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and picked up the much needed bound­ary ev­ery over.

The pair kept up with the re­quired rate ad­mirably, and al­though Macc were bowl­ing well, they couldn’t force any false shots.

Not un­til the 36th over when Ma­gann mist­imed one off Tudor and was caught for a well played 50, leav­ing the score on 201-3. Macc had a slim chance now and the very next over a for­tu­itous run out saw Gib­son de­part for a su­perb 90 and the key wicket of danger-man Smith for just 5, meant Ox­ton had two new bats­men in and only 8 overs left, with 5 wick­ets re­main­ing, to score 38 more runs.

This is what they did how­ever, de­spite some ner­vous mo­ments along the way.

Macc man­aged to pick up 3 more wick­ets though, through good death bowl­ing from John Bir­chall and Tudor, as well as a fan­tas­tic di­rect hit run out from Bir­chall.

But un­for­tu­nately it proved to be too lit­tle too late for Macc as Ox­ton kept scor­ing the odd bound­ary to re­lieve the pres­sure.

At 242-8, it could have gone ei­ther way, but Ox­ton found the 6 more runs they needed, with­out fur­ther reply from Macc and stum­bled across the line with 2 overs re­main­ing and 2 wick­ets in­tact.

They claimed the vic­tory and the 25 points, to Macc’s 11, in a very ex­cit­ing game for the neu­tral.

Next week Macc are back in ac­tion away to Bolling­ton.

Macc set a size­able to­tal but couldn’t de­fend it. Top pic­ture: Play­ers and of­fi­cials stood in si­lence to re­mem­ber the Manch­ester bomb­ing vic­tims

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