Nail-biting cup tie derby goes down to final ball

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On a balmy Sunday afternoon Sewerby 3rds and 4ths travelled the short distance to local rivals Bridlington 3rds for their 30-over Home Guard Cup clash.

In the end, a fine unbeaten innings of 59 by Jack Ibbotson was enough to send the hosts into the second round.

Sewerby won the toss and elected to bat on a great wicket.

Paul Dandy opened for Sewerby and was in imperious form ending up with an impressive 78 runs until he was caught and bowled by Cloherty.

Dandy was ably assisted by Ben Potter (19), James Denton (26 not out) and Calvin Roche with a quickfire 20 not out.

After their 30 overs Sewerby had reached an impressive total of 173 for 4, and looked to be in a strong position to claim the first derby honours of the season.

For Bridlington, Jack Ibbotson was impressive with the ball, his six overs going for only 16 runs and he claimed one wicket.

After a cracking tea, Bridlington responded with a great opening partnership between Dave Cullen (44) and talented youngster frankie Reffold (38) as they kept pace with the run rate.

The introduction of Matt Rusbridge-Burn, who took 1-18 from his six overs, slowed things down considerably and Sewerby seemed to taking control.

The demise of Bridlington captain Phil Robson brought Ibbotson to the crease and he soon made his intentions

clear and began to take apart the increasingly wayard Sewerby bowling.

Despite an excellent bowling effort from another promising youngster Jack Torbett, who took 2-14 from his five overs, Bridlington needed 11 from the final over.

In an exciting climax, Bridllington needed one run from the final ball which they duly achieved, with Ibbotson ending on 59 not out, which included five sixes.

An excellent competetive game of cricket played in good spirit by both teams, but a few things to work on for Sewerby, both in the field and bowling under pressure.