Ch­ester’s test

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Af­ter rough­en­ing Law up in the del­i­cate re­gion, the Macc bowler then col­lected another wicket as, only three balls later, Law handed Keen an easy catch.

Ward then bowled Wil­liams for a two-ball duck and Macc were in to­tal con­trol, with Ch­ester tee­ter­ing on 26-6.

But Macc’s progress was halted there when they came up against the res­o­lute Ross Dixon and Ash Davis.

Macc con­tin­ued to bowl ag­gres­sively and with pre­ci­sion, but the two bats­men fought ex­cel­lently. Dixon some­how evaded the short bowl­ing of Tait and stemmed the flow of wick­ets from Ward.

With a few bowl­ing changes and at­tack­ing fields, Macc tried to find a way through, but Ch­ester con­tin­ued to keep Macc at bay.

Dixon and Davis seemed to have the an­swers and were adding some runs as well. The pair brought up a 50 part­ner­ship and started to look ir­re­mov­able.

How­ever when

Tait came back into the at­tack with just over 5 overs to go, he bowled a beauty to re­move Dixon for 51, bring­ing to an end the 80-run part­ner­ship.

Not long af­ter Tait picked up another wicket, whilst Ward in­duced the edge of Davis for 26, backed up with a smart slip catch from Ber­tus.

Ch­ester were now 106- 9. But like last week, Macc just couldn’t cre­ate one more chance and Ch­ester avoided de­feat, fin­ish­ing on 107-9 from their 34 overs.

Macc went away dis­ap­pointed they hadn’t won but also very sat­is­fied know­ing they’d picked up 15 points against one of the best teams in the coun­try.

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