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6:50pm Monday 5th August 2013 in Trafford Sport
BOWDON won by eight wickets at Grappenhall and although remaining in 10th place now lie an apparently safe distance of 50 points above relegation-placed Didsbury, almost ensuring Premier League cricket again next year.
Grappenhall won the toss and elected to bat first.
Despite 48 from James McCoy and 57 from Josh McClelland they were bowled out for 190 by an accurate Bowdon attack with Chris Ashling 4-48 and Simon Marshall 2-45 off 20 economical overs the pick of the bowlers.
Bowdon replied with an impressive 193-2 with more than 10 overs to spare, Aussie Trent McCormick 89 not out, Simon Marshall 51 from 49 balls and former Lancashire opener Mark Chilton a solid and patient 30 ensuring a comfortable victory.
Bowdon junior cricket Bowdon’s junior cricketers are having an excellent season with all four teams from Under 11 to Under 14 reaching their final of the South Manchester Cup.
The Under 13’s played Timperley on Friday and were the first to be successful.
Timperley batted first but their batsmen never got to grips with the very tidy and accurate Bowdon bowling with all the boys bowling at least one over, and Timperley were restricted to 90-8 in their 20 overs.
After a rapid 30 from Will Heylin, James Bottomley and Finlay Grosfils steered Bowdon to victory by 9 wickets with seven overs remaining.
Six of this Bowdon team were under 12 and, on Sunday, they played in the Under 12s final against Stretford.
Bowdon batted first and started slowly, but with 30s from Alec Makin and Archie Phillips, and contributions from everyone else, they reached 108-6 in their 20 overs.
The Bowdon bowling was far too tight for Stretford and only the opening batsmen, Matthew Armstrong with 28 not out, was able to cope as Stretford were bowled out for 60 to leave Bowdon the winners by 48 runs.
The six boys who played in both successful finals were Ewan Barclay, Aiden Bottomley, Alastair Cranmer, Archie Grosfils, Archie Phillips and Will Poole.
The Under 11 team had already won the Cheshire Cup the previous weekend and were due to play their South Manchester final against Brooklands on Sunday but a cloudburst shortly after the start caused the match to be abandoned. This will be replayed later in the season, as will the Under 14 final.