STAND were unable to claw back the game after an early batting collapse at Edgworth on Saturday.

Openers Chris Thomas and Matt Curphey both fell to ducks as the visitors slumped to 35-5.

The lower order rallied to stem the flow of wickets, but only 10th man Noman Ahmed managed to get above 20.

He top scored with 26 as Stand were bowled out for 120.

And the home side, who were relegated from the Greater Manchester League Premier Division last season and are looking to bounce back to the top tier at the first attempt, passed their target with five wickets in hand.

The result left Stand in eighth in Division One, but captain Stuart Catterall believe his men at least showed the fight to give Edgworth a game of it.

"Clearly, the defeat followed a poor top-order batting performance," he said.

"But from 35-5, we battled hard to scrap up to 120.

"I was pleased to contribute 18 runs myself and the you had Dave Taylor weighing in with 19 and Noman Ahmed top scoring with 26.

"Edgworth got off to a fast start with a quick fire 45 from Josh Fallows but his run out gave our spinners a chance and we took four further wickets to reduce them to 100-5 but could not get any further into their batting order.

"Again we showed a lot of fight defending a total which was 50 to 70 runs short of where we should have been."

Catterall finished with the best bowling figures of 2-36, while Ali Azmat bowled four maidens in his 2-51.