Murphy’s huge ton keeps Brid sixth

Bridlington's Frankie Reffold bowling v Whitkirk
Bridlington's Frankie Reffold bowling v Whitkirk

Bridlington had to settle for sixth place in the final York Senior League Division One table, after defeat in their final game, at home to Whitkirk.

The visitors’ Michael Murphy just missed out on the highest individual innings of the season, finishing unbeaten on 147, at Dukes Park on Saturday.

The only man to make more runs in an afternoon at this level this summer was Matthew Till, of champions Sessay, who clubbed 155 against Folkton and Flixton earlier in the year.

Murphy’s efforts, combined with those of Simon Webb (65) and James Malthouse (35 not out) were however enough to set a target of 253/1for Bridlington to chase.

The home side never looked likely to challenge as Ben Danby took 5-46, while Simon Leeson’s 55 made in the reply which fell 103 runs short.

Champions Sessay had been due to visit Sewerby but the game was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The nine points Sewerby picked up for the postponement meant bottom club Osbaldwick couldn’t overtake the clifftop side.

With no relegation in Division one this year, Bridlington and Sewerby will meet again next season.

The top four are all going up under the league’s new structure, but the five clubs outside the promotion places were covered by just 24 points.