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Grappers back on track
5:13pm Monday 2nd June 2014 in Sport
GRAPPENHALL got firmly back on track in the Cheshire County Cricket League Premier Division with a convincing 70-run win at Bowdon ending a three game losing streak.
Grappenhall brought up a final score of 168 all out and were confident of defending it after a tricky start to their innings.
Wicket keeper-batsman Liam Parkinson was forced to retire hurt before a flurry of wickets left the batting side in a precarious position at 41 for 4.
Overseas all-rounder Josh McClelland once again provided the platform for the Grappenhall recovery, constructing a two-and-a-half hour knock of 49, backed up by Andy Tetlow with a score of 39.
Grappenhall’s bowling attack applied pressure from the start after the changeover with Sam Guest bowling 20 overs unchanged and picking up three wickets for 42.
Bowdon began to slip behind the required run rate and good spells from Sam Baxter, picking up two wickets for nine runs, and Josh McClelland, picking up two wickets for five runs, saw Grappenhall bowl out their opposition for 98.
Grappenhall seconds were beaten at home by Cheadle despite going into the game in good spirits following a comfortable midweek 20/20 win.
Grappenhall were made to bat first and after losing an early wicket, Paul Radage and Jamie Bye batted well to each pass the half century mark.
The home side were restricted to 176 for 9 before getting a off to a good start after the changeover with an early breakthrough, but Cheadle went on to bat sensibly and finished eight wicket winners in the 47th over.
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