A Bridge too far for firsts

Driffield CC V Bridlington CC Readman Trophy - Driffield Innings -
Driffield CC V Bridlington CC Readman Trophy - Driffield Innings -

SHERIFF Hutton Bridge got the better of a rather disappointing Bridlington in this important promotion clash.

The home side won the toss and invited Bridlington to have a bat and they made a disastrous start when Scott Cooper was caught in the third over. Casey Rudd and Nick Tennant found runs hard to come by as Hopper and Matthew Fisher put in fine opening spells with only 29 runs coming in the first 15 overs.

It was Mark Fisher who made the breakthrough when Rudd was caught by Oldfield for 21.

Hopper then removed the next three batsmen cheaply as Tennant was solid at the other end.

Skipper Steve Garton joined Tennant and they put together a useful partnership before Tennant’s patient effort came to an end for a hard-earned 66.

Garton was next to go for 26 and Sam Edmundson struck a few lusty blows but Brid were left rather disappointed with their closing total of 162/8.

Hopper bowled his full quota of overs, taking 4-61, a great effort, and Cooper picked up three cheap wickets.

Will Hall and Sam Edmundson opened the bowling for Brid and both put in excellent spells, giving their all and making the home team fight for every run.

Edmundson had Paul Oldfield caught behind and also had Pindar caught by Ian Winterbottom, and when Paul Scaling fell to Winterbottom with the score on 70, Brid were back in with a shout.

A good partnership by Alan Fisher and the steady Mark Fisher put Bridge in the driving seat but Brid made them fight all the way with some tight bowling.

When Joe Edmundson ran out Alan Fisher and Hall ended Mark Fisher’s vigil, Brid had a chance, especially when Nick Scaling didn’t last long.

Sensible batting from Mathew Fisher and Speake took bridge towards their target, which they achieved with an over to spare.

Brid gave Sheriff Hutton a run for their money and made them work hard for their win, but they could have done with a few more runs on the board to have a realistic chance.

Match ball sponsored by Graham Jackson Roofing, Carnaby industrial Estate.

BRIDLINGTON went to Driffield for this 20/20 cup game with four regular bowlers missing, so obviously they faced an uphill task.

The players who did turn out gave their all but the Driffield batsmen made the most of it and put up a large total of 181/5, Nick Johnson top scoring with 48 not out.

The game was almost over for Brid when they lost three top-line batsmen for just 14 but Joe Edmundson and the in-form Nick Tennant put on an excellent partnership of 76, with Edmundson hitting four sixes.

When they went, only Steve Janney could manage double figures.

Edmundson’s was a great innings for his side but it was a pity none of the early order could get going.