Missing a few regular players, and knowing that their top half of the table position was almost insurmountable, Bramhall’s 2nd XI travelled to high flying Grappenhall looking for a solid showing.
Deciding to bat first on a good wicket, the Beavers’ openers made a solid, if unspectacular, start as they tried to see of an accurate home new ball pairing. The eventual loss of the first wicket saw Ruaridh Patel join the in-form Ellie Mason at the crease, and the pair combined well as they started to put the odd bad balls away with confidence. Patel had just reached his fifty when a loss of concentration saw him bowled for 57. Number four Archie Tittle joined Mason, where she soon brought up her own half-century. However, her immediate dismissal saw another blip in scoring momentum for the Beavers, and the batsmen who followed were unable to pick up the run rate sufficiently to threaten 200 from their 50 overs. Closing on 188-5, with Tittle making an increasingly assured 42*, the Beavers knew that their under-par total would offer a limited challenge to Grappenhall’s batsmen without a considerable bowling & fielding effort.
Unfortunately, with many of Bramhall’s frontline bowlers absent, Grappenhall were allowed to make a fast start from which they never really looked back. Far too many loose deliveries, some good strokeplay to better balls and several missed half-chances meant that the home batsmen were able to dominate throughout. Only Rupes Kitzinger’s 1-28 from 10 overs demonstrated any control, as Grappers cruised home by 7 wickets in the 35th over. Despite a bad day at the office, Bramhall could take credit from pushing their younger players to the fore, with Archie Tittle & Lewis Welch’s bowling showing promise to add to the noted batting performances.
The 2nd XI host Widnes at Church Lane next Saturday, with 2 games remaining in the 2017 season.