Didsbury vs Bramhall CC 1st XI – Cheshire T20 Quarter Final: 22.06.17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

Bramhall’s hopes of emulating or surpassing their 2016 Cheshire Cup T20 win and National T20 Finalists were dashed on Thursday at Didsbury. After three comprehensive wins in the group stages, the hosts immediately provided a much sterner test after Didsbury were asked to bat first. Opener Tim Hughes set about the Bramhall bowling from the start, taking a particular liking to a short boundary on one side. The Beavers’ bowling attack struggled to find a way to nullify the onslaught, which showed no real sign of slowing despite the loss of Hughes’ opening partner.
Hughes had more than 70 percent of the first hundred runs scored, and soon after reached his own century. Bramhall did dismiss him shortly afterwards, but Didsbury’s total was still climbing above 150 with overs in hand. To their credit, the Beavers stuck to their task, and took late wickets to keep the hosts below 200 – finishing on an imposing 193-6 from their 20 overs.
The Beavers quickly found themselves at 20-2, making their task even more tricky, but found a way to keep within range of the 10 runs per over asking rate. Without a single significant innings between them, the Bramhall batsmen all managed to find the boundary with sufficient regularity to keep Didsbury uncomfortable, and going into the final few overs, the home side were only just ahead. However, Bramhall saw their key men fall at just the wrong moment, and 25 off the last over proved too much – the reigning champions going down by 15 runs to finish on 178-8.