Bramhall CC Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s action-packed roundup from Bramhall Cricket Club

Results

The 1st XI stretched their winning run to 4 games with a clinical home display against an understrength Oxton on Saturday.
The Beavers elected to bat on a green wicket, with an outfield still damp from morning rain, knowing the opposition would need to try to force a win from their lowly position in the Premier Division. Aussie Mat Begbie started aggressively and helped the hosts to 41-0 in quick time.

However, Oxton’s consistent seamer Gayan Fernando hit back from nowhere with a 3 wicket maiden over to leave Bramhall reeling at 41-3. This soon became 47-4, and Begbie then departed at 67-5 to bring Matthew Jamieson and skipper Nick Cantello together at the crease. Unbelievably, Bramhall lost no further wickets as the two players put on a scintillating 223 run unbeaten 6th wicket partnership to leave the statisticians thumbing through their record books. Jamieson was generally the aggressor of the two batsmen, and brought up his first Bramhall league hundred before ending on 119* off exactly 100 deliveries. His captain Cantello played the anchor superbly, but was able to reach a very popular ton of his own as he scampered back for a second run off the innings’ last delivery. His 100* took 131 balls.

Bramhall’s 290-5 from their 55 overs looked like a mountain to climb for a young Oxton side, and prayers for rain were being offered at the tea break. Those prayers remained largely unanswered, however, as the Wirral side slipped to 39-6 and then 49-9 as Daniel Lamb and Simon Wilkinson shared the majority of the wickets. Despite a spirited last wicket flail, and a very short rain break, Oxton lost their last wicket with the score on 95 to give Bramhall an impressive 195 run victory. Lamb took 4-7, and Wilkinson’s 4-21 added to his significant 2014 haul and the early finish came just 45 minutes before a deluge hit the ground.
Bramhall’s 25 point haul sees them maintain a solid 4th place in the league, and they have an outside chance to claim 3rd spot with 2 games to go.

- Bramhall’s 2nd XI confirmed their place in the 2015 Cheshire County Cricket League 2nd XI Premier Division after winning a rain-shortened match at Oxton on Saturday. After a delayed start, the Beavers posted a challening 176-5 from their available 30 overs. Chris Heppell scored a rapid 47, well supported by equally quick 42s and 33*s from Ben Harris and James Davenport respectively.
In response, the home side had a nightmare start to their response and slipped to 5 runs for 6 wickets with Davenport and Heppell doing the damage with the ball as well. Oxton rallied somewhat to 49-9 before losing their last wicket with 2 overs remaining.
Chris Heppell’s side currently hold the top spot in the First Division by 18 points, and are now out of reach from third place, after other results went in their favour on a wet Saturday in the county.

- The 3rds lost a crucial game in their efforts to avoid relegation. Middlewich posted 154 all out in 40 overs with George Willoughby the star picking up 5 wickets from 9 overs for just 8 runs. Declan Scammell supported him well with 2 wickets. In reply, only Viv Vaish really set about the task top scoring with 40 in a disappointing reply of 128 all out. The 3rds still have a slight chance of staying up if they can win their final 2 games.
– The 4ths put up a good effort with plenty of youngsters at Cheadle Hulme. Bramhall set a target of 164 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 40 overs with Rob Oliver top scoring on 57. The hosts reached their target in the 36th over, 5 wkts down with 13 year old Johny Briggs picking up another couple of wickets.
– Sunday saw Bramhall send a Friendly XI to Pott Shrigley, led by Nick Siddall. With 12 year old Archie Tittle and Lewis Welch making their senior debuts. Pott Shrigley won a very enjoyable game with Adam Siddall top scoring on 55 for Bramhall, Lewis claiming 2 for 33 from a high quality 8 overs and Peter Littlewood achieving a career best 5 not out!

Fixtures

The 1st XI play at 3rd place Toft this Saturday in a potential battle for a podium finish in the Premier Division.
Meanwhile, the 2nd XI host Timperley as they aim to pick up the 25 points that will take them within touching distance of the First Division trophy.
On Sunday, the 3rd XI travel to Grappenhall in a must-win game, while the 4ths conclude their season at home to Urmston.

Combined Saturday Success

Bramhall currently sit 3rd in the League’s Aggregate Points Trophy which combines the points across all 1st and 2nd teams. On 637 points, the Beavers are just 9 points behind Toft and 12 points behind Stockport. ( Toft are currently appealing a 2nd X1 game which if successful would see them gain another 18 points). But with 100 points still available, there is plenty to play for.

Juniors

This Friday sees the final Friday night junior session followed by the U9s, U11s and U13s presentation evening.

Training

With a top 3 finish, a league title and league safety still to play for, you are expected to attend senior training this Thursday evening from 5.30pm.

End of Season Work Party

All senior and junior members are asked to attend the club for a couple of hours on Saturday 20th and/or Sunday 21st September to help put the clubhouse and grounds “to bed” for the winter. Do not rely on the same faces volunteering again – we need you to help the club be in the best possible shape to start the 2015 season promptly.

We look forward to seeing you at the club over the weekend.


Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s news from Church Lane…

Results

The 1st XI won their third consecutive game in the Cheshire County League’s Premier Division to reach the heady heights of 4th place.
Asked to field first at bottom-placed Bowdon, the Beavers never allowed the hosts to settle. Rupes Kitzinger bowled a challenging 20 over spell in which he was unlucky to only pick up 2 wickets, but the stand out performance with the ball came from Simon Wilkinson. Unexpectedly introduced into the attack in the fourth over of the innings, the offspinner bowled with exemplary control in a spell of 26 overs that yielded seven victims at a cost of just 42 runs.

Bowdon’s inning closed in the final over with the total on 133, and seemingly under par on a slow but relatively flat pitch.
The Beavers’ response started poorly, losing an opener early, but number three Vishal Tripathi joined Aussie Mat Begbie to put on a lively stand of 60 runs before the former was yorked for 31. Bramhall then lost 3 additional quick wickets to the aggression of Chris Ashling, but Begbie stood firm whilst tempering some of his earlier attacking strokes. Young wicketkeeper Joe Kershaw proved the perfect ally for the opener, and settled the away side’s nerves by contributing a patient 17 not out to a match winning fifty partnership to see the Beavers home by 5 wickets.

Begbie ended on a classy 79 not out to take his 2014 league total to well over 750 runs and Bramhall are now effectively guaranteed a Premier Division place for 2015 after their first season back in the top flight. They still have a Top Three position to aim for, and will hope to extend their winning sequence to six over the course of the final three matches.
The 2nd XI stormed to the top of Division One with a comfortable home win over Bowdon. The visitors were restricted to 156-6 from their 50 overs, with wickets shared around. The home response after the break was led by Tom Isherwood’s crucial 79 not out, aided by Jack Harris’ 39. Despite a late middle order wobble, a four wicket win was achieved in the 32nd over. The Beavers now have an 18 point lead over second place Stockport and a 31 point lead over third place Warrington, with both sides due to face each other this Saturday.

The 4th XI lost at home to Stockport Trinity on Sunday by 125 runs, after being shot out for 60 chasing a total of 185.

Fixtures

The 1st XI host relegation-threatened Oxton at Church Lane this Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI make the the long trip West in the corresponding fixture.
Sunday sees the 3rd XI host Middlewich, with the 4th XI popping round the corner to Cheadle Hulme.

County League Award Winner

Fantastic news from this week’s Cheshire County League Newsletter:

“Bramhall’s 14 year-old off spinner Lewis Clarke has become the youngest player ever to win a League Performance of the Month award.

Lewis took a 2nd XI record 10-24 after coming on as third change bowler in a Division One game against leaders Stockport on July 26.  He will receive a framed certificate and a £50 sports voucher provided by Canterbury Sports.”

Congratulations again to Lewis from all at Bramhall CC.

 

Last Chance for BCC Fantasy Premier League entry

 

You have until Monday’s football transfer deadline to get your £10 entrance fee to Ed Daber for your place in the 14/15 “Beaver CC Super League”.

If you haven’t already picked your team, you can follow the below instructions before getting your payment to Ed:

 

To enter just register your team on the website (http://fantasy.premierleague.com) and use the pin 1021078-302882 to join your fellow members and any other non-members who wish to participate.
Your £10 entry fee will go into the pot from which the top three teams and ten monthly winners will be paid from. Having joined the league please see Ed Daber or contact him on 07751231041 or at ed_daber@msn.com for payment details.

If your payment doesn’t reach Ed for Monday, your team will be suspended from the BCC league.

We look forward to seeing you at the club over the weekend.

Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s roundup from Church Lane.

Results

Bramhall’s 1st XI made it a second Cheshire County League Premier Division win in two games in Saturday’s home fixture against local rivals Marple.
Skipper Nick Cantello took the bold decision to bad first on a seamer-friendly looking wicket, after the week’s pesistent showers. The decision looked to have backfired when the Beavers lost batsmen 1 and 3 in consecutive deliveries with the score on 20, which brought 18 year old Daniel Lamb to the crease. He again looked confident at the crease in both defence and attack, and managed to ignore the loss of 2 more partners before the total reached 50 and continue to play his own game. Recent recruit Lamb brought up his maiden Bramhall half century, having scored half of his side’s runs to that point, and eventually fell for a classy 62 with the score on 122-7 and 10 overs to bat.

With Bramhall feeling that a score of 150 would be a competitive one, the lower order hung around until the last ball of the final over to eek out another 32 runs and close on 154 all out. As they regularly do, Marple started their innings on the front foot, and reached 40 for no loss before the introduction of offie Simon Wilkinson helped to turn things around. The visitors lost their openers in the space of 6 runs, one to Wilkinson and one to Lamb’s nibblers, and the Beavers suddenly perked up. Having beaten Marple in similar circumstances earlier in the season, it’s possible that the result played on both teams’ minds as the momentum swung hugely in Bramhall’s favour. Vishal Tripathi was brought on to partner Wilkinson with his own brand of offspin, and the two started making inroads. The visitors began to look all at sea, struggling to keep the score ticking over, and not helped by a brilliant direct hit runout by Matt Hughes and a spectacular one-handed slip catch by Cantello.

Soon enough, the innings stuttered to a close as Wilkinson had the number eleven caught at long on to send Marple home for just 92 runs. Tripathi’s spell of 5-24 was the eye-catching performance of the innings, and ran Daniel Lamb’s 62 runs with the bat very close for performance of the match. Bramhall now find themselves in fifth spot in the Premier Division, but with teams below them all generally having had a successful day, the lower half of the table remains excruciatingly tight. Bramhall’s visit next Saturday to bottom club Bowdon could be instrumental in determining the team’s final positions at the end of the season, with just four matches to play.

The 2nd XI, as expected, won their fixture at bottom of the table Bredbury to remain in the second promotion spot in the First Division. However, it was not plain sailing with the bat, having been put in first. A vital 89 form Jack Harris, well supported with 38 from James Day and lower order runs from Luke Littlewood and Tom Drury helped the Beavers post 205-9. In response, St. Marks were never really in the hunt, and were all out for 113 with in the 41st over, with wickets shared between the bowlers. Bramhall are just 2 points from first place, but nineteen points ahead of third place, in a promotion race that looks set to go to the last weekend.

The 3rd XI remain in a tough position in their league, despite a confident performance at Cheadle on Sunday. Adam Siddall scored half of the Beavers’ runs, with his 109 the standout knock of the match. Whilst the hosts didn’t get close to challenging Bramhall’s 219-9, they managed to avoid losing their last wicket in closing on 170-9, despite Jack Willoughby’s 5-32.

The 4th XI continued their strong run with a convincing home win over Trafford. After bowling the visitors out for 164 in just 30 overs, the Beavers made comfortable work of chasing the total down winning by 6 wickets aided by Sam Drury’s 72 and Dan Bridgeman’s 53* (and earlier 4-14 with the ball).

Fixtures

This Saturday sees the 1st XI at Bowdon, and the 2nd XI host the same opponents at Church Lane.
Sunday sees the 3rd XI play at Urmston, and the 4th XI welcome Stockport Trinity.

We look forward to seeing you at Thursday training, and over the weekend.


Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

Reminder for the BCC Fantasy Premier League Football Competition – Season Starts Tomorrow!‏

Dear Member,

So, the football season starts in less than 24 hours!

Once again many club members will be pitching their managerial nous in a head-to-head Fantasy Premier League on the Premier League’s official website (http://fantasy.premierleague.com).

Last year Tom Drury left it late to snatch success on the final day of the season. Tom’s victory from his £10 entrance fee earned him a winner’s cheque of £130 with prize money also being awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place teams and monthly winners.

This years prize money is once again dependant on the number of entrants to the “Beaver CC Super League”. To enter just register your team on the website (http://fantasy.premierleague.com) and use the pin 1021078-302882 to join your fellow members and any other non-members who wish to participate.

Your £10 entry fee will go into the pot from which the top three teams and ten monthly winners will be paid from. Having joined the league please see Ed Daber or contact him on 07751231041 or at ed_daber@msn.com for payment details.

If you haven’t paid Ed by the end of August, he reserves the right to withdraw your membership from the BCC league.

Good luck


Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Golf Day in September‏

Dear Member,

As per the attached poster, Juniors organiser Danny Bridgeman is arranging a golf day for sometime to get all adult members, parents and coaches together in a fun environment.

He has arranged to play a Texas Scramble at Mottram Hall on Sunday 21st September, with the first tee time at 2.30pm.
(This will follow a working party at the club in the morning, for which more information will be communicated to members in the near future).

The format lends it self to allow all standards to play without fear, as you pick the best shot and disregard the rest.

Please help support this day, regardless of your golfing ability! If you have swung a club before and can make the date, then please contact Danny with your handicap at Daniel@midshirenorth.co.uk

Following the golf, Danny’s wife will then kindly provide some food etc for us all back at the clubhouse so we can hand out prizes and discuss our good and not-so-good shots.

If you are able to supply a prize for the day then please let me know – a bottle of wine would be appreciated!!!

Danny looks forward to arranging what will be a great day, so please contact him asap at Daniel@midshirenorth.co.uk as he needs to get tees reserved.


Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Golf Poster Texas Scramble

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s somewhat shortened Bramhall Cricket Club news roundup.

Results

With 6 games to go, and the bottom half of the Cheshire County Premier Division looking tight, Bramhall’s game at a higher placed Grappenhall on Saturday looked to be one of significance.
On a dry wicket and quick outfield on the weekend’s only dry day, Grappenhall’s decision to bowl first did not look a bad toss to lose for Beavers skipper Nick Cantello. Bramhall’s openers constructed a watchful 40 run stand, before Mat Begbie was adjudged caught behind down the leg side. However, incoming Vishal Tripathi joined Matt Hughes to form another useful partnership and take the innings towards three figures, before Hughes chipped a full toss to mid off to depart for 47. Tripathi continued with some clean strikes, and number four Daniel Lamb took time to settle in and help avoid the recent top/middle order collapses that have afflicted the side.
Tripathi became the second batsman to fall in his forties, when he was caught sweeping for 45, and the fourth wicket followed followed shortly after to leave Bramhall looking at posting a potentially under par total. Despite being short of for, in recent matches, Cantello was determined not to give his wicket away, nor aide any quick fall of wickets. He carefully avoided the home side being able to take more of any upper hand and gradually started to contribute to a useful stand with Lamb. Lamb departed for 37, but Bramhall managed to scamper a few more runs to end up on a competitive 213-6 from their 55 overs.

After the break, Grappenhall set about their task of knocking off the total. After surviving the opening overs with a combination of edges and some middled shots, Beavers seamer Ashley West removed both openers in quick succession to put the visitors on the front foot. The hosts had further slipped to 55-4 when they began a recovery of sorts, playing around a steady innings from 17 year old Ben Bodha. Into the second half of the innings, Grappenhall found themselves requiring a manageable 5 runs per over with 5 wickets remaining, and Bramhall looking for inspiration. This came in the form of Ashley West’s return spell, which produced a wicket from its first ball… and suddenly Bramhall believed again. Another wicket followed shortly, and Grappenhall decided to call off the chase, deciding that 40 runs from 10 overs with 3 wickets in hand was too big a risk to take. This seemed spur the Beavers on, however, and West struck again twice more to leave Grappers in tatters 9 down but with limited deliveries left in which to get the last wicket, Bramhall might have wondered if earlier dropped catches might prove costly. However, with their number 10 batsmen stuck between getting a single for another batting point, saving the game and trying to prove to the opposition that he could mix it with the top order, he swung past a Nick Bell delivery to give Bramhall a fine 24 run victory with 10 balls remaining. Ashley West’s figures of 6-40 were exceptional, with good support offered by the other bowlers.
Now Bramhall face the last 5 games with more confidence, particularly after gaining ground on the sides around them with this win.

The 2nd XI made it a fantastic 50 point Saturday when they beat Congleton to put themselves back into the mix at the top of the First Division. Lewis Clarke followed on from his astounding 10 wicket haul a fortnight ago with another 6 wickets to dismiss the visitors for 111, ending with 6-32 from 14.3 overs. The Beavers made hard work of the chase, but came through by the margin of 4 wickets aided by a vital innings of 43* from Mark Isherwood.

Both of Sunday’s senior matches fell victim to the weather, with the 3rd Xi off at home and the 4th XI only able to bowl 10 overs before being abandoned at Alderley Edge.

Don’t forget to head to http://www.bramhall.play-cricket.com to get up to date scorecards and player & team stats.

Fixtures

The 1st XI have a tantalising fixture against Marple at Church Lane on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XI travel to bottom of the league Bredbury.
Sunday has the 3rd XI at Cheadle, whilst the 4th Xi host Trafford Metrovics at home.

Fantasy Football Competition for Bramhall CC Members

We know that it’s still all to play for this cricket season, both on the pitch and also with the popular online Bramhall CC Fantasy Cricket League that seems to be determining our captains’ in-match decisions at the moment!

However, the Premier League football season does of course kick off this Saturday, and Bramhall CC’s Ed Daber is kindly organising a BCC mini-league at the Fanatsy Premier League website for fellow Beavers to join and to potentially win some cash! Here are the details:

“Once again many club members will be pitching their managerial nous in a head-to-head Fantasy Premier League on the Premier League’s official website (http://fantasy.premierleague.com).

Last year Tom Drury left it late to snatch success on the final day of the season. Tom’s victory from his £10 entrance fee earned him a winner’s cheque of £130 with prize money also being awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place teams and monthly winners.

This years prize money is once again dependant on the number of entrants to the “Beaver CC Super League”. To enter just register your team on the website (http://fantasy.premierleague.com) and use the pin 1021078-302882 to join your fellow members and any other non-members who wish to participate.

Your £10 entry fee will go into the pot from which the top three teams and ten monthly winners will be paid from. Having joined the league please see Ed Daber or contact him on 07751231041 or at ed_daber@msn.com for payment details.

Additionally, there will also be a free-to-enter and “No Prizes Awarded” BCC score prediction league running at https://predictor.talksport.com/
If you’d like to enter, register and choose your Week 1 scorelines and then contact Ed (as above) for Beaver league entry details

Good luck”

Don’t forget to show your face at training this Thursday night, with only 5 games remaining this season.

We look forward to seeing you at Church Lane over the coming days.

Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Fantasy Premier League Football Competition‏

Dear Member,

With only five weekends of the senior calendar to go another cricket season passes by meaning a new football season will soon be upon us (this weekend), queue predictable collective groans from the older members amongst us.

Once again many club members will be pitching their managerial nous in a head-to-head Fantasy Premier League on the Premier League’s official website (http://fantasy.premierleague.com).

Last year Tom Drury left it late to snatch success on the final day of the season. Tom’s victory from his £10 entrance fee earned him a winner’s cheque of £130 with prize money also being awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place teams and monthly winners.

This years prize money is once again dependant on the number of entrants to the “Beaver CC Super League”. To enter just register your team on the website (http://fantasy.premierleague.com) and use the pin 1021078-302882 to join your fellow members and any other non-members who wish to participate.

Your £10 entry fee will go into the pot from which the top three teams and ten monthly winners will be paid from. Having joined the league please see Ed Daber or contact him on 07751231041 or at ed_daber@msn.com for payment details.

Good luck


Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

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