Bramhall’s 2nd XI headed to third place Stockport Georgians with the home side just 13 points behind the Beavers in the push for promotion. After being put in to bat, Bramhall openers Ellie Mason and Harry Oliver put on 50 before both fell in quick succession to avoidable run outs. Returning to the side at number three, George Willoughby’s day was unfortunately cut short as an innocuous looking pat down saw the return of a troublesome shoulder injury that has kept him out of the side recently.
Effectively three down with 70 on the board, Willoughby’s early departure brought Jack Harris to the crease alongside stand-in skipper Tim Wood. After weathering some tight bowling from Georgians’ spinners, both set about making use of the postage-stamp ground, with Harris in particular striking some trademark blows.
When the third wicket eventually fell, Bramhall had cleared 230 – Harris holing out for a well-made 77. Wood carried the final few overs of the innings before being stumped with the final ball for 88 as Bramhall posted a competitive 250-6 from their 50 overs.
Fielding a man down, the 2nd innings began well for Bramhall and Harris was the man to strike, removing opener Rick Barrow and his replacement Sam Bailey. With the wicket seemingly favouring pace off the ball, spinners Archie Tittle and Ben Holmes then took over – Tittle enticing a drive to silly mid-on and Holmes picking up two wickets on debut to leave the home side seemingly out of the game at 102-5.
A Georgians rally from number 7 Jordan Richards and 8 Oliver Ormerod however brought the game into the balance as the small boundaries began to play a part – as they had in the first innings. With a nail-biting finish in prospect, James Davenport’s introduction, alongside tight bowling from opener Wood, ensured chances began to pay for Bramhall as Georgians slipped from 195-5 to 206-8. Despite Richards still being having made 70, a tense run chase was called off with more than 30 needed from the final two overs.
A 14 to 7-point haul in Bramhall’s favour ensures they remain in the promotion places behind league leaders Cheadle. Fourth placed Upton visit Church Lane next Saturday.