Cricket: Stamford Bridge pick up a winning draw against Selby

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Stamford Bridge welcomed Selby for a reduced 35 overs an innings game, in which Bridge were able to get the better of a winning draw.

Batting first, Bridge stumbled, losing two quick wickets but captain Matt Beckett (51) and Dave Bradshaw (58) put together a 100-run third wicket partnership. Phil Hill added an unbeaten 37 and Bridge closed on 208-7. Mike Smales (3-36) was Selby’s leading wicket taker.

In reply, the Bridge bowlers had Selby in trouble and although Tim Collins (31) and Gareth Roberts (37) did well they were reduced to 114-9 in 35 overs. Dom Rhodes with 4-37 and a very economical Dave Chaplin 5-20 took the wickets for Bridge.

The second XI travelled to Selby. Batting first, Bridge made a good start getting to 50 without loss, but Selby’s Steve Precious with 5-25 in 10 overs contained them. Although Chris Smith (41) made runs, others were unable to get going and the innings closed 146 all out.

In reply, Selby youngster Alex Bowden (27) opened and set a good pace. There then came a phase of the match when captain Martin Veysey and Dan Davis’ tight bowling slowed the run rate down and, at the halfway point, Selby had only made 45 runs. Elliott Precious (48 not out) and Matt Hoyle (27) were aided by some missed fielding chances and Selby overtook Bridge, making 150-4 in the 43rd over.

The third XI travelled to Yapham and were able to overhaul their first innings total to win the match. Batting first Yapham’s openers set about building a good start with C. Marsden making 32. Blair, who had been dropped three times before getting to double figures went on to amass 71 runs before falling. Des Healey picked up Blair in his 3-22 in 12 as Yapham were all out for 144 in the 39th over.

In reply Neil Porteus opened with 38 and Dave Quick (32) kept the score board ticking over. It was Stewie Fraser with an unbeaten 40 that saw Bridge to the win, 145-6 in the 35th over.