One leading 1st XI made the longest journey of the season to the Wirral to face
Upton, who were sitting in the lower half of the table. However, the Beavers
were without Chris Sanders was selected in the Lancashire CCC 1st squad, plus other
experienced players Simon Wilkinson and Ashley West.
Captain Nick Cantello called correctly and invited Upton to bat first on a used wicket which looked like it could be tricky to score on. The visitors got off to a great start with the in form Matt Higginbottom taking his first scalp with the score on 10. Higginbottom then took the next three wickets with the score stuck on 27 to blow the home side’s top order away, before Ryan Macciocchi also chipped in with a quick wicket to leave Upton floundering on 27-5 . There followed some lower order resistance against the Beavers’ potent bowling attack, but Bramhall kept chipping away and Upton were finally all out for 102.
Higginbottom picked up 5 wickets, Macciocchi claimed three and the remaining
two were shared between Littlewood and Cantello in a dominant first half
In the absence of West, Bramhall promoted promising junior Jack Bridgeman to open the batting with the consisent Adam Wilde. The pair got off to a lightning start with Bridgeman punishing anything he felt was hittable.
The first of the two wickets to fall fell with the score on 32 with Bridgeman having made 29 of the runs. Aussie JevonKett joined Wilde and the crease but the former was soon dismissed for 8 and it was left to Cantello to join Wilde in chasing down the modest total. This partnership brought about a quick finish the the game as hte pair scored quickly and were dismissive on anything at all off line. Wilde finished 50 not out and Cantello unbeaten on 17 as the Beavers reached their target from 22 overs.
The 25 points helped Bramhall to secure their position at the top of the table for another week and the Beavers host Macclesfield at Church Lane on Saturday in what could be an intriguing tie.