Grappenhall beaten in T20 final

Grappenhall beaten in T20 final

Grappenhall beaten in T20 final

First published in Sport

GRAPPENHALL got through to the final on T20 Finals Day on Saturday, with a win over Hyde before narrowly missing out against Chester.

League leaders Hyde got off to a flying start in the semi-final but Grappenhall fought back taking regular wickets with Ian Barnes, 2 for 19, producing the best figures.

Hyde finished up on 157 for 5 and Grappenhall set off on the chase with Adam Roylance, 62, and Richard Green, 69, forming a solid partnership after the loss of two quick wickets.

The game was close but the Warrington side were always just ahead of the run rate and they finished the job with two overs to spare via a boundary from Josh McClelland.

Grappenhall then met hosts Chester in the final, who had a more comfortable victory in their semi-final against Oxton.

In the final, Chester elected to bat first and were soon put on the back foot by the Grappenhall attack as Sam Guest claimed two wickets and Josh McClelland took three to leave Chester in trouble on 42 for 5.

Chester’s Ollie Law then turned the tide with a belligerent knock of 70 to help his side get to a respectable 169 for 8.

Grappenhall lost an early wicket in response but Roylance bettered his semi-final tally of 62 by posting a total of 94 off just 59 deliveries, which included seven fours and seven sixes.

The game was poised to go either way with two overs to play and Grappenhall on 144 for 4, but three more wickets fell and Grappenhall finished 158 for 7, 12 runs short of a memorable cup win.

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