1st XI v Woodbridge School
The 1st XI built on last week’s confidence boosting win over Gresham’s with an excellent win over Woodbridge. The visitors were invited to bat and began brightly putting on 73 for the first wicket. This was then followed by two more stubborn partnerships which helped the total along to 155-3 despite the best efforts of the economical Brown. The introduction of the wily Keshwani however tilted the balance back in the College’s favour and supported by some fine fielding and Alexander’s pace, Woodbridge were dismissed for 191.
The response from Robbie Bridgstock and Kristian Williman couldn’t have been more emphatic. The captain reached his century from 71 balls and the target was eclipsed in just 23 overs with Williman undefeated on 72.
Woodbridge 191 (30 overs) (Keshwani 4-25)
*Framlingham 192-0 (Bridgstock 105*, K. Williman 72*)
Won by 10 wickets
1st XI v Felstead
It wasn’t much fun for the bowlers in this encounter as willow dominated the leather for almost the entire game. Felsted and Essex 2nd XI batsman Rahan Hassan’s unbeaten 161 off just 103 balls proved to be the mainstay of what on the surface looked to be an unassailable 310-5. The Framlingham bowlers were punished for any errors in length or line and were it not for some sharp fielding things could have been even worse.
However, Robbie Bridgstock was in no mood to surrender and with the support of Kristian Williman the hosts reached tea on course for an unlikely victory at 97-1. Even a mini-collapse after the break was not enough to break the College’s resistance and it wasn’t until the 38th over that they fell behind the required rate, eventually petering out 57 runs short.
This was Bridgstock’s second century inside a week and the perfect way to prepare for the final three matches of the season against the Old Framlinghamians, Wymondham and Westminster School from Adelaide.
Felsted 310-5 (45 overs)
*Framlingham 253 (Bridgstock 110)
Lost by 57 runs
Robbie completed his third hundred in a row on Friday in the match against the Old Framlinghamians with a score of 151. Robbie plays club cricket for Norfolk side, Swardeston in the East Anglian Premier League and has captained the College 1st XI for the past two seasons.
Invited to bat first once again, the College openers settled in quickly until Bridgstock was removed by the threatening Moulton-Day with the score on 13. Williman and Gooderham continued their rich vein of form putting on 41 before Williman, Brown, Gooderham and then Jones made the long walk back to the pavilion with the total still three runs shy of 100. Fortunately Tim Alexander and Toby Rider steadied things before accelerating the score beyond 200 with a flurry of sixes to enable Bridgstock to declare.
The Gents started briskly, but once the opening pair had been separated by Alexander and O’Neill, the run chase began to falter. Alexander continued to enjoy his afternoon with steady support from
his teammates setting up an exciting finale. Four wickets tumbled in the final four overs but the Gents survived the last two deliveries to salvage a draw.
*Framlingham 211-7 dec. (Alexander 78*, Rider 32)
Gentlemen of Suffolk 147-9 (Alexander 4-30, O’Neill 2-17)