GRAPPENHALL had to settle for a draw at home to Bollington in the RSK Cheshire County League.
The visitors batted first and posted a decent 215-7 off their 50 overs with 16 year old Lewis Porter the pick of the bowlers with 3-50 off 12 overs.
Grappers never really got going in response and lost wickets regularly with only Albert Pennington and Ian Hall, with 39 and 40 respectively showing anything like form. They were left hanging on at the end for the draw with 179-8, still 37 runs short of their target.
Grappenhall 2nd had better fortune at Stockport Georgians where they won by three wickets. The home side totalled 152 all out, with two wickets each for Jack Critchley, Nathan Lang, Ross Arrowsmith and Matt Titchard.
Grappers found it difficult to get runs, but a superb 80 from Arrowsmith, ably supported with 28 from Graeme Rowlands saw them home for the loss of seven wickets with more than 20 overs to spare.
Earlier in the week, Grappenhall 3rd won their T20 quarter final in a superb match to reach finals day in August.
Visitors Timperley batted first and posted a big 151-7 off their 20 overs with 15 year old James Knowles picking up the impressive figures of 2-26 off four overs amidst the carnage. In response Grappers looked to have blown their chances at 40 – 4 but a superb 53 by Richard Holden put them in with a shout. As wickets continued to tumble the game looked gone once again but Stan Pennington clubbed 34 from 24 balls to see Grappers home, nine wickets down, with three balls to spare.
For the second week running, Warrington suffered a humiliating defeat as a result of a disastrous batting failure.
At home to Urmston, they asked the visitors to bat first and saw them hit 226-6 in 50 overs.
Umer Zeb, Chai Gadepalli and Ashley Scholes took two wickets each.
Warrington were then rolled over for 48 in just 20.2 overs, with only two batsmen reaching double figures.
It was a happier result for Warrington 2nd, although they came off second best in a drawn game at Lindow.
The home side batted first and hit 238-8 in 50 overs. Harry Charvill, with 3-42, was the pick of Warrington’s bowlers.
After losing two quick wickets, Warrington made no serious attempt to go for the runs and finished on 134-6. James Lewis top scored with a patient 52.
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Appleton notched up a valuable win at home to Langley who batted first and posted a decent 210-8. Rory Kellett, Joe Cooper and Harry Sygrove each picked up two wickets for Appleton.
Appleon paced their innings well and reached their target with two wickets and one over to spare.
Chris Morrison top scored with 61, Rory Kellett hit 41 and there was a useful 39 from Stephen Ball.
Appleton 2nd won by 11 runs after electing to bat first at Wirral.
Opener Liam Mannion top scored with 42 and Amir Aslam chipped in with an unbeated 31 as Appleton hit 191-8.
Wirral went for the runs but fell behind the run-rate thanks to tight bowling by Appleton, for who Sriharsha Kakalapudi took 2-44.
Appleton 3rd went down by eight wickets after being bowled out for 147 at Bowdon Vale.
John Porter hit 46 and Andrew Pickering 49 as Appleton batted first and totalled 147 all out.
The home side lost only two wickets reaching their target as Appleton bowled without much luck.
Appleton 4th had a good win over visiting Tranmere Victoria, who batted first and were bowled out for 135. Appleton lost just four wickets as they strolled to victory.
Lymm Oughtrington Park lost by 10 wickets after being bowled out for 100 at Winnington Park – a total that would have been much worse but for a flamboyant innings by number 10 batsman Matthew Bradsha who hit 38 from 31 balls, including a six and five fours.
The home side’s openers hit off the runs in 26 overs.
Lymm Oughtrington Park 2nd lost at home to Stockport after the visitors had hit 206-9 with Anthony Spaven. James Anderson, Richard Parkinson and Jack Hughes taking two wickets each.
Skipper Shovan Chatterjee hit 47 and Arvind Pillai 30 as Lymm were dismissed for 138.
Glazebury batted first hosting Cholmondeley and hit a respectable 173-7, Jack Warhurst hitting 56 and Andrew Calvert 54. But the visitors reached their target for the loss of three wickets in 29 overs.
Veteran Phil Mcue hit a superb 85 as Glazebury 2nd hit 175-5 at Chester County Officers. Skipper Alex Wort hit a lively 53. But the home side hit off the runs for the loss of three wickets, all of which went to John Short, for a cost of 33 runs.
APPLETON lost by four wickets to Didsbury in division one of the Cheshire Women’s Cricket League.
Batting first, they reached 131-6, Tilly Kesteven hitting 32 and Emilia Lamb 21.
But their run-rate was never enough and Didsbury reached 132-6 in the 37th over. Georgia Heath took 4-11 to earn Appleton some useful bonus points.