Ludlow’s century helps Three Bridges cruise to victory

The winning Hurst squad SUS-151207-104300001
The winning Hurst squad SUS-151207-104300001

Joe Ludlow scored an amazing 132 not out to help Three Bridges cruise to a nine-wicket victory.

Olle Blandford took two early wickets bowling with passion for swinging the ball both ways.

Despite the wicket being a batsman’s paradise, both Blandfords bowled well early on and Findon were 11-2 off the first ten overs.

Metters and Lewis batted well through some disciplined bowling from Floyd, Chappell and Golding. Floyd eventually got Lewis caught by Walker again at point.

The opening bowlers came back for the death and bowled well on what was a hot and tricky day to bowl.

Findon struggled to up the scoring rate but didn’t lose many wickets. Matt Blandford was hit for a massive six over the houses as Findon ended 219-6. Metters finishing on a well-compiled 77 and Olle Blandford ending with figures of 3-59.

Skipper Tom Blandford before the game asked someone to score big in the absence of Brad Gayler and that’s exactly what Ludlow did.”

Skipper Tom Blandford before the game asked someone to score big in the absence of Brad Gayler and that’s exactly what Ludlow did.

He and Golding started comfortably and at a fair pace on a pitch that had flattened out.

Boundaries were easy to come by off front and back foot as the bowling attack of relegation threatened Findon wilted. Golding went for 23 when he couldn’t resist hitting the spin of Metters but only edged to point.

Cowan came in and played with assurance and patience and supported Ludlow nicely.

The opener accelerated through the innings scoring all round the wicket, especially on the back foot against Nielson.

Cowan and Ludlow paced the chase to perfection and once they got within 50 runs they smashed their way to the win. Cowan hitting his first league six down the ground to deafening cheers and Ludlow reaching a second sublime hundred of the season.

He finished the game with a six as Bridges won by nine wickets ending 222-1 off just 40 overs.

Ludlow ending 132 not out and Cowan 64 not out.

Other results went Bridges’ way making next weeks game versus Worthing crucial.