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Grappers get off the mark at last!

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GRAPPENHALL finally got off the mark in the Vivio Cheshire County League premier division with a two wicket victory at Cheadle.
After winning the toss they asked the home side to bat first and bowled them out for 147, largely due to some fine bowling from Arran McCabe, who took 6-18 in just 10 overs, five of which were maidens. Sam Guest chipped in with 2-17.
Cheadle’s total was, in fact, something of a recovery, due to some hitting from the tail
Grappers, by contrast, started well with useful innings from openers Arthur Pennington, 32 and James McCoy, 35. A mid-order collapse followed and it fell to Albert Pennington, 21 not out and Guest, 26 to get Grappers over the finishing line for the first time this season.
It was a good weekend for Grappers all round, with the 2nd and 3rd XIs both winning as well.
The 2nds bowled out Macclesfield for 151 at Broad Lane, Ben Cagna taking 5-33 and Joshua Hayes 2-30. Grappers replied with 154-4, Hayes hitting 51, Tim Sykes 46 and Steve Rooney 33.
Grappenhall 3rd went to Sale and bowled out the home side for 111, Richard Wiles 3-43 and David Seed 3-19. Grappers loss four cheap wickets but then Seed hit an unbeaten 54 to take the team to victory by four wickets.
Warrington travelled to Alvanley and asked the home side to bat first. Ashley Scholes took 4-42 and Jonathan Fletcher 3-68 but Alvanley reached 221-8 – a total that proved too much for Warrington who batted out a draw at 129-7. Dan Rudd top scored with 40.
Batting first, Warrington 2nd also drew, at home to Oxton. There total of 231-8 owed much to Simon Hewitt who hit 54 not out batting at number nine. A Shoalib hit 37.
Oxton replied with 200-5, Shoalib taking 2-35 and Raj Soni 2-31.
In the Cheshire League, Lymm Oughtrington Park went down heavily against Cheadle Hulme who batted first and were all out for `193. Shir Wali took 3-45 and Matthew Bradshaw 3-12. Lymm were bowled out for 90.
Lymm 2nd hit 179-8 at Oughtrington Lane, Chris Oakes hitting 34 and Jack Hughes 28 but visitors Hale Barns hammered 183 without loss
Stretton were bowled out for 95 in reply to Chelford’s impressive 185-9 and Stretton 2nd went down by six wickets at Oxton after batting first and hitting 183.
Appleton could only muster 130 against Bunbury, Richard Buck top scoring with 29 and skipper Alex Wright hitting 25. Bunbury reached their target with three wickets to spare, Martin Cooper taking 3-15.
Ed Pugh took 4-16 for Appleton 2nd at hosts Neston were bowled out for 130. But despite Ian Mason’s well-struck 49, Appleton could only muster 121.
Appleton 3rd were at Mellor, where the home side hit a commanding 208 despite Michael Cumberlands 5-46. Appleton settled for a draw on 160-7, Mark Sands hitting 41 and Ian Findley 27 not out.
Appleton 4 went down by five wickets after being bowled out for 77 by Kingsley.
Glazebury enjoyed a big win at Westminster Park after their pace duo of Sam Stanier, 4-18 and Jack Warhurst, 4-15 had dismissed the home side for a meagre 64. Skipper Anthony Meulman hit 32 not out as Glazebury coasted to 65-3.
Geoff Shaw’s 63 was the mainstay of Glazebury 2nd 171 against Ashley at Hurst Lane. The visitors were never in the hunt and were bowled out for 115, Mark Rowan taking 5-25 and Ryan Warhust 4-24.

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