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Grappers suffer heavy defeat at home


GRAPPENHALL suffered a heavy defeat against Timperley in the Vivio Cheshire County League premier division.
Timperley batted first at Broad Lane and scored a formidable 253-9, the wickets falling mainly to spinners Albert Pennington, 4-37 and Adam Roylance, 4-61.
Grappers were in with a chance as long as Aussie Olly Knight was at the crease but when he fell for 47 the rest of the batting subsided to a disappointing 137 all out.
The following day, Grappers had another dismal day at home when they lost to Port Sunlight in the Cheshire Cup, after failing to chase down the visitors’ total of 220.
Grappenhall 2nd lost by 46 runs at Upton chasing the home side’s 172-9. Ross Arrowsmith was the pick of the bowlers with 4-55 while Tim Sykes top scored with the bat with 41.
The disappointing weekend continued for Grappers when the 3rd XI were beaten comprehensively by Sale, who dismissed them for 123 and then knocked off the runs for the loss of only one wicket.
However, Grappers fielded four under-15 players who all performed well under pressure so the club have hopes for better things to come.
Warrington suffered a heavy defeat at Mobberley where the home side posted a modest 146-9, Brad McIntosh taking 4-31 but then dismissed Warrington for a paltry 50, with only two batsmen reaching double figures.
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Appleton managed to hang on for a respectable draw at Prestbury after the home side had hit a daunting 226-8. Appleton replied with 196-7, Bob McDonald hitting 43, Adam Pearson 57 and Ian McAuley 36.
There was an exciting end to Appleton 2nd’s game against Barrow at Lyons Lane.
The visitors hit 187-7, with Dave Sujith and Harry Sygrove taking two wickets each.
Appleton timed their run chase to perfection, with well crafted innings from Dave Hurst, 53 and Ed Sygrove, 55 not out. A brutal 49 from 36 balls from Liam Mannion turned the game Appleton’s way and despite some wobbles they reached their target with two balls to spare.
Appleton 3rd won at Langley, with three wicket hauls for Toby White, Geoff Lewis and Chris Priest dismissing the home side for 133.
Alex Pickering hit 40 to see Appleton home with two wickets to spare.
Appleton 4th rounded-off an excellent day for the club with a thrilling last over victory tie with Hartford at the Grange.
Hartford hit 198-4 but Terry Major hit 59 – his first half-century for the club – to see Appleton home in a tense final over.
Stretton hit 206 and then bowled out Bredbury St Marks for 175.
Glazebury strolled to a seven wicket victory at Styal.
The home side were dismissed for 107, Sam Stanier taking 5-40 and Kyle Keeble 3-19. Glazebury replied with 108-3, Wayne Hargreaves h it 27 not out and Keeble 25.
Glazebury 2nd were bowled out for 63 by Rostherne, despite Jack Warhurst hitting 24.
Rostherne lost seven wickets reaching their target, Jack Whitehead taking 3-5 and Frank Pedigrew 2-23.


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