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.