Brooklands vs Bramhall CC 2nd XI – 19/08/17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Bramhall’s 2nd XI was able to get a full match in, however, as they visited Brooklands – who should be praised for their excellent “get the game on” spirit. Bramhall were asked to bat first on a good wicket for cricket – but somewhat hindered by an understandably damp outfield. The start was solid, if unspectacular, as boundaries were hard to come by. Opener Ruaridh Patel played positively, until a wild swing saw his stumps rearranged for 46. Ed Daber also played some attractive strokes in his 36, but the key innings came from stand-in skipper Stuart Stoneman. On a day when Bramhall needed a win to keep in check with the league’s top sides, Stoneman mixed aggression and experience to compile a classy 55 not out. His acceleration in getting his team past the 200 mark allowed a positive declaration to be made, with Bramhall 202-5 from 47 overs.
After the break, a couple of the home batsmen seemed to be in the mood to use considerably less than their 53 overs to chase down the target. For Bramhall, though, some nagging bowling and sharp fielding saw Brooklands 2 wickets down early on. There followed some resistance from the home side who, with overs to spare, were happy to tick the runs over on an outfield that was becoming appreciably quicker. Bowling changes saw Gavin Tomlinson and Harry Yarwood both pick up 2 key middle-order wickets as victory began to look out of reach for Brooklands. The Beavers sensed victory, as the daylight began to disappear, and this reached fever pitch as the returning Adam Siddall bowled batsmen 9 & 10 to leave the Beavers needing 1 wicket in the final couple of overs. Brooklands managed to avoid defeat in the gloom, somehow, and closed on 168-9.
It had been a solid effort from Bramhall, aided by 4-30 from Siddall with the ball, but they may just rue a couple of catches that could have improved a 15 point haul to 25 points. Bramhall host leaders Oulton Park next week in what could be an intriguing fixture.