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.
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.