Rain ruins opening day

Driffield CC v Bridlington CC Cricket Action
Driffield CC v Bridlington CC Cricket Action

BRIDLINGTON travelled the short distance to Driffield for their first game of the season.

After a very wet week it was credit to Driffield that the game was able to be played.

Driffield won the toss and invited Bridlington to bat first. The visitors got off to a good start with Steve Garton and Casey Rudd playing very well in bowler-friendly conditions.

They were going well on 64 without loss when the rain intervened for the first time. Play was halted for about an hour.

On the resumption the game had been reduced to a 36-overs-a-side contest. Bridlington knew they had 19 overs to post a score.

Looking to up the run rate captain Garton went for a fine 47. Nick Tennant came to the crease and made a quick 12 before he was bowled by Halder.

Steve Janney entered the fray and immediately got runs ticking and together with Rudd they put on a brilliant 76-run partnership before Janney was out for a better-than-a-run-a-ball 37.

Rudd fell to the last ball of the innings for a superb 69. The Bridlington innings finished on 179/4 from the reduced 36 overs with the pick of the Driffield bowlers being Nesfield with 2/46.

The hosts’ innings started with the aggressive Chapman promoted up the innings.

After six overs, play was interrupted again by the rain for 40 minutes.

On the resumption Will Hall clean bowled Chapman and Woodmansey was run out to a tidy bit of fielding by Tom McMeeken.

After 18.2 overs with the score on 47/2 the rain started again and it was agreed by the captains and umpires to call it a day with the weather spoiling what was looking like a very good game.

Driffield 9pts, Bridlington 11pts

THE bad weather meant no play was possible in the match between Folkton and Flixton and Sewerby in York Senior League Division One, both teams were awarded nine points.

Friendlies between Sewerby 2nds and Bridlington 2nds and Bridlington 3rds at home to Grindale also fell victim to the conditions, as did Bridlington’s Home Guard Cup match against Bar Valley Nomads on Sunday