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Grappers suffer third successive defeat
Updated 11:08am Tuesday 20th May 2014 in Sport
GRAPPENHALL were comfortably beaten by title contenders Hyde in the ECB Premier League on Saturday.
Batting first at Broad Lane, Adam Roylance’s knock of 62 was the only score of note as Grappers were all out for 136.
A couple of early wickets from Josh McClelland gave Grappers hope but Hyde soon turned the screw to coast home with plenty to spare.
Following three straight defeats, Grappers travel to Cheadle in the T20 Cup on Thursday and Bramhall in the league on Saturday before hosting Oulton Park in the Cheshire Cup on Sunday.
Grappenhall second team included debutant Stanley Pennington with the youngster enjoying a five-wicket haul against Hyde.
The introduction of Albert Pennington saw Hyde finish on 209 for 6. Ian Barnes took the crease after tea and had 30 inside the opening few overs.
Wickets fell for Barnes, Will Sharp, Sam Whittaker and Albert Pennington before 13-year-old James Jenkinson waded in showing positive intent.
Grappers were 100 for 6 off 22 overs when Matt Titchard joined Ian Wright at the crease and began to set about Hyde’s total.
Titchard finished with an unbeaten 15 and the evergreen Wright made 90 not out to see Grappers home.
A depleted Grappenhall third team travelled to Hyde with only 10 men and were unable to stop their hosts easing to victory on Sunday.
Albert Pennington, 23, and skipper Rob Slater, 27, started the innings well until a run out for the former began a collapse that soon saw Grappers at 83 for 7.
Paul Tyerman, 32, and Stanley Pennington, 14, put on 45 for the eighth wicket to gain some much-needed batting points as the visitors were skittled for 133.
With Hyde making it home for the loss of four wickets, Grappers’ highlight came from a superb boundary catch by Tom Roberts.
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