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Thrilling last ball victory for Grappers


GRAPPENHALL won a high-scoring last ball thriller when they hosted bottom club Bramhall at Broad Lane.
The victory left them in a comfortable mid-table position after nine games in the Vivio Cheshire County League premier division.
Stand-in skipper Sam Guest invited the visitors to bat first and Gaz Burns should have been rewarded with an early snick, only to have the delivery judged a no-ball.
Guest claimed two early scalps but then Bramhall rebuilt their innings and at140-3 accelerated and finally reached a challenging 268-7 from 55 overs, despite Aussie Owen Lynch claiming 3-34 late on. Guest finished with 3-46.
Grappers’ reply started brightly with Peter Barnes hitting 72 an d Ben Bodha 33.  Luke McCoy hit a swift 48 and Burns 39 but it was left to Arthur Pennington, 23 not out and Daniel Osborne, 11 not out, the two youngest members of the side to take them to a three wicket victory after starting the last over still needing seven and hitting the winning runs off the last ball.
Grappenhall also won the 2nd XI game at Bramhall after inserting the home side and bowling them out for 94,  Ross Arrowsmith  taking 5-20 and Joshua Hayes 4-30.
Hayes then hit 33 as Grappers coasted to a six wicket victory.
Grappenhall 3rd were comprehensively beaten by league leaders Sale after a depleted side could only muster 160-9.  Sale coasted to victory with almost 20 overs to spare.
Warrington went down by six wickets after being put in to bat at Oulton Park.  Malcolm Agar hit a fine 80, Brad McIntosh 38 and Johan Els 50 as Warrington posted 204-=7 in 50 overs.
But it was not enough as the home side reached their target in 39 overs, despite McIntosh’s useful spell of 3-79.
The 2nd XI match at Walton Lea ended in a thrilling tie after Warrington had been asked to bat first and totalled a modest 156-8.  Rob Dempster, 35 and Mark Ewing, 27 not out, were the pick of the batsmen.
Oulton Park lost wickets at regular intervals as Phil Whelan took 3-26, Isaac Webster 3-46, Harley Barrett 2-16 and Dempster 2-29. Their last wicket fell with the scores level.
Warrington 3rd and Appleton 2nd fought out a draw at Walton Lea. Billy Gilbert, 67 and Ben McCarthy, 39 not out  were the pick of Warrington’s 180-5.
Appleton were clinging on at  155-9 at the close after Mike Fagan-Hall had taken 4-52 and Vickram 3-39.
Warrington 4th won by six wickets at Styal after bowling out the home side for 113, Bruce Jardene taking 4-17.
A stand of 67 between Andy Goodfellow,  31 and Arshan Dadrualla, 60 won the match for Warrington in the 33rd over.
In the UKFast  Cheshire League division one, Lymm Oughtrington Park went down by 74 runs after asking visiting Haslington to bat first at Oughtrington Lane.
They bowled them out for 222 with Syed Khan taking 4-49, Travis Scholes 2-72 and Jonathan Fletcher 2-38.  But this proved to be inadequate with Lymm getting off to a poor start and at one time being 63-6. Skipper Scholes, 59 and Kerry Anderson, 38 provided some late resistance but Lymm were finally all out for 148 in the 29th over.
The 2nd XI game at Haslington ended in a draw but had a nail-biting finish.
Lymm batted first and reached 161-8, opener Steven Gladwin top scoring with 55.  Haslington were 158-9 at the close, Tony Spaven taking 5-37.
Appleton hit 218-5 in their 48-run victory over visiting Over People, who were dismissed for 170.
Stretton, at home to Cheshire County Officers, won by two wickets after restricting the visitors to 199-8.  Ali Sher took 5-46.
Their reply got off to a shakey start, but Mohammed Yousuf, 45 and Ehsan Malik, 45 not out, saw them home.
Stretton 2nd won at Bunbury, after dismissing the home side for 136. Stretton finished on 140-2 in the  34th over.
Glazebury were bowled out for 115 by Tranmere Victoria at Hurst Lane, Sam Stanier hitting 29, Dave Acton 28, and Anthony Meulman 25.   But the target was never enough and the visitors reached it in the 27th over with seven wickets to spare.
Travelling to Wilmslow, Glazebury 2nd bowled well to dismiss the home side for 150, Ryan Warhurst taking 4-6,  Sean Caine 3-77 and David Nicholson 2-31.
But although skipper Wayne Hargreaves gave Glazebury a good start with 27, he proved to be the top scorer and the innings subsided to 80 all out in the 32nd over.


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