THE cricket season gets underway this weekend, with Bridlington and Sewerby renewing their rivalry in York Senior League Division One.
Both teams begin the campaign with away matches, although neither has far to travel, with Bridlington at Driffield 2nds and Sewerby heading to Folkton and Flixton.
Finishing above their East Coast rivals at the end of the summer will be a key aim for both sides
The derbies will be held on June 30 at bridlington and on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27 at Sewerby
Sewerby chairman Vince O’Grady said: “We head into the new season full of confidence on the back of a successful 2011.
“The first XI, under the leadership of Ben Dobson, is looking to be competing at the top end of the league, following a season in which they only lost one game and went up as champions.
“This is the highest standard the club have been in and we are looking forward to the new challenge.
“The team has been strengthened with the arrival of Sam Tennant from Driffield and the return of Luke Jennison who didn’t play last year.
“This means there will be competition for places which can only be good.”
Bridlington, who have lost first-team regular Scott Cooper to Flixton, will blood a couple of new faces as their second team take on their Sewerby counterparts in a friendly on the clifftop on Saturday.
Sewerby 2nds have Steve Foster taking over as captain again, while Sam Coultas will lead the thirds, who are in the same division as the club’s fourth team who were also promoted last year.
O’Grady added: “We also see a exciting new event at Sewerby this year as out annual Twenty/20 is to be replaced by a Sixes competition with 10 local teams taking part.
“This is going to be dedicated to life member Carl Robinson who passed away last year and an event we hope to run for many years.
“This will be fast paced and exciting cricket bringing together all the best players in the area.