First league loss

BADGER Hill A suffered their first league defeat in over 12 months away at Birkby Rose Hill.

Birkby elected to bat and were contained by the Badgers, with tight bowling from Ambler and Kris Gorringe.

Birkby then put in some big hits to finish on 205-8.

Badger Hill got off to a poor start and never recovered, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Johnny Norman faced the brunt of the bowling and suffering some body blows. Jonty Brierley top scored with 11 as they finished on 79 all out.

There was no joy for them next day in either in the cup game at Old Almondburians.

BEING sent out to bat by the Section A side, Badger Hill lost David Bottomley with the score on only seven.

Tom Gorringe found his form with 45 with Johnny Norman (22) steadying the ship before Gorringe went with the score on 100. Wickets soon followed before the tail end pulled together to finish the Badgers on 157 all out.

Ambler and Kris Gorringe had the home side at 80 for four off 29 overs, but theyhit back with a fifth wicket partnership of 61 despite an excellent spell from Alan Bottomley who finished with one for 30 off his 12 overs.

The home side wobbled at the end following a run out from captain Mick Roberts, catches being taken from Tom Gorringe and wickets from pace bowler Gorringe and Gareth Nicholson.

The home side finished off but only in the last over with one wicket left when they needed three, hitting a six to wrap it up on 162 for nine.

l BADGER Hill B entertained Woodfield Park B looking to stay top of Section E of the Arrow Huddersfield Central League.

A solid opening stand of 35 between Dean Swift and Lee Handley was followed by a third wicket stand of 76 between Swift and Paul Carter.

With four overs left Badgers had made a dogged 122 for five when Nick Dare and Andy Wood bludgeon 31 off the last three overs.

Wood, then took five for 27 and Carter mopped up the tail with three for two runs off 2.2 overs.

l BADGER Hill B took on Thurstonland B in a Tinker Cup game.

Lee Handley took over the skipper’s job. Early wickets fell and Badgers’ struggled to 62 all out off 35 overs.

In reply it took Thurstonland 18 overs to chase down the 63 runs with Jonny Haley bowling an excellent six over spell for only six runs.