Cheadle vs Bramhall 2nd XI – 05/08/17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

After the heavy rain of the preceding days, it was a pleasant surprise to see the sun shining on a firm track at Cheadle. This was followed by another surprise, when Bramhall won the toss for only the 3rd time this season. After the frustration of the previous week, it was an easy decision to ask Cheadle to bat first.
Chris Heppell and Jack Harris opebed the bowling for Bramhall, and soon had Cheadle in trouble. 7 for 1 became 23-32 and 29-3, as wickets fell at regular intervals. Only captain Aaron Wall held out for any length of time, scoring 23 as his team mates struggled around him. Harris had taken 2 of the 5 wickets to fall before he was replaced by James Davenport, who proceeded to mop up the Cheadle tail. He ended up with 4-8, with Heppell bowling unchanged to take 4-48, as Cheadle were bowled out for 83 in only 26.1 overs. With better catching from Bramhall that could easily have been lower.
The challenge for Bramhall was to ensure that Cheadle weren’t given the chance to get back into the game. The youthful opening batsmen – Alex Hunt and Harry Oliver – showed that they had listened to their instructions, putting on 34 for the first wicket. Oliver, who had been picking the balls to attack, was bowled by a fine delivery from Tony Whiteley, but Hunt continued to show patience. He was joined by Jack Harris, who played reasonably aggressively to score 32 off 41 balls before holing out with the score on 72. Archie Tittle missed out on the chance to be there at the end, playing across a straight delivery to be bowled, but there were no further alarms as Hunt hit the winning runs to end u on 20 not out.
A convincing win for Bramhall, but with the top 3 teams in the division also winning, more will have to follow if the outside chance of promotion is to be realised.