Cricket: Little joy for Hebden in beauty spot

Hebden Bridge made their annual trip to the Trough of Bowland on Sunday to play Grindleton in the beautiful setting of the Lancashire countryside.

Sunday, 8th August 2010, 1:09 pm

Home skipper Mike Crossland won the toss and elected to bat first on a softish wicket from the earlier rain.

Recent one-sided matches between the two teams meant the visitors needed early wickets.

Hebden stalwart Laurence Massey obliged by having the useful Wilkinson well caught at point by Tony Curtis.

However this proved to be a false dawn as Middlebrough and Cherry made steady progress despite many bowling changes to try and make a further breakthrough.

Then Ken Cameron came on and rolled back the years with his trademark quick and straight bowling.

He was immediately rewarded by a superb catch from keeper Chris Hiam, who standing up managed to cling on to a thick edge to dismiss Cherry.

The same bowler then had Middlebrough caught in the same fashion and finished with two for 24 off six overs. At the other end Atkinson was keeping things tight and bowling with accuracy foxed the batsmen many times, but went unrewarded.

Massey returned to the attack and bowled Ollerenshaw and James Speechley deserved his wicket in a good spell of one for 21.

But wickets refused to fall regularly and the home side set the challenging total of 228-5 off their 40 overs.

Bridge needed a good start and Massey was promoted up the order to set the platform from which the middle order could spring to victory.

Sadly that is not how it turned out as he went for a solitary run quickly followed by Berry and then Ward, who failed to reproduce his recent good form.

Curtis showed plenty of aggression hitting many scoring strokes and it was quite a surprise that when disamissed he had only managed to total 17.

Hiam went for 12 and skipper Anderson still carrying an injury struggled.

The rest of the batsmen formed a procession until Cameron again stepped up to the plate and cracked 18 not out with some lusty blows to top score the innings.

But this only delayed the inevitable and the innings ended on 70 all out and defeat by the wide margin of 158 runs.

This Saturday Hebden Bridge welcome St George's to Salem Fields.

Players who are interested in joining the club should contact Jeff Anderson on 07786 982073 or [email protected]

Juniors are very welcome.