Bramhall 1st XI vs Hyde – Cheshire Cup 10/06/18

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

In Sunday´s home Cheshire Cup tie against Hyde, Bramhall won the toss and decided to make first use of the wicket, with five changes from the team that played on Saturday. Bramhall got off to a bad start with the loss of the first wicket falling with the score on 12.  Sam Johnson joined Banthorpe at the crease where they moved the score along with the odd boundary and lots of quick singles, putting lots of pressure on the Hyde fielding.  The second wicket of Johnson fell with the score on 39, Banthorpe was looking more and more composed at the crease. Bramhall built another small partnership to move the score along to 57 where a cluster of wickets fell reducing Bramhall to 59-4. This brought to the Ryan Macciocchi, who was feeling slightly delicate after the previous night antics. Macciocchi and Banthorpe put on 162 run partnership. A key factor in this partnership was running well between the wickets.  Banthorpe brought up his hundred off 100 balls which included 10 x 4s. Macciocchi ended up getting bowled for a very well-made 73, with the score on 221-5. Banthorpe then set about hitting the Hyde attack around Church Lane for an unbeaten 147, ably supported by the captain with 17 runs at the end. Bramhall went into tea feeling very buoyant, knowing that a couple of early wickets would make this score a hard one to chase.

Bramhall started the innings a little loosely conceding boundaries in a flurry. Then the heavens open on Church Lane, this rain delay enabled the bowlers to have a think about their line and lengths. Bramhall shortly after the rain delay picked up the big wicket of the Hyde captain Berry for 30 with Macciocchi being the bowler.  Bramhall then got on a bit of a run picking up regular top order wickets. Captain Cantello change the bowlers round well. Littlewood bowled well picking up two wickets for 36 runs and Stoneman picking up two wickets for 32. Hyde with the score on 125-7 put up some late order resistance with some lusty blows from Ebbrell and Dawber. Bramhall managed take the final couple wickets with the pick of the bowlers being Iftikhar Naseer with 4 for 27 from his 8 overs. Bramhall won the game by 36 runs, lots of credit must go to Banthorpe, Macciocchi and Naseer for their performances.