Blandford hits first 50 as Bridges gain big win

Cricket Three Bridges v Ansty. 07-5-16 Three Bridges bowling. Victor Davies. Pic Steve Robards SR1613087 SUS-160905-130442001
Cricket Three Bridges v Ansty. 07-5-16 Three Bridges bowling. Victor Davies. Pic Steve Robards SR1613087 SUS-160905-130442001
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Olle Blandford hit his first league half century as Bridges gained a massive 140-run victory away to Lindfield.

A hot and pleasant day meant the pitch looked dry, leading to skipper Tom Blandford electing to bat first.

You could sense the nerves from the sidelines as Lndfield were loud and attacking, it seemed destined for another low score.

Conor Golding took 12 off the 10th over and they had lead the recovery to 40-3.

With still a long way to go, they looked assured and as they carried on attacking the many poor balls offered up by Lindfield.

Golding was in full flow until he played one shot too many to Tem Hodson and nicked to gully, a well made 49 and a real confidence booster for the side.

Impressive Vic Davies made a classy 36 before he played a poor shot to be caught at long on, 168-5.

Blandford passed his maiden first-team 50 with a beautiful punch down the ground and looked set for a big one.

Blandford finally departed for 77 to spinner Henry Fowler who until then had taken a bit of treatment, a much needed innings both for the player and team.

Dom Keats and Mike Rose built a great partnership at the end to get the team passed 200 and more, 47 runs coming in quick time with Keats hitting a massive six while Rose was his aesthetic self over the leg-side as Bridges made a good total of 235.

Bridges got off the perfect start with the ball as strikeman Matt Blandford, with a fresh injury rumour to his foot, had opener Scott Clark lbw.

The key was to bowl full and straight on a tiring pitch and thats what he and Vic Davies did. Lindfield were under pressure and didn’t look like they would chase it down, and any hope was gone when overseas player Hodson fell into the trap of captain Tom and got a leading edge to Keats off Matt again.

Wilson Yelverton dragged on to the impressive Thomas Floyd who has found a role as the boring bowler who restricts and builds pressure.

Lindfield started to crumble as Davies and Rose also got in on the act.

Danny Alderman took a vintage spectacular grab at slip off Davies.

Davies ended with 2-25 and Rose bowled well to get 2-27.

Lindfield were all out for 95 as Matt Blandford ended with 3-27 and Floyd took two wickets in a fine all-round display.