This was a game Millpark could and should have won. Academy are rooted to the foot of the table, while the Tullylish men are looking to climb into the top half.
Millpark were first to bat on a wicket not made for stroke play, and offering occasional variable bounce. Accordingly, openers Maxwell and Paul McCart began watchfully, but in vain. McCart was given out LBW for just 2, hit outside the line with the ball going down the leg side.
Ryanb McCart was last man out for 18. A disappointing and frustrating end to what was generally an underwhelming effort. Johnny Breen was the not out batsman, stranded on 6 as Millpark closed on 121 all out. Millpark were disappointed with their effort, but very determined to give it a good shot.
Fawcett was eventually out to Stu McCart for 41, but the damage had been done, and his was essentially the match winning innings. When he was out with the score on 98 there was a glimmer of hope, but Palmerston and Halliday saw their team home with ten overs and three wickets to spare.
This was a reality check for Millpark. Next week they entertain another relegation threatened outfit, Cregagh,