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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

The match was rained off without a ball being bowled.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 June 2017 09:40