Bramhall 2nd XI won the toss a elected to field at Heaton Mersey on Saturday. Luke ‘Badger’ Littewood came into the side to open the bowling in place of Chris Beadle-Heppell and subsequently picked up an impressive 5 wickets from his 15 over spell, hardly bowling a bad ball in conceding just 33 runs. Tom Drury’s slow bowling at the other end picked up a couple of wickets from his own 15 overs, and support came from skipper James Davenport and Ellie Mason – taking 1 and 2 wickets respectively -as Heaton Mersey’s innings was wrapped up for just 126 inside 43 overs.
Dave Shoesmith and Mason got the Beavers’s inning off to a start with the bat after tea, before the latter was run out. Promising Jack Bridgeman came in at three and looked very good for his 25 before he got bowled by a good ball to leave the away side on 36-2. Ed Daber contributed patiently towards a 44 run 3rd wicket partnership with Shoesmith that helped to break the home resistance. Despite a couple of quick losses, Bramhall knocked off the target with relative ease with Davenport’s 18 not out helping to cross the line with a five wicket margin. The highlight of the innings was Shoesmith’s unbeaten 57, including 8 boundaries, to guide his side home as they look to move up the Division One table as they host Brooklands next Saturday.