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Grappers suffer heavy defeat at hands of league leaders


GRAPPENHALL suffered a heavy defeat at home to Vivio Cheshire County League leaders Alderley Edge.
After a good start – they had 50 on the board before losing a wicket – they were bowled out for an inadequate 111.
Only Pete Barns, with a gritty 51, showed anything like good form and only three other batsmen reached double figures
The visitors lost an early wicket but then Grappers “old boy” Callum Rowe scored freely with 70 not out as Alderley Edge coasted home with seven wickets and plenty of time to spare.
Grappenhall 2nd also suffered a disappointing defeat at Davenham after being dismissed for a below-par  174. Dave Tully batted well for 40.
The home side knocked off the runs with six wickets down as Grappers’ bowlers struggled to make an impression. Matt Titchard picked up three wickets.
Grappers 3rd provided the club with their only win away at Bramhall.
Batting first, they got off to a quick start with 50 in 10 overs but then a mini-collapse saw them slump to 100-4.  Ben Bravington and Jamie Bye both got into the 30s and there was some lusty hitting from the lower order as Grappenhall  finished on 215-8.
Wickets were hard to come by as Bramhall batted and with 20 overs left, Bramhall needed only 120 with only three wickets down. But skipper David Seed and Stanley Pennington took three wickets each and with two overs left, Bramhall still needed 14 with nine wickets down. Then James Jenkinson bowled the last man to give Grappers victory.
Warrington went down by four wickets at Macclesfield after being bowled out for 173.
Rohan Els was the maintstay of the batting with 83 but the next highest scorer was Brad Roden with 22.
The bowlers got Warrington back in the game, with Rob Batey taking 3-30, Arron Soni 2-45 and Els 1-31. At 96-6, Macclesfield were in trouble. But the seventh wicket pair dug in and saw them home without further loss.
Warrington 2nd’ promotion hopes took a knock when they were beaten by 11 runs by Bramhall.
The visitors were struggling at 35-4 but their middle order staged a counter attack and they finished on 214-8.  Isaac Webster 4-53, Chia Gadipalli 2-38 and Raj Soni 1-17 were the Warrington wicket takers
Warrington suffered a set back with the loss of two early wickets. James Lewis, 75, and James Sharrock, 22, batted well but no-one else got set until Raj Soni, batting at 10, hit 29. But it was not enough to enable Warrington to avoid their first defeat of the season.
Warrington 3rd drew with  Barrow after the visitors scored freely to reach 240-2.
The visiting attack had Warrington behind the clock but openers Billy Gilbert, 84 and Andy Goodfellow , 32,  rode out the storm and Tim Palmer, 30 moved them up a gear. But in the end Warrington settled for a draw on 204-5.
In the UK Fast Cheshire League,  Lymm Oughtrington Park won the toss at Oughtrington Lane and asked Runcorn to bat first.
But it proved a poor decision as Runcorn hammered 229-5 in 45 overs.  Andy Hossack was pick of the bowlers with 3-77   When Lymm batted, the first five batsmen got into the teens but none was able to build an innings and skipper Travis Scholas, 25, batting at nine, was top scorer as the side was bowled out for 127.
Lymm 2nd went down by three wickets at Runcorn after batting first and hitting 205-6. Opener Asim Shad hit 85 and Graham Waumsley 46.
Richard Hutton took 6-40 in 13.3 overs when the home side batted but it was not enough stem the flow of runs and Runcorn finished on 208-7.
Appleton suffered a five wicket defeat at Aston after being bowled out for 104, Lee Mannion top scoring with 39 and Graeme Rowlands hitting 26.   The home side hit off the runs for the loss of five wickets, despite Andrew Jackson’s 3-28.
Appleton 2nd fell just short of victory and had to settle for a drew with Port Sunlight at Lyons Lane.
The visitors totalled 185, Andy Thomas taking 3-42.  Appleton were 181-5 when time ran out, skipper David Lomas hitting 66 and David Hurst 37.
Appleton 3rd were rolled over for 87 by Timperley at the Grange and then saw the visitors knock off the runs without loss.
Appleton 4th lost by 39 runs at Wilmslow after being dismissed for 103.
Stretton were bowled out for 124 at home to Langley, Jagdish Ratnagiri top scoring with 56. But it proved to be more than enough as Langley collapse to 56 all out, Ali Sher taking 4-48.
Stretton 2nd lost by three wickets at Barnton after being dismissed for 182.  S Ehmed top scored with 53 and Farhad Qayum hit 42  The home side replied with 185-7.
Glazebury went down at Winsford where the home side batted first and totalled 260-6 declared. Chris Ayre and Frank Pedigrew picked up two wickets each.
Tony Bennett, 38,  Anthony Meulman, 66 and Paul Warhurst, 41, all batted well but Glazebury fell short by 76 runs.
Glazebury 2nd won  by 27 runs when they entertained Styal at Hurst Lane.
Batting first they hammered 201-3 in 43 overs, skipper Wayne Hargreaves hitting 49,  fellow opener Nirpal Bansel hitting and Jules Moore and lively 40 not out, including three sixes.
Styal started well in reply, hitting 83 for the first wicket but then subsided to 174 all out. Hakeem Dahou took 3-40 and Sean Caine 3-50.


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