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

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s news roundup.


The 1st XI’s home league fixture against Alderley Edge on Saturday was cancelled, after the umpires deemed the area around the square too wet after Friday’s heavy rain.

On Sunday, however, the side made the short trip to the same opposition for the ECB National Championship fixture.

A series of changes meant Bramhall gave debuts to both of our promising female cricketers who had played in the 2nd XI at the same ground the day before, Emma Lamb and Ellie Mason, as well as calling on the services of Chairman Ian Milligan and veteran James Day.

Although the day was dry, the heavy rain in the week preceding the game had left the wicket looking like it would favour the bowlers. Skipper Nick Cantello chose to bat first on winning the toss, reasoning that it would not get any better and that runs on the board could prove key. After Atiq uz-Zaman recorded his first failure of the season, the decision looked to have backfired, and he was soon joined in the pavilion by Johnson, Wilkinson and Cantello as batting against a disciplined attack proved hard work.

In Danny Lamb, however, Bramhall have someone in dazzling form, and despite a watchful start, once he was joined by sister Emma at the crease, he began to open his shoulders and find the boundary regularly. Emma played a very mature knock on her debut, also putting away the bad ball and combining with Danny to put the pressure back on to the bowling team.

Emma fell for 23, and when Danny eventually succumbed for a magnificent 84, Bramhall looked to be in a strong position given the conditions. Some lusty blows from James Day and Ashley West at the end were the icing on the cake, and a score of 202 from 45 overs looked way better than par at tea.

Alderley, however, have a strong batting line-up and nothing would be taken for granted. Wilkinson and Danny Lamb opened up for Bramhall, and both struck decisive blows within the first few overs. Bramhall never let the home side settle, with all 5 bowlers used bowling tight lines and utilising the favourable conditions.

Atiq took 3 wickets in a tidy spell, Lamb took 2 in his own fiery stint, Wilkinson ended up with 3 and Ashley West also struck twice as the home side was rolled for just 99.

A fantastic performance given the players missing, and a great fillip going in to next week’s league clash with an in-form Toft.

The 2nd XI lost by 5 wickets at a wet Alderley Edge on Saturday. Batting after winning the toss, the Beavers racked up 170-7 from their 50 overs. Ellie Mason top scoring with 36, but several batsmen will feel that they missed the chance to score more heavily. In response, the hosts set off at a frantic pace, and it was only the introduction of Luke Littlewood (4 wickets) and Tom Drury that saw wickets start to fall. Alderley lost 5 wickets in the space of 40 runs, but their middle order’s experience showed through to pass the total in the 38th over.

The 3rd XI managed to collect 10 points in a low scoring home draw to Northwich, with Einar Merrygold’s 58 and Danny Bridgeman’s 4 wicket haul being the stand out performances.

Other results saw the U15s win at Poynton on Sunday, with U13 sides beating Norbury but losing to Romiley on the same day.The U11s  lost to Norbury on Sunday, but beat Marple on Monday and the Over 40s lost to Brooklands at Church Lane on Wednesday evening.


This evening sees the 1st XI host Bollington in the 1st of three 20/20 Cup group games. The action starts at 6.15pm, and it would be great to see as many spectators down as possible. Senior training will therefore take place in the hard nets, numbers permitting.

Friday sees three junior away fixtures, with the U11s at Ladybridge, the U13s at Macclesfield and the U15s at Prestbury. The U9s play at Church Lane as they host Stockport Georgians.

Saturday sees two tough fixtures against Toft, with the 1st XI away and the 2nd XI at Church Lane.

Sunday is a busy day, with the 3rd XI at Marple and the 4th Xi home to Woodley.

Junior fixtures are due to see the U9s home to Bredbury, the U11s and U13s away to Romiley, the U11s home to Hyde and the U15s home to Bredbury.

Monday sees the U15s host Cheadle Hulme and Tuesday the U11s at Stockport Georgians.

The Over 40s fixture next Wednesday sees Bramhall at local rivals Cheadle Hulme.

Congratulations are due to Ellie Mason, scoring a superb 147* for Cheshire Ladies U15s this week, and Matt Madeira notched up his first school ton for Cheadle Hulme School.

You may have also seen Emma Lamb’s name mentioned by an England team member in the latest issue of The Cricketer magazine, as being one to watch following her recent tour of Sri Lanka with England’s U19 squad.

We look forward to seeing you at Church Lane during the next few days.

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter

Dear Member,

A brief & belated news update this week:


The 1st XI’s match at Bowdon last Saturday became a victim of the rain after less than 20 overs. The Beavers were put into bat, and had reached a comfortable 89-1 when the the persistent rain became heavier. Atiq uz-Zaman was well set with an unbeaten 50, and Adam Siddall had made a confident 28 batting at 2.

The 2nd XI managed to complete their game at Church Lane against Urmston, despite damp and cold conditions throughout the day. The Beavers declared on 261-s from 45 overs, with Tom Isherwood’s 116* and Ed Daber’s 104 taking the batting honours. Unfortunately, the bowlers struggled to keep enough pressure on the visiting batsmen, and Urmston surpassed the total with 5 wickets in hand and 7 balls remaining. A late rally from the Beavers ensured an exciting finish.

The 3rd XI expected a cold and wet day at Grappenhall, but played in warm and often sunny conditions.

Bramhall made 184 with a mature batting performance, with Dan Woodside’s first senior fifty, a knock of 84, suggesting a 100 is not far away for him. Dan was ably backed up by Viv Vaish adding 44 in his first innings of the season. On a wet wicket and having been put in Captain Dan Bridgeman was happy to be fielding with the runs on the board.

After Grappenhall had put on a 100 in 19 overs for the first wicket, the skipper, playing with a heavily strapped leg, turned to experience in Mr Chairman and new member Rohit Bedi to give him some control – and what an impact! Rohit bowled some lovely variation that Bertie Basset would have been proud of, and Ian Milligan was at his competitive best and with the aid of some great team fielding and catches from Dan Rothel, Steve Driscoll, David Tittensor and a miracle catch from Dan Woodside the game balance slowly edged towards Bramhall. 7 wickets down and 28 required it was time for Sean Driscoll to enter the action with a great stumping off of Tom Mason and a run out following a fine throw from the Man of the Match Milligan. So, the teams entered the final over Grappenhall need 9 to win with one wicket left.

The stage was set for Dan Woodside who after 3 dotballs sent the stumps everywhere and a very good game of cricket came to a satisfactory end for the Bramhall team. Captain Dan Bridgeman was a very proud man and all members of the team did something to produce the result – although the headlines will go to Dan Woodside and the Chairman. What a great game!!!

The 3rd XI cup game at Marple on Monday saw them come up 40 runs short against the hosts, whilst the 4th XI’s game against Woodford on Sunday was a victim of the weather.


Weather permitting, Saturday sees the 1st XI at home to Alderley Edge at 12.30pm, with the 2nds starting at Alderley at 1pm.

Sunday has the 1st XI in the second round of the ECB National Club Championship away at 2pm – playing Alderley Edge again.

The 3rd XI are at home to Northwich, and the 4th XI are at Trafford – both on Sunday.

Fingers crossed for a break in the weather!

Best Wishes,

Bramhall C.C.

Bramhall Cricket Club Weekly Newsletter

Dear Member,

Welcome to this week’s newsletter from Church Lane.

Despite dominating local rivals Marple in a one-sided contest at Church Lane on Saturday, The 1sts had to settle for a winning draw as they failed to dislodge the visitors’ final pair.

Again batting first on winning the toss, the Beavers started in similar fashion to last week, with both Atiq uz-Zehman and Jack Harris finding the boundary regularly in the first 10 overs. After both were dismissed, Danny Lamb and Dale McKay also picked up where they left off at Chester, despite having to dodge a couple of heavy showers.

McKay again failed to capitalise on a good start, and when skipper Cantello followed him back to the pavilion, the home side were precariously placed. Lamb was batting with his customary freedom, however, and in Andy Reynolds he found a willing partner, once he had survived a nervous start.

Runs began to flow, and Lamb reached a superb maiden century in front of a decent sized crowd, driving Bramhall to a very challenging 232 from their full 55 overs. Reynolds made a handy 29, with Lancashire Academy player Lamb eventually dismissed for an excellent 101.

The hosts had the perfect start when Ashley West induced Makin into an injudicious drive early on, but Marple then set about chasing down the runs, punishing any bad balls.

The introduction of Lamb accounted for ex-Bramhall skipper Andy Hall, but at drinks Marple looked well placed on 90 for 2. Spin twins Simon Wilkinson and Lewis Clarke then struck twice each in quick succession sandwiching a run out, as 90 for 2 became 100 for 7.

This signaled the end of the run chase, as Marple’s tail adeptly batted out for a draw, despite further strikes from both Lamb and West. Bramhall will rue one half chance, where McKay almost pulled off a stunning one handed catch at gully, and also the loss of 3 overs which had been caused by the earlier rain.

However, despite failing to get the final wicket, skipper Nick Cantello will be delighted with the dominant performance and looking for further improvement next week at Bowdon.

One sour aspect of the game was a nasty Achilles injury suffered by Jack Harris in the field. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

Unfortunately, the 1st XI’s National Cup fixture on Sunday was conceded by the visitors Maghull at short notice. Bramhall’s bye into the 2nd round sees them travel to Alderley Edge on May 10th.

At Bowden Lane on Saturday, the Second XI kick-started their season with a invaluable win against Marple.
With rain in the air and Bramhall winning the coin toss, captain Tim Wood elected to bat and put some runs on the board before any overs were lost. In the end, only 20 minutes were lost but the decision proved a success as Bramhall went on to post a competitive 181.
After another poor start, courtesy of a regulation edge and some suicidal running by the chairman, Bramhall were 15-2 before Ed Daber and Wood steadied the ship. After a few lucky escapes, Wood (37) eventually fell as Bramhall passed the 100-mark and Daber reached 50.
With Daber exiting soon after and the score slowing due to consistent bowling from former Bramhall veteran, Andy Hayes, it was left to Ellie Mason (42*) and Paul Addy (22*) to take up the mantle. A flurry of classy boundaries in the final overs meant Bramhall closed on 181-6.
A shortage of experienced bowling in the line-up meant that Bramhall opened up with James Day and Wood, with Addy taking the gloves. Day picked up one of the openers early but Marple began to impose themselves, heading towards 100. Wood then began to find some pop in the pitch, taking edges off the other opener and number three. With Tom Drury coming on an picking up regular wickets through sharp work behind the stumps the tide began to turn and Bramhall began to impose themselves.
Wood bowled through a full 21 overs, picking up a fourth wicket before debutant Rohit Bedi came on as the light began to fade. Bramhall picked up the final wicket with Marple just 11 runs short, with Nick Siddall taking the all important catch.
A solid performance with the bat and an exceptional performance in the field means the 2nds now have 32 points from their first two games against established Premier League opposition

Other Bramhall results included a 3rd XI 20/20 loss at Prestbury on Sunday, an Under 11 win at Stockport Trinity and an Under 13 win at home to Hyde.


Friday sees the Under 9s at home to Stockport Georgians.

Saturday has the 1st XI away to Bowdon, and the 2nds at home to Urmston.

Sunday has the 3rds at Grappenhall, and junior fixtures see the U9s at Hyde and the U13s are due host Heaton Mersey and play away at Poynton.

In other news, Bramhall’s 2012 overseas player Travis Dean, has today been announced as receiving a 2 year playing contract with Victoria – well earned after 2 excellent seasons in Victorian Premier Cricket.

We look forward to seeing you at training and this weekend’s fixtures – and don’t forget to get your Fantasy Cricket team and payment in!

Best Wishes,
Bramhall C.C.

Sunday Afternoon’s 1st XI Match is cancelled‏

Dear Member,
Unfortunately, the 1st XI’s opposition for this afternoon’s ECB National Club Championship fixture, Maghull, have conceded their fixture at Church Lane this afternoon.
Apologies to those of you who had planned to come and watch.
Best Wishes,
Bramhall C.C.

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