Early dropped chance proves crucial in final

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On a beautiful sunny evening at Flixton Cricket Club, Scarborough and Bridlington provided an excellent advert for junior cricket in the Greenwood Hire League U15 cup final.

Groundsman James Brown once again provided an excellent wicket, and batting first, Scarborough got off to an excellent start with opener James Pick (25 ret) punishing the Bridlington bowling after being dropped at mid-on in the first over, despite the best efforts of the unfortunate Frankie Reffold (2-13) who had created the chance.

After Pick’s retirement and the fall of Bradley Milburn (14), the Bridlington attack started to peg the Scarborough run rate back, led by an excellent four-over spell from Callum Battams (2-15).

Scarborough were thankful to Robert Green’s (24) as wickets fell at a regular rate as they tried to press for extra runs towards the end of the innings as they closed on 115/8.

In reply Bridlington had to work hard for runs early in their innings, as the Scarborough opening bowlers showed real pace, generating excellent carry to the keeper on a wicket renowned as a batting track.

Despite losing an early wicket, Reffold (18) was unfortunate to fall to the last ball of an excellent spell by James Pick (2-21).

Bridlington then set about chasing down the target built around a patient 25 from Harry Burnhill and a quick fire 14 from Battams who was well supported by the middle order who all contributed to keeping the scoreboard ticking along.

But the regular loss of wickets ensured Bridlington needed 33 from the last three overs with just three wickets left, due to excellent bowling from Finlay Morris (2-15).

Jack Hebden (16no), together with a number of boundary extras, turned the game in Bridlington’s favour, until he lost the strike with two balls remaining.

Jason Leppington (3-23) then claimed a wicket and kept his nerve with the last ball to ensure the trophy headed to Scarborough.

James Pick was named man of the match by umpires Mike Brodie and Les Johnson.