Bramhall’s 2nd XI hosted Grappenhall on Saturday at a sun drenched Church Lane, although with a wicket that looked to be a little on the slow side.
The visitors won the toss and chose to field, and Bramhall immediately found themselves in trouble against a nagging pair of opening bowlers. Acting captain Stuart Stoneman was unlucky to be caught and bowled for 2, and two more quick wickets then fell to restrict the Beavers to 13 for three. A partnership of sorts developed between Andy Reynolds and Ed Daber, without either batsman ever quite settling on a deceptive batting wicket. Daber was next to fall with the score on 44, another fell on 45, before Reynolds was caught for 24 to leave the Beavers deep in trouble at 51-6.
Number seven batsman Gavin Tomlinson (29), hampered by a knee injury, bravely showed his team mates what could be achieved by waiting for the loose ball as he and Harry Oliver put on a useful 40 run stand. However, when Oliver fell for 14, the remaining wickets rapidly as Bramhall were all out for just 94 in only the 36th over.
After the break, and in the knowledge that they were only chasing a low total, Grappenhall managed to make a confident enough start against some disciplined bowling from James Davenport and Adam Siddall. An early dropped chance off Davenport didn’t help, and the score had surpassed 40 by the time Stoneman was introduced. He soon bowled opener Sharp for 18, and Bramhall sensed a chance in Stonman’s next over when a run out by Reynolds and then an LBW reduced the visitors to 47-3. However, it was not quite Bramhall’s day, and despite a deserved later wicket for Davenport, Grappenhall ran out winners by 6 wickets after 29 overs.
Bramhall’s meagre 1 point return was undeserved given their efforts with the ball, but it was a lack of goo d decision making with the bat that ultimately cost them. The 2nd XI travel to Widnes next Saturday.