10th re­spec­tively in the ta­ble.

PREST­BURY were asked to bat and again bat­ting fell away quickly only three bats­man get­ting dou­ble fig­ures so a to­tal of 107 was no great tar­get which Stock­port Ge­or­gians knocked off for lose of one wicket. Prest­bury are build­ing a new side and it will take time and pa­tience, but there is still a long way to go in this sea­son.

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