Stamford Bridge lose opening games

Sheriff Hutton Bridge 136-4 (A Fisher 77*; S Sergeant 4-46)

Stamford Bridge First XI 133 all out (J Hopper 3-66, M Fisher 7-47)

Stamford Bridge lost by six wickets.

Stamford Bridge first XI finally got its season underway away to Sheriff Hutton Bridge, but was unable to find enough runs to pull off a win.

Batting first, they made a good start, with Phil Hill making 38 but then the Sheriff bowlers worked their way through the Bridge batsmen who were only able to manage 133 all out. Jamie Hopper (3-66) took early wickets for Sheriff but it was Mark Fisher with 7-47 who did the damage and cleaned up the tail.

In reply, Sheriff though were put in trouble in the first over with Steve Sergeant taking two wickets to leave them 0-2. Adam Fisher (77 no) though stood firm and, with the assistance of a couple of sound double figure knocks from the middle order, was able to see Sheriff through to 136-4 in the 29th over. Steve Sergeant picked up all four wickets for 46 off 15 overs.

The first XI is away at Easingwold on Saturday.

Stamford Bridge Second XI 137-8 (O Pimlott 76*; M Pollard 4-14)

Patrington First XI 138-6 (M Pollard 30*, G Ratcliffe 30*)

Stamford Bridge lost by four wickets.

After a disrupted start to the season, the Bridge second XI entertained new to the league team Patrington at home and came off second best in a low-scoring match.

Batting first, Bridge got off to a slow start with the loss of a couple of early wickets. Captain Ollie Pimlott (76 no) steadied the ship with a couple of mid-teen contributions from the middle order.

Throughout though, the Patrington bowlers maintained the pressure on the run rate and tightened their grip in the latter overs picking up wickets while Bridge were unable to push the score on finishing on 137-8. Marc Pollard led the Patrington bowlers with 4 for 14 in 6 overs.

After tea, the Bridge bowlers worked hard to defend the set total and made a good start taking early wickets. Patrington rallied through their middle-order batsmen, with Ashley McKiley (29), Marc Pollard (30 no) and Glen Ratcliffe (30 no) seeing them through to 138-6 in the 42nd over.

The bridge bowlers shared the wickets between themselves.

The second XI is at home to Heworth second XI next weekend.

Woodhouse Grange 69 all out (J Aconley 3-2, A Healey 3-18).

Stamford Bridge 70-2 (N Porteus 33*, A Milner 23*)

Stamford Bridge won by eight wickets.

The thirds finally got their season underway with a President’s Cup match at Burythorpe against the old enemy, Woodhouse Grange. The skipper won the toss (this was to be his only contribution) and elected to field.

The youthful opening attack of Drew Healey and Joe Aconley got Stamford Bridge off to a perfect start – they both took a wicket in their first over to have Woodhouse reeling at 1-2. They continued to tear into the top order and had taken three wickets apiece to leave Woodhouse on 26-6 by the time they completed their opening spells. Jamie and Stuart then took up the attack – Jamie bowled with nice flight and picked up a wicket. Unfortunately Stuart was injured attempting to take a return catch.

But there was no respite for Woodhouse as this brought Fudgie into the attack – He showed there is life in the old dog yet taking 2-5. Quickie took the final wicket to bring the Woodhouse innings to a close at 69 all out. An excellent bowling display backed up by good fielding (seven catches held) had put them in a very strong position at tea.

Boom Boom opened the Stamford Bridge reply with Neil Porteus and instantly showed how he acquired his nickname. He launched two massive shots to the boundary, but then tried it again, hit the ball many a mile in the air and was caught. Neil nearly went the same way, but the catch went to ground and he went on to punish Woodhouse by leading Stamford to their target with an unbeaten 33. Lewis attempted an ambitious drive and was well caught at slip - This brought Andrew Milner to the crease and he unleashed a few trademark blows to see them home for the loss of just two wickets.