GRAPPENHALL pulled off an exhilarating win away at Urmston in the Cheshire County Cricket Premier league on Saturday, with a fantastic batting effort chasing down the home side’s180.
All four seamers struck for Grappenhall, taking one wicket apiece with the pick being Sam Guest who went for just 28 runs off nine overs.
Urmston finished on an above-average 180 for 4 from their reduced 35 over innings with the pressure lying on the Grappenhall batsmen to rescue the game.
Liam Parkinson, 44, joined opener Jimmy McCoy, 65, after Adam Roylance, 18, was dismissed and showed no mercy on Urmston`s leg spinner.
Useful middle-order knocks from Richard Green, 29, and Ian Barnes, 22, helped Grappenhall reach their target with more than six overs to spare.
The league win came after Grappenhall’s T20 group win over Urmston on Thursday evening which put the side through to the quarter finals where they will face Sale.
Sam Guest, 2 for 27, and Albert Pennington, 1 for 20, got two quick wickets early on thanks to excellent catches by James McCoy and Sam Baxter.
Other wickets for Gaz Burns, 2 for 31, and Josh McClelland, 1 for 19, chipped away at the Urmston batting order but the away side finished their 20 overs reaching 125 for 6.
Grappenhall got off to shaky start in reply but Ian Barnes, 30 not out, after being dropped first ball went on to carry the home side to victory reaching 126 for 5 in the 17th over.