A much changed Bramhall side made the long trip – made even longer by bank holiday traffic – to high-flying Upton in the hope that, despite the less experienced make-up of the side, their good run could continue. With only 4 members of the team old enough to drive, getting everyone there was the first challenge!
In the end it was not to be. Despite some very encouraging performances by the younger members of the side. Upton, though, were made to work very hard for their victory and must have been more than a little concerned at the frailties exposed by the Bramhall XI.
Upton were put into bat having lost the toss and were quickly put under pressure by Gavin Tomlinson and Lewis Welch, opening the bowling. Scoring runs was never easy, and by half way Upton had reached 57-3, with Tomlinson having taken all 3 wickets. Upton continued to struggle after drinks, with Welch picking up a wicket before Tom Drury and James Davenport took over, taking 5 wickets between them. At 115-9 Upton were then rescued by an aggressive innings from Tom Maguire, whose positive stroke play took Upton to a closing score of 177-9.
Bramhall were again playing with only 10 men, and had an unfamiliar batting line up. Dan Bridgeman was first to fall, but Alex Hunt and Gavin Tomlinson batted, scoring at a reasonable rate without seeming to be in too much trouble. However, when Hunt was out for 22 playing an injudicious shot, it became a question of whether anyone could stay with Tomlinson long enough for Bramhall to reach their target. Of the remaining batsmen, Ed Gray – one of the youngest players on the pitch – was the only one to show the technique and resolve necessary. When Tomlinson was eventually out for a hard fought 52, it was left to the Bramhall tail-enders to try to hold out for a draw. Sadly it proved beyond them as they were eventually bowled out for 132 with 7 overs keft to bat.