Bramhall 2nd XI v Brooklands 01/06/19

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Brooklands won the toss and elected to bowl first at Church Lane on Saturday.

The hosts got off to a flyer as in-form Dave Shoesmith and Stewart Jackson put on an opening partnership of 96 before the former was caught for a confident 38. Jackson followed on 9 runs later, also caught having made 43.Unfortunately, the Beavers then lost momentum as Jack Bridgeman, Ed Daber and James Davenport all fell cheaply before experienced campaigner Chris Heppell came to the crease. He hits the ball very hard and can score very quickly and the opposition have got to watch out when Heppell’s about. Not this time though, as he skied one up and was caught to leave Bramhall floundering at 123-4. The lower order were unable to significantly contribute further and the home side were bowled out not longer after for 167 in the 45th over, which was a disappointing effort considering the start they had.
After the change of innings, Luke Badger Littlewood and Chris Beadle-Heppell opened the bowling and took 2 wickets each. Both bowling very well with the new ball, Brooklands were reduced by them to a precarious 41/4 at one stage, with the target looking a long way off.

However, a key 5th wicket stand between Slater & Gill began to develop and  Bramhall did drop several very difficult catches, including a very tough one to Heppell himself but it just popped out of his little hands.

Tom Drury bowled extremely economically at less than 1 run conceded per over, but couldn’t quite get that crucial wicket. James Davenport and Jack Bridgeman were less stingy and Brooklands eventually got home in the 45th over having lost no further wickets to win by six. The 2nd XI host Sale in an important fixture this Saturday.