Bradfield CC’s season is up and running at last

Thanks to the skill of groundsmen William Wright and Peter Abbs Bradfield were able to play their first game of the summer, against Reepham & Salle in the Mid Norfolk Sunday League's Challenge Cup.

Bradfield batted first on a good looking wicket set in a soft and green outfield which meant that boundaries were hard to come by. The Bradfield openers AJ Johnson and N Whitehouse carefully put on 59 runs until the 16th over when Johnson was bowled by D Tipple for 25s. S Grimes joined Whitehouse and took the score to 82 before Whitehouse (37) played on to D Tipple. S Kimber stayed briefly for nine before he was caught off J Wright. D Yarham added impetus to the innings with a quick fire 21 before being bowled by J Wright.

Under-14 T Perry-Warnes was unfortunately run out with the score at 141. S Grimes fell the same way a few overs later for a fine 31.

P Abbs managed to find the boundary before being caught in the deep off A Meek for a quick 17 runs in four overs. A Kimber (2), T Seaman (6 not out) and S Abbs (4 not out) then pushed the score to 175 in the allotted 40 overs.

Bradfield's opening bowlers TJ Wiseman and T Seaman restricted the visitors to 34 runs in 10 overs for the loss of P Minns, bowled by Seaman for 3, and D Henry, bowled by Wiseman. Then Reepham opener S Harewood and D Ringer took the score to 49 before Ringer was caught by S Kimber off his brother Alex's bowling for 12 runs.

D Briggs then joined Harewood and pair took the score to 79 when Briggs was stumped by T Perry -Warnes, the first of the latter's four victims, off the bowling of N Whitehouse. S Harewood continued to bat through the innings for 72 while wickets were claimed by AJ Johnson (3), T Seaman (1), and S Abbs (2). Reepham and Salle finished on 150, leaving Bradfield the winners by 25 runs.