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.