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.