Welcome to our last weekly news roundup of the 2022 cricket season.
On The Field
Last Saturday saw the 1st XI secure its Division One status with a confident performance at Alvanley to win by 6 wickets with 7 overs remaining. A solid effort with the ball restricted the hosts to 180-6 from their 50 overs after the Beavers won the toss. The score guaranteed Alvanley's safety but left Bramhall knowing that only a successful chase was likely to prevent relegation.
A blistering first wicket partnership of 102 between Ashley West and Greg Dixon set the Beavers on the way before the former was caught for 67 from just 39 balls. Despite losing 3 further partners, Dixon notched up his own half-century in calm fashion and ended with an unbeaten 70 to see his side to victory and commence some lively celebrations at Alvanley and later back in Bramhall!
The 2nd XI won their seventeenth fixture of the season at home to Davenham to just finish second in Division One, their impressive haul of 450 points just five points behind winners Alvanley. Davenham chose to bat first but were reduced to 29-8 before a lower order rally saw them total 77 in 38 overs. Luke Littlewood's 4-24 was the pick of the figures from the nine(!) bowlers used. In reply, the Beavers' opening pair of Angus Patel and Adam Mohammad made extremely short work of their target to win by 10 wickets in just 8.2 overs. Patel hit 46 from 22 balls and Mohammad 26 from 30.
The early finish then allowed Dave Shoesmith's side to watch the 1st XI's victory live online on the clubhouse TV.
The Under 17s unfortunately came up short in their Sunday morning Hundred semi-final against Hyde at Warrington. Hyde reached 114 from their 100 balls, but no Bramhall batsmen was able to take it deep and they ended 99 all out. Congrats go to the side and its management for reaching the semi, against a strong Hyde side who also ended up winning in the final.
Although our 3rd XI had already finished their season ten days ago, it has only been earlier today that the League officials have been able to confirm that our side will be promoted to the Premier Division in 2023. Four sides finished level on points in the race for second place, but our superior record against the other 3 sides sees us promoted. Well done to the entire squad!
The Cheshire League Newsletter for September has also just been released and you can download a copy by clicking here . (You can ignore the incorrect table that suggests our 3rd XI did not finish second!) However, it's great to be able to see that two of our senior sides gained promotion and knowing that our club will be stronger as a result of playing at a higher standard in 2023
Off the Field
Congratulations to all the winners at our Junior Awards Evening last Friday and thanks to all those who attended and helped organise the event.
A reminder that the End of Season Grounds Working Party will take place over this weekend the 24th & 25th September, from 10am-4pm each day.
All members need to attend for at least a couple of hours to help ready the clubhouse and grounds for the winter. If you're unavailable for the weekend, please contact Richard Cragg on 01625 576092 to advise when you can help.
The BCC Golf Day, has already seen a good take up of spots, following previous successful events. This year's will be hosted at Avro GC on Sunday October 9th at 1.30pm with a shotgun start. Places are limited and the £35 entry includes hot food after the round. Please contact Dan Bridgeman or Ian Milligan asap to confirm your place.
Thank you for your support this season and stay tuned for regular updates on winter activity such as social events and training.
We look forward to seeing you at the working party this weekend.