Bramhall CC Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s news roundup, as last weekend saw the start of the second half of the season.


The 1st XI faced Chester Boughton Hall at Church Lane last Saturday, and were asked to bat first.

Despite a bright start that saw the score reach 93-2, Bramhall then slipped to a collapse in part due to nagging bowling from the visitors. Matt Hughes top scored with 41, and Danny Woodside batted maturely for 14, but the Beavers lost their last wicket for a very under par 137 from 43 overs.

After tea, Bramhall made a positive start as Daniel Lamb and Simon Wilkinson made life difficult for Chester’s top order, as they slipped to 40-4. Luke Littlewood again came on to bowl a tidy spell, and was unlucky not to be given a caught behind that would have put Chester 5 down with less than 50 on the board. The visitors did lose their 5th wicket with the score on 61, but the luck remained with Chester for the rest of the match as Bramhall were desperately unlucky to lose by the seemingly wide margin of five wickets. However, the batting must improve if double-figure points hauls are to be accrued.

The 2nd XI travelled to Chester, with the Beavers still unable to field their strongest XI. The hosts won the toss, elected to bat, and rattled up 266-8 before declaring after 43 overs. Tom Drury was Bramhall’s form bowler with 6-56.

In response, Bramhall’s batsmen failed to register a 50 against some lively bowling, and ended their innings on 182 in the 44th over to register 6 points.

The 3rd XI were well beaten on Sunday by Grappenhall, losing by 6 wickets as the away side comfortably chased down 120.

The U13s were this week’s only victorious side, as they beat Romiley on Sunday morning.


– This Saturday sees a double header against nearby Marple, with the 2nd XI at home and the 1sts away.

– Sunday has the 3rd XI away at Northwich, and the 4th XI home to Trafford.

The U15s also play on Sunday, at home to Timperley and the U13s are at Toft.

– Monday sees an U12 side at Timperley.

– Tuesday has the U18s playing at Stockport.

– Wednesday has the Over 40s playing at Urmston

Century Makers

Congratulations to Emma Lamb and Matt Hughes, who have both made hundreds in the last fortnight… Emma for Lancashire and Matt for Oxford University. Let’s hope that their form can inspire some bigger totals for our senior sides!

With the weather set fair over the next few days, we look forward to seeing you taking the field, or watching the upcoming fixtures.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to your Church Lane news update.


A much needed victory over Neston on Saturday was just reward for a battling, never say die performance from the 1st XI in a low scoring game at Church Lane, which saw a large crowd – swelled by the Vulcan flypast.

Bramhall were asked to bat first on a decent wicket, but found the going tough from the off against Neston’s spin dominated attack. Only Danny Lamb of the top 6 got himself in, but when he was dismissed on 33, with Adam Sidall following in the next over, a second successive sub-par total looked likely.

Emma Lamb and Andy Reynolds then worked hard to ensure Bramhall had something to bowl at, both scoring patient 30’s before being removed with a handful of overs left. The last 4 wickets fell in quick succession, and 139 did not look anywhere near enough at tea.

Rupert Kitzinger, however, had other ideas, as he took the new ball and soon set about the Neston top order, taking the first 3 wickets. When Simon Wilkinson then induced the outside edge of Neston’s number 5, they were reeling at 20 for 4 and Bramhall were rampant.

A fightback then ensued, as it had in the Bramhall innings, and although Danny Lamb struck with his second ball after replacing Kitzinger, at drinks Neston were well placed at 100 for 5 with 27 overs remaining to get the last 40 runs.

When Neston’s captain inexplicably ran himself out attempting a crazy second run, Bramhall spotted an opening. The introduction of Luke Littlewood then turned the game on its head as he removed Fennah for a good 46, and then followed it up with another wicket in his next over.

Wilkinson then replaced Lamb and induced another edge, which was expertly caught one handed at slip by the diving Cantello. Littlewood then bowled the visitors’ last man with the first ball of the next over, and the game was won. A fantastic finish to what had looked like being another frustrating day, and one which will hopefully give the team some impetus going into the second half of the season.

Littlewood was a deserving man of the match for his 3 for 11, but it was a team performance in which all chances in the field were taken.

The 2nd XI were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat at Neston, where the Beavers were only able to take 10 players. Neston were asked to bat first, and rattled up 245-2 from 43 overs before declaring. In response, Bramhall lasted 46 overs – partly due to stout resistance by the last pair of Tom Drury & Angus Patel – before being dismissed for 125.

In a close game at Didsbury on Sunday, the 3rd XI were posted 154 all out with 1 ball remaining of their 45 overs. In response, the hosts closed on 149-8 as the Beavers took 12 points.

Junior results saw the U13s beat Timperley on Sunday, whilst the U15s lost to Stockport Trinity on Monday and the U18s to were defeated by Cheadle on Tuesday.


The 1st XI are at home again on Saturday, welcoming Chester Boughton Hall to Church Lane, with the 2nds making their second consecutive long journey in the return fixture.

Sunday sees the 3rd XI hosting Grappenhall, and the 4th XI head to neighbours Woodford. The U13s play at Romiley on Sunday morning.

Monday’s fixture is the U15 game against Romiley, at Church Lane.

The U18s are due to host a Romiley side on Tuesday.

Wednesday game is the big Over 40s local derby at home to Cheadle Hulme.

Famous Names at Church Lane

You may have spotted a couple of recognisable faces at the ground in the last week. The Flintoff family have been down, as Freddie’s children have been receiving specialist coaching from our 1st team opener Atiq uz-Zaman in the nets.

David “Bumble” Lloyd has also been down, and has been a spectator at several recent 1st XI games – including the exciting finale to last Saturday’s match. After the weekend, he commented on Twitter that Danny and Emma Lamb were 2 of 3 promising youngsters that he’d seen playing during the weekend.

The Importance of Training

As we are now at the season’s midpoint, it is currently only the 3rd XI, of the senior sides, who are in the top half of their league. It is vital to the success and long term health of the club that our teams play at the highest level they can, and this will only happen with hard work in between matches. Craggie and his helpers work hard to prepare practice facilities for Thursday night senior training, and these sessions work best when as many of the senior squad members of possible are in attendance.

We look forward to well-attended training sessions for the rest of the season, helping to ensure our senior sides reach their maximum potential in 2015.

See you at the club over the next few days.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Cheshire County Cricket League Newsletter – June 2015

Dear Member,

Please find the CCCL Newsletter for June available to download below.

Many thanks,

Bramhall Cricket Club

CCCL Newsletter June 2015

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s roundup from Church Lane, as we reach the halfway point in the County League season


Only the 3rd XI emerged with a win last weekend, in what was overall a disappointing weekend for the senior sides.

The First XI lost by 9 wickets at a strong Nantwich. Electing to bat, Bramhall were hussled out for 104 in the 37th over, as the fell to an excellent spell of seam bowling by Jimmy Warrington, who took 8-36.

Despite an early wicket for Simon Wilkinson, victory came in the 19th over to leave the Beavers with zero points for the afternoon.

The 2nds could only pick up 6 points in a heavy home defeat to Stockport. Suffering the worst of conditions by having to bowl and field in drizzle that remained throughout the first half of the match. A lack of control with the ball saw Bramhall conceding 310 runs in 48 overs, and the Beavers’ response reached 198 before losing their last wicket with 5 overs to go.

The 3rds also played Stockport, on Sunday, at Church Lane. Batting first, the Beavers were all out for 184 in the 43rd over, but were able to dismiss the visitors for 145 – aided by Charlie Williams’ 4-36.

The 4th XI lost by 10 runs at Brooklands, coming up just short after bowling the hosts out for 174.

There have been numerous junior games over the last week, but only the U15s emerged victorious, with their comfortable win at Caldy in the League.


– Friday sees the U11s host Heaton Mersey

– Saturday has the 1st XI at home to 8th place Neston, one spot below Bramhall, while the 2nds travel over to the Wirral in the corresponding fixture

– Sunday sees the 3rd XI at Didsbury in the afternoon, following on from various U9, U11 and U13 junior games in the morning

– Monday sees the U15s at Stockport Trinity

– Tuesday’s fixture is the U18s home to Cheadle

– Wednesday sees the Over 40s at Brooklands

With the weather looking reasonable over the next few days, it’s a great opportunity to train, play and watch the action from the club’s sides as we reach a crucial mid-point in the 2015 season.

We look forward to seeing you at Church Lane and/or the away games.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall CC Weekly Newsletter‏

Welcome to your weekly update from Church Lane,


Last weekend saw the first, second and third XIs all take on Hyde, with the both the firsts and thirds hosting.

Saturday’s performances resulted in a disappointing defeat for the 1s, while the 2nd XI recorded a much needed win to lift them out of the bottom two in their first year back in the Premier League.

Danny Lamb again starred with the bat for the firsts, contributing 77 to Bramhall’s 188. Contributions throughout Hyde’s order saw them surpass that total 6 wickets down – Lamb, Ashley West, Atiq uz-Zaman and Luke Littlewood shared the wickets between them.

Up at Werneth Low, a Chris Heppell 50, accompanied by scores from Emma Lamb (47) and Mark Isherwood (38) led the 2nds to a score of 209 in their 50 overs.  Heppell was involved again in the second innings as his 3-19, accompanied by Martin Souter’s 3-11, helped topple high-flying Hyde for 144.

On Sunday, the 3rds managed to repeat the feat – bowling Hyde out for 113 chasing 184-7. Ross Pedder, Danny Woodside and Sean Driscoll all came close to raising the bat. Dan Rothel and Tom Mason were the pick of the bowling, the latter picking up 3 wickets in just two overs.

Unfortunately the fourth XI, away to Bredbury St Marks, were soundly beaten, with Bredbury chasing down 102 in under 20 overs. Elsewhere, the Over 40s were unable to match Sale’s 159 on Wednesday night.

Completing this week’s senior activity was the 2nd XI, who visited Cheadle Hulme in the T20 Cup. The Beavers’ 131 was more than enough to secure victory and they now progress to the quarter finals.


Saturday sees the 1sts travel to Nantwich while the 2nds play an important game at home to Stockport. Stockport are again the visitors on Sunday against the 3rds while the 4ths head to Brooklands.

100 Club

For a round up of the 100 Club winners over the last few months, please visit the 100 Club page and scroll down to see the results. If you would like to join the 100 Club and bring much needed funds into the club (it’s only £4 a month!) then please contact Les Williams (

Fantasy Football

After a long season of amateur decision-making, the results are in for the Beaver CC Fantasy Football League.  If you’re a winner please contact Ed Daber ( with your bank details so he can transfer your prize money. This year’s winners are:

1st – Chris Heppell (£168)

2nd – Ed Daber (£70)

3rd – Brent Wilkinson (£42)

Managers of the Month also receive £5 for each month in which they came out on top. The winners are:

Mark Isherwood

Tim Wood

Rupes Kitzinger

Ben Harris (x2)

Tom Duffy

Chris Heppell (x2)

Tom Isherwood

Brent Wilkinson

That’s all, folks!

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall CC Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear member,

Welcome to your weekly update from Church Lane.

1st XI

Bramhall came away with 9 points from a losing draw at Macclesfield this week, as a profligate display in the field cost the away side dearly.

Macclesfield opted to bat first on a flat wicket with a tiny boundary on one side. Danny Lamb made an early breakthrough, but the run rate was immediately well up above 4 an over, where it would stay for the entire innings.

Once Simon Wilkinson was introduced, both left handers at the crease were dismissed, but number 4 Jack Ward was dropped twice on single figures, errors that would cost dear as he eventually finished up on 75 not out.

With others contributing around him, and with further mistakes in the field, both catches being dropped and runs given away, the eventual total of 251 for 9 was not as high as it could have been at one stage.

The Bramhall response could not have started better, with both Atiq Uz-Zaman and James Crisall soon into their stride against Macclesfield’s seam attack. After 17 overs the pair had put on 100 in fine style, and had looked completely untroubled in the process.

However, as has been Bramhall’s way this season, once one opener had gone (Crisall for a maiden Bramhall 50), the other followed soon after (Atiq for 67), and a rebuilding process had to take place.

Danny Lamb again showed great patience, but then fell for a promising 33, and nobody else thereafter was able to get going against some decent bowling and excellent fielding from Macclesfield.

Thursday also saw the 1st XI in T20 action. Despite an Ashley West 50, Macclesfield were able to chase down Bramhall’s 134 with relative comfort.

2nd XI

The second XI’s struggles continued on Saturday at Church Lane, just missing out on victory over Macclesfield by one wicket. The home side posted 144, with batsmen again getting themselves out once set.

The game looked to be going away from Bramhall during Macclesfield’s innings until a burst of three quick wickets from Danny Woodside opened up an end. Macclesfield scraped over the line though with just one wicket left to take the 13-point swing.


Sunday saw just two games as the 1st XI hosted Bowdon in their rearranged National Cup match. Bowdon won ending Bramhall’s cup campaigns for the year. Elsewhere, the 4th XI were also unsuccessful against Ashton-on-Mersey’s 3rd XI.

Juniors & Over 40s

Wins for the Bramhall U9s, 11s and 15s made for a strong week in the junior section, while the ‘Veterans’ picked up a win against Bowdon.


Saturday sees the 1st XI host Hyde while the 2nd XI will be hoping for an upturn in form in the reverse fixture. The 3rd also host Hyde on Sunday and the 4ths are at Bredbury St Marks. Next Thursday also sees the 2nd XI away at Cheadle Hulme in the next round of their T20 cup.

We hope to see you down at the club this weekend, hopefully enjoying some sunshine!

Best wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

100 Club Results



1st Prize – Richard Cragg £46

2nd Prize – Iain Tittle £18.40

3rd Prize – David Duke £9.20



1st Prize – Liz Daniels £46

2nd Prize – Barry Rickson £18.40

3rd Prize – Dave Shoesmith £9.20


1st Prize –Rachel Willoughby £46

2nd Prize – Mark Francis £18.40

3rd Prize – James Williams £9.20


1st Prize – Helen Milligan £46

2nd Prize – Brent Wilkinson £18.40

3rd Prize –Nick Daber £9.20


1st Prize – Rob Oliver £46

2nd Prize – Jenny Rickson £18.40

3rd Prize –Mike Spencer £9.20


1st Prize –Iain Tittle £46

2nd Prize – Peter Littlewood £18.40

3rd Prize – Iain Tittle £9.20

If you would like to join the 100 Club and help bring much-needed funds into the club please contact Les Williams, Further details are available on the 100 Club page here. It’s only £4 per month.


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