Encouraging opening day for Bridlington

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Bridlington lost the toss in their season opener and were asked to bat first by Harrogate 2nds.

The home side moved to 31 before Casey Rudd was adjudged LBW for 9. John Major joined Steve Garton at the crease and these two played excellently, scoring freely against the various Harrogate bowlers.

Both batsmen passed their half centuries as they added 138 for the second wicket before Major was dismissed for a fine 85.

Garton was bowled in the next over for an excellent 62 but with the score on 177/3 with 12 overs to go Bridlington had a great platform to push on and post a substantial total.

Shaun Tate batted well to make 27 not out, supported by Nick Tennant 12, Rob Middlewood 13 and captain Sam Edmundson 19.

The final total reached 248/8 from the alloted overs with the most successful Harrogate bowler being Will Hammond who claimed 5-35 from 10 overs.

The Harrogate reply started steadily as Edmundson and Tom McMeeken picked up an early wicket apiece. George Owram (64) held the Harrogate innings together and was backed up by Rob Stanworth (35).

Middlewood with two wickets and Rudd with one slowed the middle order progress up, as Harrogate made it to 151/5 with 12 overs to go.

The visitors appeared to be settling for a losing draw and Bridlington sensed their chance to bowl to visitors out. A wicket for Ewan Macnab and another for Casey Rudd left Harrogate 161/7 but these were the final breakthroughs for Brid as Tom Henry (33 not out) and Ned McLelland (17 not out) batted out the remaining overs fairly easily.

All the home bowlers bowled well and were backed up in the field by the young Bridlington team. Bridlington gained 23 points for this winning draw in a very encouraging first game of the season. Harrogate gained 13 points.