Welcome to this week’s action-packed roundup from Bramhall Cricket Club
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!
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.
This Friday sees the final Friday night junior session followed by the U9s, U11s and U13s presentation evening.
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.