GRAPPENHALL had a disappointing weekend in the RSK Cheshire County League – drawing three games and losing one.
The 1st XI were at home to Bowdon where the visitors posted a mannoth 289-7 from 50 overs. Grappers’ bowlers toiled in the sun, Sam Guest taking three wickets and youngster Lewis Porter two.
Grappers made a fist of it in response, but after losing both openers cheaply it was always going to be difficult. The middle order pulled together with Pete Barnes scoring 62 but it was not possible to keep up with the required run rate and in the end they finished on 258-8 with a disappointing eight point return.
The 2nd XI had a similar match away at table toppers Oxton. The home side posted a commanding 259-6 off their 50 overs with Grappers finishing on 200- 8 in response. Matt Titchard took three wickets and Ross Arrowsmith two.
Ben Clissold was the pick of the batsmen with 61. Grappers finished with seven points for their efforts.
On Sunday the 1st XI travelled to Bollington in the Cheshire Cup. With a much depleted side due to injury and unavailability, Grappers were always up against it and duly lost by 61 runs to exit the competition. Lewis Porter added another three wickets to add to his tally.
The 3rd XI had what turned out to be the best result of the weekend as they dominated the game at Sale but still ultimately had to settle for a draw.
Grappers posted a decent 196 -7 off their 45 overs with Iain Wright and Richard Wiles both passing 50. David Seed was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5 – 60 off 12 overs as Grappers pushed for the win. It was not to be as Sale clung on with nine wickets down at the end. Grappers finished with 15 points.
A below strength Warrington suffered a humiliating 10-wicket mauling at Brooklands.
Batting first, they were tumbled out for a meagre 54 in just under 23 overs.
Only two batsmen reached double figures, with Robert Dempster top scoring with 22.
Things went from bad to worse when the hosts batted, their opening batsmen hitting off the runs in 10 overs.
Warrington 2nd also lost heavily when they took on the Brooklands second string at Walton Lea.
Brooklands batted first and totalled 240-8 in 48 overs. Pick of the Warrington bowlers was Lobith Muniraju, with 3-41.
Warrington were bowled out for 149 in 45 overs with James Lewis, 65 not out, holding the innings together to add some respectability to the total.
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Appleton went down by seven wickets against a powerful Maritime.
Batting first, they totalled a respectable 173-8, with useful contributions from Rory Kellett, 47 not out, Stephen Ball, 33 and Chris Morrison, 28.
But despite Kellett picking up two quick wickets, Maritime reached their target for the loss of only three wickets.
Appleton 2nd last by six wickets at The Groves.
Guy Collighan hit 43, Ian Maston 37 and Richard Buck 28 as Appleton hit 147-6 in 40 overs.
But the Wirral side hit 148-6 in reply, despite good bowling from Alex Warham, 3-43 and Michael Cumberland, 2-27, to take the honours.
Appleton 3rd won by 20 runs against visiting Macclesfield.
Batting first, they totalled 150, skipper Paul White top scoring with 33.
Macclesfield were dismissed for 130, with Christopher Priest taking 5-40.
Appleton 4th lost by five runs in an exciting finish at Wistaston Village.
The home side batted first and were all out for 158, Ben Frodsham taking 3-41 and David Walsh, Terry Major and Pete Worrall taking two wickets each.
Mark green hit 51 and opener David Hurst 30 as Appleton replied with 153.
Lymm Oughtrington Park lost by seven runs entertaining Bredbury St Marks.
The visitors totalled 192-6 with four Lymm bowlers taking a wicket each.
Lymm went for the runs and go agonisingly close to their target, losing their last wicket just seven runs short. Jake Hughes hit 55, George Anderson 35 and Matthew Carr 34.
Lymm Oughtrinton Park 2nd won by 13 runs at Runcorn. Astrayo Daw hit a fine 54 and Arvind Pillai 52 as Lymm totalled 165-8.
The home side reached 151, with Richard Parkinson taking 4-46.
Glazebury travelled to Cholmondely where they batted first and hit 100, Jordan Carroll top scoring with 29.
The home side lost four wickets reaching their target, three of them falling to Sam Stanier.
Glazebury 2nd lost at home to Chester County Officers after being bowled out for 93, David Costello 22 not out and Sean Caine, 21
The County Officers lost four wickets reaching their target, Dave Nicholson taking 3-25.
APPLETON lost by eight wickets to Stockport Trinity in the Cheshire Women’s Cricket League, division one
Batting first they were dismissed for 91 in 38 overs, Di Buckley top scoring with a battling 26.
Trinity coasted to 94-2 in 19 overs, with Ellie Mason hitting a half century. Sami Fowler, 2-11, was the pick of the Appleton bowlers.
Appleton picked up just three points from the game.