Middlewood hits century for Bridlington 2nds

Bridlington's Rob Middlewood raises his bat after reaching his century.
Bridlington's Rob Middlewood raises his bat after reaching his century.

York Senior League Division One

BRIDLINGTON travelled to Hull to take on Fenner. Bridlington won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Tom McMeeken was given the new ball and he removed both openers, one to a great diving catch by his skipper Steve Garton.

After 25 overs the score had moved steadily to 64/2. The leg spinners were brought into the attack and both were bowling well causing the batsmen problems.

Casey Rudd claimed 3-48 and Steve Janney 2-40 but the Fenner middle order of Davy (42), Halstead (31), Smith (34) and Laybourne (18no) all contributed to take the score towards the 200 mark.

The innings slowed down towards the end due to some good bowling and the innings finished on 196/8.

The Bridlington innings got off to an eventful start, Garton fell to a good ball from Laybourne who bowled a hostile opening over. After an initial burst from the Fenner opener, Rudd (23) and John Major (33) comfortably took the score to 71. both then fell in consecutive Kirk overs.

Shaun Tate (26) and Nick Tennant (31) started watchfully but then played more fluently putting on 53.

75 were required from the final 15 overs with seven wickets left.

Tate fell followed by Tennant. Rich Lount (33) and Joe Edmundson tried hard to find the boundaries but Fenner went on the defensive pushing eight men back onto the boundary.

The run rate just kept increasing and despite giving it a good go, the visitors fell 12 runs short and the spoils were shared.

Kirk finished a good spell for Fenner with 5-55.

Fenner 25pts, Bridlington 18pts

Beckett League Division A

TWO outstanding individual performances gave Bridlington the win they desperately needed and a realistic chance of avoiding relegation.

Highlight of Bridlington’s innings of 202 for 7 was a brilliant unbeaten 106 from Rob Middlewood.

Facing such a total, Wykeham were not daunted and set off at the required run rate despite Alex Young bowling a very tight spell until he tweaked his calf muscle.

Ewan MacNab, who hasn’t done much bowling this season was introduced and immediately the game turned in the home side’s favour.

He toiled in the really hot conditions, swinging the ball and keeping it in the channel to finish with 7 for 44.

Bridlington’s fate will now be decided in the last game of the season when they visit Kirkbymoorside.