Grappers boost survival hopes

Grappers boost survival hopes

Grappers boost survival hopes

First published in Sport

GRAPPENHALL appear to have guaranteed their Cheshire County League top flight status despite being held to a disappointing draw at Toft on Saturday.

Batting first in a shortened game, Grappers posted 170 for 6 in their 47 overs, picking up six batting points to set a platform for the second innings.

In reply, Toft got off to a shakey start as Aussie Josh McClleland bowled with real pace, wiping out their top order. Toft were in real trouble at 45 for 6 and soon to be 60 for 8, with McClleland picking up five wickets in arguably his best spell of the season.

Things changed for Grappers as the Toft number eight dug in and began to play a patient innings, picking up the runs. Only one more wicket followed as Toft scraped home nine wickets down.

Five catches went down as Grappenhall finished with 10 points.

Grappenhall seconds’ match with Toft was rained off.

Sunday saw the England Legends back at Broad Lane as they entertained a good crowd against an Age UK select XI, with former England star Derek Randall playing for Age UK.

The England line up boasted players such as Darren Gough, Neil Fairbrother and Adam Hollioake. An entertaining game saw the Legends post 212 in their 20 overs with both Mal Loye and Chris Schofield retiring on 50.

In reply, Age UK never really looked like chasing down the total and ended up about 80 short after some friendly bowling from the Legends. It was a good day had by everyone and some funds raised for a very worth cause.

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