Welcome to the first regular weekly Bramhall CC newsletter of the 2015 season.
The 1st XI lost a close game at Chester Boughton Hall on Saturday, by 3 wickets with 7 balls remaining. After winning the toss, skipper Nick Cantello chose to bat on a dry surface surrounded by a quick outfield. Debutant Atiq Uz-Zaman helped to make an unusually quick start for the Beavers, rattling up 40 from 34 balls before falling with the score at 49-2. Daniel Lamb, at 3, contributed a solid 56, and new Aussie Dale McKay got 36. With Cantello watching helplessly at the other end, however, the Beavers lost 3 wickets in 3 balls to leave them struggling at 160-6, and then 179-7. However, Rupes Kitzinger (35) provided excellent support to his patient captain as the pair added 55 for the 8th wicket and to bring an end of innings score of 243-9 from the 55 overs.
The hosts did have things all their own way with the bat, however. In between the boundaries of a stand of 71, the openers survived chances and close calls whilst Bramhall felt the cricketing gods were conspiring against them. However, the famous Beaver spirit was in evidence as the bowlers started to slow the scoring rate, and wickets began to fall – aided by a stunning catch at mid-off from Uz-Zaman. At 206-7, and still requiring a run a ball, Bramhall sensed that victory was a distinct possibility, but a strong 8th wicket stand saw Chester home in the 54th over.
An 11 point haul was a decent return from a good performance against one of the league’s strongest sides, but the Beavers might feel that they were very close to taking 25 points back to Church Lane.
With a 2nd XI unrecognisable from last year’s promotion-winning side, Bramhall were in for a tough start to life in the Prem against Chester BH, who finished in the top 4 last year.
On a glorious opening day at Church Lane, and with the track looking as good as it ever has for April, Chester won the toss and put Bramhall in to bat. Early shortcomings left Bramhall struggling at 25-3 but the ship was steadied by diligent innings from Dan Woodside and Ellie Mason (making her 2nd XI debut). Despite getting set, both eventually fell – Ellie to an LBW and Dan to a fantastic catch highlighting the leap in standard this year.
Regular wickets fell from there despite resistance from Ruaridh Patel, who was supported by the likes of Dan Rothel and and Ross Pedder (another debutant). As the overs ticked by, Ruaridh closed in on a maiden 50 and completed it with the final ball of the innings, leaving Bramhall with a defendable 145-8.
Chester’s innings got off to a slow start before a dropped catch in the slips allowed their opener to accelerate the score with a rapid 41. From there on it looked like Chester’s day until Danny Woodside picked up an LBW and Martin Souter took the ball. Chester began to lose quick wickets and, with Tom Drury tying up an end, lost regular wickets to find themselves 7 down and still needing 30 runs.
Unfortunately the Beavers didn’t have the fire power to blast through the tail end and Chester eventually crawled over the line. Martin Souter was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 6-23 off 14 overs.
The 3rd XI won fairly comfortably in their first of three group T20 cup games, against Urmston 4ths. Choosing to bat, Danny Woodside and Ellie Mason set about the bowling to put on 65 at 9 an over both finishing on 38 in just 23 and 25 balls respectively. Craig Johnson and Paul Addy kept up the momentum with Bramhall finishing on a healthy 155 for 6 off their 20 overs. In reply Declan Scammell bowled a tight 4 over spell for 16 runs, Sam Baker picked up 2 wickets followed by 2 more each from Daniel, Ellie and Tom Mason who was probably the pick of the bowlers and also claimed a run out. Rohit Bedi also picked up a wicket on debut and helped Urmston to finish on 125 all out in the 19th over.
This week’s Performance of the Week is awarded to Martin Souter for his excellent spell defending a modest total. A special mention goes to Ruaridh Patel for an excellent innings in adversity and completing his maiden senior 50.
On Saturday, we see have another double header with the 1st and 2nd teams both up against Marple. This week, the 1sts are the home side, starting at 12.30pm, and the 2nds play at Bowden Lane for their 1pm start.
Sunday sees the 1st XI again take the field at Church Lane, as they host Merseyside’s Maghull in the first round of the 2015 ECB National Club Championship, starting at 1pm.
The 3rd XI play at Prestbury on Sunday, in the second of their cup group games, at 2pm.
Junior fixtures begin to pick up from this weekend, with the U11s potentially with 2 games on Sunday morning – one home to Woodford, and one away to Stockport Trinity – and the U15s host Stockport Georgians.
The U11s also have a fixture against Heaton Mersey next Tuesday.
– Matt Hughes made his 1st class debut for Oxford MCCU against Surreylast week, gained widespread news coverage by being the bowler(!) whose first delivery Kevin Pietersen went to his hundred off, before then opening his shoulders a little more in Matt’s next few overs!
– Matt Madeira for getting into the Cheshire u12s squad
– Lewis Clarke completing the first of two trial days for the North of England u15s squad
– Emma Lamb touring Sri Lanka with England u19s Ladies
Match Sponsorship Opportunity this weekend
This Saturday’s home 1st team league game v Marple is available for match sponsorship which for £80 provides special sponsor cricket teas for 4 people, unlimited refreshments and awarding the player of the match. Please contact Ian asap firstname.lastname@example.org or 07946 110953