Bramhall 2nd XI at Sale 14/07/18

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Bramhall travelled to Sale hoping to keep their run of success going, but ended up thwarted – and not a little frustrated.
Sale won the toss and asked Bramhall to bat first on another sunny day, and Andy Reynolds and Ellie Mason provided a steady start to the innings before Ellie edged to the slips. 35 for 1 became 73 for 4 as the next 3 batters failed to last long. Tim Wood then joined Andy Reynolds with some consolidation required, and the pair added nearly 50 runs before Reynolds fell for a well made 71. Tom Mason joined Woods, and after a few overs of acclimatisation, the two set about accelerating the scoring rate. After a couple of hours in the hot sun, the fielders were made to toil as they added another 90 runs in quick time. With only 7 balls left in the innings, Mason was eventually out for a swashbuckling 41. Wood made the most of the remaining balls, ending with an excellent 72 not out, as Bramhall totalled 229-6.

The Sale innings started slowly, effectively killing off the game as a contest as the openers dawdled to 35 without loss off 20 overs. On a flat track, taking wickets was a challenge against defensively minded batters. It wasn’t until the final 6 or 7 overs that Sale opted to attack, aiming to secure a couple of batting bonus points, but never threatening to come close to the Bramhall total. They finished on 178-6 as Bramhall kept trying to take wickets.
Bramhall drop to third in the table after the draw, although the gap to the top of the table remains virtually unchanged, with the league leaders, Cheadle, having also failed to secure a victory.