Bridgnorth II (120-0) beat Cound (119) by ten wickets
An excellent all-round display with bat and ball saw Bridgnorth claim their first victory of 2019 in some style at Cricket Meadow.
Openers Patrick Smallman and Matt Martin combined with superb effect in the run-chase, gradually accelerating towards the end of their 28-over effort. Smallman (68 not out) in particular displayed some spectacular strokeplay, including a mammoth six that landed on Sainsburys roof. Skipper Martin demonstrated a welcome return to form and fitness with a determined 47 not out, as the pair saw their side over the line with ease.
Earlier Bridgnorth made a good start with the ball after winning the toss, with strike bowler Cam Wallis taking two early wickets. The visitors middle order worked hard to get themselves back into the game, despite potent spells from Ross Hurdley (2-19) and Martin, before Lewis Hurdley ran through the lower order to claim his first five-wicket haul for the Cricket Meadow men, finishing with 5-13 off six immaculate overs.
Bridgnorth IV (81) lost to Knockin & Kinnerley (82-6) by four wickets
Bridgnorth’s fourth team suffered a monumental batting collapse on Sunday, subsiding from 62-0 to 81 all out after winning the toss.
After a solid start from openers Jack Welch (37) and Henry Roberts, the rest of the line-up didn’t manage to get going, as hosts Knockin took control of the game. However, Bridgnorth fought back as stand-in skipper Alex Thomas took an early wicket, before a triple-strike from the impressive Welch saw the visitors get back into the game.
Ben Cresswell and James White also took a wicket-apiece as the fightback continued, but a late flurry of boundaries from the hosts eventually saw them claim victory of a topsy-turvy contest under sunny skies.