Bramhall 2nd XI vs Urmston – 29/07/17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Bramhall had the better of a largely uninspiring draw, as Urmston adopted a very defensive approach, never appearing to make any effort to chase down the Bramhall score.
After the heavy rain of the previous days, the ground at Bramhall was in a far better condition than either team could believe. Despite the pitch having some damp patches, it played well throughout, with only a small number of deliveries misbehaving. Without that knowledge, however, it was no surprise that, having lost the toss again, Bramhall were asked to bat first. The youthful opening pair of Ruaridh Patel and Alex Hunt got the innings off to a steady start, putting on 38 before Alex was caught off one of the few balls that lifted unexpectedly. Danny Woodside didn’t last long, and when Ruaridh was out not long after, Bramhall were under the cosh. However Ed Daber and Adam Siddall betted well together, with each of them going on to score 50s. Sadly the rest of the Bramhall betting failed to build on their efforts, with Wazir Ahmed running through the tail to end up with 5-33, leaving the Beavers all out for 184 in the last over of their innings.

Bramhall’s opening bowlers, Rupes Kitzinger and Adam Siddall, kept things tight as Urmston showed little interest in asserting themselves. A run rate of less than 2 runs an over continued for most of the innings as Bramhall tried to take wickets. As the number of close fielders increased, the scoring rate increased, but not by much. Josh Epsley, with 38 not out, showed good application and one or two aggressive shots, and Ritesh Shetty, with 27, batted more positively than the majority of his team-mates. Rupes Kitzinger ended up taking 4 for 33 off 15 overs, but the pitch behaved well and Urmston ended up on 131-7 from their allotted 50 overs.
Overall a disappointing game, but Bramhall will be looking to return to winning ways against Cheadle next weekend.