IT was a week of mixed fortunes for Grappenhall Cricket Club in their latest round of matches.

The firsts were forced to hang on for a home draw, but the seconds were victorious on the road while the thirds moved to the brink of T20 glory.

After putting visitors Bollington into bat at Broad Lane, the pick of the firsts’ bowlers was 16-year-old Lewis Porter, who claimed three wickets from his 12 overs.

However, the away side were able to post a decent 215-7 from their allotted overs before putting the hosts under pressure with the ball.

Grappers’ run chase never really got going, with only Ian Hall (40) and Albert Pennington (39) showing any decent form.

In the end, they had to scrap out a draw as they closed on 179-8 – 37 runs short of their victory target.

There were much better fortunes for the seconds at Stockport Georgians as the bowlers shared wickets around in the first innings.

Jack Critchley, Nathan Lang, Ross Arrowsmith and Matt Titchard all claimed two wickets each as the hosts were bowled out for 152.

Arrowsmith then led the charge with the bat, hitting a superb 80 as Grappers secured a three-wicket win with more than 20 overs to spare.

During the week, the thirds were victorious against visitors Timperley to advance to T20 finals day.

Chasing a sizeable target of 152 for victory, Grappers were in trouble at 40-4 but Richard Holden’s knock of 53 dragged them back into the contest.

Timperley continued to take wickets before Stan Pennington clubbed a quickfire 34 to see the hosts home by one wicket with just three balls to spare.