Bramhall 2nd XI vs Oxton – 12/8/17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Another Saturday, following another couple of wet days, meant that a damp outfield awaited the teams at Bramhall, though the track itself was reasonably dry and firm.
Winning the toss for the second time in a row, Bramhall were happy to invite Oxton to bat first, despite the fact that the bowlers’ run-up area was distinctly soft at one end. Rupes Kitzinger and Adam Siddall opened the bowling, but Bramhall had to show patience as Oxton made a steady start, with Luke Filer and Joe Hillyer negotiating the early overs. Siddall eventually had Hillyer caught behind, but skipper Ian Gauntlett ensured that Oxton continued on an even keel. The introduction of Tom Drury prompted a miscued shot by Gauntlett – dropped in the covers, but it was the return of Gavin Tomlinson to bowling duties that turned the innings on its head. His early overs were mostly variable (to put it politely), but at regular intervals he sent down in-swinging yorkers that were too good for the batsmen. In no time at all he had taken 5 wickets and Oxton were in disarray. They didn’t help their cause by donating 2 suicidal run-outs shortly afterwards. The accurate but unlucky Chris Heppell was then replaced by Danny Woodside, whose pace proved too much for the remaining batsmen, with Oxton being bowled out for 124.
After a filling tea from the pieman, Bramhall set about the chase from the word go. Ruaridh Patel, with his usual disregard for defensive shots, soon had the scoreboard ticking over. Tim Wood, at the other end, was playing a more measured innings, but when Patel fell for 51 from 43 balls, he increased his scoring rate. Ed Daber, after a very tentative start to his innings, also struck the ball well. The winning runs were scored in the 20th over, with Wood 48 not out and Daber 17 not out to complete a comprehensive victory.
More wins are needed if Bramhall are to continue to put pressure on the teams ahead of them, hoping to take advantage of any slip-ups and find their way into the promotion places.