Bridge bid to end lean spell

Sowerby Bridge captain Tim Helliwell concedes that his Halifax League club have been out of the spotlight at first team level for far too long.

While the seconds have lifted a trophy or two in recent years, the Walton Street side’s premier string have drawn a blank.

Bridge will be looking to take another step towards putting the record straight on Sunday when they travel to SBCI in the Parish Cup semi-finals.

The pair also meet in the league at Bridge tomorrow and opening batsman Helliwell is bracing himself for two tough tests against the league leaders.

“As a club we are desperate to get some silverware and at the start of the season the Parish Cup seemed the easier option,” he said.

“It is probably more than 10 years since Bridge were in a final and my dad (the club president, also called Tim) may have captained that side.”

Bridge have knocked out Sowerby St Peters and holders Copley in what has been a far from an easy draw so far.

Helliwell has already had five half-centuries this year but he missed the Copley match and Nick Whitehill did the trick in his absence with 153 not out.

“We’ve batted indifferently at times but Steve Shannon is a good signing from Bradshaw and our young bowlers Sam Mellor, Ashton Richardson and Jake Dixon are doing well.”

Helliwell rates SBCI “a good young side” with players who contribute with bat and ball.