All-rounder Atkinson puts on a brilliant performance

Ben Traves v Bolton Percy
Ben Traves v Bolton Percy

Bolton Percy eased their relegation worries when they defeated Bridlington by 51 runs thanks, to a great extent, to the all round ability of Tom Atkinson who grabbed 7-26 after making 68 runs in the first innings.

After winning the toss at Dukes Park, Bridlington asked the visitors to bat first.

Jacob Green (30) and Atkinson (68) made good early contributions until Frankie Reffold made the initial breakthrough, dismissing Green as he took 3/15 in an excellent six-over spell.

Ben Traves picked up three wickets at the end of the innings which included decent contributions from Howden (27), White (22) and Ferguson (23no) as Bolton Percy made 200/8 from their 48 overs.

Bridlington’s reply got off to a poor start, losing a wicket in the first over, however after this Casey Rudd (43) and Nick Tennant batted through to drinks and added 80 and Bridlington looked well set.

Both fell quickly after the drinks interval though and after this the Bridlington batting line up had no answer to Atkinson who tore through the batting order.

He finished with 7-26 to complete a good all-round performance for the visitors as Bridlington were bowled out for a disappointing 149.

The season ended on a high for Bridlington 2nds as they won away at Fylingdales in the last game of the season.

It was encouraging to complete the campaign on a high against promotion-hunting opponents and the result meant Bridlington finished fifth in the league

Despite some late withdrawals from the team, Bridlington were able to put on a dogged showing in the field.

Good bowling from Burnhill, Watts and Bowtell kept the total to 175 despite only taking three wickets.

Without the determination of the team, the total could easily have been over 200 as one of the Fylingdales openers, Steele, batted right through the innings.

Bridlington set about chasing the total in an organised fashion but it took the solid knock of 45 from Steve Lount and an impressive 39 from Jack Ibbotson to seal the victory by 6 wickets.

Captain Greg Miller said: “Well done to all the players this year. We have seen an exciting crop of youngsters come to the fore and a bright future awaits next year.

“A special thanks to our scorer Maureen Cowan and umpire Mick Stubbs who put in so many thankless hours for the club. Enjoy your well earned retirements.”