One of the more youthful 2nd teams of the season had a day to forget at Church Lane, as they faced fellow promotion contenders Upton. The weather had turned out to be less wintry than forecast earlier in the week, and when Upton won the toss they chose to field first.
The Bramhall innings didn’t start well, as Archie Tittle played across a straight ball to be bowled with the score on 6. Tim Wood and Ed Daber then put together a good stand of 80, with Daber outscoring Wood in the face of some disciplined bowling. Ed was eventually out for 56, caught off a bouncer, and with runs continuing to be hard to score, Tim followed soon afterwards, caught and bowled by Keenan. Jack Bridgeman, playing only his second game at this level, showed that he has the potential to flourish, before being bowled off his pads by McCormick. But it was the spin of Keenan that was challenging the scoring rate, and efforts to accelerate against him led to a succession of quick wickets. When skipper Tom Drury came in at number 11 to join James Davenport there was a danger than Bramhall would fail to survive their 50 overs. With only 133 on the board, the total was also well short of par, and of further batting bonus points. After a few overs of circumspection, Davenport let fly in the last over of the innings to take the total to 148, with Drury eventually run out.
A total that probably 50 short of what was required was always going to be difficult to defend, and whilst Tomlinson bowled with fire, the first wicket fell to a run out with the score on 24. When Tomlinson pulled another muscle and was forced to curtail his spell, it was left to spinners Archie Tittle and Matt Madeira to try and trouble the Upton batters. Well though they bowled, the Bramhall total didn’t give room for any of the inevitable loose balls that were mixed with their better deliveries, and Upton moved inexorably towards victory. Madeira took 1 wicket and Tittle 2, including that of Warburton for 59 – the mainstay of the Upton innings. Tim Wood managed to take a 5th wicket for Bramhall, but the rain arrived too late to save the day as Upton won by 5 wickets with plenty of overs to spare.