Just five runs to have it won

THE main business of the day was completed within the opening minutes of the fixture between Norths Tigers and Gracemere.

The two sides went into the second-day of the Southern Star Sports Shield match with Gracemere needing just five runs to take the all-important first innings points.

This they duly managed leaving the teams with little challenge for the remainder of the day.

“It was pretty dull because we already had the game won. We were going for out right and we went out to chase some quick runs,” Gracemere vice-captain Aaron Harmsworth admitted.

Gracemere started the day with not out batsmen Ray Doherty and Calvin Murray aiming for personal milestones.

Doherty started with 71 runs but could not go on with it, losing his wicket after adding a further 15 runs.

However, Murray did manage his half century, taking his overnight score from 35 to 52 before he too was out.

Unfortunately for Gracemere not everything after that went to the script they hoped both teams were working from.

“But then we lost quick wickets and didn't bowl too well,” Harmsworth continued.

“They batted a little better and we only ended up getting two wickets actually - it didn't quite go according to plan but we still won,” he added.

One who was certainly seeing the ball was Norths Tigers Adam Matthews who took advantage of the good pitch for an innings of 121 runs.

Due to technical problems The Morning Bulletin is still unable to provide the cricket scoreboard for local matches.



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