Supervet Chappell takes six wickets as Bridges win again

Three Bridge CC V Haywards Heath 26-05-12 (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00220120722210020
Three Bridge CC V Haywards Heath 26-05-12 (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00220120722210020

Veteran Adrian Chappell produced a devastating spell of bowling to almost single-handedly bowl out Crowhurst Park with 6-65.

Brad Gayler shone with the bat for the second week in a row, following on from his century last week to score an imperious 87 not out.

They combined to earn Three Bridges a maximum 30 points which as their rivals Worthing had been beaten by Hastings, lifted them up to joint-top.

Clive Tong had batted well for his 59 and Rakesh Patel and Paul Brookes steadied the ship well at the end to nurse Crowhurst to 177 all out but Chappell was the undoubted star.

Special mention also to a highly hungover Mike Rose whose spell of 3-22 off 16 was almost as significant.

After a few poor chases, any early nerves in the Bridges ranks were quickly dispelled by the confidence of Bridges openers James Chadburn and Conor Golding. Just as Bridges were moving on serenely, Chadburn drove Crowhurst’s former England international Ed Giddins to extra cover.

If the hosts sensed a way in, Brad Gayler, fresh from a maiden century last week, was having none of it.

While his innings against Hastings was careful and measured, in very difficult conditions, this was nothing other than brutal.

Batsmen whose first three scoring shots are sixes tend to end up with big scores and right from the moment he faced his first ball, Gayler looked a class above all other batsman on the day.

A potentially tricky 177 was quickly made up as Gayler blasted his way to another glorious innings.

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