Oxton vs Bramhall 2nd XI – 27/05/17

Andrew Reynolds Senior Match Reports

In a day of varying weather conditions at Oxton, the one consistent element was the wind – blowing consistently strongly down the ground. Winning the toss for the second league game in a row, Bramhall opted to bat second, hoping to return to winning ways.
Fielding first was a hot business, so the fact that Bramhall were fielding a younger and more mobile side than the previous week was good news, particularly given the wide open spaces of the Oxton ground. With a good batting track and a fast outfield, the bowling had to be very accurate to prevent swift scoring, but sadly Bramhall’s bowlers failed to maintain that sort of control. James Davenport took an early wicket, and there was no lack of effort from the other bowlers, but only Tim Wood found success, taking 5 wickets in his first bowling spell of the season. No-one, though, found the consistency to stifle the run scoring as Oxton amassed 228-6 in their 50 overs, with opener Joe Hillyer making 68, and captain Ian Gauntlett scoring a quick 50 not out.
The batting conditions were such that this wasn’t an impossible task for Bramhall, and Ellie Mason and Harry Oliver set things up nicely with san opening stand of 60. When Harry was out for 20, Ed Daber kept the scoreboard ticking over, scoring 32 before he fell. Throughout this period of the game, the slower bowlers for Oxton kept the runrate down, with Ed Filer being particularly parsimonious, bowling 15 overs for 34. As the innings went on, this meant that there was little impetus for the run chase, though defeat was always unlikely.  Tim Wood kept Ellie company for a while, before she was run out for 46. A brief wobble saw Oxton scent the outside possibility of victory, as the score fell to 160-6 with 4 overs to go. Phil Duffy, in his own inimitable way, frustrated the bowlers, and with Wood ending on 41 not out, the Bramhall Innings finished at 177-6. 
For the second week in a row, the points haul for Bramhall was poor – only 6 this week. In a division with 2 teams having a 100% win record, it means that we are now 58 points from the promotion places. Time to start winning again!