BRIDLINGTON 2nds were the visitors at the clifftop this weekend, fresh from their narrow pre-season victory and also last season’s two league maulings against the hosts.
The omens were not good for the home side as late call offs meant Sewerby’s dependable bank of juniors were again called upon to ensure a full side took to the field.
The home side won the toss and with the threat of rain, Bridlington were asked to bat first.
The Brid openers struggled against the accurate Sewerby bowling with Janney falling to an excellent catch by Foster and other wickets taken by Pallister and Rusbridge-Burns.
The visitors were struggling at 60 for 4 at the halfway stage. Bridlington captain Simon Brooke then steadied the innings and after surviving a few early problems with the bowling he started to find his range and build a score capable of being defended.
At the other end, spin king Vince O’Grady was chipping away at the batting and finished with four wickets, with his fifth, and the extra bowling point, being spurned by a drop on the boundary off the last ball of the innnings.
The visitors finished on a score of 166 for 9 and went into tea believing they were in with a good chance.
Sewerby also then lost early wickets in their reply and, despite a quick-fire 20 from James Faulkner, they were 36 for 3 when Rob Atkin and Cameron Rusbridge-Burns came together, Mainprize taking the wickets after they had lost opening bowler Alex Young with a groin strain.
Atkin took the anchor role as Rusbridge-Burns grew in confidence and started to hit the ball to all parts of the ground. When Atkin finally fell for 43, a partnership of 124 had taken the home side to the brink of victory, which was sealed in the penultimate over.