Welcome to this week’s news roundup, as last weekend saw the start of the second half of the season.
The 1st XI faced Chester Boughton Hall at Church Lane last Saturday, and were asked to bat first.
Despite a bright start that saw the score reach 93-2, Bramhall then slipped to a collapse in part due to nagging bowling from the visitors. Matt Hughes top scored with 41, and Danny Woodside batted maturely for 14, but the Beavers lost their last wicket for a very under par 137 from 43 overs.
After tea, Bramhall made a positive start as Daniel Lamb and Simon Wilkinson made life difficult for Chester’s top order, as they slipped to 40-4. Luke Littlewood again came on to bowl a tidy spell, and was unlucky not to be given a caught behind that would have put Chester 5 down with less than 50 on the board. The visitors did lose their 5th wicket with the score on 61, but the luck remained with Chester for the rest of the match as Bramhall were desperately unlucky to lose by the seemingly wide margin of five wickets. However, the batting must improve if double-figure points hauls are to be accrued.
The 2nd XI travelled to Chester, with the Beavers still unable to field their strongest XI. The hosts won the toss, elected to bat, and rattled up 266-8 before declaring after 43 overs. Tom Drury was Bramhall’s form bowler with 6-56.
In response, Bramhall’s batsmen failed to register a 50 against some lively bowling, and ended their innings on 182 in the 44th over to register 6 points.
The 3rd XI were well beaten on Sunday by Grappenhall, losing by 6 wickets as the away side comfortably chased down 120.
The U13s were this week’s only victorious side, as they beat Romiley on Sunday morning.
– This Saturday sees a double header against nearby Marple, with the 2nd XI at home and the 1sts away.
– Sunday has the 3rd XI away at Northwich, and the 4th XI home to Trafford.
The U15s also play on Sunday, at home to Timperley and the U13s are at Toft.
– Monday sees an U12 side at Timperley.
– Tuesday has the U18s playing at Stockport.
– Wednesday has the Over 40s playing at Urmston
Congratulations to Emma Lamb and Matt Hughes, who have both made hundreds in the last fortnight… Emma for Lancashire and Matt for Oxford University. Let’s hope that their form can inspire some bigger totals for our senior sides!
With the weather set fair over the next few days, we look forward to seeing you taking the field, or watching the upcoming fixtures.