Pirates have a day to treasure as they win schools league

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Bay Pirates sank the Burlington Sixers’ hopes in a thrilling end to the first Coastal Primary School Cricket League

The result of the final was in doubt right up to the final ball, but the Bay team held on to win by just two runs and become the inaugural champions.

Bay Pirates

Bay Pirates

After the early stages were played at Sewerby, Bridlington CC hosted finals day at Dukes Park with four matches played last Thursday afternoon

James Martin, YCB community cricket officer for East Yorkshire, said: “What a fantastic evening it was down at Bridlington CC with over 40 children participating in cricket from the local schools in the area bringing everyone together.

“A massive well done to both Bill Emmerson and Rob Traves for putting the Coastal Primary School Cricket League together and what a great four weeks of cricket the children have participated in.”

Spectators saw almost 50 boundaries and 26 wickets fall during a couple of hours of action.

In the fifth-and-sixth-place play-off, Boro Warriors from Flamborough School, made 281-1 to edge out the Cricket Crusaders, a team made up of pupils from a variety of schools, who made 267-1.

The four semi-finalists provided even closer games with the Burlington Sixers defeating the league winners Flamborough Vikings by eight runs and Bay Pirates winning through against the Strikers with a last-ball run out.

The final saw the Pirates post 234-2 off their eight overs. Despite crashing six fours and four sixes, the Sixers came up two runs short on 232-7.

With wickets seeing five runs taking five runs off the score, it was that which proved costly for the Burlington boys

Organiser Rob Traves said: “Teamwork was the key to the Pirates’ success with all players contributing with fine bowling, catching and throwing skills backed up by a strong team spirit.

“A big thank you to all the parents and school staff who brought the kids to the clubs. Sport needs supporters.

“In turn, supporters need entertainment, so a massive well done to all the participants who provided a thrilling finals night at Dukes Park.”

○ On a splendid Friday evening at Sewerby, the club’s U11s delivered a top-drawer team performance with bat and ball, defeating table-toppers Driffield, by 71 runs.

William Macdonald, who made 11 runs, was majestic in his strokeplay, Owen Tolson put in another great keeping performance and bagged a brace of catches but captain Isaac Coates with 21 runs and 5-7 including a hat-trick in his first over deserved the man of the match award.