Rose and Gayler can’t prevent Three Bridges defeat

Three Bridges CC V Pagham 20/6/15- Three Bridges' Michael Rose (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150622-120532008

Three Bridges CC V Pagham 20/6/15- Three Bridges' Michael Rose (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150622-120532008

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Mike Rose took five wickets and Brad Gayler scored 52 but they could not prevent Three Bridges from losing narrowly to Pagham by 11 runs.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on the best wicket so far of the season at Bridges.

Sohail Shah and Mark Church took Bridges to within sight of victory before Sohail was caught by the keeper, again off Scott, for an excellent 31.”

Three Bridges captain Mark Church

Batting at 4 and 5, Joe Turner and Eranga Dissangge started to bat the game Pagham’s way and a score in excess of 260 looked on the cards as the visitors topped 150-3 with 20 overs to spare.

Dissangge batted particularly well and after completing a very easy looking 50, it was something of a surprise when he smashed a Mike Rose full toss straight to Smith at midwicket.

Pagham’s tail wagged as Bridges tried to take the final wickets and Pagham ended up on a competitive 227 all out. Rose finished with a well deserved 5-57 off 14 overs.

Bridges made a solid start in reply. Hugo Cowan, again impressed with his organisation and he and James Chadburn took Bridges to 50 without losing a wicket with few alarms. Chadburn departed for 15 and Cowan followed for 39 when he was bowled by the impressive Nabib Rahman.

This brought Brad Gayler to the crease alongside Conor Golding and these two batted well to take the target to less than 100 off 20. Gayler completed another 50 of an excellent season and was particularly brutal on the off-spin of Dissangge.

With the game looking destined for the home side, Pagham turned to Justin Scott and his spell changed the game when Golding was caught and bowled pulling a short ball for a promising 27. Scott then quickly dismissed Gayler for 52 and Hisam Ul Huq for a duck.

Sohail Shah and Mark Church took Bridges to within sight of victory before Sohail was caught by the keeper, again off Scott, for an excellent 31.

While Church continued at one end, the final four batsmen made small in-roads into the target before each fell to Rahman, with Scott taking the final wicket of Andy Smith, well caught at slip.

Bridges fell 11 runs short. Scott finished with 5-42 and Dissangge 4-44.

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