WITH three defeats and a draw across the senior teams, the past weekend did not go quite to plan for Grappenhall Cricket Club.

The first team drew in the league but were knocked out of the Cheshire Cup while the seconds and thirds could also only manage draws.

Having been asked to field first by visitors Bowdon on Saturday, the firsts were on the wrong end of an excellent batting display.

Sam Guest claimed three wickets and Lewis Porter two, but Bowdon posted an imposing total of 289-7.

Grappers made a fist of chasing the score down as Pete Barnes top scored with 62, but they closed on 258-8 to hang on for a draw.

Injuries and unavailability saw a weakened side exit the cup the following day as hosts Bollington were able to complete a 61-run victory.

After opponents Oxton had posted 259-6 batting first, the seconds were able to hang on for a draw as Ben Clissold’s 61 helped them close on 200-8.

The thirds dominated their game at Sale, posting 196-7 with the bat only for their hosts to cling on nine wickets down.