Blandford paves way for cup joy with three wickets in opener

Cricket: Billingshurst (batting) v Three Bridges. Connor Golding takes a wicket. 25.04.15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150427-201613001
Cricket: Billingshurst (batting) v Three Bridges. Connor Golding takes a wicket. 25.04.15. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150427-201613001

Three Bridges won their opening competitive game of the season when they beat Dartford by seven wickets in the opening round of the National Knock-Out Cup on Sunday.

After the successful club day the previous week, Bridges’ first team travelled to Dartford for the first competitive game of the new season.

The weather was even colder than last week but also had the added issue of constant drizzle which led to the match starting at 2pm and the game being reduced to 37 overs per side.

Dartford won the toss and chose to bat.

Although this was slightly surprising given the wet outfield, the batting track looked excellent.

Bridges had spoken about the need for creating a tight bowling and fielding unit and this was exactly what was achieved.

Every time the hosts looked to be gathering momentum, at least one wicket was taken.

The catching was excellent with Mark Church, Brad Gayler, James Chadburn and Sohail Shah all bagging catches that had the potential to be dropped.

All the bowlers contributed well with Ollie Blandford’s excellent end of innings spell seeing him finish with three wickets.

Adrian Chappell and the miserly Atif Elahi all picked up two each.

Perhaps the best spell though, came from left armer Mike Rose, who was a model of consistency in his 8 over spell.

Bridges were confident in their pursuit of 134 and were well led by Conor Golding and James Chadburn who batted sensibly.

Upon Golding’s dismissal for 43, Brad Gayler came in and finished the game for Bridges with a 7 wicket win with plenty of overs to spare.

On Saturday Three Bridges played a friendly away to newly promoted Sussex Premier League team Billingshurst which they lost.