Good start for Bridgeholme

BRIDGEHOLME made a belated but good start to the Towergate Halifax League Division Two season after a bye on the first weekend.

Sajjad Mahmood took six for 23 as visitors Denholme Clough were routed for 88 - Clough were 47 for nine before last man Armitridge hit the top score of 29.

Keith Hudson anchored Bridgeholme’s reply with 36 not out as a seven-wicket win was wrapped up in 14 overs.

But they could not repeat things on Sunday as they were thrashed at home in the Parish Cup by Premier Division Blackley.

The visitors smashed 344 runs and the home side could only manage 64 in reply, M.Hussain being the only one who troubled the bowlers with 24.

Bridgeholme seconds also had a convincing 53 runs win at Denholme Clough on Saturday.

In a game reduced to 38 overs, Bridgeholme scored 184 all out, thanks to fine batting at the top of the order by D Fielden (55), R Davy-Day (47) and B Fielden (24).

Denholme were reduced to nine men by an injury and an absentee and could only manage 131-8 in reply. Dunkley took three for 31 and Hudson four for 12.

The seconds put up a spirited display against Blackley, two divisions higher in the Halifax league, in losing by four wickets in the Crossley Shield on Sunday. An opening partnership of 64 by B Fielden (64) and R Davy-Day (23) plus late runs by O’Shea (23) and O Davy-Day (26 not out) helped Bridgeholme to 164. In Blackley’s reply Fox hit 79 but fine bowling by Dunkley (2-33) and I Davy-Day (2-49) made them work hard for their win.