AFTER getting their season back on track, the Groves expected to add a second victory over Wilmslow Wayfarers to their record on Saturday – but they were given a rude awakening.
Mike Garvey’s side had beaten the visitors heavily away from home earlier this season, but when he chose to bat his plan quickly fell apart.
Mark Evans was first to go nicking one to first slip for a duck.
Dale Cook (7) played all round a straight one.
Garvey himself went for lbw having scored one and at 17-4 The Groves were in trouble.
Paddy Hickey (6) couldn’t get the innings back on course but Darryl Green (19) and evergreen Mike Piercy (13) staged a mini-revival and it looked like the Groves had weathered the storm.
But despite another mini-fightback from Green and Damian Walters (13) The Groves were routed 77ao.
After tea The Groves came hard at Wilmslow and both Walters (1-20) and Garvey (1-20) had the batsmen in all sorts of problems.
But Ostick (24no) and Atherton (26no) saw their side home to take full points with 78-2
Garvey said: “That performance was indicative of our season.
“We have been poor all year with the bat and it’s cost us points. The bowlers did everything they could but we didn’t commit in the field.”
Groves are at Langley on Saturday.