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

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.

Bramhall CC Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear member,

Welcome to your weekly update from an exceptionally wet Church Lane.


After more wet and cold weather in the week, Bramhall welcomed local rivals Cheadle to Church Lane on a bright day. Once again a damp pitch greeted the players, and on winning the toss Nick Cantello had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first.

Rupes Kitzinger was right on the money from ball one, hitting a length that made batting a tough ask, as he made it rear up from just short of a length on a regular basis. In truth, the Cheadle batsmen never got to grips with the wicket, failing to adapt to the steep bounce Kitzinger was getting, although life at the other end was not as hazardous and runs would flow more freely.

After a gutsy opening stand, the Cheadle line-up was dismantled by Kitzinger who finished with the remarkable figures of 6 for 30 from 20 overs. Simon Wilkinson also chipped in with 4 for 26 at the other end as a score of 93 all out was all that the opposition could muster.

Bramhall’s approach to batting was much more positive, and in the face of some hostile bowling and some unnecessary sledging, James Crisall and Atiq Uz-Zaman punished anything wayward while surviving well against anything that misbehaved off the wicket. They had reduced the deficit to less than 20 before Crisall holed out for an excellent 28, and Atiq went to his 50 in quick time before seeing the job through with Danny Lamb for the loss of just 1 wicket and with almost 50 overs still remaining.

A fantastic victory to follow last week’s hammering of Grappenhall means Bramhall now stand 5th in the league, and look forward to a visit to Macclesfield next week.

Unfortunately the 2nd XI was equally consistent in its performance from the week before, taking just 2 points from the reverse fixture. After an excellent effort in the field, Bramhall restricted Cheadle to 193-6 on a typically dry Cheadle wicket. Luke Littlewood (3-72) and Chris Heppell (3-90) both put in long shifts, bowling over 20 overs each to set Bramhall up for the chase.

Unfortunately that chase failed to materialize, as Bramhall slumped to 85 all out in just 37 overs to complete a difficult fortnight.


With the weather taking hold, no play was possible on Sunday.


Saturday sees the 1st XI travel to Macclesfield while the 2nd XI will be hoping to record a win in the reverse fixture at Church Lane. On Sunday, the 1st XI play their postponed National Cup match again Bowdon, while the 3rd XI head to Cheadle in the league.


A big Bramhall CC congratulations to 1st XI vice captain Simon Wilkinson who this week announced his engagement to fiancé, Kelly. Also celebrating this week is crocked 2nd XI skipper Jack Harris, who turns 30 this coming Monday.

We look forward to seeing you down at the club, whatever the weather, at some point this weekend!

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall CC Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear member,

Welcome to your weekly update from Church Lane, after a mixed bank holiday weekend for the beavers.


A belated first league win of the season was just reward for a fantastic 1st XI performance on Saturday.

With steady rain and further low temperatures throughout the week, visiting Grappenhall had no hesitation in asking Bramhall to bat first on winning the toss.

Atiq Uz-Zaman and James Crisall both worked hard, but 46 for 0 soon became 48 for 2 as both were dismissed in quick succession. Life was even harder for the batsmen coming in, however, and when skipper Nick Cantello received a brute of a delivery to be caught behind, Bramhall were struggling on 67 for 4 with fewer than 20 overs still remaining.

Ashley West was promoted up the order to give the innings some much needed impetus, and he took the attack to the opposition in partnership with Danny Lamb, who was playing the most patient of knocks at the other end. Lamb was the star hand, ending up on a dazzling 82*, with around 50 of his runs coming in the last 7 overs. At drinks 140 was looking a reasonable target, so to end up with 204 was a remarkable effort.

In the second innings Kitzinger and Lamb were at the batsmen straight away, making them play at everything and work for their runs. It was Kitzinger who struck first, inducing an aerial drive to mid off, with Atiq taking the first of his 4 catches.

At 26 for 1, he struck again, and before you knew it, it was 27 for 6, with Kitzinger having 3 wickets, and Lamb taking 2 in another good burst. Simon Wilkinson replaced him and carried on where Lamb had finished off, extracting turn from the pitch and making the Grappenhall skipper rue his lack of a spinner.

No batsman was able to dig in like Lamb had done for Bramhall, and a fantastic bowling and fielding performance all round was wrapped up in the 27th over as Lewis Clarke got in on the act. A wonderful win for Bramhall, and they have another home game to look forward to next week against local rivals Cheadle. All support will be warmly welcomed.

Down the road in Didsbury, an understrength 2nd XI were unable to follow up on their T20 win at Urmston last Thursday. After a solid first 25 overs – 88-2 at drinks – a batting collapse saw Bramhall bowled out for 125. Mark Isherwood was the only batsman to cause any damage, adding a 50 to last week’s century for the thirds.

After some early drops in the field, Didsbury settled to seal victory for the loss of just one wicket. The 2s now find themselves at the wrong end of the table and will be hoping to pick a more consistent XI for the remainder of the season.


The 3rd XI had more success on Sunday, beating Urmston CC. The visitors were bowled out for just 108, with captain Dan Bridgeman taking 4-24. Dan Rothel picked up 3 whilst Archie Tittle and Oliver Warner completed the set.

Bramhall were quick to tie up the win, taking just 24 overs to reach the target. Rohit Bedi led the charge with 68, before Ross Pedder saw Bramhall over the line for the loss of just two wickets.

Sunday also saw the 1sts travel to Oulton Park in the Cheshire Cup. Bramhall were 165-7 at tea thanks to a knock of 91* from captain Nick Cantello. Oulton Park, with many of their Saturday batting line-up still in tact, managed to knock off the total in 28 overs, to complete the weekend for Bramhall’s senior teams.


In the junior section, Bramhall’s U12s secured a hard-fought victory over Poynton in the South Manchester cup. Elsewhere, the U11s beat Hyde, whilst the U15s were less successful against Stockport Georgians.


Cheadle visit Church Lane in the league on Saturday, while the 2nd XI travel down the A34 for the reverse fixture. Sunday sees the 3rd XI away at Toft, with the 4th XI also in action, hosting Hyde at the Dam.

We look forward to seeing you either home or away at some point this weekend!

Best wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Cheshire County Cricket League Senior Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

You may or may not be aware that the Cheshire County League has a new website for 2015:

The regular start of week newsletters for senior cricket, that used to be sent round to clubs’ representatives by email, now instead get posted on this website, in the News section.

Alongside the existing Play Cricket email system, in conjunction with the ECB (of which Bramhall has a site), the League’s website aims to stay up to date with the latest news items.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall CC – Weekly Newsletter‏

Dear Member,

Welcome to a belated weekly update from Church Lane.


The 1st XI lost by 5 wickets against a strong Toft side last Saturday. After being asked to bat, the Beavers never really got multiple, significant partnerships together on fairly benign wicket. Atiq uz-Zaman top scored with 62 and Tom Isherwood a good 43 batting at 4, but with these players back in the shed, the middle & lower order were unable to keep up momentum. Nick Cantello played a typical gutsy innings for 46* and was aided with a few lusty late order blows. However, the 209-8 total from 55 overs looked a little short of par.

Toft dug in after losing an early wicket in their response, before getting to 64-1. Then, losing 3 wickets in the space of 11 runs energised the Beavers and the game suddenly looked in the balance. However, despite bowling and fielding fairly tidily, Toft’s players stood their ground and eeked out the runs required, eventually finishing 5 down with 4 overs remaining. Bramhall could looked to a dropped catch and a caught behind not being given as turning points, but more runs on the board would have made a big difference to the day.

Toft completed the double on Saturday, also beating Bramhall’s 2nd XI – in a tighter contest at Church Lane. The Beavers posted 182-9 from their 50 overs, having being asked to bat first. No one passed 50 on a easy paced wicket, with slow bowling hard to get away.

In response, Toft’s top and middle order all made starts, but all ended up falling victim to Tom Drury’s super-slow 16 over spell. In the end, Toft were able to limp over the line with 2 wickets and 6 balls remaining in a close finish. Drury ending up with 6-59.

The 3rd XI drew at Marple, after posting 202 from their 45 overs. The day’s big innings was Mark Isherwood’s 108*, supported by Danny Bridgeman’s 51. However, they were able to dislodge all the host’s batters, as they closed on 173-8.

The 4th XI lost by 4 wickets with 12 balls left at Woodley 3rds, despite putting 218-6 on the board in their 40 overs – thanks to 116 from Iain Tittle.

The U15s have played 2 matches in the past week.  First up was on Friday away at Prestbury in the HPL.  A strong Prestbury team batted first and despite some good bowling by all the team they made 120-5 off 20 overs.  Bramhall opener James Oliver got the innings off to a good start with a quickfire 25, but despite some good blows by Oli Warner, the innings finished with Bramhall on 77-7.  On Sunday we welcomed Bredbury to Church Lane for our first home match of the season.  Batting first, Tom Mason and Lewis Clarke started at a good pace, which was continued by Declan Scammell.  Fourth in was U13 Matt Madeira, who played a composed innings, accelerating at the right time, to top score with 28, and a final flourish by Joe Shenton took the score up to 133-7 off 25 overs.  Oli Warner and Declan Scammel (4 overs – 6 runs – 2 wickets) put Bredbury under the screw from the beginning of their innings.  Spin was then introduced with Lewis and Matt, before Richard Harris came on for a match-winning spell as he routed the middle and lower order with 5 overs – 14 runs – 5 wickets – all bowled!  Hamzah wrapped up Bredbury’s innings as they were all out for 50 in the 21st over.

Both HPL matches for this week v Cheadle Hulme and Disley have been postponed, but will hopefully be rearranged. On Sunday morning the U15s have a rearranged Cheshire league match at home to Stockport Georgians, which will be a much sterner test.


Later today, the 1st XI host Grappenhall, with the Beavers keen to register their first Saturday victory, and the 2nd XI travel to Didsbury.

Sunday sees the 1st XI travel to Oulton Park in their Cheshire Cup fixture, whilst the 3rds host Urmston and the 4ths play at Bollington.

The U15s game home to Stockport Georgians is the only junior fixture on Sunday.

The Over 40s then face Urmston at Church Lane on Wednesday evening.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend, and we hope to see you at one or more of our games over Saturday and Sunday.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall CC – Annual Subscriptions‏

Dear Member,

Firstly, my apologies for the delay in sending the request for annual club subscriptions, which is down to me. I know the juniors have been on top of their area and so we now need to tidy up the wider membership and ask for your speedy response at this point in the season.

As those who attended the AGM, we have increased rates by 5% for the first time in 2 years in order to keep up with increased costs. It is still tremendous value for players and non players alike. Details on how to pay are attached and you can either pay direct to Account Number 15020339 Sort 01-01-14 (add your name and membership classification) or by cheque to Steve Driscoll. Subs need to have been paid by the end of May at the latest, at which point non payers will not be selected for teams.

With a couple of weekends affected by rain, it feels like the season is now only really getting going. However, I am pleased to see that it looks like we will be competitive across all the senior teams and we have already seen some outstanding junior performances, reflecting the hard work they have put in this winter and the excellent coaching programme in place.

Thank you for everyone’s hard work across the club and we are very lucky to have so many willing volunteers.

Best wishes,

Ian Milligan

Club Chair

2015 Annual Subs Final


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