Cheadle v Bramhall CC 1st XI – 20/5/17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Saturday saw the 1st XI – still missing some key players – travel to Cheadle, as the visitors looked to build on a fantastic win against Chester the previous weekend. Unfortunately, heavy rain led to a delayed start, that was further punctuated by the elements. After an early tea was taken, uninterrupted play was finally able to begin, with Cheadle batting first up to a maximum of 39 overs, leaving Bramhall a minimum of 37 overs.
The hosts lost an early wicket to Simon Wilkinson (4-43) but Dixon and Bullock then batted confidently to notch up a century stand with regular boundaries and excellent running between the wickets. To Bramhall’s credit, they stuck at their task and pegged Cheadle back so much that no other batsmen reached double figures as they tried to accelerate and set a target. After their 39 overs, Cheadle had been restricted to 192-7, which would prove difficult to overhaul, despite the improving conditions.
Starting the chase, Bramhall seemed to be a little unsure about how best to chase the total, up against some nagging seam bowling. Unable to get up and running, some loose shots against accurate bowling saw Bramhall’s top order collapse and it was then left to the lower order to try and see out the remaining overs against leg spin and seam. This proved too much of a task, and the last wicket fell in the 31st over with the score on a paltry 87 all out, Cheadle winning by 105 runs.
Bramhall could take a modicum of solace that league rules enabled 7 points to be taken for the defeat, due to the overs lost. Next Saturday sees another tough fixture, at home to Toft.