League and cup double for U11s on a perfect weekend

Bridlington U11 at the Readman Cup final
Bridlington U11 at the Readman Cup final

The Derwent Valley League U11s Zonal Play Off Final took place at Bridlington CC between the hosts and Wykeham on an overcast but humid evening which provided ideal bowling conditions.

Both teams went into the final with unbeaten records although Wykeham fielded two debutants from their U9s due to their three most experienced players being unavailable.

Wykeham won an important toss and elected to field, although Bridlington got off to a fast start thanks to an excellent innings from Beckett (14).

Once he departed, the remaining Bridlington batsmen had to work hard for runs as the Wykeham bowlers, led by Norman (2-4) and Carr (1-5) supported by some excellent ground fielding kept it tight.

Bridlington were grateful for Hall with a late innings of nine not out to take them to a very respectable 266/4.

In reply, Wykeham were soon in trouble as the Bridlington attack led by Beckett (2-6) and Hart (1-2) applied the pressure.

The Wykeham batsmen worked hard for runs but the Bridlington bowlers were on top and maintained the pressure as Martindale (1-1), O’Brien (2-0), Day (2-8) and Leeson (1-7), supported by some good catching, reduced a young Wykeham side to 189-9.

Two days later, the final of the Greenwood Hire Derwent Valley Junior Cricket League U11’s Junior KO Cup, between Bridlington and Seamer, took place at Cloughton.

In a close encounter, Bridlington batted first with most of the runs scored by batsmen Jacob O’Brian (8), Luke Hall (7) and Jed Olsen (7).

The pick of the Seamer bowlers were Archie Graham (2-7), Callum Metcalf (1-8) and Tom Greenwood (1-10). Bridlington finally finished on a score of 233/5.

In reply, Archie Graham (14), in the early stages of Seamer’s, inning kept their chances of chasing down the score alive, but wickets kept falling at regular intervals with Bridlington’s Jed Olsen finishing with figures of 3-3 being the main wicket taker.

Going into the final few overs Bridlington appeared to be cruising to an easy victory, but Seamer batsman Tom Greenwood (12) saw Seamer close with a final flurry of runs. Seamer eventually closed 12 runs short on 221/9.

The man of the match award was given to Bridlington’s Jed Olsen for his innings of seven and bowling figures of 3-3.