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2nd XI v Warrington (Home) - 24th June - Win

Grappers were the victors in the 2nd xi derby as they put pressure on Warrington for the second promotion spot. Grappers won comfortably by the margin of 7 wickets and were done with plenty of time to spare. Warrington were restricted to 182 for 9 off their 50 overs with Matt Titchard and Ben Cagna both picking up 3 wickets apiece.

In reply Grappers got off to the perfect start as openers Will Sharp and Josh Hayes dealt comfortably with the Warrington bowling attack. When Sharp fell for an excellent 67 Grappers were well on course. Josh Hayes carried on and when he fell after just reaching his own half century the game was almost done. Grappers finished things off with 5 overs to spare to close the gap between second and third. Next week the 2s go to Stockport.

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2nd XI v Bramhall (Away) - 17th June - Win

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, the 2nds got off to a great start on an extremley hot day at Bramhall. Opening bowlers Ross Arrowsmith and Josh Hayes really grafting on a slow wicket which was not offering much for bowlers. However, that didn't stop the Grappenhall bowling attack. Both Arrowsmith and Hayes picking up wickets in their first 3 overs. With the wickets falling, Bramhall put a stop to the slide with the 6th wicket partnership staying put for a good number of overs before Arrowsmith struck again. The pick of the bowlers were Arrowsmith with figures: 5-20 off 12.3 overs and Hayes with 4-36 off 11 and Bramhall were bowled out for 94 off 36 overs.

The second innings started well for Grappenhall with openers Will Sharp and Josh Hayes putting on a partnership of 39 before Sharp got out on 18. It was then that Grappenhall a slight blip, with poor communication between Hayes and Wright leading to Wright being run out on 4, and Jenkinson being given out LBW for 0. It was then Dave Tully who steadied the ship with an innings of 23*. After Hayes left skipper Jack Critchley managed to hold off the attack to get 1* as Grappers won by 7 wickets.

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2nd XI v Widnes (Home) - 10th June - Win

The 2s won their game comfortably at home to Widnes just before the rains came. Widnes were rolled for 65 with Matt Titchard picking up the excellent figures of 5 for 17 and steve Rooney also taking 3 wickets. Grappers knocked off the total inside 10 overs without losing a wicket.

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2nd XI v Bowdon (Away) - 3rd June - Win

The 2s returned to winning ways with a comfortable performance themselves at Bowdon. Batting first Bowdon posted 208 for 6 off their 50 overs. Grappers chased down the total comfortably as Jamie Bye cashed in with 80 and Ben Bodha on his return from university with 60.

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2nd XI v Oulton Park (Away) - 27th May - Lost

The 2s were well beaten at Oulton Park as there promotion push has been somewhat derailed in the last couple of weeks. Oulton Park posted 254 all out in the final over of their innings with Jamie bye claiming 4 wickets. In reply Grappers never really got going as they were rolled for 143 with only Iain Wright scoring anything of note with 63 but it wasn't enough to stop a heavy defeat for Grappers.

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2nd XI v Brooklands (Home) - 20th May - Lost

The 2s good run was stopped at home to Brooklands on Saturday as they lost by 5 wickets. Grappers posted 180 for 9 off their 45 overs in a rain reduced game. Jack Critchley, James Jenkinson and Arthur Pennington all contributed with 30s. In reply Brooklands coasted home 5 wickets down with an over to spare, Scott woodland the pick of the bowling with 3 wickets. On Saturday the 2s travel to Oulton Park.

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2nd XI v Oxton (Away) - 13th May - Win

The 2’s continued their excellent form on Saturday away at Oxton as they won comfortably by 8 wickets. Oxton were all out for 198 with Arthur Pennington claiming an excellent return 3 for 31 off 8 overs. All the bowlers chipped in with no one going wicketless. In reply Grappers coasted home for the loss of only 2 wickets with 5 overs to spare. The star of the show was veteran Will Sharp who scored an excellent century. When he was dismissed for 113 the game was almost over with fellow veteran Iain Wright seeing the 2’s home with 55 not out. Next week the 2’s host Brooklands, looking to continue their excellent run of form.

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2nd XI v Cheadle (Home) - 6th May - Win

The 2’s beat Cheadle comfortably on Saturday at Broad Lane by 7 wickets. Bowling first Grappers had the visitors in real trouble with new boy Ross Arrowsmith bowling excellently to claim 3 for 42 before the rest of the bowling attack chipped in to dismiss the visitors relatively cheaply for 153 with 2 overs the spare.

In reply Grappers chased down the total with few alarm bells. Youngster Josh Hayes was the star performer with the bat with an excellent unbeaten 58, his second half century in 3 weeks, to see Grappers home for the loss of only 3 wickets with 19 overs to spare. The 2’s travel to the Wirral to play Oxton on Saturday.

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2nd XI v Urmston (Away) - 29th April - Lose

After last weeks smart win the 2’s couldn’t repeat the feat as the batting department fell short at Urmston. Batting first Grappers were in real trouble throughout and at 50 for 7 it looked like an early shower was on the cards. Youngster James Jenkinson showed real application and promise to score his first 2nd XI fifty as he looked to drag Grappers to a defendable total. Well supported by Will Metcalfe in his first game for Grappers 2’s, Grappers closed on 138 all out. Well below par but much better than it could have been.

In reply Urmston lost wickets regularly through some spirited Grappers bowling but the target was always in reach and despite some alarms Urmston coasted home for the loss of 7 wickets with plenty of time to spare. On to next week lads and take the positives out of this week when they host Cheadle.

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2nd XI v Davenham (Home) - 22nd April - Win

The 2’s got off to a great start on Saturday as they bowled Davenham out for 143 with wickets being shared about, the pick of the bowling being debutant Ross Arrowsmith and veteran Ben Cagna with 3 apiece. In reply Grappers cruised home with ease as they knocked off the runs 3 wickets down with 25 overs to spare, Jame Bye finishing 85 not out and Josh Hayes with 55. The 2’s travel to Urmston on Saturday.

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 June 2017 09:38