Bramhall 1st XI at Alderley Edge 02/06/18

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Bramhall lost the toss and Alderley Edge gave the visitors first use of the wicket in asking them to bat.
The Beavers got off to a terrible start against a swinging ball, losing the first wicket with no score and the second wicket just one run later to leave major problems at 1-2. The rapid loss of the two openers brought Aussie Liam Banthorpe and Bramhall captain Nick Cantello to the crease. The two built a steady partnership that slowly began to change the momentum of the game in Bramhall’s favour.
The pair had put on a gritty 69 runs for the third wicket before Cantello fell for 18 off 67 balls, but Banthorpe’s confidence continued to grow as he passed a solid fifty, clearly becoming more accustomed to the pitch and the moving ball. Iftikhar Naseer joined Banthorpe at the wicket to build another steady partnership before the former was adjudged LBW with the score on 109, still leaving some work to do in order to set up a total beyond 200. The fifth wicket has added another 39 runs with Sam Johnson (28) before Banthorpe was caught behind just 4 runs short of a deserved debut century. Despite no other significant contribution from his team mates, Banthorpe’s crucial knock allowed Bramhall to close in a position of relative strength on 191-8 off their 55 overs. Whilst some disappointment existed at not gaining maximum batting points for reaching 220, their total was somewhat distant after the opening overs.
 
As they took to the field after tea, Bramhall felt they had a competitive score on the board if the bowlers stuck to their task and received back up in the field. Indeed, the visitors got off to the perfect start, Ashley West removing the dangerous Calum Rowe for zero, leaving Alderley 0-1 after 3 balls.
Danny Lamb moved to Alderley Edge from Bramhall over the close season, and he joined Alan Day in the middle, aiming to recover and build a solid partnership. The pair had carefully added 61 before spinner Simon Wilkinson deceived Lamb, inducing a false stroke that was caught by Naseer. This signalled the start of a golden spell for Bramhall’s spinners, as Wilkinson took 2 further wickets to shake the hosts at 64-4, before Ryan Macciocchi also helped himself to a pair – Alderley slipping to 66-5 and then 78-6.
The home side responded to the trouble they were in by building a couple of good partnerships pushing the score on, initially to 116-7 and then onwards to 144-8. Number nine Charlie Reid was not ready to give up just yet, and kept the crowd interested with a useful 9th wicket partnership with Kieran Elliott that took Alderley into the last over requiring 12. Despite not losing a wicket, the task became too great, leaving 8 required from the final delivery. The Beavers were unable to claim a ninth wicket for an extra bonus point, as Alderley ended just short on 188-8, but came away with twelve points compared to Alderley’s six.
Bramhall welcome Cheadle in next Saturday’s key local fixture.