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Champagne still on ice after wet weekend, but the 2nd XI are confirmed League Champs!

1 week ago By Alex Thomas

The weather put a dampener on the possibility of a party at the weekend, although the 3rd and 4ths teams both notched up big wins...

Rain prevented Bridgnorth from enjoying a dream promotion party at Cricket Meadow on Saturday, with next week's trip to league strugglers Brockhampton now holding the key to the door of the Premier Division.

In the little action that took place, Adam Quiney and Charlie Morris reduced Shifnal to 30-3 after a lengthy rain delay, before the visitors counter-attacked through Ismail Anwar and Ross Aucott to reach 155-3 off 22 overs. The poor weather then returned and no further play was possible.

The 2nd XI were unable to make it onto the field of play at all at Fordhouses, but the abandonment was still enough to confirm them as champions of Reserve Division Two North. This weekend's home match against Old Hill presents the chance to become the only team in the Birmingham League to finish the season unbeaten.


Bridgnorth III (119) beat Column (106) by 13 runs

The wet conditions were a big factor for the third team at Shirehall as they clinched a narrow 13-run victory in a classic encounter against Column.

Choosing to bat first, the top order struggled on a wet, slow and low pitch and were reduced to 48-5 after 17 overs. However the lower order fought back as James Dawkins (53) hit his first half century for Bridgnorth, as the Quatt-based side recovered to reach 119 all out.

The hosts then made a determined start with the bat in reply, reaching 57-2 before the tide began to turn. Matt Bowler-Jones delivered a superb fifteen-over spell to take 5-37, ripping the heart out of the top order to put his team in control, before Alex Thomas took 4-14 to finish off a rearguard action from the hosts lower-order and score an important victory.
Still leading by 16 points, the league title will go down to the final game this Saturday, when Bridgnorth host second-placed Trysull.


Bridgnorth IV (339-3) beat Madeley (71) by 264 runs

The fourth team completed their fine season in record-breaking style, as they racked up a remarkable 339-3 in 40 overs at Cricket Meadow.

In an exhibition of superb strokeplay, James White hit an unbeaten 151 and shared an unbroken 199-run fourth wicket stand with Ben Cresswell (103 not out) who hit an eye-catching first century for the club. The visitors reply never really got going, as wickets were shared between Andrew Rumble, Huw Morgan, Monica White and Morgan Penny, who all claimed two apiece.

The superb all-round performance showcased the fourth team's dominance in Shropshire League Sunday Division Two this year, having won every game and finished over 100 points ahead of anyone else.

Updated 22:11 - 11 Sep 2018 by Alex Thomas

Where next?

Firsts fall just short in their best ever league season Bridgnorth fell agonisingly short of reaching the top flight, but finished 2018 with the highest ever league placing in the club's 179-year history...
BCC just one win away from re-writing history! Yet another four-win clean-sweep at the weekend saw the 1st XI move another step closer to place in the Premier Division in 2019...

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