Young batsmen hit maiden centuries

Sewerby's Harry Gunning
Sewerby's Harry Gunning

Two teenage cricketers made their first centuries at the weekend, and one of them proved it was not a one-off by repeating the feat the very next day.

Eighteen-year-old Jack Ibbotson recahed three figures with one ball to spare in Bridlington 3rds’ win at Seamer on Saturday, eventually finishing on an unbeaten 106.

On Sunday, he was at it again smashing another century in a friendly against Hurst Green at Dukes Park.

Meanwhile, in another friendly up at Sewerby, 13-year-old Harry Gunning belied his age by reaching three figures against touring side Acton Scott.

Ibbotson, whose previous highest score this season was an impressive 94, began his exploits at Seamer in the Derwent Valley League, where Bridlington 3rds were looking to continue their decent form.

They batted first and got off to a steady start.

Harrison Male (15) and Michael Chatham (14) combined with Tom Hebden to take them to 100 at the halfway point.

Ibbotson came to the crease at number four and after Hebden (57) completed his half century, Brid were 123/3.

Dean Welch joined Ibbotson and soon both kept the score flowing with the latter, who was in fine form, completing his 50.

With 10 overs to go, Ibbotson then despatched the ball to all parts and eventually finished on 106 not out, while Welch finished on 43 not out, taking Brid to an impressive 272/ 3.

In reply, Seamer couldn’t have got off to a worse start and, after just seven balls, they were 0/3.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and Seamer were all out for 104 with C Towell (16) providing some resistance to follow up his fine effort with the ball earlier in the day (1-40 off 10 overs).

The win stands the team in good stead as they go into their Home Guard Cup final against Wold Newton on Sunday.

Ibbotson followed up his good work on Saturday by repeating the trick on Sunday in a friendly game against Hurst Green at Dukes Park.

In the friendly, Ibbotson was unbeaten on 100 which came off just 89 balls and included five sixes and 13 fours.

Bridlington, who batted first, ended with a score of 242/6.

Ibbotson’s innings proved to be in vain as the visitors sneaked a one-wicket win in a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining game.

On the cliff-top on Sunday, Sewerby batted first and Andrew Rennoldson and Gunning quickly began accummulating runs.

Rennoldson fell for a quick-fire 62 and once Gunning had passed his 50, he was joined by the experienced Rob Coates, who ushered him along towards his milestone.

A lusty sweep brought up the century and he ended unbeaten on 103 as Sewerby made a formidable 272 from 40 overs.

Acton Scott never looked like getting close to the total and were restricted to 130/8.