GRAPPENHALL Cricket Club’s first XI hung on for a high-scoring draw with Brooklands on Saturday.

Having been reduced to 50-4 and 115-7 in pursuit of a mammoth victory target of 249, it looked as though Grappers would end up on the wrong side of the result.

However, the tail-enders dug in and secured a draw as they finished on 180-9, with the eight points taken keeping them in mid-table.

New Zealander Tom McRury was again the star with the ball for Grappers as he took 5-78 off 17 overs, with Arran McCabe also chipping in with two wickets.

Meanwhile, the seconds kept their perfect start to the season going but not without being given an almighty scare by Heaton Mersey.

Chasing a low victory target of 127, a flurry of late wickets had them in danger of defeat following an excellent performance in the field by Heaton Mersey, but Grappers edged over the line to win by just one wicket.

Youngster Tom Bramhall continued his fine form by taking 4-27 with the ball in the first innings, with James Knowles and Stan Pennington both claiming two wickets apiece.