Three Bridges complete the double over Ifield

Lindfield CC V Ifield CC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150831-172012008
Lindfield CC V Ifield CC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150831-172012008

Three Bridges gained their second win of the season over local rivals Ifield, beating them by six-wickets.

Ifield captain Jack Groves scored 52 but this proved not enough in a good-spirited local derby battle.

Rose returned excellent figures of 5 for 23 off 19 overs and Blandford 4 for 25 off 14 overs.”

Bridges’ bowler Mike Rose spun his way 5-23 and Matt Blandford took 4-25 for the visitors.

Batsman Brad Gayler topscored and saw Bridges to victory with an unbeaten 52.

On a damp pitch Bridges won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Mahad Ahmed joined Jack Groves but while looking reasonably solid struggled to get the ball away and it was left to Groves to do the bulk of the scoring.

He progressed to his second consecutive 50 but shortly afterwards was caught by opposing Captain Tom Blandford off the bowling of Rose for 52.

Having worked hard to get to a decent position Ifield then threw things away with returning opening bowler Matt Blandford and Rose picking up the last six wickets for a disappointing 18 runs.

Rose returned excellent figures of 5 for 23 off 19 overs and Blandford 4 for 25 off 14 overs.

Ifield needed to get amongst the Bridges top order early on if they were to stand a chance of defending their total but James Chadburn and Joe Ludlow batted solidly and put on an excellent 67 for the opening wicket before Ludlow was LBW to Graeme Dean for 22 and Chadburn went soon afterwards for a typically solid 40.

Bradley Gayler and Conor Golding kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely before Bridges old boy Jigar Parekh found the outside on Golding’s bat and Jack Groves took the catch behind the stumps.

Gayler (14) kept the strike when youngster Joe Walker joined him and showed his class with some clean hitting that took the visitors to within sight of their target.

Gayler brought up his own 50 and with it victory for Bridges.

Bridges narrowly missed out on promotion by 13 points in third place while can also feel happy with their season Ifield finishing in midtable in sixth.

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