Painful start for Bradfield in top flight

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PREMIER Division newcomers Bradfield certainly had a painful introduction back into the top flight of the South Yorkshire League. Certainly the newly-promoted club will be hoping their second weekend proves a good deal better than the first.

They picked up FOUR injured players as well as a thrashing at Treeton - and ended up all out even though they only lost seven wickets!

First casualty was wicketkeeper Matthew Stent who dislocated a finger in the eighth over. Then their South African all-rounder Hennie Swart suffered a similar fate whilst fielding a powerful drive off his own bowling.

Then Tom Coulson pulled a thigh muscle and was unable to continue bowling. They didn’t escape when they started batting - opener Josh Coulson had to retire with a broken rib.

To rub it in Treeton openers Steve Foster, 159, and Scott Cunningham, 129, put on 248 as they amassed 370-2 dec before injury-hit Bradfield were all out for 110 with two batsmen never getting to the crease.

They will be hoping for better luck when they stage their opening home game against Wath on Saturday.

Other games are Aston Hall v Treeton, Whitley Hall v Rockingham, Hallam v Wickersley; Whiston v Elsecar, Barnsley v Houghton Main.