Cricket: Stamford Bridge sides struggle with top sides

Stamford Bridge 1st XI entertained Studley Royal, who showed their class to take the win over Bridge.

Paul Milner (35) opening got some runs and Kevin Murphy (35) and Phil Hill (37) made useful contributions but Stamford Bridge were only able to manage 168-8 in their 50 overs. The wickets were shared between the Studley bowlers, but Dan Craven stood out with a miserly 30 off 15 overs with seven maidens and two wickets. In reply Studley, through opener Charlie Scatchard (57) and an unbeaten 73 from Gary Blackburn, made it look comfortable reaching 
170-5 in the 42nd over. The Bridge bowlers shared the wickets. Matchball sponsors: Stamford Bridge Beaumont.

Stamford Bridge second XI travelled to Stillington, who head the division, and managed a losing draw. Jack Cartwright (28) made steady progress but at the halfway point there weren’t too many runs on the board. Matthew Coulson came to the wicket at number six and changed the complexion of the game with some big sixes, leading the way with 47 not out and setting a challenging total of 175-5. In reply, Bridge started well with Andy Milner (37) hitting some big sixes of his own but, after the fall of his wicket, it was down to captain Martin Veysey (33 not out) to see out the overs, closing on 128-8. Wayne Linton was the pick of the Stillington bowlers with 4-25 off 12 overs.

Stamford Bridge third XI played Hemingbrough second XI at home in a YVL Cup match and lost, despite a big effort from captain Des Healey to chase down the 193 set by Hemingbrough. Hemingbrough started slowly but their middle order of J.Lister (40), J. Cockerill (42) and R. Peet (50 not out) kept the scoreboard ticking over. In reply, a steady fall of wickets meant Bridge were unable to get any real momentum. Des put together an unbeaten 74, but he needed a partner to stay with him as Bridge finished on 165 all out in the 40th over. Peet (5-34) and Cockerill (4-39) took the wickets for Hemingbrough.