Broadbottom v Bramhall CC 1st XI – 21/5/17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

On Sunday, the 1st XI travelled to Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League side Broadbottom, in the first round of the Cheshire Cup.
Bramhall were asked to bat first on slow-looking wicket but with some short boundaries. A steady opening stand between Aamir Afzal and Sam Johnson realised over 100 runs, and picked up the scoring rate as time went on. Afzal fell for 62, his debut Beavers fifty, which brought the in-form Adam Wilde to the crease. Johnson was a little slower to his maiden fifty, and then continued on to make 60 before he, too, fell. The dangerous Iftikhar Naseer was in at four, and showed no mercy in a brutal knock that needed only his first ball as a sighter. Naseer raced to fifty in less than 15 balls, mercilessly despatching almost every ball for 4 or 6. His innings lasted another 10 balls before falling in the 70s, but crucially his assault had given Bramhall the chance to build a big total. Andy Reynolds joined Adam Wilde, and the pair put on 90 in quick time, with Wilde looking increasingly confident before being run out for 82 with 2 overs remaining. Some last over hitting from Matt Higginbottom saw Bramhall’s total surpass 350, and then closed on an imposing 358-5 form their 45 overs.
After the break, Broadbottom’s openers took to the Bramhall seamers with relish, and were up with the rate after the first half a dozen overs. However, scoreboard pressure began to tell and wickets predictably began to fall. Despite an aggressive half-century from one opener, Bramhall’s slow & medium pace bowlers chipped away to leave the host batsmen with an impossible task. It was pleasing from Bramhall’s point of view to have young teenagers Matt Madeira and Lewis Welch playing an active part in the game and both ended picking up 3 wickets apiece. Broadbottom closed on a creditable 190 all out to lose by 168 runs, and Bramhall will take some confidence into the next round that their limited overs form – at least – is where they want it to be.