Cricket: Bramleys pick of the crop
THE Bramleys were in juicy form for Appleby-Frodingham 2nds – who won by six wickets when hosting Holton-le-Clay in division one.
Ben Bramley took four for 36 and held a catch, while experienced stroke-maker Mick Bramley top-scored for the Steelmen with 43.
Having been invited to take first use of the strip, Holton-le-Clay soon lost Josh Latimer and Danny Portus. However, opener and skipper Paul Holmes hit 26 and Ian Hallam an undefeated 47.
Keeper Sam Marshall, coming in at nine, gave Hallam good support with an unbeaten 14.
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Holton's innings – at the end of the full 45 permitted overs – closed on 136 for seven.
Ben Bramley sent down ten overs for his four-wicket haul, while John Taylor contained things with one for 30 in 15 overs. The other wicket-takers were Simon Leek (one for 22) and Mohammed Ayub (one for 29).
Appleby-Frodingham were given a solid start by Guy Harley (21) and Jack Harrison (18).
But the telling partnership was between Mick Bramley and Ben Taylor (39 not out).
Holton managed to dismiss Simon Taylor cheaply but could not add to their tally of four wickets as the home side secured victory.
Rob Griffin only sent down three overs for the visitors but picked up two for five, with Portus returning two for 50 in his 11.5 overs.
In division two, Graham Avison, Keelby's experienced medium-pacer, grabbed seven for 40 as the leaders went close to forcing an away win at Caistor 2nds in a game that was incomplete because of time lost to the elements.
Keelby were bowled out for 98, mainstays of the innings being Jamie Charlton (23), Sanjay Chauhan (17) and Bruce Roberts (15), as Paul Rendell claimed three for 15.
Caistor then hung on at 82 for nine, Jon Blockley making 24 and Lewis Jefferson 17 not out, the latter surviving to the end of the match in company with last man Ben Barrick.
But Avison's very fine efforts with the ball were not quite enough to see Keelby to victory.
Therefore the visitors had to be content with nine points, while Caistor collected ten.