Grappers win again – and climb to second place in the league


GRAPPENHALL climbed into second place in the RSK Cheshire County League first division table with a three-wicket victory at Timperley.
The home side batted first and posted 194-9 from 50 overs. Adam Roylance was the pick of Grappers’ bowlers, with 4-59.
When Grappenhall batted, skipper Pete Barnes hit a fine 45 and his brother, Eddie, gave good support with 41.
Albert Pennington hit 38 to get Grappers close to their target, but a couple of late wickets made the finish tighter than it should have been.
Grappers 2nd hosted Widnes time in three days, having beaten them earlier in the week in the T20 cup in a tight game.
This game went much the same way, a tough well fought contest right to the end. Widnes posted a decent 199-7 off their 50 overs with Mike Wildsmith and Arran McCabe taking two wickets each. In response it was skipper Graeme Rowlands that lead the charge with a superb 52, along with McCabe who scored 36.
When they both fell nerves set in and it was left to Wildsmith to score the winning runs with two balls to spare as Grappers won by one wicket.
Grappers 3rd made it a hat trick of wins for the club with victory at Elworth.
The home side posted a commanding 198 in their 40 overs, with Grappers young attack sticking well to their task, with two under 15s on debut looking right at home.
Grappers set about the total in dominant fashion and coasted home with eight overs to spare, thanks to a superb ton by Arthur Pennington and a maiden half century for 17-year- old Zak Judge.
Warrington earned a draw in a rain-interrupted game at Mobberley.
The home side posted a formidable 275-5 in 50 overs, with Muhammad Abid Warrington’s most-effective bowler with 3-52.
Warrington started steadily with openers Richard Lyons, 34 not out and James Rudd, 44.
But after 30 overs and with Warrington on 103-1, the rains came.
Warrington gained seven points from the game – not enough to lift them from their current second-to-bottom position in the second division table.
A draw was also the result of Warrington 2nd’s game against Port Sunlight at Walton Lea.
The visitors batted first and hit 215-8, Shoaib Chattha taking 3-48 and Adam Lawton 3-34.
Lawton hit a lively 72 as Warrington replied with 198-8 – just 18 runs short of victory.
In the UKFast Cheshire League, Lymm Oughtrington Park went down by one wicket at home to Bunbury.
Lymm hit a disappointing 123 all out in 36 overs.
Opener Jean-Michael Fouche top scored with 36 and Jack Hughes hit 24.
There was a nail-biting finish as Bunbury’s last pair added 22 to claim victory.
Appleton raced to a comfortable nine wicket win after bowling out visitors Aston for 137.
Rory Kellett took 4-15 and Adam Peters 3-37 for Appleton.
Skipper Adam Pearson hit an unbeaten 70 and Martin Cooper 44 as Appleton comfortably dealt with the Aston attack.
Appleton 2nd won by seven wickets at Old Parkonians after blowing out the home side for 122, Dave Sujith taking 3-14 and Dinesh Quayyam 3-31. Appleton chased down the runs for the loss of three wickets, Phil Mansfield hitting an unbeaten 59 and Jonathan Owen 30.
Appleton 3rd were held to 155-8 at home to Trafford Metrovics who went on to win by five wickets.
Cheshire County Officers inflicted a seven wicket defeat on Appleton 4th who were bowled out for 116. Martin Othick, 28 and Rqvi Elaprolu, 27, were Appleton’s leading scorers.
Glazebury enjoyed a big win over Styal at Hurst Lane.
Batting first they scored a commanding 271-4, with Jordan Carroll hitting a superb 128, Wayne Hargreaves 41 and Andy Calvert 33 not out.
Styal crumbled before the bowling of Sam Stanier, 3-15 and Tom Whitby, 3-36.
Glazebury 2nd lost by at Lindow where the home side opened the proceedings with 221-8. Glazebury replied with 164-7, Andrew Wilby hit 48 and David Costello 36 not out.


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