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3rd XI v Alderley Edge (Home) - 30th July - Lost

The 3’s lost heavily to see their slim title hopes dashed at home to the ever improving Alderley Edge. With a  depleted team due to injury and unavailability right throughout the club Grappers were rolled for only 104 on a wet afternoon. Top score was Will Metcalfe with 29 including some lusty blows. In reply the early wickets Grappers needed never came. A couple of chances went begging and the Alderley Edge batsman never looked in enough trouble as they won the game with plenty of time to spare for the loss of only 3 wickets.

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3rd XI v Marple (Home) - 23rd July - Won

The 3’s capped off a memorable weekend as they won another thriller at home, this time a much more low scoring affair as they beat Marple by 6 wickets to keep up their slim title hopes. Marple batted first but were rolled for only 139 inside 45 overs. Having got off to a solid start the introduction of ‘spin twins’ Ben Bravington and Neil Titchard into the attack changed the game as they picked up 4 and 3 wickets respectively. In reply Grappers got off to a horrendous start as they were 44 for 5 off 20 overs. Victory looked a long shot but skipper David Seed had other ideas as he crafted out his second 50 in 2 weeks to see Grappers home with 4 overs to spare, well supported by bowler turned specialist batsman due to injury, Will Metclafe as he smashed 38 not out. The win keeps the 3’s in third in the top flight, now only 13 points behind top spot with only 6 games left to play.

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3rd XI v Didsbury 4ths (Home) - 16th July - Draw

The 3’s drew a bad tempered game at home to relegation threatened Didsbury. Batting first the visitors posted a strong 206 all out in the last over, with controversy and some very questionable decisions going on right throughout the innings. Neil Titchard was the pick of the bowling with 3 for 36 off his 11 overs in difficult circumstances.

In reply Grappers lost a couple of early wickets but with a very young side the run chase was always going to be difficult. Alex Perry showed real promise with an excellent 41 early in the innings to give Grappers hope, and skipper David Seed scored an excellent 59 not out but the total was just that bit too much for this young side to chase. Top of the table Sale lost at Alderley Edge meaning Grappers slim hopes of the title weren’t damaged too much.

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3rd XI v Bramhall (Away) - 9th July - Won

The 3’s were the only winners of the weekend as won away Bramhall by 14 runs on a baking hot day. Batting first Grappers got off to a quick start at 50 off the first 10 overs before a mini collapse saw them at 100 for 4 with Ben Bravington and Jamie Bye both getting 30’s. The score picked up with some lusty blows from the middle order before the tail of Nathan Waite and Neil Titchard wagged and saw Grappers past 200 as the finished on 215 for 8 off their 45 overs.

In response wickets were hard to come by on a largely dead track and Bramhall were always in the game. Fortunately Grappers best chance was to keep the relegation threatened Bramhall in with a shout and they kept on going right till the end. With 20 overs left Bramhall needed 120 only 3 wickets down. At that point the pressure told as they lost regular wickets to the steady bowling of skipper David Seed and Stanley Pennington with 3 wickets apiece. All credit to Bramhall they kept going and needed 14 off the last 2 overs but 9 wickets down, before James Jenkinson knocked over number 11’s middle stump the very next ball to claim the win for the 3’s. With another maximum Grappers keep their place in the top 3, keeping the pressure on those above them.

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3rd XI v Nantwich (Home) - 2nd July - Won

Much like the 2’s the day before, the 3’s won a remarkable low scoring game at home to fellow top 4 side Nantwich. This time though Grappers bowled first against the visitors having lost the toss, but a remarkable opening spell from 18 year old Stan Pennington and 17 year old James Jenkinson, playing is second game in 2 days, inflicted serious damage on the Nantwich top order. Stan bowled like a dream but without luck as he was too good for the batsmen, continually beating the outside edge. At the other end Jenkinson carried on where he left off on Saturday, bowling some absolute jaffa’s to pick up 4 wickets in his first spell. When both opening bowlers came off Natwich were in real troble at 28 for 4. The rest of the Grappers bowlers carried on where Jenkinson and Pennington left off as they bowled tight lines, picking up wickets along the way. When Jenkinson and Pennington returned at the end of the innings, Stan picked up his deserved first of the match and James another scalp to claim his first ever senior five wicket hall for Grappers. Nantwich were all out for 84 inside 40 overs.

In response Grappers were 2 for 2 but Jenkinson (yes him again) came in and settled the nerves as he began to build an innings. Well supported by the middle order as they all chipped in, Jenkinson finished 34 not out to claim probably his second man of the match performance of the weekend as Grappers won by 3 wickets with 20 overs of the game left. On Sunday the 3’s travel to bottom of the table Bramhall.

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3rd XI v Alderley Edge (Away) - 25th June - Won

The 3s were comfortable winners at Alderley Edge on Sunday as they won by 6 wickets. The Grappers bowling attack did the damage early on with Alderley being 32 for 5 and they were eventually rolled for 92 with David Seed picking up 4 wickets and Stanley Pennington and Akshat Pranesh 3 apiece.

In reply Grappers were never anything more than steady as they dealt with the difficult pitch with relative ease. The loss of wickets wasn't a problem as everyone that came in settled in well. Grappers won with 45 overs of the game to spare. Next week they host Nantwich

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3rd XI v Sale (Home) - 18th June - Lost

Grappers 3’s lost ground in their push for the title as they were comprehensively beaten by table toppers Sale. With a severely depleted XI after the hardest weekend for availability so far this season, Grappers batted first on good deck in blistering hot conditions. The 3’s got off to a good start with Will Fell and James Jenkinson putting on 40 in the first 10 overs. When they both fell with the score in the early fifties, the momentum changed as the Sale bowlers took a grip on the game. Runs became hard to come by and although most people chipped in no one really got a score with skipper David Seed top scoring with 26. Grappers closed the innings on 160 for 9 after their 45 overs.

In response Sale got off to a flyer as their openers crashed the ball all round the park. They raced to almost 70 inside the first 10 overs and never really looked back. For a brief moment Grappers had a faint glimmer of hope as both openers fell in quick succession but unfortunately the pressure didn’t tell for the Sale batsmen as the coasted home with almost 20 overs to spare for the loss of only 3 wickets. A harsh lesson for this young grappers side but there were plenty of positives to take from the game and hopefully with the return of one or two more senior players next week the 3’s can give a better account of themselves.

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3rd XI v Didsbury (Away) - 11th June - Draw

On Sunday Didsbury posted 179 all out against Grappers 3s with skipper David Seed taking 3 wickets, but wealthier had reduced Grappers innings by 8 overs. In the end Grappers fell 16 runs short to claim a draw as they were 9 down at the end. A sparkling innings of 92 by Albert Pennington to Grappers right to the line but unfortunately the 3s fell just short.

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3rd XI v Cheadle (Home) - 4th June - Lost

The 3s were beaten in a high scoring game off the last over at home to Cheadle on Sunday. Grappers posted 236 off their 45 overs with everyone chipping in and James Jenkinson and Richard Holden both top scoring 45. In reply Cheadle chased down the total with 1 over to spare, largely thanks to a superb century by one of their batsmen. A disappointing defeat it's still a good start to the season as Grappers 3s sit in the top three.

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3rd XI v Hyde (Away) - 28th May - Win

The 3s were comfortable winners at Hyde on Sunday by 7 wickets. Grappers bowled excellently to roll Hyde for only 85. All the bowlers were superb bowling consistent line and lengths with Arthur Pennington picking up 6 wickets with an excellent spell of spin bowling.

Grappers were wobbling at 28 for 3 but that lad Pennington again saw the 3s home without losing another wicket as he finished 44 not out to cap off a tremendous man of the match performance.

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3rd XI v Marple (Away) - 21st May - Lost

The 3s were well beaten at Marple on Sunday. Grappers posted 132 all out which was never going to be enough. Marple coasted home with 15 overs to spare for the loss of only 2 wickets. On Sunday the 3s are away again at Hyde.

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3rd XI v Didsbury 4ths (Away) - 14th May - Win

On Sunday the 3’s travelled to Didsbury to play their 4th XI, newly promoted to the top flight for 2017. Grappers made short work of their hosts as they were restricted to only 121 for 9 off their 45 overs with Richard Wiles doing the early damage with the ball before the other bowlers followed suit by giving the Didsbury batsmen nothing. In reply Grappers made light work of their target as they coasted home by 8 wickets with 27 overs to spare, Steve Rooney doing the damage with a rapid 60. A good win for the 3’s makes it 2 from 2 in the league. Next week the 3’s travel to Marple.

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3rd XI v Bramhall (Home) - 7th May - Win

Sunday saw the 3’s open their league campaign at home with an emphatic win against Bramhall. Bramhall batted first and the Grappers attack did well to restrict them to only 174 for 8 on an excellent batting wicket. The pick of the bowlers was funky young spinner Akshat Pranesh who bowled superbly to finish with 3 for 21 off 7 overs.

Grappers got off to a good start posting 50 before losing their first wicket and never really looked back from there. Ben Bravington scored an excellent 47, but Richard Holden stole the show with a fantastic innings of 72 to steer Grappers home. When Holden fell to a superb one handed catch the game was almost done and Grappers closed it out for the loss of 5 wickets with 12 overs the spare. The 3’s travel to Didsbury on Sunday.

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3rd XI v Warrington, T20 Cup (Away) - 30th April - Lost

The 3's lost by 30 runs, poor effort.

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3rd XI v Ashley, T20 Cup (Home) - 23rd April - Win

Sunday saw the 3’s win comfortably against visitors Ashley. Grappers batted first and posted a mammoth 195 for 3 off their 20 overs with Richard Holden posting 59 and everyone else chipping in. It was always going to be to big an ask for the visitors and they lost wickets regularly as they never got close. A late innings flurry saw Ashely finish 82 for 8, Stanley Pennington being the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. Next week the 3’s travel to Warrington in their final T20 cup group match.

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 July 2017 15:56