Traves impresses on Bridlington first team debut in derby draw

Tom McMeekan bowling v Driffield 2nds
Tom McMeekan bowling v Driffield 2nds

Bridlington played hosts to local rivals Driffield 2nds and skipper Sam Edmundson won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Driffield lost an early wicket and the opening bowlers restricted Driffield to only two runs off the bat in the first six overs.

After this though Halder (36) and Tom Norman started to play more positively and put on 61 for the second wicket.

Ben Traves, making his first team debut, then bowled a magnificent spell to rip through the middle order to reduce Driffield to 118/7 on his way to figures of 5-38 from 12 overs.

He was well supported by Ian Shipley behind the stumps who held four good catches.

Bridlington were looking to bowl the visitors out cheaply but good batting by the lower order, Goldsworthy (29), Greaveson (41), N Woodcock (29) and Hopper (17) who all played well, got the Driffield total up towards 200.

Edmundson returned to the attack to pick up the final two wickets and Driffield were bowled out for 208 in 46.1 overs.

Bridlington’s reply got off to a bad start when Simon Leeson was caught and bowled in the second over.

In-form John Major quickly followed but Nick Tennant and Steve Janney added 53 before Janney was stumped for a well-made 35.

Another wicket fell and Andrew Leeson joined Tennant and these two pushed the score along to 139 until Leeson was out for 33.

Tennant completed his half century but was then run out for 58.

After this Bridlington struggled to find the runs to keep the chase on and in the end had to settle for a losing draw after reaching 90% of the target.

They held on to secure 19 points with the last pair at the crease to finish on 190/9.

The successful Driffield bowlers were R Woodcock with 3/30, Goldsworthy 2/29 and Halder 2/19.