Bramhall’s 1st XI got back to winning ways on Saturday with a comfortable victory at home to Davenham.
The Beavers won the toss and chose to bat on a wicket that looked like it could offer a little assistance to the bowlers. And so it proved, as the visitors grabbed their first wicket with just the second ball of the innings (and the first legal delivery), before striking again shortly afterwards to leave the Beavers in trouble at 14-2. With the ball regularly beating the bat, survival was the name of the game and captain Nick Cantello joined Aussie Jevon Kett to help see off the potent Davenham new ball attack. Kett eventually fell for a very patient 14, with the score 44-3, but Cantello continued to ride out the danger with debutant Jack Clark now at the crease.
The pair added a crucial 79 and scoring was just starting to look more easy when Clark was bowled by spin for a solid looking 36, just after Cantello had passed fifty. With overs ticking on, Matt Higginbottom was able to accelerate the scoring with a speedy 22, before his demise at 156-5 saw Chris Sanders join his captain in the middle. Sanders was in no mood for leaving the run scoring to others, as his instant positivity led to a rapid 48 not out from just 25 balls. Cantello was able to add boundaries to his own score and the pair added 71 when the innings closed on 227-5, with the skipper unbeaten on a pivotal unbeaten 86.
After the break, and with a competitive score on the board, the Beavers held the confidence that they could push for victory in the second half. Despite initial positive intent from the opening batsmen, new ball pairing Sanders and Higginbottom both broke through in quick succession to leave the visitors on 42-2. Spin was introduced shortly afterwards, and just 20 more runs passed before wickets 3 and 4 fell to false shots off Simon Wilkinson. However, just at a time when it looked as though the visiting side’s resistance could crumble altogether, the fifth wicket partnership shored up the innings at a rate that looked like it could yet threaten Bramhall’s total given the remaining overs. At the mid innings interval, all results were still possible, but things swung the Beavers’ way straight after when the promising stand of 44 was broken by Ryan Macciocchi’s left arm spin. The door had been opened, and the home side then forced their way through in uncompromising style as the remaining 5 wickets then fell fore just 29 more runs. Macciocchi finished with an impressive 4 wickets for just 7 runs, and he was well supported by Ollie Latter’s own 2 scalps.
Davenham were bundled out for 136 as the Beavers won by a comfortable 91 runs. The home side would have been particularly content that both their batting and bowling came together well, and a little further improvement in the field would have turned this into a dominant performance.
After a T20 at home to Mobberley on Thursday evening, the 1st XI travels to Brooklands on Saturday.