Bramhall CC 2nd XI at Warrington 11/5/19

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Bramhall’s 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field on a greenish Warrington pitch.

With a somewhat makeshift team, The Beavers did well to restrict the hosts to a total of 218-5, despite an opening partnership of 86. The wickets were shared around with Angus Patel bowling very well and picking up a wicket alongside James Davenport’s 3, and Ellie Mason’s 1. Special mention to Chris “The Beast” Heppell who bowled very well on his return to the side without much luck. Warrington generously declared at 45 overs leaving Bramhall 55 overs to get 219,

The Beavers got off to as solid start with Ellie Mason and Ian Milligan putting on 30 for the opening stand. The home side then took 5 quick wickets leaving Bramhall in trouble at 69-5. Davenport and James Oliver then managed to score a few quick runs before Oliver was caught at mid off.
Heppell then came to the table and smashed the ball around in his customary easy fashion, before skying one and being dismissed for a quickfire 24 to leave the visitors teetering on 127-7.
Davenport and Patel combined to add a few more and at one stage Bramhall needed 70 off the last 12 and harboured thoughts of an unlikely victory. Davenport then got out caught in the deep for 56 trying to push the run rate along.

Patel and Steve Driscoll then helped to see out the final 5 overs to earn Bramhall a well fought draw, closing on 176-9 and gaining 6 points in the process. Next Saturday’s fixture sees Bramhall host Urmston at Church Lane.