It was back to earth with a bump on Saturday for Millpark’s First XI.
Less than 48 hours after their T20 Shield final victory, Millpark came into this match on the crest of a wave.
Batting first, Millpark felt they had a point to prove, having been skittled cheaply by the same attack earlier in the season.
The top four all reached double figures, but none could capitalise on their start. Wickets fell regularly, most noticeably to Gartland, who recorded figures of 4-18. Charlie McCrum, fresh from his century the previous Saturday managed 23, Saeed Ali 21 and Keith Dempster 17. All starts, but none substantial enough to build an innings around.
Millpark were sorely disappointed to end on 147 all out, and retired to tea to reflect on a poor performance.
Although the Millpark bowlers managed to restrict the scoring rate, there was little chance of Drumaness not reaching their target. Economy in itself is not enough when the batsmen have not posted a competitive total. Penetration was lacking as leading Drumaness batsman Neil Gelston accumulated 71 not out.
Drumaness reached their target for the loss of just four wickets. Millpark must now regroup and push forward to make sure that the good progress of recent weeks does not go to waste.