Rivals beaten by weather but Brid collect 25 points

Pickering's Kieran Bowes bowling v Bridlington's Simon Leeson
Pickering's Kieran Bowes bowling v Bridlington's Simon Leeson

Bridlington played host to Pickering on Saturday but lunchtime rain delayed the start until 2.45pm and reduced the game to 34 overs per side.

Pickering won the toss and chose to bowl first. Bridlington made a good start with Casey Rudd and Simon Leeson punishing the Pickering bowlers and running very well between the wickets

They put on 57 for the first wicket before Rudd fell for 20. John Major came in and made a solid 31 helping Leeson add a further 78 for the second wicket.

With 10 overs of the innings to go Bridlington were well placed on 136/2.

Shepherd and Christopher came into the attack for Pickering and started to pick up wickets as the middle order looked for quick runs.

However, Leeson was continuing at the other end and went on to complete a fine century as he saw his side pass 200. He was finally out in the 33rd over for a superb 108.

The innings ended tamely as Bridlington lost three wickets in the final over and only added one run as the innings finished on 205/9.

The pick of the visiting attack was Shepherd with 4-50, supported by Christopher with 3-28.

Pickering’s reply got off to a solid start as they reached 69/0 from 14 overs. But Rudd was brought into the attack and picked up four quick wickets as the visitors slipped to 85/4.

From here on in the Bridlington attack could not remove the stubborn Frank and Christopher as they batted carefully early on, then as the innings progressed, they became more attacking as they added 102 runs in the final 13 overs with Frank unbeaten on 58 and Christopher 47 not out.

The innings closed with Pickering on 187/4, reaching 90% of the target and picking up 18 points, with the home team earning 25.

With not many other games being played due to the weather this was an excellent result for Bridlington.