With Alderley Edge and Cheadle Hulme dropping out of their Cup group, the away game at Bowdon became a straight knockout to determine who progressed in the Jack Gardner 3rd X1 T20 Cup. Losing the toss and being inserted to bat, Bramhall set off at a good pace with Tom Mason and Jack Bridgeman opening up. Tom was first to go with a breezy 17 off 14 balls, followed by Stewart Jackson (making a welcome return to the club after 17 years), Sean Driscoll and Ed Gray all making run a ball mid teen scores. The innings was anchored by a quality 66 in 47 balls from 14 year old Jack Bridgeman and with the help of 21 wides, Bramhall finished on a healthy 157 for 7 off their 20 overs.
Bowdon started positively in reply and at 92 for 1 in 11 overs were ahead of the rate required. The breakthrough came with a run out with an excellent throw from Angus Patel to keeper Bobby Blundell and this was quickly followed up by Bowdon’s hard hitting opener being dismissed on 96. After that, the Bramhall bowlers were very much on top and Bowdon finished on 129 for 8 (7 wides). Jack Bridgeman capped off a fine all round match winning performance with 3 for 25 in 4 overs and Ben Holmes bowled a steady opening spell off 0 for 20 off 4 overs. Morris Green, Tom Mason, Angus Patel and the skipper all chipped on. The other highlight was an outstanding exhibition piece of fielding by Morris Green with a direct run out, throwing around the ball around his back – still don’t know how he did it and probably better that us ‘oldies’ don’t try it!
Bramhall progress to the quarter finals in July where they will be away to the winners of a play off game between Marple 3rds and last years League and Cup winners, Didsbury 3rds.