York Senior League Division One
VISITING Heworth and winning the toss, Bridlington invited the home team to bat first.
This was a good move as they had early success as they picked up two wickets.
Akram and Syed added 52 for the third wicket before Sam Edmundson dismissed both with successive balls, the latter a great leg side take by keeper John Major standing up to the stumps.
Casey Rudd was giving away little as usual and picked up a wicket to leave the score on 106/5 with 15 overs remaining.
Bridlington knew they were on top and Tom McMeeken came into the attack and helped Rudd pick up the remaining five wickets to dismiss the home team for 152 in the 47th over.
The only home batsmen to make any significant contribution was Akram’s 37.
The successful Bridlington bowlers were C Rudd 4-34, S Edmundson 4-35 and T McMeeken, they were backed up by some good catching and excellent ground fielding.
Bridlington knew they needed a solid foundation to chase down the total. They got this in the form of skipper Steve Garton and Rudd who put on 67 for the first wicket.
They played watchfully early on to see off the opening attack. Garton fell for 22 but Rudd continued accumulating the runs and with the support of Major (17), Shaun Tate (14) and Nick Tennant (9no) took Bridlington to victory.
Rudd finished with a fine 85 not out to complete another great performance by the all-rounder and earned his side the 30 points in a great team performance.
Beckett League Division A
BRIDLINGTON gained revenge over Wold Newton, who had only nine players available, for a defeat in an earlier fixture when Bridlington had to play with 10 men due to a registration error.
The hosts batted first and Greg Miller and Steve Lount gave them an excellent start taking the score into the nineties before Miller went lbw to Dawson for 38, Lount going on to complete a fine half-century.
Thirteen-year-old Frankie Reffold came to the wicket and dropped anchor, playing a fine watchful innings that belied his age and doing what Bridlington needed, someone to bat through the innings, finishing 40 not out waiting patiently for the bad ball.
Mike Cawkill and Peter Bowtell both made double figures before veteran Steve Briggs played his best innings of the season making 36 not out as Bridlington closed on 219 for 4.
Josh Dawson bowled unchanged for Wold Newton, his 22 overs yielding 3 for 104.
Wold Newton’s openers Hall and Gray got them off to a superb start but when Lount replaced Jack Ibbotson, who was having trouble with his run-up, wickets started to tumble as he picked up the first three wickets that included the dangerous Dawson and Riley in the same over.
This steadied the run rate, but Hall continued with his stern resistance as Carl Parkin and Reffold picked up wickets at the other end.
With 28 needed off the last two overs, Alex Young returned to the attack, bowling an excellent over to put the game beyond the visitors and Bridlington gained a much-needed win in their fight against relegation, a position they should never have been in but for throwing away easy points in the early season.
Derwent Valley Division B
FLAMBOROUGH 2nds all but blew their chances of promotion from Division B after a poor performance against lowly Bridlington 3rds last Saturday.
Brid batted first on a grassy track and struggled from the start against the pace of Harry Burton and Luke Dixon.
Burton picked up the wickets of Elliot Traves and Jack Fanshaw within the first six overs but veterans Dave Cullen and Dave Watson steadied the ship and gradually put on a fine stand frustrating the hosts for the best part of 30 overs.
Watson was the first to go for 44, which included nine fours, and Cullen eventually fell for 40 both victims of the returning Burton who finished with fine figures of 4 for 33 from 10 overs.
Phil Robson and Dean Welch both added valuable late runs with the visitors ending on 127 for 4, a score well below-par given the Flamborough wicket’s season average first innings scores.
Things started brightly enough for Boro after the tea break. Openers Andy and Mel Dixon put on 30 in the opening 11 overs before Andy nicked one behind to young wicketkeeper Jack Almond who took a good sharp chance. His 27 included five fours.
The Boro innings then went into slow-motion as the next 23 overs only yielded 50 runs as the batsmen struggled to hit the ball off the square.
Tight bowling from all the Bridlington bowlers together with some excellent fielding kept them in the game.
The introduction of juniors Harry Burnhill and Callum Flowerdew then turned the game in Brid’s favour
Mel Dixon made 18, Matty Emmerson 9, Luke Dixon 24 and Brett Markwell 14 but ultimately the lower middle order were left with too much to do in the final six overs and buckled in the face of some tight bowling from Brid’s young seam attack.
The home team dismally fell short by 10 runs.
From Bridlington’s point of view, it was an excellent game of cricket and another outstanding performance by the youngsters with Jay Welch, Jack Fanshaw and Almond behind the stumps, excelling in the field, assisted by veteran Dean Welch’s three catches on the boundary for Brid late on.
All the visiting bowlers took wickets with Flowerdew the most successful taking 3 for 26 from eight overs.
Derwent Valley Division B
BRIDLINGTON 3rds entertained Sewerby 4ths on a sunny Sunday hoping to keep up their good form and register a third successive win.
Sewerby took first knock and began steadily with Dean Welch and Elliot Traves containing the Sewerby batsmen.
The introduction of Frankie Reffold and Jack Ibbotson brought a breakthrough after which wickets tumbled at regular intervals, Sewerby being all out for 124 with M Faulkner (29no) and R Bartram (14) adding a valuable 30 for the last wicket.
Reffold 3-29, Harry Burnhill 3-10 and Tom Hebden 2-18 bowled well for the hosts.
Bridlington’s reply didn’t get off to a good start being reduced to 6/2 which brought Reffold and Phil Robson to the crease and the pair went on to make batting look easy.
Reffold showed maturity beyond his years making a superb half-century with a good selection of top quality shots. Robson played a fine captain’s innings reaching his 50 with a huge six as the pair made an unbroken stand of 122