Goole’s final pair hang on to frustrate hosts

Bridlington CC batting

Bridlington CC batting

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Bridlington hosted Goole for the season opener in York Senior League Division One.

Rain delayed the start by 90 minutes reducing the match to to 36 overs per side. Goole won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Bridlington made a steady start and reached 24 against some accurate bowling before Simon Leeson fell for 14. Casey Rudd followed in the next over for 10.

After this, the middle order found boundaries hard to come by but there were good contributions by Rich Lount, Mark Purvis, Tom McMeeken and especially Steve Janney, who made 24 which, in the context of this low-scoring game, was vital.

Bridlington reached 106/9 from their 36 overs. The Goole bowlers who shone were England (3-41), Smith (3-26) and Spech (3-26).

The home side set about defending their total, knowing that early wickets were a must.

Despite some good bowling from Will Hall and McMeeken, the Goole openers batted watchfully putting on 38 for the first wicket.

Captain Sam Edmundson made the breakthrough, having Mahovey trapped LBW for 15.

Two more wickets fell and Goole were reduced to 61/3 and the key wicket came when Rudd had Foster caught for 39.

In a precarious position, the Goole batsman lost their way and the home attack applied the pressure and took regular wickets and were backed up by some great fielding and catching.

Rudd finished with 4-29 and Edmundson took 5-30 as Goole finished on 91/9 from 36 overs to gain the home team a winning draw from their first game of the season.

Bridlington collected 23 points with Goole taking nine.