IT was a weekend to forget for Grappenhall Cricket Club's men's team but it was also a memorable Sunday as the club's women's softball team played their first ever match at home to Runcorn.

On Saturday the first XI posted a below par 130 all out at Hyde as the Grappers batters, missing a couple of key players, never really got going.

Kiwi Tom McRury top scored with 27.

In reply, Hyde lost a couple of early wickets, both to Ed Barnes, to give Grappers hope but it wasn't to be as Hyde coasted home for the loss of four wickets with plenty of time to spare.

The second XI had a tough day as they lost by 158 runs at home to Macclesfield.

The visitors posted a commanding 241-9 off their 50 overs despite being 26 for 2 early on. Grappers never got going as the young batting line up was rolled for just 83.

On Sunday the thirds lost a tight game at Brooklands by 25 runs.

Brooklands were bowled out for 166 off 38 overs with veteran Ben Clissold picking up two wickets with the innings also including three run outs.

Grappers were always in with a chance but unfortunately lost wickets regularly, with the running between the wickets no better in the second half as Grappers also had two batsmen ran out. In the end Grappers were bowled out for 141.

And finally, for the first time ever, Grappers hosted its first ever women's cricket match 12 months after the players first got together for a training session.

The women put on a superb show and did themselves and the club proud in a tight game against Runcorn.

The visitors posted 112-2 off their 16 overs with Bethany Garnett picking up both wickets.

In response Grappers finished on 100-4 off their 16 overs, with Katy Arber top scoring with 25.

It was a promising start to a bright future for Grappers.