Bierley’s ECB National Cup hopes end

EAST Bierley’s hopes of ECB National Cup glory were ended last Sunday when they suffered a 106-run defeat to Cheshire Premier League outfit Hyde at South View Road.

Having elected to bat on a glorious day, Hyde were soon in trouble as Paul Hutchison (3-56) bowled a terrific opening spell to leave the visitors reeling at 33-3.

Leigh Abbott struck as Hyde slipped to 63-4 before Robert Woolley led the visitors’ fightback.

Woolley smashed 140 not out from just 130 balls in an innings that included 18 fours and two sixes.

He received good support from Robert Brierley (33) as Hyde posted 271-9 from their 45 overs.

Bierley captain Lee Goddard claimed 3-53, while Kez Ahmed was their other wicket-taker.

Having produced a wonderful innings, Woolley was then on hand to open the bowling and he returned superb figures of 4-27 to leave Bierley’s hopes in tatters.

Fellow opener Scott Kirwin (3-34) also shone as Bierley were reduced to 60-6.

Ahmed struck six fours and three sixes as he offered late resistance with a top score of 56 but although support came from Liam Walsh (25), Bierley were bowled out for 165 at the start of the 30th over.

It was fitting that man-of-the-match Woolley had the last word as he claimed the final wicket, trapping, Ahmed lbw, as Hyde progressed to the national stages of the competition.