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1st XI v Timperley (Away) - 16th September - Won

The 1s secured their Premier League status for 2018 in comfortable fashion at Timperley on the last day of the season finishing a creditable 8th place in the table. Grappers needed 6 points to guarantee safety and we knew scoring 190 batting first would do just that with the points scoring system in the league. Grappers lost a couple of early wickets but James McCoy carried on his excellent form since his return to the team scoring an excellent 88 to push grappers on to that magic number. Skipper Adam Roylance chipped in with 31 as Grappers had a late innings wobble. The nerves were settled right at the end of the innings as the 1’s crawled to 190 for the loss of 9 wickets off the last ball of the innings. Tea tasted that much sweeter knowing the pressure was off in the final 55 overs of the season but apart from a rain break mid innings Grappers made short work as they rolled Timperley for 120 with 20 overs to spare. Matt Titchard did the damage has he picked up 5 wickets and Arran McCabe 3 wickets. A great end to a good season as Grappers did what they set out to in April and retained their place in the Cheshire County League ECB Premier League at the expense of 2 much more illustrious sides. Congratulations to captain Adam Roylance and the rest of the lads on what’s been a great season.


1st XI v Nantwich (Home) - 9th September - Draw

On Saturday the 1st XI match at home to Nantwich was washed out over half way through with Grappers having to settle for 7 points for the draw. With most of the other fixtures also rained off Grappers go into the final game of the season on Saturday at Timperley with their destiny in their own hands. The 1’s are currently 2 places above relegation and 19 points clear, knowing that picking up 6 points on from their final match will guarantee their Premier League status for next season. Relegation rivals Hyde are at newly crowned champions Chester and anything other than a win for Hyde would also confirm Grappers retain their place in the Premier League regardless of how our game goes.


1st XI v Bramhall (Away) - 2nd September - Lost

The 1s were heavily beaten on Saturday at fellow relegation strugglers Bramhall. Bramhall batted first and posted and imposing 321 for 3 declared off 52 overs after some big hitting from their hired guns. Bramhall scored an incredible 120 off the last 9 overs of their innings. Considering the way Bramhall batted Sam Guest posted remarkable figures of 2 for 44 off 17 overs.

James McCoy continued his fine form in the late season as his posted his third consecutive half century and Pete Barnes contributed 32 but there was little of note from the rest of the Grappenhall batsmen and relegation from the ECB Premier League is now a looming possibility. Fortunately fellow relegation strugglers Hyde also lost and Grappers are now only 19 points clear of relegation with 2 games left to play. Grappers plight doesn’t get any easier with a  home game to title chasing Nantwich on Saturday.


1st XI v Didsbury (Home) - 26th August - Lost

The 1s lost at home to Didsbury on Saturday, taking their battle to avoid the drop down to the wire. Didsbury batted first and posted 236 all out in the last of their 55 overs. Sam Guest wheeled away for 17 overs with his slow left arm 'dobbers' to pick up 3 wickets but the Didsbury batsmen rallied at the end to give Grappers a big target to chase.

Grappers lost early wickets in their reply and other than James McCoy who scored 66 at a run a ball, no one else really got going and Grappers crumbled to 176 all out with 10 overs to spare. On Saturday the 1s travel to Bramhall, another team in the relegation mix.


1st XI v Bowdon (Away) - 19th August - Win

The 1’s won a shortened game at relegation strugglers Bowdon to breath life into their own fight for survival. A second win on the bounce pushes Grappers up the table into 7

, and dragging a host of other teams in the relegation mix in the process. 4 more games to go and Grappers destiny is in their own hands.

The game was reduced to 36 overs a side due to the heavy rain in the morning and Grappers batted first having lost the toss. The 1s got off to a good start with Jamie Bye and James McCoy both scoring runs on a difficult pitch. Both fell in quick succession for 34 and 22 respectively and from then on only skipper Adam Roylance (27) and Luke McCoy (17) showed anything like form with the bat as the innings fell away and Grappers crumbled to 139 all out inside 33.4 overs.

With Bowdon’s on survival on the line Grappers needed early wickets and that’s exactly what happened as the home side succumbed to the pressure and were 56 for 6 at one stage with Arran McCabe doing most of the damage with 4 for 24. Unfortunately Grappers overseas star Owen Lynch was injured fielding with a dislocated shoulder and that could well be the end of his season in the UK, but that didn’t stop Grappers from running through the Bowdon tail. It didn’t take long as Gaz Burns claimed a hatrick to win the game for Grappers with 3 overs to spare and secure a crucial 25 points.


1st XI v Neston (Away) - 12th August - Win

On Saturday the 1’s gave their chances of avoiding relegation a real shot in the arm with an excellent victory at mid-table Neston. The home side batted first and posted 207 for 7 off their 55 overs with Sam Guest returning with excellent figures of 3 for 45 off 17 overs, bowling slower than usual after a shoulder injury. Spinner Matt Titchard picked up 2 wickets as the Grappers bowlers did well to contain the Neston batting line up.

Grappers got off to a tremendous start in response with openers James McCoy, recently returned to the side, and Jamie Bye putting on 80 for the first wicket. McCoy was first to go with lovely knock of 59 with Bye shortly following for a solid 41. Pete Barnes was as dependable as ever with 40 as he eased Grappers towards the finish line. A few wobbles in the middle order made the game tighter than it deserved to be but Ben Bodha grafted to see Grappers how with 10 overs to spare for the loss of 6 wickets. The win puts them almost 20 points but still only 1 position clear of relegation as they go to bottom of the table Bowdon on Saturday.


1st XI v Hyde (Home) - 5th August - Lost

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1st XI v Toft (Away) - 29th July - Draw

The 1’s maintained their good form from the week before and were unfortunate not to win their game away at Toft. Grappers batted first and got off to a shaky start at 16 for 3 but the ever reliable Pete Barnes steadied the ship along with overseas Owen Lynch as the built a platform for a respectable score. Lynch then fell for 41 with the score on 85 before Barnes then went for a patient 52 with Grappers now in a relatively healthy position. Ben Bodha with 28 and Gaz Burns with 49 combined to drag Grappers towards 200 as the innings closed on 206 for 8 after their 55 overs.

Toft lost a couple of early wickets in reply but Lancashire player Rob Jones scored with relative freedom until being excellently caught on the boundary by Lynch and from that point the game changed. All of a sudden Grappers were in control as they bowled with control and the Toft batsmen found runs hard to come by. The middle order collapsed and Grappers sensed the chance of an unlikely victory, but unfortunately the Toft batsmen held resolute. As more wickets fell Toft shut up shop with a couple of overs to go, to finish 193 for 8, with skipper Adam Roylance picking up 3 wickets and Matt Titchard and Owen Lynch 2 apiece to claim a respectable winning draw as 12 crucial points in their survival bid. On Saturday the 1’s host Hyde a real relegation battle as Hyde sit 1 place from bottom and Grappers 2 places above them.


1st XI v Cheadle (Home) - 22nd July - Won

On Saturday the 1’s hosted Cheadle and won a quite remarkable game by 2 wickets. Cheadle batted first and thanks to the tight early bowling of Gaz Burns and Sam Guest struggled to score with any freedom. After 6 overs Guest he had to leave the field due to a serious injury that could force him to miss a number of matches, putting extra pressure on the Grappers bowling attack. Although wickets fell regularly throughout the innings, the Cheadle batsman upped the rate in the closing stages to post a formidable 296 for 8 off their 55 overs. Youngster Josh Hayes picked up 2 wickets as did spinners Owen Lynch and Adam Roylance.

It was a tough ask for the Grappers batsman but they made a strong start as they put on nearly 50 for the first wicket with Roylance and Arthur Pennington scoring 28 and 32 respectively. When they both fell in quick succession, Pete Barnes (34) played a patient innings to keep the board ticking over whilst Luke McCoy played excellently to score 65 and push Grappers on. Although still a long shot there was a buzz about the ground as confidence increased that Grappers could chase down this mammoth target. Aussie Owen Lynch, with his family over here to watch, took the game by the scruff of the neck and showed what a class act he is as he dominated the Cheadle bowling. Well supported by the always excellent Gaz Burns (34 off 22 balls), Lynch played a quite superb innings as he smashed 72 not out off only 45 balls to get Grappers to within a whisker of victory. A couple more wickets fell but it was fitting it was Lynch to score the winning runs with 5 balls of the game to spare, putting in a truly match winning performance. Still in the relegation zone but now only by a point, could this be the shot in the arm the team need to drag themselves to safety as they travel to Toft next Saturday.


1st XI v Chester Boughton Hall (Away) - 15th July - Lost

The 1’s lost at second place Chester by 5 wickets. With a very young side this week the 1’s batted first and were all out for a below par 119 with 16 year old Arthur Pennington showing anything like true form with the bat as he contributed 44.

In reply Chester always looked favourites but the Grappers bowlers did themselves justice and made batting difficult for the strong Chester batting line up. Sam Guest was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 39 off 17 overs but Chester saw the game out to win by 5 wickets with 15 overs to spare.


1st XI v Alderley Edge (Home) - 8th July - Lost

The 1’s were well beaten on Saturday at home to Premier League champions and current league leaders Alderley Edge. Grappers were dismissed cheaply for 111 having got off to a good start with 50 for the first wicket. Only Pete Barnes really showed any like good form as he scored 51, with only 3 other batsmen getting into double figures.

In response Grappers got a couple of early wickets but Grappers old boy Callum Rowe scored freely (70*) as Alderley Edge coasted home 3 wickets down with plenty over 50 overs to spare.


1st XI v Timperley (Home) - 1st July - Lost

On Saturday the 1’s were well beaten by Premier League high flyers Timperley by 116 runs. Batting first on a difficult wicket Timperley posted a solid 209 for 6 off their 55 overs, with opener Cooper scoring an excellent 97. Owen Lynch finished with 3 wickets for 41 runs off 8.3 overs, having taken over mid-over for Albert Pennington who suffered a serious hand injury whilst bowling, going for a caught and bowled chance. After spending the night in hospital Pennington returned to the club on Sunday, hand all strapped up awaiting further check ups this week before a prognosis is known.

In reply Grappers struggled against the accurate line and length of Timperley’s Cheshire bowler Jack White who picked up 7 wickets, blowing away the top order. Only Pete Barnes showed any real resistance with a gritty 41 as Grappers were bowled out for 93 with plenty of time to spare. Next week the tough tests continue as they host champions Alderley Edge in the first fixture in the second half of the season.


1st XI v Chester Boughton Hall - Cheshire Cup (Away) - 25th June - Lost

On Sunday the 1s cup venture ended as they lost at Chester by 5 wickets. Grappers posted 155 but that was never enough as Chester coasted home after a couple of early scares.


1st XI v Nantwich (Away) - 24th June - Draw

The 1s drew a tight match at Nantwich on Saturday. Grappers performed really well with the ball to dismiss the strong Nantwich batting line up for only 203 in 53 overs. With a batting line up including Ireland one day international Niall O'Brien, they had no answer to the tight bowling from openers Sam Guest and Gaz Burns as they both bowled with real control. It was the introduction of Albert Pennington that set things going as he claimed a 6 wickets for 68 runs off 14 overs to leave Nantwich below par.

In reply Grappers got off to the worst possible start as they were 28 for 4. The game looked lost but overseas Owen Lynch and Pennington had different ideas as they steadied the ship. When Lynch fell for an excellent 88 Grappers looked well on course for a second consecutive win. But Pennington fell soon after and the other batsmen felt the pressure immediately. Grappers ended up hanging on at 198 for 9, 6 runs short of the win when time ran out. Next week the 1s host Premier League title hopefuls Timperley.


1st XI v Bramhall (Home) - 17th June - Win

Grappenhall entertained Bramhall on a glorious day down at the home of cricket. With captain Roylance injured, Computer Critchley was kind enough to offer Arthur as a replacement. Guesty won the toss on a flat wicket and elected to bowl, hoping to make use of the covering of grass on the surface.

Guesty's decision looked a good one as Lobster Burns bowled beautifully from the far end and should have been rewarded with an early snicky Richards, only to have overstepped the front line. From the pavilion end Guesty bowled some great areas and was rewarded with two early scalps courtesy of some find hands from Ozzy and Albert. Bramhall rebuilt slowly with Lamb getting to a patient 50; Cables and Albert bowling from the far end whilst Guesty continued from the pavilion. Lobster returned for his marathon second spell and was rewarded with a wicket before total carnage ensued at Broad Lane. From 140-3 after 43 overs, Bramhall's number 5 whacked it everywhere scoring a superb 70. Most balls were sent sailing into the houses, and anything else was skied into oblivion and subsequently dropped, whilst Lamb brought up an excellent 100 with some 6's late in the innings. Chef Lynchy came on at the death after Lobster had toiled away in the sun for 17 gruesome overs for his sole wicket, and stole 3 poles for not many to rival the Hatton Garden burglary as the most notorious crime in the 21st century. Guesty added one more to his tally and the innings finished at 268-7 from 55. Guesty returned outstanding figures of 3-46 from 17 and was unlucky not to have a couple more, whilst Gaz's face changed from red to green and back to red again after his 17 overs.

Tea was outstanding as always. Tuna on brown was reintroduced and there was ample pizza, wedges and pasta. Fresh fruit consisting of strawberries and pineapple topped off proceedings with flair.

The second half started quickly with Jimmy hitting some early boundaries before getting bowled. The gingerbread man came in and looked to rebuild with Barnsey before cramping when turning and had to be carried off. Barnsey and the chef continued to see off the new ball and the partnership began to flourish until Ramsey was bowled. Luke the real Mccoy came in and played a real modern innings. There were plenty of modern 4's down the ground, some modern strike rotation and some modern running between the wickets. Modern. He was unfortunate to be given out modern behind on 48, just as he was putting us in pole position. Alberto came to the wicket and rebuilt with PB, the latter bringing up a fine 50 to warm applause. PB started to accelerate and it took an unlucky chop on for the partnership to be broken as Bert was bowled. Gingerbread Bodha came out with the chef as runner. Despite numerous talks between PB, Bodha and the Chef, the first ball almost saw a run out with all 3 at the same end. Bodha setting off for a single before turning back to the crease became a theme for the next few overs. On 72 PB skied one and a very good catch brought Lobster to the crease. A couple of quiet overs built up some pressure before some big overs from the trio left us needing 50 off 7 when Bodha was bowled. Young Arthur came to the wicket and played with maturity beyond his years by getting the big truck on strike. Gaz hit several strong shots through the covers and down the ground to bring us to within 20 of victory with 3 overs left when he was run out for 39 attempting to get on strike. Ozzy came to the crease and ran exceptionally with Arthur, scampering 1's and 2's from every ball to bring it down to 7 off the last over.

With 7 needed off 6, Ozzy hit the first ball behind point and came storming back for a second run before digging out a yorker to leave us 5 off 4. With the capacity crowd hushed, Ozzy blitzed one over midwicket with the field right back and left us needing 1 off 3. The Bramhall field came in tight and some good bowling left us with 1 to win off the last. The field was close and no singles were on offer. The last ball saw Ozzy cream another one over the top to spark jubilant scenes at Broad Lane. An outstanding batting performance with numerous contributions finished off by the 2 youngest players in the side.

An excellent result from the 2's meant that it was the second 50 point Saturday of the season and both teams are now well placed after 9 games. Hopefully the 3's can do the business on Sunday before a big week as we play Nantwich and then Chester in the cup on Sunday. An awesome Saturday which will be remembered for some time.


1st XI v Didsbury (Away) - 10th June - Draw

On Saturday the 1s fell agonisingly short of Didsburys total to draw the game. In a game reduced to 33 overs a side due to the weather Didsbury posted 155 for 5 in their allotted overs. Grappers were well on course to win the game but the rain came again meaning Grappers lost a further 8 overs. In the end the 1s finished 20 short with Pete Barnes scoring 50. Had the rain not intervened they would have won comfortably.


1st XI v Bowdon (Home) - 3rd June - Win

On Saturday Grappers 1s gave themselves some breathing space from relegation by beating Bowdon comfortably with 10 overs to spare. Batting first Bowdon posted a decent total of 237 for the loss of only 6 wickets. Sam Guest bowled a marathon spell of 17 overs to claim 4 wickets as Bowdon set a challenging target.

In response Grappers lost a couple of early wickets but Luke McCoy won the game for Grappers with a fantastic knock of 93 not out to see Grappers home in style with plenty of time to spare. Luke was ably supported skipper Adam Roylance with 41 and Gaz Burns who hit a powerful 48 in no time at all. A big 25 points for Grappers makes the gap to the bottom two bigger.


1st XI v Neston (Home) - 27th May - Drawn

On Saturday the 1s finished with a level scores draw at home to Neston. Grappers batted first and posted a decent 224 all out in the last over. Skipper Adam Roylance top scored 55 with contributions from the middle order to help Grappers post a competitive total.

In reply Neston struggled to start with losing a couple of early wickets before building a partnership and looking favourites to win. Going into the final overs Neston needed 11 to win from 3 overs with 4 wickets in hand. But thanks to the excellent bowling at the death of Gaz burns Neston couldn't get the runs they needed and only managed to claim an equal score draw. An excellent fight back from Grappers with the ball in the end.


1st XI v Oulton Park (Home) - Cheshire Cup - 21st May - Win

The 1s cruised through to the next round of the Cheshire cup with a comfortable win at home to Oulton Park on Sunday. The visitors were all out for 109 with Gaz Burns doing the damage with 4 wickets. In reply despite an early scare, Grappers coasted home with plenty of time to spare for the loss of only 2 wickets, with overseas Owen Lynch carrying on his excellent start to the season with 78 not out. Next rounds opponents aren't yet known.


1st XI v Hyde (Away) - 20th May - Rained Off

The match was rained off without a ball being bowled.


1st XI v Toft (Home) - 13th May - Lost

On Saturday the 1’s lost heavily at home to Toft. Batting first Toft did well to post a solid 231 all out inside 52.5 overs, after having been in real trouble at 39 for 3 earlier on. Wickets were shared around early on between the seam bowlers of Gaz Burns, Sam Guest and Arran McCabe, but it was overseas player Owen Lynch that finished with excellent figures of 5 for 28, pegging the toft batting back somewhat.

In reply Grappers never got going. They lost 2 wickets early and the middle order never recovered as wickets continued to tumble with grappers all out for a paltry 104 with 21 overs to spare. Next week sees the 1’s travel to former Premier League champions Hyde who are themselves struggling.


1st XI v Cheadle (Away) - 6th May - Lost

The 1’s lost away to Cheadle on Saturday by 38 runs. Cheadle batted first and posted a commanding total of 257 for 9 off their 55 overs after some ill-disciplined bowling unlike the previous week. Cheadle scored consistently at a good rate. Even with the loss of wickets Grappers were unable to peg them back and left themselves with plenty to do in the second half. The pick of the bowling was skipper Adam Roylance who finished with 5 for 61 off 13 overs.

In reply Grappers got off to the worst possible start, losing 2 wickets with only 25 runs on the board. A solid partnership between the skipper Roylance (30) and overseas Owen Lynch (26) helped to steady the ship but they both fell in quick succession and it was left to the middle order if Grappers were to have any chance of a victory. Luke McCoy and Adam Green batted superbly and gave Grappers a sniff of victory, but when they both fell for 67 and 71 respectively the game was all but over. Grappers were all out for 219 with an over the spare. A disappointing result after last weeks excellent performance. On Saturday the 1’s host Toft.


1st XI v Chester Boughton Hall (Home) - 29th April - Win

The 1’s hosted big hitting Chester Boughton Hall in their first home game back in the Prem. Chester won the toss and batted first but were soon in trouble with a couple of early wickets for Gaz Burns. That set the tone and Burns and the rest of the Grappes attack bowled superbly to contain the usually free scoring Chester line up. Wickets continued to fall with Burns the pick of the bowling finishing with 4 wickets after an excellent spell. The rest of the wickets were shared around with Chester eventually being bowled out inside 53 overs for 199 after the tail wagged slightly.

There was clearly a bit in the wicket and Grappers needed a good start, a start they duly got with Jamie Bye and skipper Adam Roylance putting on 62 for the first wicket. Both fell in quick succession with Adam scoring a fine 38. Pete Barnes and overseas Owen Lynch carried on where Bye and Roylance left off as they dealt with everything the Chester attack could throw at them. Barnes in the 30’s and Lynch was soon joined by normal opener James McCoy and despite some hostility from the opposition both batted superbly under pressure to see Grappers home for the loss of only 4 wickets with 14 overs to spare. McCoy finished with a calm 35 not out while Aussie Lynch finished on 75 after fantastic innings to get Grappers first win of the new season. A real credit to the lads to show tremendous fight against such tough opposition. Next week the 1s travel to Cheadle.


1st XI v Alderley Edge (Away) - 22nd April - Lost

On Saturday the 1st XI lost their opening league fixture of the campaign away at 2016 champions Alderley Edge. Batting first Grappers got off to the worst possible start as they were 28 for 3 with openers James McCoy and Adam Roylance back in the shed along with overseas player Owen Lynch. Pete Barnes (42) showed some resolve mid-innings and began to build a partnership with Albert Pennington (32) to get the 1’s towards a respectable total. Some later order steel helped grappers post 177 with Gaz Burns contributing a valuable 26.

It was always going to be a tough ask against a team as good as Alderley Edge and that proved to be the case as they cruised home with little trouble for the loss of only 2 wickets, one being a run out and the other falling to Lynch. Next week doesn’t get any easier with the visit of big hitters Chester Boughton Hall to Broad Lane.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:57