Cheadle Hulme v Bramhall CC 1st XI – 18/05/17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Thursday saw the initial group game in the Cheshire T20 competition, which Bramhall won so dramatically in 2016 on their way to the National Finals in Derby. The Beavers headed just down the road – literally – to Cheadle Hulme, and fielded first after losing the toss.  On a slow wicket, and despite the hosts getting off to a positive start, Bramhall’s disciplined lines and lengths exerted sufficient pressure to take regular wickets through the innings, as Cheadle Hulme were all out for 103 from 19 of their 20 overs. Simon Wilkinson’s 4 wickets for just 8 runs were the standout figures, whilst being well supported by others.
Bramhall’s response could best be described as measured, with a distinct lack of T20 pyrotechnics against a nagging bowling attack. After Aamir Afzal was dismissed for a patient 20, it was left to fellow opener and (former Grove Park man) Adam Wilde to see the Beavers home by 7 wickets from 18 overs. His 49 not out was the day’s quality innings, with Hulme not helping themselves by bowling 16 wides.
Bramhall face Stockport in the 2nd of 3 group T20 games next Thursday