Gayler blasts 103 as Bridges gain first league win

Three Bridges CC V Hastings & St Leonards 16/5/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-100606008
Three Bridges CC V Hastings & St Leonards 16/5/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150518-100606008

Three Bridges ignited their season with a tremendous 162-run victory against Hastings.

Brad Gayler was the backbone behind their display with a superb century.

Bridges captain Mark Church revealed: “I challenged someone from the top six to get a century and Brad produced an outstanding innings.

“Batting first was a gamble as the pitch was green and they had some good bowlers but Brad and James Chadburn weathered the storm and helped us to a total that was beyond expectation for the pitch.

“All the bowlers bowled well and the emphatic victory was just what was needed after a few disappointing results.”

After Church had gambled by batting first, Bridges lost opener Conor Golding early to an unreal grab at gully from Brad Smith.

James Chadburn and Gayler then built a solid partnership of 86, before Chadburn fell to Jed O’Brien for 45.

With wickets falling around him Gayler looked in a league of his own.

Batting through the innings he notched his first league ton for Bridges, which finally ended on 103.

Some world-class hitting from all-rounders Matt Blandford (6*) and Mike Rose (7*) ensured Bridges ended 219-8 off 53 overs. Tom Blandford hit a six.

Hastings batting innings didn’t start great, being 12-5.

Hastings were very lucky that Bridges seamer Matt Blandford had to come off injured, after picking up 1-5.

Blandford was consistently hitting 85 mph in his 2.2 overs, had he have bowled for longer Hastings may not have made it to 20.

James Russell once again showed his potential with a great catch at mid-off.

Some tight bowling from Conor Golding (7-4-10-1), Mike Rose (5.4-2-6-2) and Ollie Blandford (6-1-16-2) allowed Bridges to bowl Hastings out for 57.

Overseas Andrew Smith finished with figures of 8-2-15-4 in an impressive display.

Gayler was Man of the Match for a class 100 and showing endless passion.

Next week Bridges travel to Crowhurst Park, hoping to avoid any further hamstring injuries above all else