Bridge Hoodoo Continues
By MARTIN CAUFIELD
Oak beaten for 1st time in 4 matches - but put up a good fight.....
In a rain interrupted league contest, The Oakers saw hopes of a 4th consecutive victory evaporate as some tight bowling by their Armitage Bridge counterparts left them 14 runs short....
Opting to bat on a dry track but with clouds in the distance, Armitage Bridge found themselves 2 wickets down for only a handful on the board as good opening spells from Caufs and Ben saw them pick up a wicket apiece in their 1st overs.
However, this didn't lead to the collapse they'd hoped for - and Cody Parr / Joel Harrison forged a useful partnership, scoring 50 between them (Harrison 17, Parr 33). Scoring was slowish and when rain intervened it seemed that at 70 for 6, that was the end of the match; although we had hung on in the rain for probably a tad longer than we ought to.... till Paul Hill skidded about 4 yards, ripping his groin in half!
A welcome cuppa and piece of chocolate topped parkin warmed the soul and despite sodden hair gel dripping in my eyes and almost rendering me blind, when the clouds vanished, I managed to take the field to continue an excellent spell of professional umpiring!
Hussain and Wadsworth joined the attack, Wadsworth ripping the tail out of the Bridge and bowling talisman Harrison for 17 with a beauty that nipped back in off the seam.
So, sent back for 105 "all out", a sort of good'ish total bearing in mind the big pitch and rain; but all to play for!
It needed a big innings from someone, especially with some strong, accurate, seasoned bowlers in the Bridge line-up.
To cut a long story short, despite a good partnership between Wadsworth (23) and a first knock of the season from an invigorated (and careful for once) Caufield (20), only Ovais and Shaggy really troubled the scorer (13 and 9 respectively) so 14 runs short and the hoodoo continues, despite a really good attempt this time to end it!
We finished 91 for 6 but just left too much to do at the end so hats off to a good bowling performance from the Bridge and for all persevering with the game when in fairness, it could have been called off when the rain set in.