Bridlington CC: Rudd hits winning runs off penultimate ball in derby

Bridlington CC 3rds batting v Nawton Grange 2nds
Bridlington CC 3rds batting v Nawton Grange 2nds

Bridlington visited Driffield 2nd this week and after winning the toss chose to bowl first. This looked a good decision when Tom McMeeken removed the first three Driffield batsmen cheaply.

Captain Sam Edmundson then removed the experienced Mick Drury before McMeeken got a further two wickets to complete an impressive spell of 5-28 from 12 overs.

After 24 overs Driffield were 58/6 and in trouble of not batting out their overs.

However, the home captain Andy Chapman (56) batted very well against the Brid spin attack and was well supported by Alistair Mutch (38).

When these two were out, the last couple of batsmen were quickly dismissed by Casey Rudd, and Driffield were all out for 144 in the final over of the innings.

The Bridlington innings got off to a similar start to the home team with the first three wickets falling for 15.

Rudd was joined at the crease by Shaun Tate and these two batted very well to gradually take the score to 82 when Tate fell for 26.

Another good partnership saw Simon Leeson (19) add 40 with Rudd, and although Brid still required 24 runs with five wickets remaining from the last seven overs, they looked favourites.

But Rudd had to watch as four more wickets fell at the other end.

The ninth wicket fell to the last ball of the penultimate with just one run required for victory.

Rudd was on strike for the final over and after four dot balls he dispatched the fifth through the covers for four to win the game for Brid and finish with a brilliant 86 not out.

The pick of the Driffield bowlers were Johnny Anderson 4-30 and Jamie Hopper 4-43.

Bridlington had the better of their Evening League game against Globe, before rain forced the match to be abandoned, with the hosts in a strong position.

Bridlington skipper Tom McMeeken put in a splendid spell of bowling to break the back of the Globe innings.

His four victims included two of his Saturday Bridlington 1sts team-mates, who he dismissed cheaply, as he ended up with 4-23.

There was good support from Casey Rudd (3-16) as 10-man Globe were dismissed for 73, Phil Dench top scoring with an unbeaten 31.

Bridlington were cruising to victory, having scored 47 runs from their first seven overs, when the rain arrived to put an end to proceedings.

Bridlington 2nds went down heavily against Forge Valley 2nds at Dukes Park when some below-par bowling and poor fielding, particularly in terms of dropped catches cost them dearly.

Gibson and Toal took full advantage as they hammered the bowlers all around the ground.

Two youngsters, Elliott Traves and Frankie Reffold, were the pick of the bowlers as everyone suffered.

Toal made a fine 129 and Gibson 57 as Valley amassed a huge 308/6.

The only thing Brid could really do was to bat for a maximum batting points.

They got off to a good start and Nick Tennant, in particular, was in good form.

Tennant, who was well supported by Greg Miller who made 23, reached a fine 50 before being run out.

Steve Lount and Andrew Leeson continued to get Brid towards their target of 200 after Leeson passed his half century in another great attacking innings.

Brid faltered a little but Reffold and Elliott and Ben Traves all got into the teens to see Brid past 200.

Brid managed to take eight points from the game which wasn’t too bad under the circumstances.