On a rock hard pitch, but in a chilly breeze, Bramhall managed another convincing victory.
Davenham, on their first visit to Church Lane, won the toss and opted to bowl on a pitch that looked reminiscent of high summer – dry, hard and fast. And so it proved, with Matthew Woresdale bowling at a fair pace. He removed Ian Milligan in the 5th over, but the quick track and outfield meant that the Bramhall scoring rate started at 4 an over and increased steadily as the innings went on. Tim Wood and Ed Daber added 68 for the 2nd wicket before Daber played on to the bowling of Andrew Simmons. Gavin Tomlinson joined Wood, and whilst he found scoring difficult early in his innings, Wood continued to cut and drive his way to a fine 124. Tomlinson also accelerated, ending on 48 not out, with Ellie Mason adding a quickfire 15 off 12 balls, enabling Bramhall to declare after 47 overs with an imposing total of 251-4.
The Bramhall bowlers were quickly into their rhythm, with Chris Heppell taking two early wickets, and James Davenport adding two more. Elliot Alston threatened to accelerate the scoring rate before he fell attacking the bowling of Tom Drury. Woresdale and Simmons stuck it out, putting on 38 for the sixth wicket, but Tomlinson, replacing Davenport, bowled a fierce spell which troubled all the batsmen. He ended up with the fine figures of 8-5-7-3, and with Jack Harris taking two quick wickets, Davenham subsided from 92-5 to 99 all out. Bramhall’s all round performance was capped with some fine catches close to the wicket.