REPORT Hyde hold nerve in cup encounter
Friday 19th May 2017 @ 10:16 by Adam Higgins

Hyde 199-9 (36.5)  
Bradshaw 195-8 (45 overs)
ECB national club championship

Hyde secured the first victory of the season in dramatic style when they overcame Bradshaw in the ECB national club championship.

After winning the toss, Hyde captain Danny Berry asked the visitors to bat first on a warm afternoon on Werneth Low.

The Bolton-based outfit got off to a blistering start, reaching 88 before James Duffy removed Stuart Hornby for a well-made 50. Immediately his partner Tom Liversedge went to the bowling of Daniel Cranmer for 30.

However, Bradshaw recovered and were 144 before debutant Charlie Hewitt had Mohammad caught by Duffy for 22.

Hewitt then struck again, when keeper Chris Evans was superbly stumped by his opposite number Ben Allcock.

Spinner Cranmer started to turn the screw finishing with four for 44 as the visitors closed on 195 from their 45 overs .

With confidence low, Hyde were looking to get off to a solid start but they lost Fitzsimmons (0) but Duffy and George Balderson steadied the ship, adding more than 100 for the second wicket, before the latter went for 27. When Duffy (64) went shortly after the nerves began to jangle and with Ryan Waterhouse going for just nine Hyde had slipped to 115 for four.

Berry (27) and Tom Partridge look to be taking Hyde to a comfortable victory but a flurry of wickets saw them slip from 166 for 4 to 167-7.

Jason Whittaker was forced off the field after he was hit on the hand. Partridge (29) took up the mantle but he was bowled with seven still needed. This brought 16-year-old Hewitt to the crease with Whittaker still receiving treatment.

However, Allcock’s dismissal meant at 192-9 he was forced to return. Heroically he batted on and the pair managed to level the scores under extreme pressure, before Hewitt capped a day to remember by guiding the ball for four, thus ensuring Hyde progressed to the next round.


By Matt Hewitt