Stamford Bridge 1sts entertained Woodhouse Grange 1sts on Saturday in a fascinating encounter that saw Bridge come away with a winning draw.
Woodhouse, who have accumulated many league and cup honours over the years, have held sway over Bridge in the past - in fact, no-one was able to recall the last time Bridge had managed such a feat in Saturday league cricket.
Batting first, Bridge were led from the front by captain Matt Beckett, who just missed out on getting his half-century when he fell to Nick Hadfield for 49.
Steve Sergeant (25) continued to impress with the bat but he and other Bridge batsmen who made good starts were then contained by Woodhouse’s bowlers.
Bridge closed their innings on 180 for 9 – a score that was probably seen as below par.
Woodhouse’s reply, though, was well contained, initially by some miserly bowling from Bridge and when Steve Sergeant (4-38) struck with two decisive double wicket overs during his spell Woodhouse were 36 for 4.
Andy Anderson (55 not out) steadied the ship for Woodhouse in a useful partnership with Steve Burdett (35) and they might have thought they could push for a win.
But Dave Chaplin (3-42) chipped in, picking up the vital wickets of Burdett and Tom Young (29), and swung the match back in Bridge’s favour as the runs required rate went above 10 per over.
Woodhouse showed their champion quality, hitting boundaries in the final overs in a determined effort to pick up the win rather than accept the draw.
In the end, though they were restricted to 166 for 8, a significant confidence booster for Bridge as they look to challenge for top honours this season.
The First XI are away at Studley Royal this coming Saturday, 1.30pm start.
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