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.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s Church lane news roundup.

Results

1st XI

Despite the inclement weather during the preceding 24 hours, hard work from Bramhall CC groundsman Richard Cragg and the players meant that Church Lane was fit to play as soon as the lunchtime showers passed at 1.45pm, with the 110 over format reduced to 44 overs a side. Bramhall asked Urmston to bat on a pitch that, despite the damp outfield, was bone dry and made an early breakthrough in the 3rd over. However, the visitors rallied to reach 73-2, and then 113-3 before Simon Wilkinson’s tidy spell of spin – having opened the bowling – really began to take effect. After a relatively stable start, Urmston stumbled to a total of 176 all out with 3 balls of their innings remaining. A relatively solid fielding display backed up the 3 bowlers used, and Wilkinson finished with excellent figures 7-80 from his 21.3 over spell. Unfortunately for the Beavers, a sharp shower began during the tea break and lingered long enough to reduce the host’s innings by a further 6 overs. Against some restrictive bowling, Bramhall’s openers started steadily, and the side negotiated its way to 85-2 and a seemingly solid base in which to chase down the target. But, as has too often been the case this season, the middle order stuttered and a rush of wickets left the Beavers at 94-7 and unable to continue their run chase. With Urmston similarly placed in the lower half of the Cheshire County League Premier Division, Bramhall were unwilling to allow an away victory and just managed to see out the remaining overs to finish at 118-9. Bramhall’s 7 point haul was, ironically, the same total as had the game been rained off and although an opportunity to pick up a welcome 25 points was spurned, there were still enough positives to be taken forward into next Saturday’s match.

2nd XI

The Seconds suffered defeat at a wet Sale on Saturday, in a game reduced to 40 overs a side. The Beavers won the toss and chose to bat, and only Emma Lamb and skipper Chris Heppell were able to top 30, as the innings closed on a par 171-9 from the overs. After tea, Sale made straightforward work of the total to win by 7 wickets inside 37 overs. Bramhall still remain in a strong position in League One, however, 3 points behind 2nd place and 25 points off top spot.

3rd XI

After a promising start with Marple losing 4 early wickets, it took one outstanding innings from their number 3 Luke Greasley to set a formidable target of 234 all out in 45 overs. Adam Siddall being the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 37 from 12 overs including bowling Greasley after scoring 117 runs. Losing the captain to the first ball of the innings was not quite the plan and Bramhall were up against it soon after with Siddall also gone. Viv Vaish and Olly Woodside played positively, Viv top scoring with 46 but it was left to returning 800 metre athlete Chris McGahan and 66 year old veteran Dave Fowler to try and hang on for a draw. They almost made it but Bramhall were eventually all out for 158 and now face a tough task to avoid relegation from the Premier Division.

Fixtures

Friday sees the Under 9s in a friendly fixture at home to Stockport Georgians.
Saturday has the 1sts at Grappenhall, and the 2nds host Congleton at Church Lane.
Sunday sees the 3rd XI host Toft and the 4ths visit Alderley Edge.
Other News

Prithvi Shaw

After a brief stopover in Bramhall, 14 year old Prithvi has started well with Cleethorpes in the Yorkshire Premier League picking up his first 50 at the weekend, following a 5 wkt haul the previous weekend.

Ed Francis

Congratulations to Ed Francis who is continuing his rapid progress within the world of football. Ed is doing fine things within the Man City Academy and has recently been representing England u17s in a Nordic tournament, while still qualifying for the u15s! Keep it going Ed.

Ben Milligan Charity Bike Ride

On Aug 10th, I will be riding the 100 mile Olympic Road Race course through London and Surrey for the Ride London 100. The main resaon I am taking on the challenge is that back in April, my youngest sister’s best friend Harry Dubois died suddenly aged 17. He was sat at home when he suffered an aortic dissection and died shortly after. Harry’s family and friends have all been working incredibly hard on fund raising in his memory and I’m doing my bit to support the legacy fund set up in his name. I’m doing the ride as part of the British Heart Foundation team, aiming to raise as much money as possible for reserach into preventing and treating this condition and many more.

If you can spare a pint’s worth of change to my fundraising efforts, it would be hugely appreciated. Please use the link below or give via my dad.

https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Flastinghope.bhf.org.uk%2Fbenmilliganlondon100&h=fAQHY5n4z&s=1

Plenty of photos of me suffering up Box Hill to follow.
Thanks very much, Ben.
Ben

That’s all for this week.

We look forward to seeing you at Thursday’s Senior Training – following on from an excellent session last week – and watching or taking part in matches over the next few days.

Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s roundup from Church Lane.

Results
The 1st XI travelled to table topping Hyde on Saturday, and chose to bat on a surprisingly green and seamer friendly wicket, despite the week’s dry weather and a fast outfield.
Although suffering the early loss of the prolific Mat Begbie for a duck, the Beavers recovered steadily against extravagant movement to reach 62-1 and then 82-2 before losing a clutch of wickets against tight home bowling. In racking up a total of 5 ducks, the visitors could never expect to post a sizeable total, and only Matt Hughes (24), Vishal Tripathi (41) and debutant Daniel Lamb (33) emerged with any sort of credit as the innings closed at 134.
Still, on a wicket still offering assistance after only 45 overs of use, Bramhall hoped that an early breakthrough would pose Hyde some questions. Those breakthroughs duly arrived as Rupes Kitzinger and Lamb sent the two home openers back with the score on 15, but Hyde’s next few batsmen negotiated their way to a 4 wicket win with a succession of brief 20s. The Beavers put in a solid showing in the field, and will feel that 2 dropped chances with Hyde still 30 plus runs shy could just have turned the match had they stuck.
Bramhall still find themselves in a mid-table spot in the Premier Division, but will be weary of things getting a little tighter at the foot of the table with a tough run in to the end of the season. Bramhall host fellow promotees Urmston at Church Lane this Saturday.

The 2nd XI had an excellent result on Saturday when they beat top of the table Stockport in a crucial fixture at Church Lane. Batting first, the visitors had reached 100 for no wicket, when 14 year old offspinner Lewis Clarke was thrown the ball as the 3rd change bowler. He then proceeded to take a 2nd XI record 10 wickets for 24 runs from 15.3 overs to spin Stockport out for just 145, aided by 7 catches from his team mates.
The Beavers then had the worst start imaginable in response, slipping to 0-3, before Jack Harris and skipper Tim Wood came together to form a century stand. Harris fell for 66, but Wood stayed firm and ended on 60* to win the game by 3 wickets. The 2nds are now in second spot in the 1st Division, 15 points ahead of Warrington with 7 games remaining.

The 3rd XI lost to Grappenhall at home on Sunday, posting 188 before losing by 4 wickets. Chris Barratt picked up 46*, Viv Vaish 41 and Rory Patel 3 tickets with the ball
Under 15s Roundup from Steve Foster

The U15s brought their Cheshire League season to a close a week last Sunday morning at home to Grappenhall. Batting first, we made a strong start with Dan Woodside scoring freely and passed 40 with a 6 to retire. Ollie Finch pitched in with 17, but we started to lose wickets too freely. Enter Lewis Clarke, unusually lower down the order at 7 (due to having had a lie-in!) and he scored briskly to reach 42. A couple of 4s in the last over by Declan Scammell took us to 157 in our 25 overs – our highest score of the season. However, the early morning dampness had disappeared and batsmen were getting more reward for their shots, and Grappenhall set off like a rocket, reaching 39 after 3 overs! Fortunately Declan struck with the ball, with Matt Houghton taking the first of 2 catches behind the stumps, a batting mix-up led to a run out, and Dan bowled 3 overs for just 5 runs and took another wicket. Grappenhall’s run rate steadily declined as we took control, and then Alex and Angus bagged 2 wickets each in a four over spell, which included a stunning 1 handed catch above his head by Dan as he sprung into the air (for good measure he repeated it 2 overs later!) Grappenhall were all out in the 24th over for 130, with Charlie Whittaker coming back to take the last wicket. We finished tied 4th in our group, but out of the 6 matches that should have been played in this half of the season, we only played 3, as the weather and other teams inability to get a team out made for a disjointed end. Lewis Clarke top-scored for us across the season with 136 runs in 4 innings, just pipping Ollie Finch with 132 in 5 innings. Top wicket taker was Dan with 9, followed by Declan and Ellie both with 8.

Our High Peak League season limped to an end, with Alderley Edge conceding the last match. We finished 3rd out of 10 in the league, which is a good performance after losing our first 2 matches and using the matches to play some U13s to give them more experience. Our record was won 4, lost 2, cancelled 1, won conceded 2, lost conceded 1 (we had to play a cup game so had to concede). Highlights from the season included James Oliver taking 3/14 at Prestbury, Kyran Noone 3/13 v Macclesfield, Harry Troup’s 3/8 at Pott Shrigley with all 3 wickets in one over, and Matt Houghton (normally our keeper) taking 3 wickets in 8 legal deliveries also at Pott. With the bat, stand-out moments included Matt Houghton scoring 4,6,4,6,4 to win our match at Disley, Alex ‘clubbing’ 25 at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge and Cameron with a massive 6 in the same match, plus U13s Tom Mason and Harry Oliver both retiring on 41 at Pott Shrigley. Top scorer was a close-run thing, with Ollie, Cameron and Harry Oliver all getting in the 80s, but were beaten by Tom Mason totalling 90. Joint leading wicket takers were Declan and Harry Troup, both with 5 wickets.

On Wednesday we welcomed Railway Union CC of Dublin to a gloriously hot and sunny Church Lane as part of their 4-day Cheshire Tour. They were a mixed age range up to U16s, whilst we ranged from U13s to 15s, but did welcome ‘international superstar’ Prithvi Shaw back to the team. We played 2 20/20 matches during the day.
In the first game we played in our normal batting order, and made a good 130-4 off 20 overs, Lewis Clarke retiring on 40 and Prithvi on 43. Railway had a good opener who made 30 and a strong hitting No. 5 who retired on 45, but we took regular wickets and restricted them to 117-6.
In the second match after lunch we invited Railway to bat and mixed up the bowling with everyone getting a bowl. Our bowlers contained their batsmen throughout, with some good economical bowling (Kriss 2o – 9r, Charlie 2o – 2r, Harry Oliver 2o – 1w – 3r, Dan 2o – 2w – 8r), plus Matt Houghton handing his keeper gloves to Prithvi and bowling 2 good overs just back of a length, and Alex sending a number of deliveries thudding into the batsman’s pads.However, one big last over of 18 runs took Railway up to 122-6. We reversed our batting order and captain for the match Angus Patel decided to open in his last U15s game. 3 balls later he regretted it as he skied a catch! We pushed on with the scoring, Kriss making 11, Charlie 21, James Oliver 25 and a blistering 26 from Declan, and with 2 overs remaining needed 19 to win. A lost wicket brought Prithvi to the crease, and he hit 4-6-1 to leave us needing 7 off the last over. Their opening fast bowler came back on and a dot ball was followed by a 2 for Prithvi. Unfortunately the next ball was very full and bowled him. Ollie came in and struck a 2, but with 3 needed to win he was unable to score again off the last 2 balls.
Great day was had by all, and thanks to Greg Scammell for manning the BBQ at lunch, Alison for scoring duties, and Paul for assisting with umpiring duties (between disappearing back home ‘to work’!) A photo of both teams can be found on the club’s twitter page (some red faces at the end of a hard day!)

Fixtures

- Wednesday evening sees the Over 40s host Poynton’s “Legends”.
– Saturday has the 1st XI at home to Urmston in a vital mid-table clash between the Premier Division’s newest teams, and the 2nds are at Sale.
– Sunday has the 3rd XI visiting Marple, whilst the 4th XI face Bowdon Vale at home.

Welcome to New Members

A slightly belated welcome to new playing members Daniel and Emma Lamb, who join the Beavers from Leyland CC. Both players train with the Lancashire CCC Academy, and have already made promising debuts for Bramhall’s senior sides across the last 2 weekends.

Senior Training

With all our senior teams at critical stages in the season, and the weather set fair, there is no better time to work on your game with your team mates.
Senior Training starts as soon as possible after 5pm, and is your chance to hone your batting, bowling and fielding with the senior squads.
The more attendees, the better the session for all, and you’ll have the chance to grab a drink from the bar at the end.

We look forward to seeing you at the ground over the next few days.

Kind Regards,

Bramhall C.C.

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