Three Bridges suffer one-sided eight-wicket defeat

Three Bridges v Lindfield (bowling). Brad Gaylor . Pic SR1511972. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150206-121523001
Three Bridges v Lindfield (bowling). Brad Gaylor . Pic SR1511972. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150206-121523001

Three Bridges continued their inconsistent start to the season after being comfortably defeated by Worthing.

Bridges won the toss and batted on a wicket that looked like it would break up as the game went on.

Worthing struck early though as James Chadburn was caught behind of Shane Felton and Conor Golding was bowled by Jamie Piper.

Worthing turned to medium pacer Andy Lutwyche and off-spinner Benn Challen.

Both bowlers pegged back the run-rate and, after tweaking a calf muscle in an earlier single, Danny Alderman was adjudged lbw when sweeping to Challen.

Worthing then increased the pressure and wickets fell readily as Bridges subsided to 108-8.

Lutwyche and Challen were enjoying the helpful conditions, with only Brad Gayler really troubling the scorers for a well-compiled 45.

Bridges managed respectability as Mark Church and Matt Blandford carefully put on an unbeaten 38 for the ninth wicket to leave Bridges 146-8 at the close.

The wicket looked perfect for the leg-cutters of Adrian Chappell and left arm spin of Mike Rose and Bridges took the unusual step of opening with both.

The plan never worked as openers Matt Green and Josh Wood batted with freedom.

Rose picked up Wood, caught at gully, but Green and Sam Jones continued to dominate and took Worthing to the brink of victory.

Green departed when cutting at Tom Blandford but captain Challen helped Jones towards 50 and his side to a well earned 28 points.

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