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Disappointing defeat for Grappers


GRAPPENHALL went down disappointingly in their Vivio Cheshire County League game at Cheadle after the hosts had batted first and posted a commanding total of 257-9.
There was some ill-disciplined bowling from Grappers, unlike the previous week when the attack had performed superbly. As a result, Cheadle were about to score freely.
Pick of the bowlers was skipper Adam Roylance who took 5-61.
Grappers’ reply got off to a poor start with two men back in the pavilion with only 25 runs on the board.
Skipper Roylance, 30 and Aussie Owen Lynch, 26, helped steady the ship but they both fell in quick succession and although Luke McCoy, 67 and Adam Green, 71, gave the visitors a sniff of victory, when they both fell the game was effectively all over. The last wicket fell at 219 with an over to spare.
This Saturday, Grappenhall will host near neighbours Toft.
By contrast, Grappenhall 2nd beat the Cheadle second string comfortably at Broad Lane, dismissing them for 153, Ross Arrowsmith taking 3-42.
Grappers chase down the total with youngster Josh Hayes hitting a fine unbeaten 58 – his second half-century in three weeks.  The victory came with only three wickets down and 19 overs to spare.
Grappenhall 3rd opened their league campaign with an emphatic win against visitors Bramhall.
Batting first, Bramhall were restricted to 174-8 on an excellent batting wicket. Young spinner Akshat Pranesh took 3-21 in seven overs.
Grappers got off to a good start posting 50 before losing their first wicket and never really looked back from there. Ben Bravington scored an excellent 47, but Richard Holden stole the show with a fantastic innings of 72 to steer Grappers home. When Holden fell to a superb one handed catch the game was almost done and Grappers closed it out for the loss of five wickets with 12 overs the spare.
Warrington went down narrowly  at Sale despite getting off to a good start with openers Malcolm Agar and Mike Rudd hitting 39 and 47 respectively and Brad McIntosh following this up with a superb, unbeaten 77.
But there followed a middle-order collapse which left Warrington only able to reach 201-7 when the overs ran out – a total that was to prove not quite enough.
Things went well at first, with McIntosh, 3-37 and Aaron Soni, 3-38 putting the home side on the back foot. But the lower order fought back and  in a tense finish,  Sale eventually reached 203-8 with a ball to spare.
Warrington 2nd won by 44 runs entertaining Stockport at Walton Lea.
Batting first they posted 211, skipper Simon Swain hitting 45 and fellow opener Brad Roden 77.
The visitors were bowled out for 167 with paceman Ryan Swart taking 6-50 in 15 overs.
Warrington 3rd were at near neighbours Stretton and won by four wickets after bowling out the hosts for 183. S. Ehmed hit 47 and Farhad Quayum 48 for Stretton while Shaswat Rusia took 5-47 for Warrington.
The visitors replied with 187-6,  skipper Mark Ewin top scoring with 36 and William Gilbert unbeaten on 29.
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Lymm Oughtrington Park travelled to Irby and restricted the home side to 216-9 before chasing down the runs for the loss of four wickets. Mathew Carr hit 95 and Jonathan Fletcher 79.
Appleton won by 21 runs in a low scoring game against Wirral at Lyons Lane.
Batting first, they could only reach 102-9 in 45 overs with no batsman reaching 20. But the visitors struggled even more and were all out for 81, Amir Rashid taking 5-32 and Andrew Jackson 4-9.
Appleton 2nd won by five wickets at Oxton after the home side hit 206-6, Andy Thomas taking 3-50.
Ed Sygrove hit 52 and L Manion 53 as Appleton chased down the runs.
Stretton won at Over Peover, dismissing the home side for 138, Ali Zubain taking 3-43 and H Ali 3-32.
The visitors replied with 141-7, Zubain completing a fine all-round performance with 44 not out.
Glazebury asked visitors  Pott Shrigley to bat first and restricted them to 183-8, Dave Acton taking 4-37.
Acton was also on form with the bat, top scoring with 33 as Glazebury chased down the runs for the loss of seven wickets.
But Glazebury 4 suffered a 45-run defeat defeat at the hands of Appleton 4th who hit 183-9 and then dismissed the visitors for 138.


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