Three Bridges suffered a narrow defeat in the Sussex Cup when they lost to Burgess Hill by just eight runs.
Batting first after winning the toss, Hill’s opener, captain Tom Trowbridge made 51 and Nathan Cooper and Ian Simpson both made 21 as they posted 133-5.
When we batted we began well to reach 35-0 but then lost myself, Danny Alderman and Conor Golding in quick succession and that killed us.”Three Bridges acting captain Brad Gayler
Three Bridges replied with 125-9 in 20 overs. Bridges were missing captain Mark Church and Joe Ludlow due to school commitments.
Brad Gayler was skipper in Church’s absence and he praised his side’s bowling.
He said: “We bowled and fielded first and felt we did quite well.
“But when we batted we began well to reach 35-0 but then lost myself, Danny Alderman and Conor Golding in quick succession and that killed us.
“However 14-year-old James Russell came in at No.7 and hit 35 not out and in the end we were only a few runs short. James has definitely got the technical capability to do well.
“With time and experience he’s going to be a good player for us! He has got good temperament and was good under pressure. Tom Trowbridge held their innings together and a few others chipped in.”
Gayler praised spinner Mike Rose (1-11) and medium pace seamer Golding.
He added: “Our overseas player Andrew Smith looked like he can take wickets at this level, he should do well.”
Church is expected to return for Bridges’ opening Sussex League Division 2 match nton Saturday, away to newly-promoted Ansty, starting at 1pm.