Four signings at Dukes Park and more to follow

Bridlington Cricket Club news
Bridlington Cricket Club news

Bridlington Cricket Club believe their four new signings for the upcoming York Senior League season will give them plenty of strength in depth.

The recruits are a mix of newcomers and familiar faces and new skipper Simon Leeson says there is plenty of optimism around the team ahead of the 2016 campaign.

New captain Simon Leeson

New captain Simon Leeson

Anthony Heaton has joined the Dukes Park club from Hepworth & Idle in the Craven Central League. He is a prolific top order batsman and strong in the field

Mike Tate has moved from closer to home. An aggressive right-handed batsman, Tate, who has arrived from Flamborough, also bowls at a lively pace and is a good cover fielder

Medium-pacer Mark Davies has swapped Sewerby for Bridlington, while Grant Hutton returns to the club from Driffield

Hutton is a former Bridlington junior, having learned his cricket under Ken Towse, and bowls leg spin and is a dependable middle order batsman.

Leeson, who is hopeful of landing more new signings, said: “We are all looking forward to the new season. The club is in good shape both on and off the field. We welcome the new signings who join an already strong squad of excellent young and experienced players.

“This season we will be without Casey Rudd who has joined Driffield and we wish him well and hope he has a successful season.”

Leeson, whose brother Andrew will lead the second XI, hopes the development of younger players will continue, with exciting talents such as Harry Burnhill, Callum Battams, Ben Leeson, Frankie Reffold, Louis and Oliver Beckett, Charlie Watts and Ben Ibson all representing the senior teams last season.

Jack Ibbotson and Elliott Traves are again available to bolster the squad.

The junior section has been strengthened with a number of players taking coaching accreditations over the winter to provide support for head coach Barry Rudd.

The club has entered teams in the Derwent Valley Junior League at U16, U13, U11 and U9 levels.

Off the field, a new sponsorship agreement has been secured with Peter Smurthwaite, managing director of PBS Construction (North East) Ltd and chairman of Bridlington Town.

The Lords Feoffees have also provided funding to enable the club to purchase practice and coaching equipment for the junior section and a new mobile cricket net will be available for the start of the new season.

The first XI play their first game of the season away at Flixton on Saturday, April 16. The seconds start away at Great Habton on Saturday, April 30

The opening junior match is on Friday, April 29, when the U11s host Scarborough.

Anyone wishing to get involved, either playing or volunteering, can call Bill Emmerson on 0771 3091624.