Last pair see out final overs to earn losing draw

Bridlington CC 2nds batting v Staxton 2nds
Bridlington CC 2nds batting v Staxton 2nds

Bridlington’s first away game of the season was at newly-promoted Beverley 2nds. Brid won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Their first breakthrough came with the score on 50 when Tim Smith was run out by a good bit of fielding by Tom McMeeken for 25.

Bridlington CC 2nds batting v Staxton 2nds

Bridlington CC 2nds batting v Staxton 2nds

Bowling proved to be hard work for the visitors as the Beverley pair of Mike Cooke and Phil Du Boulay put on 119 for the second wicket before Du Boulay was bowled by Rob Middlewood for 63.

The bowlers tried their best to dismiss Cooke but he completed his century and carried his bat for 109 not out. The Beverley innings finished on 266/4.

Bridlington reply got off to a great start with Steve Garton and Casey Rudd put on 80 for the first wicket before Garton was bowled for 24.

John Major then continued his good form from the previous week and helped Rudd move the score on to 111 when Rudd fell for 67.

Major had made 44 when he miscued a pull shot and was caught. At the other end Rich Lount was batting really well but with only Steve Janney making double figures the Brid run chase began to falter as five wickets fell for 19 including Lount for a fine 71.

This left the final pair of Ewan Macnab and Ian Shipley who comfortably saw out the final two-and-a-half overs to gain Bridlington a losing draw and 17 points.

Bridlington 2nds opened their Beckett league season with a 32-run victory over Staxton 2nds at Dukes Park.

Bridlington batted first and after Greg Miller had been bowled for 14, Elliott Traves continued his fine start to the season, completing his second half-century, well supported by new captain Graham lount.

Traves finally departed, trapped LBW for 61, and Lount followed for 29.

His brother Steve Lount went on to pass his half-century, eventually making 74 before being caught.

Dean Welch kept things going with 39 not out as Bridlington closed on 246/5.

Jack Ibbotson claimed the first Staxton wicket, bowling Hill for nine but Witty and Pinder batted steadily.

Wickets began to tumble, with Traves, Parkin and Bowtell all enjoying success to put Bridlington in a good position.

A hard-hit 70 from Aldcroftput Staxton back in the game, but Bowtell grabbed another two wickets and Ibbotson struck again.

With the aid of a run out, Bridlington ran out comfortable winners to enjoy a good start , with a much changed side from last year.