Bramhall CC 1st XI vs Macclesfield – Cheshire Cup: 25.06.17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

On Sunday, Bramhall hosted Macclesfield in the 45 over format Cheshire Cup. Unfortunately, late morning rain saw a delayed start and overs reduced to 41 overs per side as Bramhall chose to bat first. With two sides looking very different from their Saturday league lineups, it was hard to gauge who was favourite, but the visitors struck first to leave the Beavers at 10-1. This brought teenage debutant Archie Tittle to the crease, and he slowly found his timing to provide good support to opener Afzal (51) as the pair put on 81 before Tittle was LBW for an assured 39. After Afzal’s dismissal 17 runs later, dangerman Iftikhar Naseer joined a circumspect Cantello at the crease, and quickly overtook his captain to pummel a rapid 60 off a relatively young Macc attack, before being caught with the score at 194-4. Cantello was joined by Matt Higginbottom, whose maximum over long off first ball was another signal of intent to the visitors. The pair added 84 in quick time before skipper Cantello was impressively caught for 56. Higginbottom brought up his own swift fifty to end unbeaten on 54 as the beavers posted a daunting 290-5 from their 41 overs.

After tea, Bramhall’s taller seam attack took an instance liking to the bouncy surface and effectively ended the contest in the opening 10 overs. Higginbottom took the first to fall, and bowled with control and rhythm to concede just 12 runs from his spell, whilst Rupes Kitzinger persuaded four visiting batsmen to hit catches as he grabbed 4-20 to reduce Macclesfield to 32-5.
The home side’s future senior players were then introduced into the attack. Seamer Lewis Welch was unlucky to go wicketless in a tidy 6 overs, but Archie Tittle’s leg breaks took a particular liking to the pitch. He followed up his 39 runs with the bat by taking the final five wickets to fall with good control and impressive overspin in his 5-21. Higginbottom ended with 5 outfield catches, as Macclesfield were all out for 95 from 24 overs. Bramhall won by 195 runs, and will meet Timperley in July 23rd’s next round.