CRICKET: Father Rod is star for Bridport captain Duane

Dorset Echo: ALL-ROUNDER: Rod Gay, pictured bowling, hit 70 with the bat ALL-ROUNDER: Rod Gay, pictured bowling, hit 70 with the bat

BRIDPORT 226-7 (20pts) beat PIMPERNE 145 (5pts) by 81 runs

BRIDPORT’S fine run of form continued under new skipper Duane Gay as his revitalised troops marched to a convincing 81-run success at Pimperne.

Duane’s father Rod Gay made a well-constructed 70 to set things up for Bridport, who elected to bat first on an artificial wicket as Pimperne started the game with only eight players.

And after posting a solid total of 226-7 from their 45 overs, the visitors turned to young seamer Ollie Lee once again to deliver the goods, as he claimed four victims with the ball to seal Bridport’s third success on the bounce, and propel them to fifth spot in the County Division Three pile.

Commenting on the young paceman, Gay said: “Ollie has been brilliant with the ball for us and I have not seen a young bowler like it, every time I throw him the ball he has taken wickets and he has won us the last two games in all honesty.

“He just has something about him this year that he didn’t have last season.

“I think he has matured quite a bit and is bowling with a lot more pace, he’s about six foot three and runs in hard.

“He has been on a hat-trick two weeks in a row now so he’s doing brilliantly for us.”

Gay will now turn his attentions to a tough test at the Brewery Ground against second-placed Wareham, but after such a sublime run of form, the skipper has every confidence in his team to make it four wins on the spin.

He added: “It will be a tough test but I believe there is no- body in the league who can beat us if we keep this team together.”

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