Brothers in arms

Sam Hudson (left) with brother Tom Hudson. Photo contributed.
Sam Hudson (left) with brother Tom Hudson. Photo contributed.
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BROTHERS Sam and Tom Hudson both smashed centuries during a fantastic unbeaten partnership of 227 to help Hayfield book their place in the semi-finals of the Bissenden Cup.

Tom and younger sibling Sam hit knocks of 108 not out and 105 respectively as Hayfield comfortably chased down Old Glossop’s innings of 234-6 in the Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League cup competition on Sunday.

Hayfield’s bowlers found the going tough against their hard-hitting visitors, with S Jones hitting 53 and captain Matt Woodcock leading the way with a brutal 66, which included five sixes.

The host’s reply started disastrously with two wickets falling before the score had reached double figures. Sam joined Tom at the crease and immediately set to work to make inroads into the total as they dominated the Old Glossop attack.

Without resorting to risk-taking, they easily kept up with the challenging run rate and then accelerated the scoring to help Hayfield to win at a canter with more than eight of their allotted 40 overs remaining.

Elsewhere in the Bissenden Cup, Buxton’s weekend of misery continued as they were knocked out of the competition by New Mills.

The Bucks batted first and scored 195-6, following an opening stand of 83 between Ben Marsden (56) and Luke Smith (38). Julian Burgess was the top scorer, striking an unbeaten 70.

New Mills were indebted to Ashley Burgess (75) and Stefan Fielding (43) who put on 96 runs for the second wicket and set up a four-wicket victory, despite a fine performance with the ball and in the field from Buxton, in particular Johnny Marsden, who took 2-20 from his eight overs.

Whaley Bridge were unlucky as they entertained cup holders Tintwistle. The home side batted first and thanks to 87 from Dale Jones scored 200 all out. Tintwistle kept up with the run rate as wickets fell steadily throughout the innings, but Rob Barrow (50 not out) kept a cool head in a total of 200-8, meaning the visitors progress having lost fewer wickets.

Newton chased down Woodley’s innings of 255-7 in the other quarter-final tie, reaching the target for the loss of eight wickets and with two balls to spare.