Mixed results for Hebden but they’re certainly not Bitter!

Hebden Bridge went into the weekend with hopes of keeping their winning start to the season intact.

But a strong Bolton by Bowland team defeated them in the second game of a busy weekend.

Saturday’s fixture saw the first visit of Bitter and Twisted from Scarborough to Salem Fields.

Hebden chose to bat and got off to a solid start with Kidd scoring a quickfire 50 before retiring.

Gledhill continued to anchor the innings before also retiring on 50. Ward (18) and Noah Tranmer (13) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures in a total of 163 against opponents who took Hebden all the way in Scarborough two weeks ago.

A superb effort in the field reduced the Scarborough team to 48 all out. All the bowlers chipped in and solid catching and fielding prevented the visitors challenging the Hebden total.

Next day Hebden Bridge visited the Ribble Valley to face a strong Bolton by Bowland team, whom they had never beaten away before.

The day started with Hebden receiving the GBH Trophy after winning last year’s annual mini league for the first time.

Hebden’s skipper Pickup opted to bat against Bolton by Bowland, but bowling and excellent fielding kept them under pressure.

Determined batting from Appleby (31) and Berry (17) and some fluid strokes from Sladdin (31) kept the visitors in the game. Tranmer (11) also played some nice shots before being given out lbw.

With overs running out Soden took the game back to Bolton by Bowland with some big shots, finishing on 54 not out.

Bolton by Bowland started well with both openers getting off to a good start. When the opener Lloyd was given out lbw to Curtis it looked as though Hebden were back in it.

However, only Sladdin was able to keep any pressure on the new batsman Johnson and some big hitting took him to 64 not out and the home side to victory with 10 overs to spare.

On Saturday Hebden host Outcasts from Manchester at Salem Fields.