Thongsbridge Cricket Club’s Big Bridge Bash event was a huge success, according to secretary Kieran O’Shea. With several hundred people attending on the day a significant amount was raised for club funds. 

The cricket festival was contested between four teams who played in a 100-ball cricket format, the first to be played in the Huddersfield area. It was the Rest of the World team which lifted the trophy.

Winning team Rest of the World

Speaking about how well the day went Kieran said: “It was a fantastic day on many fronts. We had record attendances at Miry Lane throughout the day, and were treated to high intensity cricket from four teams all bulging with both domestic and international talent. 

“We estimate we had over 700 visitors throughout the day with record takings for the club which will be used to reinvest into our ground, facilities and coaching. 

“We welcomed cricket lovers and families alike, who enjoyed the bank holiday sunshine. Our food selection went down a storm. We even had to have an emergency run to Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop to top up supplies part way through the afternoon. 

“We were staffed by a great team of volunteers, all giving up their time to ensure the day ran smoothly. 

“Team Rest of the World won the final, beating South Africa. Captain Pragam Sharma (Thongsbridge CC) led a team made up of seven nationalities. The standard of the cricket on display was exceptional, with both bowlers and batters having the opportunity to put on a blistering display of exciting cricket. 

“The Hundred format was well received, and made things fresh and exciting.” 

Captain Pragam Sharma (Thongsbridge CC) was presented the trophy by J&E Accountancy Services – big bridge bash sponsors.

Kieran added: “There are plans already being made for the Big Bridge Bash 2023, which will be even bigger and better than this year! 

“We constantly want to evolve our offering and provide the local community with a great experience, making sure everyone feels welcome and ensuring they feel cricket is a game for them. By putting on such an event we hope people are inspired and want to join us.” 

Gallery of images by Huddersfield Hub photographer SEAN DOYLE