Despite the shock of the captain winning the toss, Bramhall managed a fairly comfortable victory, with the winning runs being scored shortly before the rain moved in.
Having been momentarily non-plussed by actually winning a toss, the Bramhall captain opted to field first, with the team containing a plethora of front-line bowlers. Adam Siddall and Rupert Kitzinger opened the bowling, with Adam quickly removing one of the openers. Rupes followed suit removing the other to leave Davenham on 5 for 2. Davenham dug in, but runs were hard to come by. Kitzinger was particularly miserly, with his 15 overs eventually yielding only 22 runs. Chris Heppell came on to break the third wicket stand, with Ashley caught at slip. The fourth wicket fell almost immediately, with Kitzinger claiming his second victim, reducing Davenham to 38-4. Heppell took the fifth wicket, and then Matt Madeira and Harry Yarwood, each bowling their first spell for the team this season, took the next 3 wickets. The final two wickets fell to Davenport, coming on later than he might have expected, both clean bowled, leaving Davenham 121 all out. Had the Bramhall catching been less than laughable, that total would have been somewhat smaller.
With 53 overs in which to score the necessary runs, Bramhall felt confident, though the early dismissal of Alex Hunt raised Davenham’s hopes. However Ruaridh Patel and Andy Reynolds had other ideas, putting on a partnership of 71 before Patel was bowled by Jackson for 45. With Tomlinson coming to the wicket Bramhall continued to make steady progress before Reynolds fell for 29, trying to clinch victory before the rain arrived. With only 20 more runs required, Adam Siddall and Tomlinson ensured there were no further slip-ups, scoring the winning runs with more than 20 overs to spare.
Overall a satisfactory win for Bramhall. Still 50 points short of the promotion places, they will be hoping to put together a winning streak for the remainder of the season.