Friday, 19th September 2014

Bridgnorth lose by four wickets

Bridgnorth 256 Halesowen 257-6

GOOD individual performances from Dave Exall and Jono Whitney failed to prevent Bridgnorth first XI being beaten at Halesowen in the Birmingham League second division.

Batting first after captain for the day Whitney won the toss, Bridgnorth racked up an impressive total with Exall (80) and Whitney (72) leading the way on a good batting track. The visitors would have hoped for a better final total from being 182-4, but the lower order fell away in the pursuit of runs as only Chris McMillan (22) and Gareth Mumford (30) prospered.

Halesowen, in reply, needed a big contribution from Sri Lankan star Arjunda Weerappulli and he duly obliged with 108 before becoming the first of three late wickets for Whitney (3-35). Exall (2-61) also completed a good individual day despite the side losing by four wickets as their hosts eased home with two overs to spare.

Halesowen II 198 Bridgnorth II 117-9

NEEDING to bounce back from last week’s reverse the Cricket Meadow, the seconds entertained a powerful Halesowen outfit and produced some competitive cricket, but only in fits and starts as they allowed the visitors to recover from 124-6 to post a final total of 198 all out in a rain- affected game.

Veteran seamer Andy Leather (5-46) had reduced the innings to tatters as he moved the ball sharply after a rain break and Steven Caine (2-64) toiled away with a wet ball as Halesowen chose to bat out their 50 overs.

Bridgnorth, in reply, got away to a good start with the opening pairing of Andy Carson (19) and Ed Mullard (38) on a rare outing playing positively against the pacy opening attack.

With the innings curtailed to 34 overs by the earlier rain, Bridgnorth had to maintain a run rate of four an over to get a winning draw, but wickets fell after Rob Hughes (16) had got his side to striking distance of their target.

Glen Edwards, injured while fielding earlier, batted as last man to keep out the last three deliveries as his side clung on for a losing draw at 117-9.

Ludlow III 194 Bridgnorth III 138

TOP of the table Bridgnorth thirds entertained a strong Ludlow side at the Chelmarsh Oval and lost their unbeaten crown as the visitors scored freely against some uncharacteristic wayward bowling to amass 194 all out in their 40 overs. Ben Leather (3-27) and Harry Martin (3-40) were the pick of the home attack.

In reply the hosts were in the game as the partnership of Ollie Gill (29) and Dan Taylor (63) flourished.

But of the remaining batsmen only Rob Hornby (10) and skipper Pete Oliver (11) reached double figures as the side were skittled for 138.