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2nd XI v Stockport (Home) - 16th September - Win

The 2’s had already assured promotion this week and they signed off in style as Stockport were dispatched with plenty of time to spare. Stockport were bowled out for 135 with the wickets shared around and the game was finished by 6pm. Grappers chased down the runs inside 35 overs. Unfortunately the 2’s weren’t able to clinch the division one title despite table topping Oulton Park stumbling over the line to win by 1 wicket. Although there was no title it’s been a great season for 2’s as they achieved promotion back to the Premier League.


2nd XI v Warrington (Away) - 9th September - Rained Off - Promoted!

The 2’s match was called off surprisingly early as a complete washout at neighbours and promotion rivals Warrington. Grappers went into the game 33 points clear of Warrington and the 7 points each for the rained off match confirmed Grappers promotion to the Premier League at their neighbours expense with a week of the season to spare. Congratulations to skipper Jack Critchley and the rest of the lads, its took a few years to get back into the Prem but they have thoroughly deserved it this time round. Their final game is at home to already relegated Stockport on Saturday with the title still a possibility. Top of the table Oulton Park lead Grappers by 3 points but their final game is at home to also already relegated Davenham so realistically the title is a long shot. Regardless it’s been an excellent season for the 2s.


2nd XI v Bramhall (Home) - 2nd September - Win

The 2’s kept up their push for promotion to their Premier League on Saturday with a comfortable win over Bramhall at home as they won by 7 wickets. Bramhall posted a solid 188 for 5 off their 50 overs with Steve Rooney picking up 3 wickets. In response Grappers never looked in too much trouble as Will Sharp and Iain Wright took grappers to the brink of victory with excellent knocks of 77 and 67 respectively. Promotion rivals and neighbours Warrington lost to top of the table Oulton Park which puts Grappers in a strong position. The 2’s travel to Warrington on Saturday in a real crunch clash knowing that 18 more points in their last 2 matches will guarantee promotion, and avoiding defeat on Saturday will pretty much do the job.


2nd XI v Widnes (Away) - 26th August - Win

The 2s won a remarkably one side game at Widnes as the game was finished inside 3 hours. Widnes were rolled for only 40 with Ross Arrowsmith claiming excellent figures of 7 for 17. Grappers knocked off the runs in no time for the loss of no wicket to keep them in the promotion places with 3 games left to play.


2nd XI v Bowdon (Home) - 19th August -

The 2’s continued their excellent form as they won comfortably at home to Bowdon. The visitors were restricted to 137 for 9 in their 50 overs with excellent bowling by the Grappers attack with Ross Arrowsmith the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 33 off 15 solid overs. There was no question about the run chase as Grappers chased in down with plenty of time to spare for the loss of only 1 wicket. 16 year old Arthur Pennington was the star with the bat as he scored the winning runs reach a magnificent century, a great effort at such a young age. The other teams at the top also won which means its going down to the wire with 4 games left of the season.


2nd XI v Oulton Park (Home) - 12th August - Win

The 2s won a tremendous game at Broad Lane against top of the table Outlon Park as they went back into the promotion places. Outlon Park got off to a flyer with both openers posting fifties but things were pulled back with a couple of wickets. Ben Cagna and Arthur Pennington, two slow bowlers at opposite ends of the age spectrum, turned the screw together as they picked up 3 wickets a piece to do remarkably well to keep the visitors to only 204 for 6 at the end of their 50 overs.

Grappers got off to a good start before opener Will Sharp fell for 25. Iain Wright joined the other opener Arthur Pennington at the crease and they frustrated the life out of the strong Oulton Park attack with some solid batting. As the game went on Grappers were well set with both batsmen batting patiently and keeping the board ticking over. Both Pennington and Wright picked up the rate and fell as Grappers were in the box seat for excellent scores of 70 and 63 respectively. A couple more wickets fell but Grappers held their nerve and won 5 wickets down with 7 balls to spare. A superb win and 25 points takes grappers to within 3 points of top spot, and with neighbours and promotion rivals Warrington losing heavily promotion back to the Prem is now in our own hands.


2nd XI v Brooklands (Away) - 5th August - Win

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2nd XI v Oxton (Home) - 29th July - Draw

The 2’s also picked up a winning draw but in the process allowed neighbours Warrington to slip back into the promotion places. Grappers scored a commanding 233 for 8 declared in 44 overs with the top order all contributing with Steve Rooney scoring 59, Will Sharp 48, Dave Tully 39 and Ian Wright 36.

In reply Oxton made a real game of it. They lost early wickets but a century from their number 4 batsman made it difficult for the Grappers bowling attack to get the wickets they needed to claim victory. At the end of their 56 overs Oxton had got close as they finished 223 for 7 with Ben Cagna picking up 3 wickets and Ross Arrowsmith 2 wickets.


2nd XI v Cheadle (Away) - 22nd July - Won

The 2’s won a more straight forward match at Cheadle as they won by 80 runs. Grappers posted a solid 179 in their innings, with everyone chipping in. In response Cheadle looked in a good position at 80 for 1 but Matt Titchard turned the game Grappers way as he picked up 6 wickets and Cheadle were rolled for only 99. With neighbours and promotion rivals Warrington also winning, the result was important to keep Grappers in the top 2 with 8 games left to play, starting with Oxton at home on Saturday.


2nd XI v Urmston (Home) - 15th July - Won

The 2’s won handsomely at home to Urmston to move themselves into the promotion places with neighbours Warrington losing at Bowdon. Grappers posted 227 for 8 off their 50 overs with Matt Titchard scoring a powerful 65 not out low down the order and Steve Rooney 49 at the top of the innings.

In reply Urmston never got close as they were rolled for 121 with 8 overs to spare. It was that man Titchard again, with a real Man of the match performance as he opened the bowling to claim 4 for 16 off 15 overs. Scott Woodland picked up 3 wickets on his return to the side and veteran Ben Cagna finished things off with 3 for 8 off only 6 overs as Grappers won by the comfortable margin of 106 runs.


2nd XI v Davenham (Away) - 8th July - Lost

A disappointing result for the 2s saw them lose at Davenham by 6 wickets. Grappers scored a below par 174 all out inside 44 overs, giving Davenham an extra 6 overs to knock off the runs. Dave Tully scored a fine 40.

In response Davenham knocked the runs off inside 48 overs only 6 wickets down as the 2’s bowling attack struggled to make the inroads it needed. Matt Titchard picked up 3 wickets in the defeat. Fortunately for Grappers their promotion rivals Warrington and Oulton Park also got beat making the defeat not as damaging as it otherwise could have been.


2nd XI v Stockport (Away) - 1st July - Win

The 2’s won a remarkable game at Stockport by 21 runs. On a poor wicket, uncovered all week, Grappers were rolled by bottom of the table Stockport for a meagre 114 inside 42 overs. Only Tim Sykes and James Jenkinson really scored anything of note with 23 and 25 respectively.

In reply Grappers made a mockery of their low total as they blew away the Stockport batting line up. Picking up early wickets Grappers never looked back as they rolled Stockport for 93 with more than 10 overs of the game to spare. The pick of the bowlers was James Jenkinson with 4 wickets for 4 runs in 8 overs. All the bowlers can take real credit from such a good performance to help keep the 2’s in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League and keep the pressure on neighbours Warrington. Next week the 2’s travel to Davenham.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:58