The first league derby goes Bridlington’s way

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Sewerby 4ths won the toss and asked Bridlington 3rds to bat first.

Brid’s openers Dave Cullen (20) and Jay Welch (12) started steadily on a very bowler-friendly wicket, and they kept the score ticking over nicely until Welch was caught on the boundary.

This brought Tom Woodhouse to the crease, and he was keen to make up for lost time after missing the majority of last season with a nasty injury.

It was like he had never been away and Woodhouse looked solid with the bat from the start, playing some good shots on his way to a fine 17.

After the loss of a few quick wickets to the evergreen Ken Rennoldson, who used his experience to try to get Sewerby back in the game, Brid needed to build a partnership and Phil Ibbotson and Bridlington’s answer to Geoffrey Boycott, Carl Parkin, did just that.

While at one end Ibbotson was hitting the bowlers about, scoring a good 29 before he was bowled, Parkin was still trying to get off the mark.

young pocket rocket Harry Gunning arrived to join Parkin, and showed everybody that he will become a class batsman in the not-so-distant future, playing some lovely shots on his way to a fine 23 before he was bowled by the reliable Rob Traves.

Nigel Clorherty came in and kept the score moving while Parkin finally got off the mark after 12 overs and supported Cloherty, getting the team up to 171/7 off their 40 overs.

In reply, Sewerby found it difficult going with Brid’s opening bowlers Woodhouse and Parkin bowling a good and accurate line before Sewerby captain Mark Gummerson had to retire hurt with an elbow injury.

That brought Traves to the wicket, and he used his experience to keep the score ticking over before he was given out lbw to Parkin for 16 .

After that, Sewerby’s batsmen were never at the races with Woodhouse, Parkin and Callum Flowerdew all bowling a tight line and they were well supported in the field by Bridlington’s young team.

Parkin finished with figures of 4-23 and Flowerdew returned 3-12.