Bridlington battle to earn a draw with the leaders

Bridlington 2nds Rob Middlewood batting v Duncombe park
Bridlington 2nds Rob Middlewood batting v Duncombe park

Bridlington travelled to take on league leaders Hull Zingari, and returned with a losing draw.

After being asked to bat first the home team moved on to 43 before Guy Martinson (12) fell. Skipper Alastair Markham (17) joined Jack Storey and these moved the score on to 67 before Markham was caught and bowled.

Storey was next to fall for a well-made 54. Bridlington then reduced Zingari to 133/6 with Steve Janney picking up three wickets.

But the visitors let Zingari off the hook and they were able to reach 208/8 mainly thanks to Anthony Knowles’ 44 not out. Casey Rudd finished with 3-36.

Bridligton’s reply suffered an early blow with the wicket of Nick Tennant falling early and John Major made 12 before he was caught at slip.

This brought Simon Leeson to the crease and he and Rudd added 56 to move the score to 97 when Rudd fell for a good 53.

Two more quick wickets fell to leave Bridlington on 109/5.

Leeson was next out for 39 and from here Bridlington began to fall behind the run rate and despite Janney with 23 and Ian Shipley’s 17 not out ,they had to settle for a losing draw.

Duncombe Park 2nds travelled to Bridlington on Saturday and with work commitments and first team call-ups, could only muster seven players.

They won the toss, and chose to bat, but Ben Traves is improving each week and his hostile pace ripped through the batting.

Only Medd with some lusty blows resisted for long as Bridlington had little trouble in knocking off the 76 needed for victory.

They reached the target for the loss of just one wicket, with Rob Middlewood unbeaten on 40 and Andrew Leeson 17 not out.

Bridlington moved into the final of the Bridlington Hospital cup with a comfortable victory over a weakened Driffield side, who had to field two teams in separate competitions on the same night.

Bridlington batted first and Casey Rudd and Steve Janney gave them a great start with a century opening partnership.

Janney eventually went for 66 but Rudd continued to plunder the bowling, before being bowled for 94, attemptng a big hit to reach his hundred.

The hosts’ total of 183/2 was a colossal ask for Driffield, but they started well as Walker made the most of some loose bowling to make a quick 50.

After his departure, wickets fell steadily as Bridlington used several bowlers to keep the game going as they cruised to an easy win.