Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to the last weekly edition of the Bramhall CC Newsletter for the 2015 season.


The 1st XI managed to put all fears of relegation to one side on Saturday, with an impressive performance in their crucial game at Neston.  Despite overnight and early morning rain in the North West, the match was only reduced by 2 overs as the Wirral weather started to clear after midday. The Beavers won the toss and elected to field, backing themselves to chase down a score and bag 25 points. Despite a key early breakthrough, the hosts made steady progress to reach the 160 runs they needed to ensure their own safety in the Premier Division. However, as the total passed 100, Simon Wilkinson’s pressure with the ball caused some jitters and the run rate slowed. Neston’s top flight status was guaranteed with around 7 overs remaining, and a frustrating 9th wicket partnership produced a total of 207-8 from the 54 overs. Wilkinson finished with 6-55 from 23 nagging overs, and topped 50 league wickets for the season at the same time.

After tea, Matt Hughes and Nick Cantello looked to get in on a decent batting wicket. This they did with aplomb, reaching 100-0 in the 28thover with no real dramas. Cantello eventually fell for a skipper’s knock of 59, bringing a watchful Danny Lamb to the crease with 80 runs still required. Matt Hughes passed fifty himself, and went on to make 80 before falling with work still to be done. However, James Crissall and Lamb steadied any nerves and Lamb eventually finished on 42* to see Bramhall home by 7 wickets in the 52nd over.

It was a fantastic way to ensure that 2016 is another Premier Division season, especially given that batting has proved a problem during 2015. The result meant that Marple were automatically relegated, no matter their result. Ultimately, they could only draw a heavily rain-affected game at home to Toft. Timperley and Urmston replace Marple and Grappenhall next season.

Bramhall ended the season in 9th position in the league, having leapfrogged Neston with the victory, and level on points with 8th placed Cheadle – who won one more match. The Beavers will be looking to start 2016 with a clean slate.

The 2nd XI’s disappointing season ended with their home fixture to Neston falling victim to Saturday’s early rain.

This Saturday

You will no doubt have seen the request for members to attend the Working Party from 9am this Saturday, and also for any unwanted cricket, football and rugby kit to be delivered for the Lord’s Taverners charity. Your support for both is much appreciated.

Over the Winter

Please keep your eyes peeled for communications over the coming weeks and months, with information on the AGM, pre-season nets and social events to follow.

In the meantime, thanks for your support in 2015 and we look forward to a strong 2016 season.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club – Winter Work Party this Saturday and Charity Sports Kit Collection

Dear Member,

Work Party this Weekend

A polite reminder that we’re asking all members to give up at least 1 hour this Saturday to help put the club “to bed” for the Winter. This is when we carefully store equipment and furniture during the winter months, and the better the job we do in the Autumn, the easier it is in Spring 2016.

The clubhouse will be open between 9am and 4pm, and the more members who turn up, the quicker the work will be complete.

Charity Sports Collection on Saturday                                                                                                Cricket related charity, the Lord’s Taverners, are collecting unwanted cricket, football and rugby equipment and clothing this month. The kit will be recycled and distributed to needy children around the world. Any equipment that can be used for coaching, such as tennis balls, cones and bibs are particularly welcome. The charity have more information about what they can accept here:

Bramhall CC will be accepting your equipment this Saturday, at the clubhouse, where Rupes Kitzinger will then arrange for it to get to the charity.

For any more information on the project (e.g. if you can’t help this Saturday, but would still like to donate), or the charity itself, please visit:

Thanks in advance for your attendance on Saturday for this key date in the season, and for your support of Lord’s Taverners.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter

Dear Member


The 1sts are at Neston in their ‘crunch’ deciding game, starts 12pm, with Marple 7 pts behind.

The 2nds are at home to Neston on Saturday starts at 12pm

On Sunday, the 3rds play at Cheadle, starting at 1pm.

The 4ths are at Trafford Metrovicks, also on Sunday from 1pm

The 3rds need 5 points, and the 4ths need a win to both finish 5th in their respective divisions.

Junior Presentation Evening

This Friday, the Junior Presentation Evening takes place in the clubhouse at

Cheshire Ladies this Sunday

On Sunday, we host our first ever Cheshire Ladies game who take on Suffolk in a 50 over a side game, starting at 11am. We are expecting our own Ellie Mason and Jennie Kitzinger (Rupes’ wife) to both be playing. So why not come along to support the ladies?

Other Key Dates for your Diary

Saturday 19th September is the confirmed date for the Club Winter Working Party, from 9am – 4pm, when we politely request all members to spare an hour to help put the club to bed for the winter.

Sunday 20th September sees us host the annual Otterspool Charity Dog Show 11am – 3pm, so why not bring your dog along

Sunday 11th October, we will be having a Club Golf Day at Styal GC. Cost is £25 with hole sponsorship £20 and it will be a Texas Scramble format which makes it easier on some of us ‘lesser’ players. Please contact Dan Bridgeman by this weekend if you would like to play and / or can help on hole sponsorship or prizes at or 07798 583605

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Post-season Working Party

The date of the Post season Working party is from 9 – 4 next Saturday September 19th. All members are requested to give an hour or so at a time to suit them to put the club efficiently to bed for the Winter.

County Match @ BCC on Sunday

There is a County match at our ground this Sunday, September 13th, the last game of the Summer. Cheshire women will be playing Suffolk women in a 50 overs cup game and the first bowl will be bowled at 11am. All are very welcome to spectate.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s roundup from Church Lane.


The 1st XI produced a fantastic performance to beat second place Nantwich at Bramhall last Saturday. After being asked to bat first on a damp wicket, the Beavers carefully accumulated a 188-6 in their 55 overs. Matt Hughes top scored with 43 in a solid team effort that kept the visitors’ highly-rated bowling attack at bay.

After the tea break, Nantwich started well to reach 40 for no wicket and then 93-1, but were a little behind the required run rate. The Beavers’ bowling, led by a marathon 26 over spell from Simon Wilkinson kept gnawing away, however, and the visitors were never able to get in front – even when news came through that league leaders Hyde had lost, meaning a win would send Nantwich top. Bramhall, however, sensed that only a win would suffice, and the last over began with 12 runs required and 1 wicket remaining. Danny Lamb kept his cool, and claimed the last wicket on the fourth ball to bring Bramhall 25 points and to effectively end Nantwich’s title hopes. It was a nail-biting end to a pulsating game, enjoyed by a decent crowd, with Wilkinson’s 6-72 the standout performance.

Frustratingly, all of the Premier Division teams in the immediate vicinity of Bramhall also managed to win their matches, still leaving a 7 point gap ahead of Marple in 11th position and meaning that a win on Saturday is the only guaranteed way for the Beavers to retain top flight status. The side could even finish 8th if other results also go their way.

The Second XI unfortunately had relegation from their Premier Division confirmed on Saturday, when they lost by 6 wickets at bottom-placed Stockport. On another damp wicket, the Beavers were asked to bat first and only Andy Reynolds (62) contributed to an under par total of 133 in the 48th over.

In the field, Bramhall made a good start to reduce to hosts to 1-1, but a succession of missed catches and runouts, and bowling that was not quite steady enough, led to Stockport getting over the line in the 38th over. The Beavers would have felt that an improved fielding performance could have been enough to grab victory, but instead they need to avoid getting 6 fewer points than Stockport this weekend to remain in 11th position.

The 3rd XI result from Sunday has not yet been communicated. The 4th XI picked up a handy seven wicket win at home to Hyde on Sunday after being asked to chase. Tight bowling from the Beavers, with Harry & James Oliver sharing 5 wickets, restricted the hosts to 166-7 in their 40 overs. In reply, Tom Mason’s 44* and 30 not out from Rob Oliver saw Bramhall comfortably home in the 25th over.


The last league fixtures on the 2015 season see an intriguing encounter at Neston on Saturday, where the 1st XI (10th position) face Neston (9th position). Neston need 4 points to confirm their own safety in the Premier Division, and Bramhall need to ensure that Marple (home to Toft) do not get more than 6 additional points. The match at Parkgate starts at 12pm, and the Firsts would welcome all support to their biggest match in the past 2 seasons.

To anyone not visiting Neston, or spying on Marple’s 1sts, the Bramhall 2nd XI play their last game at Church Lane, against Neston, starting at 12.30pm.

Race Night Success

Thanks to those members, plus families and friends, for supporting last Saturday’s Race Night at Church Lane. No doubt buoyed by the earlier no-field result, there was a great atmosphere as desperate punters willed their virtual horses (and pigs, and hounds!) over the line. The night was orchestrated by Chris Heppell, and he was ably helped by an excellent team behind the bar and at “the Tote”. Thanks to all who made it a great night, and particularly to those who supplied prizes and sponsorship for the evening.

End of Season Club and Ground “Winter Work Party”

We’re just waiting to confirm the exact day in the next few weeks when we’ll be asking all members to give up a couple of hours to help put the club “to bed” for the Winter. This is when we carefully store equipment and furniture during the winter months, and the better the job we do in the Autumn, the easier it is in Spring 2016. Please keep your eyes open for a follow up email with the date on it.

There is senior training again this evening from 5.30pm, and we look forward to seeing you at Neston and/or Church Lane on Saturday to hopefully share in some Bramhall success.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club – Race Night Tomorrow, and weekly news‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s Bramhall Cricket Club newsletter.


The 1st XI suffered an 8 wicket loss at leaders Hyde last Saturday, after being put into bat. The Beavers stuttered to 143 all out in the 54th over, with the last three batsmen contributing 59 of those runs to at least enable 2 batting points to be collected. Hyde had little trouble in knocking off the total, 2 wickets down in the 22nd over. With other results going against Bramhall, the bottom of the Premier Division now looks very tight. With Grappenhall all but relegated, the battle is now to avoid eleventh place.

Marple’s remaining fixtures are at Alderley and then home to Toft.

Neston host Grappenhall and then Bramhall

Cheadle visit Bowdon and then go to Hyde

Macclesfield host Hyde and then travel to Nantwich

  1. Macclesfield                        241
  2. Cheadle                              224
  3. Neston                               221
  4. Bramhall                             206
  5. Marple                                199
  6. Grappenhall                        159

The 2nd XI lost at home to Hyde on Saturday, to unfortunately all but confirm relegation to the First Division for 2016. After posting 170-8 from 50 overs (Tim Wood 72*), having been asked to bat first, Bramhall could then only manage 2 wickets as Hyde won at a canter in 32 overs.

The 3rd XI took 8 draw points from tight game at home to Didsbury on Sunday, after electing to field first. Didsbury reached 188-9 from their 45 overs, with wickets being shared around the Bramhall bowlers. After tea, the Beavers came agonisingly close at 179-9 after Dan Bridgeman’s 63 and a crucial 33* from Sam Baker.


The 1st XI host second place Nantwich at Church Lane tomorrow, with the action starting at 12pm. The club would value all available support from members at the fixture.

The 2nds play at bottom-placed Stockport tomorrow, starting at 12.30pm

The 3rds are due to face Cheadle on Sunday, and the 4th XI against Hyde, from 2pm.

Race Night Information

A reminder to all members, families and friends that the club is holding a Race Night in the clubhouse on Saturday evening. It’s a great opportunity for social get together, and will help to raise funds for the club.

The event will start from around 7.45pm, after the 1st XI fixture finishes, and will see food provided. There are 8 virtual horse races during the evening, each of which have already been generously sponsored. You have the chance to win a great selection of prizes for the races, through ownership of the horses. The night has been great fund over the last few seasons, and we again thank all those who have donated a prize for the evening.

Looking forward to seeing you at the crucial 1st XI match, and then at the Race Night.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.


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