CHESHIRE CCC 2nd XI 2003

Tues 6 May v Leeds & Bradford Univ C.C. of E at Bradford PA
Cheshire won by 9 Runs

CHESHIRE 2nd XI got their season off to a winning start with a battling victory against Bradford UCCE. The county's second-string, led by former Notts wicket-keeper Steve Bramhall, made a spirited 263 all out from 49.3 thanks to 40 from Hyde's Martin Knight and a useful 37 from James Duffy. In reply Bradford were dismissed for 254 from 49.2 overs - an agonising 10 runs short of the victory line.

Wed/Thur 18/19 June Yorkshire Cricket Academy at New Rover, Leeds
Yorks won by one wicket

CHESHIRE 2nd XI fell agonisingly short at the last hurdle, losing by one-wicket in their clash with the Yorkshire Cricket Academy at New Rover in Leeds.Steve Bramhall's men set their opponents 201 to win on the final day of play and their opponents edged home thanks to a gutsy last-wicket partnership and five balls to spare.It was Cheshire who batted first and made a respectable 232-6 declared from 55 overs on the opening day thanks to 88 from Timperley's Tom Twinney and a spirited 66 from Martyn Knight, of Hyde.Yorkshire replied with 200-3 declared from just 43 overs to keep the match finely-balanced and gave Cheshire a chance to set a daunting total. Bramhall's men eventually finished on 168 all out from 52.1 overs, with Ian Grindley, the Urmston left-arm spinner making an unbeaten 31 and Knight again in the runs with 29.However, despite 3-34 from Macclesfield seam bowler Ian Tait, in ten tight overs, and 3-46 from Guy Emmett, the Bowdon left-arm medium-pacer, Yorkshire still managed to creep over the finish line in a thrilling finale."It was a very close match," said Cheshire manager Sandy Scrimgeour. "Yorkshire were a good side and it was a very worthwhile exercise for us. There were some very pleasing individual performances from our boys and generally the team played well."Cheshire 1st innings: 232-6 declared (T. Twinney 88, M. Knight 60) 2nd innings: 168 all out (I. Grindley 31 not out, M. Knight 29) Yorkshire Cricket Academy 1st innings: 200-3 declared 2nd innings: 201-9 (I. Tait 3-34, G. Emmett 3-46)

Wed/Thurs 2/3 July Durham Cricket Academy at Mobberley CC
Cheshire won by two wickets

CHESHIRE 2nd XI registered their second victory of the season with a thrilling triumph against the Durham Cricket Academy at Mobberley C.C.Having been 90-2 overnight in their first innings Cheshire captain Steve Bramhall made a sporting declaration on 157-6 to put their North East opponents back in to bat.And the tactic paid off handsomely as Durham were dismissed for just 108 in their second innings thanks to left-arm Urmston spinner Ian Grindley, who finished with impressive match figures of 15.4 overs, seven maidens and 7-28. Macclesfield's promising seam bowler Ian Tait, who has also received a call-up to the Cheshire County League side this season, also came up trumps with nine tight overs for only 14 runs.In reply Timperley's Tom Twinney got the innings off on the right track with 31 and then another talented Macclesfield youngster, 16-year-old Craig Melrose, smashed 4x4s and 1x6 to guide his team home with five balls to spare. Melrose, who celebrates his 17th birthday this weekend, finished with 24 not out to add to his first innings bowling analysis of 2-31 in 14 overs.Delighted Cheshire team manager Sandy Scrimgeour said: "It was another great victory for us. We only beat Bradford U.C.C.E. with five balls remaining and then lost to the Yorkshire Academy with five balls left, so we have been involved in some close and exciting games this season. It's nice to get another victory. It was a great game and young Craig Melrose came in at the death and won us the game."Cheshire play the Yorkshire Cricket Academy in their last game of the season at Upton C.C., between July 21-22. Admission free.Durham Cricket Academy 1st innings: 200-8 declared (C. Melrose 2-31, M. Griffiths 2-45)2nd innings: 108 all out (I. Grindley 7-28)Cheshire 1st innings: 157-6 declared (S. Ball 65, J. Abbas 44 not out)2nd innings: 155-8 (T. Twinney 31, C. Melrose 24 not out).

Mon/Tues 21/22 July Yorkshire Cricket Academy at Upton CC
Cheshire won by 73 runs

CHESHIRE 2nd XI have named a strong squad for their two-day clash with the Yorkshire Academy, starting today at Upton. Sandy Scrimgeour's team were agonisingly beaten by one-wicket in their previous meeting this season at New Rover, in Leeds. But with experienced left-arm spinner Robin Fisher included in the ranks, Cheshire know they have a bowler who could frustrate the visitors to distraction. Fisher has been plying his trade for Cheshire's 1st XI this term, as well as starring for Bootle in the Liverpool Competition, and Scrimgeour believes the slow bowler is a welcome acquisition to the side."We know with Robin that we have a bowler who can tie up one end," said Scrimgeour. "It was a very close game against Yorkshire earlier in the season and I'm sure he will come in useful for us. "It was a great match when we met them earlier in the season, but we will want to win this win. Our captain, Steve Bramhall, doesn't like losing games, so I'm sure we will up for this one." It has been a good campaign for Cheshire so far this season after victories against Bradford U.C.C.E. and the Durham Cricket Academy.Victory on the Wirral this week will make it an impressive treble for the county's second-string.

Cheshire 2nd XI squad: Steve Bramhall (Bowdon, capt), Jhangir Abbas (Didsbury), Martyn Knight (Hyde), Mark Makin (Hyde), Alan Day (Alderley Edge), Ian Tait (Macclesfield), Craig Melrose (Macclesfield), Ian Grindley (Urmston), Tom Twinney (Timperley), Robin Fisher (Bootle), Matt Stringer (Woodbank), James Lewis (Winnington Park). Scorer: Jack Hempstock.

Day 1 Report - CHESHIRE 2nd XI took control on the opening day of their clash with the Yorkshire Academy at Upton yesterday. Steve Bramhall's side recovered well from the loss of Alan Day and Tom Twinney early on in their innings to post a respectable 246-7 declared in 68 overs.James Lewis, from Winnington Park, led from the front on his debut with a gutsy 47, while Hyde duo Martyn Knight (46) and Mark Makin (43) were also amongst the runs. Lewis and Knight shared a valuable partnership of 72 after seeing their side slip to 30-2, and then Knight went on to share a 44-run partnership with his fellow clubmate to leave Cheshire with a solid base to build from. Important cameos from Jhangir Abbas (31 not out) and skipper Bramhall (23 not out) then made sure the home side left their opponents with a tough target to chase.And Bramhall's decision to bat first having won the toss proved fruitful as Yorkshire struggled to find their feet on the Old Greasby Road ground and slumped to 158-7 at the close from 55 overs. It was experienced Ian Grindley, again in form with the ball, who did the bulk of the damage with 3-24 from 17 overs, while promising Macclesfield youngster weighed in with 2-35 from 11 overs to leave the visitors a lot to on the final day. Cheshire will hoping they can take some quick wickets in the morning and then set another testing target for Yorkshire to chase for victory. "It was a good day for us," said team manager Sandy Scrimgeour. "If we can bowl them out early on the second day then I'm confident we can get a big score and make it hard for them to win. We want to win this game though because they only beat us by one wicket when we met them earlier in the season."Cheshire v Yorkshire Cricket Academy (Day 1 of 2, Upton): Cheshire 1st innings: 246-7 declared, 68 overs (J Lewis 47, M Knight 46, M Makin 43, J Abbas 31 not out, S Bramhall 23 not out).Yorkshire Cricket Academy 1st innings: 158-7, 55 overs (I Grindley 3-24, C Melrose 2-35)

Day 2 Report-CHESHIRE 2nd XI ended their season in fine style with an impressive 73-run victory over the Yorkshire Cricket Academy at Upton. Having had their opponents struggling at 158-7 overnight, Steve Bramhall's team were happy to take the visitors' declaration and bat again to set a sizeable target to chase on the last day's play. And they did exactly that as debutante James Lewis, from Winnington Park, smashed 74 to add to his first innings 47, guiding Cheshire to 163-5 declared in their second innings. Wicketkeeper Mark Makin, from Hyde, also chipped with an unbeaten 31, before Urmston left-arm spinner Ian Grindley did the damage with the ball finishing with 4-50 from 15 overs as Cheshire made it a treble of victories this term.The only game the county's second-string have lost this season was against the Yorkshire Academy, when they were beaten by just one wicket at New Rover in Leeds. But this time Bramhall and his ambitious team were not about to see a repeat performance and completed a memorable win with an hour of play remaining.Promising Macclesfield youngster Craig Melrose also chipped in with 2-13 from 7 overs as Yorkshire were dismissed for 178, well short of their target.Makin completed a good match with three catches and two stumpings to the delight of team manager Sandy Scrimngeour. "Mark had a good game," beamed Scrimngeour, "but so did a lot of other players. James Lewis had a great debut and Ian Grindley had another good match with the ball."Indeed, Grindley ended with match figures of 7-74 from 32 overs, while Melrose completed a good two days with 4-48 from 18 overs. "It was nice to win three games this year," added Scrimngeour, "but for me one of the most pleasing aspects has been the younger players we have blooded through the side. "None have them have found the jump in standard hard to get to grips with. I have been very impressed with the way they have played and the team as a whole. It has been a good season for everyone."