Rudd’s century is in vain

Bridlington v Flixton
Bridlington v Flixton

Bridlington 216/9 lost to Folkton and Flixton 217/4 by six wickets

BRIDLINGTON played hosts to Folkton & Flixton in the second league fixture of the season.

After the week of torrential rain both teams were indebted to the team of ground staff who put in a great shift on Friday to get the ground in a fit state for play.

The hosts lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Batting was not easy to start with but the solid opening pair of Steve Garton and Casey Rudd soon had the score board ticking over.

By the 13th over they had reached their second consecutive opening partnership of 50+ for the season.

The first wicket fell with the score on 70. Nick Tennant joined Rudd and they put on another 77 to take the score to 147/1 off 30 overs.

Rudd was the dominant scorer of the innings completing a magnificent century including 17 boundaries, a really great knock.

He fell for 105 and Tennant quickly followed for 27. Another wicket fell and Brid had lost three wickets for five runs and in the process lost a fair bit of momentum that had been gained.

A cameo 19 by J Edmundson and 15 by R Lount were the only remaining batsmen to reach double figures as the innings fell away a bit towards the end with Brid reaching 216/9 off their 48 overs which they may have felt was about 30-40 below what they should have got with the platform that had been set.

For Flixton it was the spin duo of Zakrzewski 5/26 and Mann 3/43 that did the damage.

Flixton’s innings started in similar fashion to the home side’s with the opening pair grafting it out early on against some accurate bowling and putting on 53 for the first wicket.

Just when they looked to be getting going Steve Janney had Zakrzewski stumped for 23.

This brought Scott Cooper to the wicket who along with opener Stephenson played watchfully against some good bowling by the young Bridlington attack.

Brid had a couple of close calls against Stephenson that were not successful and he went on to notch up the second century of the game.

He finally fell for 117 and had added 150 with his partner. The visitors were within sight of victory when they lost three quick wickets including Cooper for 55. But they got the winning runs with an over to spare to gain the maximum points.